The EcoFarm community lamentably notes the passing of California farmer Richard Rominger, a prominent leader in the national progressive agriculture movement. An early advocate for organic farming, Richard served at the highest levels of government as first as the Secretary of the California Dept of Food and Agriculture (1977-1982) and later served as deputy secretary of the USDA in the Clinton Administration for 8 years. During that time the National Organic Program was developed and significant first-time initiatives in public sector research were launched. Richard was the recipient of an EcoFarm Sustie Award in 2017. His early sponsorship of alternative agriculture was unique because he came from a large conventional family farm operation. His professional standing gave special legitimacy to our effort. Heartfelt tributes on the passing of Richard Rominger from all points on the agricultural compass are a measure of his extraordinary reputation.