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EcoFriendly Farms
Bev Eggleston is the founder of EcoFriendly Foods. With his wife, he produces “grass-grown” animal products for consumers directly at farmers' markets and home buying clubs in the Washington, D.C., Va., Md., and N.C. areas, as well as restaurants in Washington, D.C., and New York City.
The Lugar Center
Connie Veillette is a Senior Fellow for Global Food Security and Aid Effectiveness at The Lugar Center. She also consults with a number of organizations on aid, development, and food security issues. Formerly, she was the Director of the Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Program at the Center for Global Development.
Environmental Working Group
Craig Cox is Senior Vice President of the Environmental Working Group, directing the organization’s research and advocacy work in agriculture, renewable energy and climate change. He also directs the Environmental Working Group’s Midwest Office in Ames, Iowa. Prior to joining EWG, Craig served as Executive Director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.
National 4-H Council
Jeremy P. Embalabala is a member of the Board of Trustees of National 4-H Council. Jeremy’s Kenyan heritage has led to his active participation in the development of Global 4-H initiatives in Africa and around the world. Jeremy is also currently President and CEO of TechOctane, Inc., an IT solutions and support company.
National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Association
As President and CEO of the National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Association, Rudy Arredondo represents the interests of small Latino farmers and ranchers in Washington, D.C., dealing with policy, legislation and regulatory issues. He edits and publishes the National Hispanic Political Reporter, and is a past member of the Hispanic Lobbyist Association.
International Food Policy Research Institute
Dr. Ousmane Badiane is the Africa Director for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). In this role, he coordinates IFPRI’s work program in the areas of food policy research, capacity strengthening, and policy communications in Africa. </p>
Iowa Environmental Council
Susan is the Water Program Director for the Iowa Environmental Council, a nonprofit coalition of 65 environmental and conservation related organizations in Iowa. Susan joined the Council in 1996 and has provided technical leadership for the Council on agricultural nonpoint source pollution, livestock manure management, water quality monitoring, water quality standards, and restoration of impaired waters.
Show Me Energy Cooperative
Steve Flick is currently Founder of Show Me Energy Cooperative, a cellulosic biomass facility owned by 612 farmers. The $10 million project has been completed and is operational, developing and processing energy crops and agricultural residues into biomass engineered fiber fuel. This fuel pellet for co-firing is used at a local utility and for heating residents’ homes and poultry houses.
Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Policy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Robert L. Thompson is Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Policy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he held the Gardner Endowed Chair in Agricultural Policy. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and serves on the Land O’Lakes board of directors and the Nestle corporate Creating Shared Value advisory council. He is Chairman Emeritus of the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council and formerly served on the USDA-USTR Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade. Previously, Dr. Thompson was a Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.
Paul Guenette, the Executive Vice President for Communications and Outreach for ACDI/VOCA, is an economic development manager with expertise in agribusiness and trade. Paul provides leadership to corporate planning, relationships with external corporations, and public-private partnerships. He has designed and managed large, integrated sustainable development programs in a career spanning 35 years and 59 countries.
Rancher, Ladder Livestock
Patrick O’Toole is a rancher and farmer at Ladder Livestock, a six-generation family operation on the Little Snake River along the Wyoming-Colorado border. Patrick was a Kellogg LEAD fellow, served in the Wyoming House of Representatives, and on the Western Water Policy Commission. He is President of the Family Farm Alliance, which represents irrigators in seventeen Western states.
The Ford Family Foundation
Nancy Straw joined The Ford Family Foundation in Roseburg, OR, on January 5, 2015, as the Director of Community and Economic Development. The newly created position allows Nancy to continue her work with small communities in rural areas, work she has enjoyed for over 20 years.
Duncanson Growers
Kristin Weeks Duncanson is owner and partner of Duncanson Growers, a diversified family farm in Southern Minnesota. The operation includes corn, soybeans, vegetables, cattle and hog production. She is immediate past Chair of the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council. She is past President of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and a former director of the American Soybean Growers Association.
Full Belly Farm
Judith Redmond has farmed in northern California since 1989 as one of four owners of Full Belly Farm where a diverse assortment of fruits, nuts, vegetables, flowers and herbs are grown. Judith focuses on marketing, maintaining border strips of native plant hedgerows, and managing a 1,200-member Community Supported Agriculture project. Judith is on the Executive Committee of the Community Alliance with Family Farmers; Advisory Board of California Climate and Agriculture Network; and a Steering Committee member for the annual Hoes Down Harvest Festival.
Johanna Nesseth is the Manager of Development and Public Policy for Chevron. She was previously Vice President for Strategic Planning at CSIS, where she led the Center’s relationships with corporate and foundation partners. She also directed the CSIS Global Food Security Project, which put forward policy approaches that can effectively enhance global food security. </p>
Sustainable Food Lab
Hal Hamilton founded and co-directs the global Sustainable Food Lab, which aims to mainstream sustainability in global food supply. Its projects are all aimed at practical supply chain tools and shared learning among peers. Hal’s career began as a commercial dairy farmer in Kentucky.
Yoder Ag Services, and Chair of The North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance
Fred Yoder is a fourth generation farmer who has lived and farmed near Plain City, Ohio, for more than 38 years. Along with his wife, Debbie, and his two children, he grows corn, soybeans and wheat on his farm of 1,500 acres. Fred has served as President of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), which has over 35,000 dues-paying members, and also represents more than 300,000 corn farmers in the U.S.
Urban Institute
Elaine Waxman, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Previously she was Vice President of Research and Nutrition at Feeding America.
Columbia University
Claire Wang, MD, ScD is Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She co-directs the Obesity Prevention Initiative and is the faculty director of the Comparative Effectiveness & Outcomes Research MPH certificate within the Mailman School. Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson foundation (RWJF), she is building a model of environmental determinants of energy balance to evaluate various population-wide programs and policies designed to fight childhood obesity.
Washington State University
Dr. Charles Benbrook is the former Program Leader, Measure to Manage (M2M) Program: Advanced Food and Farm Diagnostics for Sustainability and Health, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University. Previously he was Chief Scientist at the Organic Center. Dr. Benbrook has also worked in Washington, D.C., serving as the agricultural staff expert on the Council for Environmental Quality in the Carter Administration, the Executive Director of the Subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture with jurisdiction over pesticide regulation, research, trade and foreign agricultural issues, and the Executive Director, Board on Agriculture of the National Academy of Sciences.
Wheat Farmer
For five years Carl Mattson, a wheat producer, has worked for the Montana Grain Growers Association as their Conservation and Farm Program Associate. While in this position he worked on aspects of both Title I and Title II of the 2008 Farm Bill. Additionally, Carl was on staff with the Montana Stockgrowers Association where he addressed conservation, sustainability, and farm program issues for Montana Beef Producers.
Strawberry Farmer
Arthur Gen “A.G.” Kawamura is the former California Secretary of Agriculture. He is a third generation fruit and vegetable grower and shipper from Orange County and is the co-chair of Solutions From the Land, a project supported by UN Foundation, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and the Farm Foundation, that is developing a sustainable roadmap for 21st century agricultural systems. He serves as a Board Member of the American Farmland Trust and is a national steering committee member of “25x25,” a renewable energy coalition.
Retired - Dupont
Jim Borel served as executive vice president and a member of the company's Office of the Chief Executive 2009-2016. Mr. Borel joined DuPont in 1978 in Findlay, Ohio, as a sales representative.
Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners
Shonda Warner founded Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners in 2006. She has thirty years of experience in managing various forms of financial and agricultural assets.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Tres Bailey is the Director of Agriculture and Food in the Federal Government Relations department of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Clinton Health Matters Initiative at the William J. Clinton Foundation
Rain Henderson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative at the William J. Clinton Foundation. In her role, Rain is responsible for driving CHMI’s strategic vision and fostering partnerships across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to advance the mission of improving the health and well-being of all people in the United States with meaningful and scalable solutions.
Real Food Generation
Anim Steel became the Executive Director of Real Food Generation after co-founding the Real Food Challenge, a campaign to re-direct $1 billion of college food purchases towards local, fair, and sustainable sources within 10 years.
Schumacher Center for a New Economics
Greg Watson is the Schumacher Center's Director of Policy and Systems Design. Greg has a long connection to and appreciation of agriculture starting in his childhood where his grandmother tended a vegetable garden and fruit trees, and visiting his uncle's working farm in Tennessee.
Mississippi State University
Dr. Gregory Bohach is Vice President for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine (DAVFM) at Mississippi State University (MSU), which contains the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, the MSU Extension Service, the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Forest Resources, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics
Katherine (Kitty) Smith is the Executive Director of the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics, an organization that advocates on behalf of researchers and other professionals for a strong statistical system and ready access to federal data.
University of California Davis
Tom Tomich is the founding director of UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute, inaugural holder of W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at UC Davis, and a professor in both the departments of human ecology, and environmental science and policy.
Tufts University
Beatrice (Bea) Rogers is a Professor of Economics and Food Policy and Director of the Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Program at Tufts University and has been on the faculty at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy since 1982.
The Ohio State University
Douglas Jackson-Smith is Professor of Water Security, School of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center (OARDC)
University of California Davis
Washington State University
Stonyfield Farm
Britt Lundgren is the Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture at Stonyfield Farm.
Environmental Defense Fund
Suzy Friedman directs EDF’s work to collaborate with farmers, grower organizations, agribusinesses, and food company/retail partners to create a U.S. agricultural system that drives climate stability and clean water and supports food security goals.
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Ferd Hoefner is the Policy Director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), and has been the group’s senior Washington, D.C. representative since it’s founding in 1988. NSAC’s work covers a wide range of policy areas, including conservation, agricultural research, beginning farmers, local and regional food systems, food safety, rural business development, and farm program reform.
Share Our Strength
As Senior Director of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, Lisa is responsible for developing and implementing results-driven strategies and local campaigns that leverage partnerships, programmatic expertise, advocacy and communications to increase participation in federal nutrition programs and build momentum toward ending childhood hunger.
Field to Market, The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture
Rod Snyder has served as President of Field to Market, The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture since March 2014. Prior to this role, Snyder held positions as Public Policy Director for the National Corn Growers Association and Government Affairs Leader for CropLife America.
The Nature Conservancy
Larry Clemens is the North American Agriculture Program Director for The Nature Conservancy.
Houston Independent School District
Betti Wiggins is the officer of nutrition services for the Houston Independent School District, serving more than 269,000 nutritious meals to students every school day.