Farm Hands on the Potomac: USDA Appoints Advisors for Racial Equality, Fair and Competitive Markets
USDA appointed Dewayne Goldmon as the new Senior Racial Equality Advisor to the Secretary of Agriculture and Andy Green as a senior advisor for fair and competitive markets. For the past year, Goldmon served as Executive Director of the National Black Growers Council. Green recently served as a Senior Research Fellow in Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress. To learn more about appointments, click on here.
Former Kansas Senator. Pat roberts joined Capitol Counsel as a new partner. Roberts served four terms in the Senate and eight terms in the House of Representatives. At the time of his retirement, he chaired the Senate Committee on Agriculture and also sat on the Committee on Finance and the Committee on Health, Education, Work and Pensions. He is the only person to chair the House Agriculture Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee, working on a total of eight farm bills.
Big Idea Ventures created Brand Bette, former USDA Assistant Under Secretary for Rural Development and Bill northey, former USDA Undersecretary for Agricultural Production and Conservation as Senior Advisors to the General Food Rural Partners Fund. Brand and Northey will advise GFRP fund managers on how best to identify ideal rural communities to locate new businesses. They will also help expand the company’s networks in the agricultural and food innovation sectors.
Krysta Harden was appointed President and CEO of the US Dairy Export Council, fulfilling the Tom Vilsack, who was confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture. Harden has been promoted from Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining USDEC, Harden was Director of Sustainability at Corteva and DuPont. Previously, she worked seven years with Vilsack at the USDA, including three as Under Secretary of Agriculture.
The Ministry of Commerce has announced new leadership appointments. At the secretary’s office: Mike harney was hired to be chief of staff, Luis Jimenez will be deputy chief of staff, Matthew bucci serve as an advisor to the secretary, Cynthia Aragon will serve as a liaison to the White House, Brittany Caplin serve as deputy director of public affairs and press officer, and Gabriela Castillo will be director of public affairs. To the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Karen hyun will be the chief of staff, Letise LaFeir serve as the primary advisor, Emily McAuliffe was hired as a special assistant, and Walker smith will serve as general legal advisor. To see all the appointments, click on here.
Industry Responsible for a Healthy Environment (RISE) has made three new additions to its Washington DC team. Kristen spotz, the new Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs, joins RISE after leaving the Consumer Brands Association, where she was Head of Regulatory Affairs. Megan Striegel has been hired in the newly created role of RISE Base Manager. She previously worked at the Environmental Protection Agency during the Trump administration as a special advisor in the office of the agricultural adviser. Karie evans has been hired as the new communications manager for RISE. She was previously the Marketing Coordinator for the American Chemical Society.
Mike Cuzzi joined the Federal Government Relations team at Cornerstone Government Affairs, focusing on energy, climate and environment issues. Prior to joining Cornerstone, he founded SRL Strategies and, prior to that, was Senior Director of Government Affairs and Policy for Brookfield Renewable in New York. He was also senior vice president of VOX Global.
Mike Seyfert officially started at the National Grain and Feed Association as President and CEO. Seyfert has spent the past seven years at the FMC Corporation, most recently as Director of Government and Industry Affairs.
Bayer has made further leadership changes to help accelerate the implementation of its Crop Science division’s strategy and its intention to divest the company’s professional environmental science business. Jackie applegate was asked to be president of Crop Science North America at Bayer. Previously, she was responsible for global vegetable seeds and environmental science. Jeremy williams was appointed to head The Climate Corporation and Digital Farming. Williams was most recently director of plant biotechnology at Bayer. He succeeds Michael Stern, who, after 30 years at Bayer Crop Science and The Climate Corporation, announced he would be retiring. Bayer also named Tom armitage de Mondelez as Head of Global Communication for Crop Science. Bayer named Gilles Galliou, currently responsible for the business operations of Bayer Vegetable Seeds Americas, to lead the Environmental Sciences business and the planned divestment. Inci Dannenberg, currently head of global strategic vegetable seed marketing, has also been appointed to lead the global vegetable seed business in the field of crop science.
Laura Wood Peterson started a natural resources and agriculture policy firm called Laura Wood Peterson Consulting. Previously, she worked at Indigo as Strategic Advisor and Senior Director of Government Affairs.
America’s Farmers and Ranchers in Action elected a new president and added three new members to its board of directors. Anne Meis, from the Nebraska Soybean Board, now chairs the USFRA board. Meis and her husband raise cattle and grow corn, soybeans and alfalfa on their family farm in Elgin, Neb. The three new board members include Julie fussner the Culver franchise system, Janie Simms Hipp from the Native American Agriculture Fund, and Hope Bentley from McDonald’s.
The Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac) has appointed Eric McKissack of Chicago as a new member of the company’s board of directors. He occupies the seat of former member of the council W. David Hemingway after his unexpected death in November. McKissack is the founder and former CEO of Channing Capital Management, a Chicago-based investment advisory firm. He retired from the firm in 2019 after 16 years at the helm and currently serves as CEO Emeritus.
Paul Larson was chosen to lead the Connecticut Farm Bureau as president. Larson started Sprucedale Gardens Nursery and Greenhouse in 1995, which now has 16 greenhouses. Larson and his wife also own Larson’s geraniums. Larson has served on the Connecticut Farm Bureau Board of Directors since 2016 when he was elected 2nd vice-president.
Taylor wiseman was promoted to Legislative Assistant for Minority Staff on the Senate Agriculture Committee. She works on the livestock, climate, forestry and economy portfolio. She was previously a staff assistant and legislative correspondent.
Mitch baker accepted a job on the Hill as legislative correspondent for Senator James Lankford, R-Okla. Baker previously worked at the Department of Agriculture as a confidential assistant in the Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement.
Holt edwards is now legislative assistant to the senator. Cynthia lummis, R-Wyo. It covers the transport and public works portfolio. Edwards previously worked at the EPA under the Trump administration as a senior adviser for Senate affairs in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations.
Brian Duckworth was promoted to legislative director in Rep. Colin Allred‘s, D-Texas, office. It covers the portfolio of energy, environmental protection, science and technology, small business, telecommunications, transport and public works.
representative Emanuel cleaver, D-Mo., Hired Haydin brady as the new District Communications Coordinator. Brady most recently served as the Community Affairs Liaison Officer in Cleaver’s Kansas City office.
Elliot Guffin was elevated to the position of legislative director of Rep. Richard hudson, RN.C. He manages the portfolio for agriculture and food, animal welfare, trade, energy, environmental protection, foreign trade, natural resources, telecommunications, transport and public works . He was previously Senior Legislative Assistant.
Jonathan gilbert now serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for Rep. Mike Levins, D-Calif. It covers the portfolio of agriculture and food, credit, trade, energy, environmental protection, foreign trade, natural resources and transport. He was previously legislative director.
Megan Gallagher was promoted to legislative assistant for Rep. Patrick mchenry, RN.C. She now manages the portfolio for Animal Welfare, Science & Technology and Small Business. She was previously a legislative correspondent.
Founder of FarmHer Marji Guyler-Alaniz has accepted a new position as Senior Vice President of Risk and Operations at AgriSompo North America. Guyler-Alaniz first launched FarmHer in 2013 and will continue to host the FarmHer series, but has stepped back from his day-to-day responsibilities.
Taylor nikkel joined the staff of the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) as Administrator of Government and Industry Affairs. Nikkel previously worked at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Omaha as a loan review analyst. LMA also promoted Pierce bennett to the director of government and industrial affairs.
Rick Pfitzinger, Chief Operating Officer of the Farm Credit System Insurance Company, retired after 33 years of service with the federal government. Pfitzinger became the Chief Operating Officer of FCSIC in 2018, and prior to that he was Director of Risk Management for several years after serving as CFSIC’s Chief Financial Officer. Howard rubin, Chief Risk Officer of FCSIC, has been asked to succeed Pfitzinger. He joined FCSIC in 2013 as General Counsel.
Matt Weimar, regional vice president for South Asia at US Wheat Associates, announced he will retire on August 31. Weimar has worked for USW for 34 years, having started as Country Director in the Beijing office in 1987. He became Regional Director in the USW Hong Kong office in 1993 and began his current role in 2015. Joe sowers, Regional Vice President for the Philippines and Korea, has been appointed Weimar’s successor and will relocate from Manila, Philippines, to the USW regional office for South Asia in Singapore. Sowers joined USW in 2005 as a Market Analyst in Washington, DC
J. Keith Spackler, CEO of Ag Processing Inc. (AGP), announced his intention to retire on August 31. He will remain in office until a successor is appointed and the leadership transition is complete. He joined AGP in May 1985 and in 2012 was appointed CEO of the company.
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