North American Export Grain Association
Dan Amstutz is president and CEO of the North American Export Grain Association, the association of U.S. grain and oilseed exporters. Previously, he served as executive director of the International Wheat Council, London, now called the International Grains Council.
He was part of the Reagan Administration for 6 years. First, as under secretary of agriculture for international affairs and commodity programs (1983-1987), and then as ambassador and chief negotiator for agriculture in the GATT Uruguay Round trade negotiations. He played a key role in helping achieve more trade liberalization for agriculture than in all preceding multilateral trade rounds.
Before joining government, Amstutz was a general partner of Goldman, Sachs and Company, the New York investment bank, where he initiated the firm’s commodities trading and futures brokerage businesses.
For 25 years before that, he was with Cargill in a number of management and grain merchandizing roles. These included the cadre that began Cargill’s European operations; senior merchant for wheat merchandising and manager of coarse grain merchandising at Cargill’s Minneapolis headquarters; and the creation of Cargill Investor Services, where he served as president and CEO.
He is an advisor to the U.S. government as a member of the Agriculture Policy Advisory Committee and a member of the Agribusiness Committee of the U.S./Russia Commission.
Amstutz is a graduate of Ohio State University and is director of the Ohio State University Foundation.
He has been a frequent speaker, and has written extensively, on markets, marketing, and trade throughout his 45-year career.
Center for Global Food Issues
Dennis T. Avery is a Senior Fellow at
Hudson and is Director of the Center for Global Food Issues. A food
policy analyst for the past 30 years, Dennis began his career with the
U.S. Department of Agriculture, served on the staff of President Lyndon
Johnson's National Advisory Commission of Food and Fiber, and, prior to
joining Hudson, was the senior agricultural analyst for the U.S.
Department of State.
|James R. Baker||Administrator,
USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
James Baker is the administrator of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard
Administration (GIPSA). As administrator, he oversees the USDA agency
charged with facilitating the
Economist/Vice President, NCFC
Terry Barr is the chief economist for the
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) and Vice President of the
Cooperative Business Center in NCFC. The NCFC is a nationwide association
of farmer cooperative businesses headquartered in Washington, DC.
Richard E. Bell is president and chief
executive officer of Riceland Foods, Inc., headquartered at Stuttgart,
Director, Pennsylvania Farm Link
Marion Long-Bowlan lives and farms in Manheim, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She works with the Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Farm Link, a network for small farms. She also is a member of the USDA Advisory Committee on Small Farms and the National Commission on Small Farms.
Director, E-Markets, Inc.
Frank Beurskens is Director, Product Strategy for E-Markets, responsible for identification and design of new e-commerce solutions for agriculture. Frank Beurskens began his agriculture career managing a large Midwestern grain cooperative in the early 1970's. In 1980 he cofounded one of the largest private agricultural futures and grain brokerage businesses. Frank served as CEO until launching an independent consulting practice in 1995. He provided consulting domestically and internationally for corporate, academic and industry groups including international projects for development of commodity exchanges in Romania, Russia and Ukraine. In 1995 Frank also founded and maintained an award winning internet web site AgriBiz.com providing grain market information for the global marketplace.AgriBiz was purchased by E-Markets in 1999. Frank also presents professionally throughout the world on issues related to agriculture including e-commerce, risk management, strategy and vision.
Frank joined E-Markets in February 2000 following a year serving as a consultant to the firm.
Administrator, USDA Agricultural Marketing
Barry L. Carpenter is Deputy Administrator of the Livestock and Seed Program, Agricultural Marketing Service. The Livestock and Seed Program is responsible for reporting livestock and grain market news; developing standards for meat, cattle, swine, and wool; meat grading and certification; purchasing red meats and fish for the Federal feeding programs; monitoring the research and promotion activities for the American Sheep Industry Association, Mohair Council of America, Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, National Pork Board, and the United Soybean Board; and enforcing the Federal Seed Act. He has represented the United States on the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Committee on Agriculture since 1990 and has chaired the meetings of Experts on Standardization of Meat since 1994.
Almost his entire career has been with the Department of Agriculture in the Livestock and Seed Program. He started as a meat grader in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1970. He has served in a number of field offices--including being Western Area Supervisor--and transferred to Washington, D.C., as Assistant Chief of the Meat Grading and Certification Branch. He also served as Chief of the Dairy Grading and Standardization Branch for 1½ years. He was named Deputy Director in 1989 and was promoted to Deputy Administrator of the Livestock and Seed Program on November 14, 1993.
In 1999, President Clinton presented Barry with the Presidential Rank Award--Meritorious Executive and in February 2000 he received the National Meat Association’s prestigious E. Floyd Forbes Award for his contributions to the livestock and meat industry.
Barry is a graduate of the University of Florida where he received a degree in animal science.
Barry is married and has four grown children and five grandchildren. He resides in Orlean, Virginia.
Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin
Peter C. Carstensen is the Young-Bascom Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin and received his law degree and a masters degree in economics from Yale University. From 1968 to 1973, he was a trial attorney at the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice where one of his primary areas of work was on questions of relating competition policy and law to regulated industries. He has been a member of the faculty of the UW Law School since 1973.
His scholarship and teaching have focused on antitrust law. He has published a number of articles in the field including several discussing aspects of the relationship of antitrust law and regulation. He is the author of a detailed study of the famous Chicago Board of Trade case that concerned price fixing restraints in grain trading: The Contents of the Hollow Core of Antitrust: The Chicago Board of Trade Case and the Meaning of the "Rule of Reason" in Restraint of Trade Analysis, 15 Res. in Law and Econ. 1 (1992). His article, Concentration and the Destruction of Competition in Agricultural Markets – The Case for Change in Public Policy, will appear in the Wisconsin Law Review this summer.
He has served as an expert witness before the Wisconsin Public Service Commission on competition issues in telecommunications and currently serves on a Commission committee reviewing the state of competition in telecommunications. He has also been an invited witness at Congressional hearings, most recently before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, and has served as a consultant to both public and private parties concerning antitrust and competition questions. In September 1999, he participated in the Town Meeting in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sponsored by Senators Grassley, Harkin and Wellstone concerning the competition policy issues in agriculture.
Jon Caspers of Swaledale, Iowa, is
co-owner and general manager of Pleasant Valley Pork Corp., a
farrow-to-finish operation that markets 20,000 hogs annually.
|Dr. Michael J. Caughlin||Director,
Office Policy and Litigation Support for Packers and Stockyards
DIRECTOR, Office of Policy/Litigation Support, Packers and Stockyards Program (1998-present); U.S. AGRIBUSINESS ADVISOR to South Africa (1996-1998); SENIOR ADVISOR for Business, Trade and Investment in Africa at the Foreign Agricultural Service (1994-1996) and at the State Department (1988-1994); DIRECTOR, Industry Analysis Staff , Packers and Stockyards Administration (1986-1988); ADMINISTRATOR and Founding Member of the National Endowment for Soil and Water Conservation (1981-1986); CONSULTANT to the House Subcommittee on Conversation, Credit and Rural Development (1981-1982); CHIEF ECONOMIST for the National Agricultural Lands Study (1980-1981); DIRECTOR, Office of Policy Review at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (1976-1980); FULBRIGHT PROFESSOR at the University of Sri Lanka (1974-1976); AGRICULTURAL ECONOMIST at the Treasury Department and the Cost of Living Council (1973-1974); INSTRUCTOR at the University of Maryland’s University College and at Prince George’s Community College (1972 to 1973); RESEARCH ASSISTANT at the University of Maryland (1969-1973); CONSULTANT to the Minister of Economic Development in Guyana (1970); ARTILLERY OFFICER U.S. Army 199th Light Infantry Brigade in South Viet Nam and with the 6th Armored Cavalry Regiment At Fort Meade, MD (1966-1969).
Mr. Collins is responsible for the Office
of the Chief Economist, the World Agricultural Outlook Board, and the
Office of Risk Assessment and Cost Benefit Analysis. Keith was formerly
Acting Assistant Secretary for Economics which included responsibility for
the Economic Research Service and the National Agricultural Statistics
Service. As Acting Chief Economist, Mr. Collins is responsible for the
Department's agricultural projections and forecasts and advises the
Secretary on economic implications of alternative programs, regulations,
and legislative proposals. Mr. Collins, a member of the Senior Executive
Service, received the Presidential Rank Awards in 1990 and 1992.
Director, South Carolina, Federation of Southern Cooperative – Land
Leon Crump was born the son
of a Baptist Minister/sharecropper and his wife in Chesterfield County, SC
on July 11 1947. He is the youngest of three brothers and has four
sisters. He was educated In the Cheraw public schools.
|M. L. "Cap" Dierks||State
Senator, State of Nebraska
(District 40, Ewing)
Elected to Nebraska Legislature: 1986;
re-elected 1990, 1994 and 1998 Serves on Agriculture (chair);
Business and Labor; Revenue; Committee on Committees
Agricultural Economics, Purdue University
Otto C. Doering is Professor of
Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. His work focuses on
economic policy issues affecting agriculture and natural resources. He
has teaching, research and adult education responsibilities.
|Michael V. Dunn||
Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, USDA
Michael Dunn is Under
Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. He
manages the three USDA agencies responsible for many aspects of the
marketing, protection, quality and transportation of the nation's food,
feed and fiber supply. Those agencies are the Agricultural Marketing
Service, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Grain
Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.
Rural Sociology, University of Missouri
Representative, State of Mississippi
Stephen Holland born in
Tupelo on November 5, 1955, and is a lifelong Lee County resident with
wide-ranging interests in community and church affairs, state and regional
politics, business and agriculture. He has been a member of the
Mississippi House since 1984, representing the people in House
District 16 of Lee County.
Regional Supervisor, Des Moines
Jay Johnson is Supervisor of the Des Moines regional office, Packers and Stockyards Programs, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration. He opened this office as the Agency restructured in July 1998.
Jay began his career with the Packers and Stockyards in 1983 in the Agency's South St. Paul, Minnesota regional office. He transferred to Washington, D. C. in 1985 into the Packer and Poultry Division where he has had various responsibilities and titles including Acting Director, for the 18 month period proceeding his most recent appointment.
He is a native of Illinois where he graduated with honors from Western Illinois University with a degree in Agriculture Business.
of AzTx Cattle, Former President National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Robert D Josserand was
born in Pratt, Kansas, on June 24, 1931. He graduated from Colorado
State University in 1953 with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. He
served as President of Pro Cattle Company from September, 1973 to
December, 1979, when the company was acquired by AZL Resources, Inc.
From 1980 to 1983 he was President of and managed the AZL Cattle Group,
consisting at various times of as many as five cattle feed lots in
Texas, Nebraska and Arizona, with combined one-time capacity of
approximately 200,000 head. That Group was acquired by AzTx Cattle Co.
in 1983. Mr. Josserand is now Chairman of the Board and owner of AzTx
Cattle Co., which owns five cattle feed lots in Texas, Colorado, and
Kansas, with a combined one-time capacity of approximately 200,000 head.
of Agriculture, State of Iowa
Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge is a
life-long resident of Southern Iowa. For the past thirty years, she and
her husband, John, have lived on the family cow-calf farm in Monroe
County. The Judges have three grown children and a granddaughter, Catie.
Kathleen Sullivan Kelley is a fourth generation Colorado rancher and farmer whose life has been profoundly shaped by her agricultural heritage. She and her husband Reed currently own and manage a commercial cow, grain, and hay operation in northwestern Colorado near Meeker.
In 1980, Kelley at the age of 26 was the youngest woman ever elected to the Colorado legislature. She was defeated by 13 votes in her re-election bid and will be one of the first to argue, your vote counts!
In 1986, Kelley became the first native westerner to serve as a Fellow at Harvard Universities Institute of Politics (IOP) in the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Her nine week study group, The American Farm Crisis, was acclaimed by former Harvard IOP Director Jonathan Moore, as "one of the most successful in the history of the IOP."
Kelley has served as an agricultural consultant to the former Committee on East West Relations and the International Leadership Institute. She is a founding member of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers Standing Committee on Women in Agriculture, serving as a representative of the National Farmers Union.
Kelley was the first woman elected to serve as Vice President of the Sky Mountain Farmers Union and recently retired from her fifth term. She was appointed by Secretary Glickman to serve as a co-vice Chair on the National Commission on Small Farms and would like to see substantive portions of the commission report, A Time To Act, implemented.
In 1998, she along with Herman Schumacher, a co-chair of USDA's Advisory Group on Market Concentration, Jack McNamee an Angus breeder from Montana, and Leo McDonnell Jr., owner of the Midland Bull Test, formed the Ranchers Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, commonly known as R-CALF, to address growing trade problems with Canada and Mexico. Today, R-CALF is one of the fastest growing agricultural groups in the nation with over 10,000 dues paying members in 30 states The group focuses on domestic and international cattle marketing issues in both trade and anti-trust. Kelley serves as its Vice President.
Kelley has worked as a free lance writer for numerous general and agricultural news publications, occasionally teaches public speaking and English at the college level, and has been a featured speaker at numerous forums around the world on the crisis in agriculture.
Kelley currently serves on the board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and also serves on the Agricultural Advisory Board at Colorado State University, Fort Collins.
Missouri Farm Bureau
Charles E. Kruse was elected to the position of president of Missouri Farm Bureau in 1992, an organization of more than 91,000 member families. As president of Missouri Farm Bureau, Kruse also serves as president of the Federation's five affiliated companies. Kruse also serves as a member of the American Farm Bureau Board of Directors, representing 12 midwestern state Farm Bureaus.
A native of Stoddard County in Southeast Missouri, Kruse received his Masters of Science in Agronomy in 1973 from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is also a 1967 graduate of Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas, majoring in agronomy.
From 1975 to 1983, Kruse was a technical representative for an agricultural chemical company, and in 1983 he was appointed by Governor Christopher "Kit" Bond to serve on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. In 1985, Governor John Ashcroft appointed Kruse as director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Governor Ashcroft also appointed Kruse to Missouri’s Coordinating Board for Higher Education.
In 1991, Kruse accepted the position of executive vice president of the North American Equipment Dealers Association, resigning in August of 1992 to seek the presidency of Missouri Farm Bureau.
In 1994, Kruse was honored by the University of Missouri with both the Faculty/Alumni Award and the College of Agriculture's Alumnus of the Year Award.
He received an appointment to the Commission on 21st Century Production Agriculture in August, 1997. In June, 1999, USDA Secretary Dan Glickman and United States Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky reappointed Kruse to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Grains, Feed, and Oilseeds. Previous federal appointments include President George Bush’s Council on Rural America and US Trade Representative Carla Hills’ Intergovernmental Advisory Committee.
Mr. Kruse is an Eagle Scout and had a 26-year military career in the Missouri National Guard. He retired from the National Guard in March, 1993, with the rank of Brigadier General.
Kruse and his family raise corn, wheat, soybeans and cotton.
|Dr. Sally McCammon||Science
Advisor, Licensing of Biotechnology, USDA Animal and Plant Health
As Science Advisor, Dr. McCammon provides leadership, evaluations, advice, and recommendations on a variety of policy and operational issues that have scientific and technological importance to the agency. She has worked on many administration priorities including biotechnology, Year 2000 readiness, sustainable development, integrated pest management, aquatic nuisance species, aquaculture, biological control, and invasive species.
In biotechnology, she is currently the APHIS representative to the USDA Biotechnology Coordinating Committee and is the USDA’s project contact on biotechnology with the National Academy of Sciences. Internationally, she is the U.S. head of delegation to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Working Group on Harmonization of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology. She is the alternate delegate to the Codex ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Biotechnology and will head the U.S. delegation to the newly formed working Group on Phytosanitary Aspects of GMOs and on Invasive Species under the International Plant Protection Convention. She has been involved with international biotechnology regulatory harmonization policy issues for over ten years.
Within APHIS, Dr. McCammon has served as the Domestic Programs Branch Chief and International Coordinator for Biotechnology, Biologics, and Environmental Protection (BBEP). She initially joined APHIS as a biotechnologist responsible for issuing permits for release of genetically engineered organisms into the environment. Prior to joining APHIS, she was a Research Microbiologist for USDA, Agricultural Research Service, working on the genetics of plant pathogenic bacteria. She has also worked at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, The Ohio State University, and she obtained her doctorate in Plant Pathology at the University of Kentucky.
President for Biotechnology Regulatory and External Affairs, DuPont
Terry Medley joined DuPont on
May 1, 1998, as director of regulatory and external affairs.
Medley's substantial expertise in biotechnology regulatory policy
significantly enhances DuPont's role as a world leader in agricultural
biotechnology and life sciences.
Charlie Rawls was sworn in as the general
counsel for the U.S. Department of Agriculture by Agriculture Secretary
Dan Glickman on
American Meat Institute, Cargill
Greg Page was elected executive vice president of Cargill, Incorporated in November 1999. Among his other responsibilities, he is a member of the Red Meat Solutions Platform, which includes Excel Corporation. Based in Wichita, KS, Excel is a leading processor of beef and pork, with processing facilities in the United States, Canada, and Australia.
Page joined Cargill in 1974 as a trainee assigned to the Feed Division. Over the next 10 years, he held a number of positions with Feed in Kansas, Texas, California, and Minnesota. In 1985, he transferred to Singapore to work for Cargill Southeast Asia Ltd. Three years later, he was involved in the startup of a poultry processing operation in Saraburi Province, Thailand.
When the Cargill Meat Sector was formed in 1992, Page returned to Minneapolis to work with the beef operations of Cargill's Excel subsidiary. The Meat Sector was reorganized in 1995 to include Cargill's Animal Nutrition and Poultry businesses, and Page began overseeing the Red Meat Group, which includes Cargill's beef and pork interests. In May 1998, he was named corporate vice president and sector president, with responsibilities for the Financial Markets Group and the Red Meat Group.
In addition to being a member of the Red Meat Solutions Platform, he serves in the same capacity for the Risk Management and Financial Solutions Platform.
In November 1999, Page was elected to the chairmanship for I999-2000 of the American Meat Institute (AMI). Page also serves on the AMI board of directors, and for 1998-99 he was vice chairman of the American Meat Institute's Board of Directors.
Page received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. He was born in Bottineau, ND, where his father was in the farm machinery business.
PM Holdings, L.L.C.
Curry A. Roberts is the President of PM Holdings, L.L.C., Richmond, Virginia, where he serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the parent company of PM Beef Group, L.L.C., and PM Global Foods, L.L.C.
PM Beef Group, L.L.C., includes slaughter and fabrication plants in Minnesota and Iowa with the capacity to process 190,000 head of cattle annually. PM Beef also owns PM Specialty Foods of Richmond, Virginia, and Omaha, Nebraska, which markets case ready meats for retail establishments and food service products for restaurants.
PM Global Foods, L.L.C., of Atlanta, Georgia, is a diversified export trading company marketing beef, pork and poultry products to the Pacific Rim, Europe, Mexico, Central and South America. PM Global also maintains offices in Columbia, South Carolina, Foster City, California, Seoul, South Korea, and Mexico City, Mexico.
Prior to becoming President of PM Holdings, L.L.C., Mr. Roberts performed the duties of Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for J.W.K. Properties, Inc., located in Charlottesville, Virginia. J.W.K. Properties, Inc., is a diversified agricultural and forestry operation of nearly 8,000 acres and approximately 100 full-time employees. J.W.K. Properties, Inc., also has investments in the nut processing and coin-operated laundry industries.
Mr. Roberts served as Cabinet Deputy Secretary and subsequently Secretary of Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1986-1990. In that capacity he was responsible for 15 state agencies and a biennial budget of 1.5 billion dollars. Included in this Secretariat were diverse agencies, such as the Department of Economic Development, Virginia Port Authority, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Department of World Trade.
A native of Bedford County, Mr. Roberts graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He presently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Atlantic Rural Exposition, Inc./State Fair of Virginia, the National Meat Association and Southern States Cooperative, Inc.
Mr. Roberts has received a number of awards and recognitions. He was chosen as the 1988 Outstanding Young Alumnus by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society in 1989.
Secretary of Agriculture
Richard E. Rominger was nominated for the
post of Deputy Secretary of Agriculture by President Clinton, and sworn in
on May 12, 1993. As Deputy Secretary, Rominger assists the Secretary in
supervising the activities of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, one of
the largest and most diverse departments in the federal government. USDA's
mission includes management of traditional farm programs, conservation
programs, domestic food assistance, research and education, agricultural
marketing, international trade, meat and poultry inspection, forestry and
rural development. Rominger has also had responsibility for USDA's budget,
reorganization and downsizing.
Kansas City, MO
Ken Root is the host of
AgriTalk, a daily radio program heard on 120 stations in 31 states. The
one-hour broadcast airs live at 10:06 a.m. Central time and addresses issues
that affect those who live and work in small towns and rural areas.
Counsel for Agriculture, Anti-Trust Division, Department of Justice
Appointed in January 2000 as Special Counsel for Agriculture in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice by Assistant Attorney General Joel Klein, Mr. Ross began his legal career in the Antitrust Section of the Ohio Attorney General's Office. His first tour in the Antitrust Division at the Department of Justice was from 1975-82, when he worked on some of the Division's largest cases. In1982, he began a special assignment to the National Association of Attorneys General as Supreme Court Counsel, helping the State attorneys general draft Supreme Court petitions and prepare for oral argument. Since returning to the Department in 1992, he has worked in the Office of Policy Development and on the appellate staff of the Civil Division. From 1994 until January of this year, he worked as a senior trial attorney in the Office of Consumer Litigation, enforcing federal consumer protection statutes and representing the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. He is a graduate of Tufts University and the George Washington University School of Law.
of Agriculture, State of Missouri
John Saunders became director of the Missouri
Department of Agriculture on March 14, 1993. As director, Saunders
is responsible for overseeing more than 400 employees who are responsible
for regulating and marketing Missouri's agricultural industry.
Deputy Administrator, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
Mr. Shipman has been with the U.S. Department of Agriculture since 1976. He has served in various field and headquarters positions involving the analytical testing of agricultural products and the establishment of U.S. and International grain quality standards.
He currently serves as Deputy Administrator for the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration and is responsible for establishing U.S. grain standards and for managing the nations grain inspection and weighing system.
Mr. Shipman serves on a variety of committees, including the Secretary of Agriculture's Working Group on Technical Barriers to Trade; the Biotechnology Coordinating Committee; and is an alternate U.S. Delegate to the CODEX Committee on Cereals, Pulses, and Legumes.
to the Administrator, GIPSA
John Stencel has been Special Assistant to
the Administrator in Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
(GIPSA) for the last 27 months. In this position, he is responsible for
various legislative functions requiring contact with Members of Congress and
their staffs and the development of policies to resolve problems and issues.
He also is responsible for developing staff papers and special analyses of
subjects in preparation for meetings, conferences, and Department of
Agriculture officials. He is the Agency’s Outreach Coordinator and
represents GIPSA in the Department of Agriculture’s Small Farms working
National Farmers Union
Leland Swenson was elected president of the National Farmers Union (NFU) in 1988 and currently represents the 300,000 farm family members of NFU. Re-elected unanimously in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996 and 1998, Swenson has served as a prominent spokesperson for the interests of family farm agriculture and rural communities throughout the United States and internationally.
Under Swenson’s leadership, the National Farmers Union has enhanced its role in influencing legislation in Washington, D.C., and state capitals, developing and maintaining farmer-owned cooperatives and educating member-families about the issues of the day.
In addition to his responsibilities with NFU, Swenson serves on: the board of directors of the Consumer Federation of America; the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Policy Trade Advisory Committee; the board of overseers of the Cooperative For Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc. (CARE); the board, as president and chairman, of NFU’s Farmers Educational Foundation, NFU’s political action committee (NATFARMPAC) and NFU’s Ventures, Inc.; and the board of the Farmers Union Insurance Companies and Holding Company.
Swenson also serves as chairman of the Development Cooperation Committee of the 50-nation International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP). He has served as vice president of IFAP and as a member of the organization’s executive committee.
Prior to being elected president of NFU, Swenson served for 8 years as president of the South Dakota Farmers Union. There, he was responsible for the formation of the "South Dakota Farm Alliance" which brought farm and church groups together to work for better farm and tax policies. He also organized the largest farm rally ever held in South Dakota during the throes of the farm crisis of the 1980s.
Swenson grew up in the Farmers Union and is the first NFU president ever to have completed the organization’s youth program and earn the "Torchbearer" award, the organization’s highest educational honor.
Attorney General, State of Iowa
Eric Tabor is a 1980 graduate of the
University of Iowa School of Law, having completed his third year at Harvard
Law School. He served three years as an Assistant Counsel in the Office of
the Legislative Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives. He returned to farm
with his family near Maquoketa, IA, and became active in politics as a
congressional candidate in the 2nd District of Iowa and as the
chair of the Iowa Democratic Party (1993-1994).
GIPSA Technical Services Division
Steven N. Tanner is the Director of Technical Services Division of the USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration located in Kansas City, Missouri. He has held this position since 1994. In this position, he develops, manages, and coordinates the Agency’s research, technical training, and analytical service functions in the promotion of accurate assessment of grain quality throughout the national grain market system. Mr. Tanner also held the position of Deputy Director of this facility from 1993 to 1994.
In 1988, Mr. Tanner was appointed to chair the Codex Alimentarius Commission’s Committee on Cereals, Pulses, and Legumes. This committee is charged with developing grain and processed grain standards for world trade. The Codex Alimentarius Commission was established in 1962 jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization to establish food standards for world trade that will facilitate marketing and protect the health of consumers.
Also, from 1988 to 1993, Mr. Tanner was the staff assistant to the GIPSA Administrator. In that position, he provided technical guidance and consultation to the Administrator of the in matters relating to grain quality. Mr. Tanner was influential in setting strategic policy and plans regarding the use of technology to measure grain quality attributes.
Mr. Tanner began his career with USDA in 1976 as a laboratory manager testing processed grain products for compliance with USDA specifications prior to distribution and shipment to foreign countries. He received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Maryland in 1974 and a M.B.A. from Mount Saint Mary’s College in 1988.
Kansas Grain & Feed Association
Tom R. Tunnell has served as the President
and Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas Grain and Feed Association since
1980. The KGFA is a state wide trade association consisting of
agribusinesses involved in the receiving, storing, merchandising and
processing of grain and feed. The over 1,000 member companies that belong
to KGFA represent 99% of all commercially licensed grain storage in
Tunnell has served on numerous boards and
committees during his over 25 years of involvement in Kansas agriculture,
including President of the Agricultural Associations Executive Council, a
member of USDA Secretary Block's Special Committee on Hard Wheat
Classification, the state association executive member of the
National Grain and Feed Association's Rail Legislative Task Force, member
of the Executive Committee of the Agricultural Retailers Association, and
most recently was appointed by Kansas Governor Graves to the Governor's
Working Group on Grain Transportation and Storage.
Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, Ohio
Dr. Tweeten is the Anderson
Professor of Agricultural Marketing, Policy, and Trade at The Ohio Stale
University, Agricultural Economics Department. He has experience in public
policy for agriculture, national economic development, and international
trade and development. He has taught many subjects and is author or
co-author of seven books and more than 500 journal articles and published
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