Farm Hands on the Potomac: Brown joins CropLife America’s government relations team

Peggy Brown, CropLife America

CropLife America brought Peggy Brown as the new vice president of government relations. Most recently, Brown served as the ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee’s professional staff. John Boozman, R-Arch. Before joining the committee, Brown was the deputy administrator for field operations at the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

Katherine Graves Unger now serves as vice president of environmental, social and governance affairs for Boston Scientific. Graves Unger most recently served at Cargill as vice president of government relations for North America.

Lily Zeng began her new job as director of communications at the American Sugar Alliance. Most recently, Zeng served as the press secretary for the chairmen of the Senate Committee on Agriculture Debbie Stabenow. Prior to her work on Capitol Hill, Zeng worked at the Department of Agriculture, where she held many positions as a public policy expert and strategic communications advisor on marketing and regulatory programs.

Darin Gurii left the Senate Committee on Agriculture, where he worked as a senior professional staff member of the Senate. John Boozman, R-Arch. He handled the broadband, commodity markets and policy, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, energy, housing and community development portfolios.

Jeff Tarsi is Nutrien’s new executive vice president and president of global retail. Tarsi has more than 25 years of experience in this role, most recently leading Nutrien’s retail division in an interim capacity.

Diana Frost has been promoted to chief development officer of North America for Kraft Heinz. Frost joined Kraft Heinz in 2020 and was most recently Head of North American Disruption and Chief Marketing Officer for Canada.

Kelly Knowles will serve as Senior Advisor, Advocacy and Industry Relations for SNAC International. Knowles has more than 20 years of experience in state and federal law enforcement. She has served on the American Bakers Association PAC and the Grain Foods Foundation PAC.

The Association of Appliance Manufacturers contributed Kate Fox Wood by the Vice President for Federal Affairs, effective immediately. Fox Wood joined AEM in 2015 and has held various positions within the company. Prior to joining AEM, she held several positions in state and federal political campaigns and worked as a legislative assistant to a representative. Mike McIntyreDN.C.

Trey Forsythe returned to Land O’Lakes as senior manager of federal government and industry affairs. Forsythe most recently worked for Michael Torrey Associates as Director of Government Relations. He also has previous experience in the Office of the US Trade Representative as a policy advisor to the former Chief Agriculture Negotiator Greg Dood.

The National Pork Producers Council contributed Tyler Bettin Vice President of Production Services. He previously held the position of Director of Production Services. NPPK also hired Mikhail Dolch as the new Marketing and Digital Communications Manager. Dolch previously worked at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Management, where she was the deputy director of communications for the secretary. Mike Nigh.

Mihail Dolch .jpgNikolai Dolch, NPPC

The National Council of Farmers’ Cooperatives hired Alison Gerzina serve as coordinator of government affairs and communications. Herzina most recently worked for the Board of Education Finance, where she served as Membership Services Officer.

Zeli Duval began a new role as associate director of federal affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Most recently, Duvall worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to a congressman Julia LetloveR-La.

The U.S. Grains Board rose Sierra Walker coordinator of global ethanol programs. Most recently, Walker served as a receptionist and administrative assistant for the board and the National Corn Growers Association in the groups’ joint offices.

Clean Fuels Alliance America has hired Nina Duffy as a new employee of the organization. She recently graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in Political Science and Spanish. She also has previous experience interning on the Hill in the office of Rep.

Seth Moulton, D-Mass.

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Gina Clark now works as a communications manager for the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association. Clark has previous experience at Bayer, Enterprise and SSM Health.

Andrew Cheyne effective September 26, will join the Campaign to End Child Poverty in California as managing director of public policy. Most recently, Cheyne served at the Center for Food Research and Action as Associate Director of SNAP. Irene Lewis took over Cheyne’s portfolio at FRAC as SNAP Policy Analyst. She has previous experience with the Department of Agriculture as a policy intern.

The California Dairy Advisory Council led Melissa Lema as the new director of producer relations. Lemo previously worked for Western United Dairies as a field representative on the North Coast of California. In this position, she helped dairy producers understand and comply with state and federal pricing, environmental and labor regulations.

Virginia (Ginny) Rometty was elected to the Cargill Board of Directors. Rometty is the former chairman, president and CEO of IBM. She became CEO of IBM in 2012 and retired in 2020.

Jeff Moyer board of directors announced that he will step down as head of the Rodale Institute in September 2023. Moyer joined the organization in 1976 and has held many leadership positions, including farm director, executive director and CEO. He will remain on staff as CEO for another year before transitioning to CEO Emeritus where he will continue to support and advise the organization. Moyer has served as chairman of the National Organic Standards Board and currently serves on the boards of directors of the Regenerative Organic Alliance and the Soil Health Institute, as well as the advisory board of The Real Organic Project.

After 20 years of service, Randy Dikhat has announced that he will step down from the Farmers National Company at the end of the month. FNC contributed Paul Shadegg to succeed Dikhut as senior vice president of real estate operations. Shadegg currently serves as the Western Region Sales Manager.

Aurelia Skip of Giacometto announced that she is leaving the post of General Director of the International Order of T. Roosevelt. Giacometto’s husband, Leo Anthony, recently died. Giacometto announced that she needed time to work on his property and mourn his loss. On October 4, in memory of Lev, there will be a celebration of life. Skipwit began her career at Monsanto and served as director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service from 2019 to 2021.

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