Farm Hands on the Potomac: Doggett announces intention to leave NCGA

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Jon Doggett, NCGA

Jon Dogget announced his intention to leave the National Corn Growers Association next year. In an internal announcement, Doggett said, “I’m not retiring. I want to keep working, but I want to move on to a new chapter in my life,” adding that he wants to be able to spend more time with his family, in the outdoors and the pursuit of previous passions. NCGA President Chris Edgington appointed a task force to determine the attributes and characteristics the group’s next CEO should have. Once determined, the NCGA Board of Directors will appoint a search committee to select the new CEO. Doggett will remain on the NCGA staff until the next CEO is hired and responsibilities are handed over.

governor of new york Kathy Hochul appointed Rep. Antonio Delgado, DN.Y., as Lt. Governor. Delgado was first elected to Congress in 2018 and chaired the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Trade, Energy and Credit. He also sits on the House Small Business and Transportation and Infrastructure committees.

Ken Isley is now a partner of Barnes & Thornburg. Isley served as the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator during the Trump administration. He was most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Intelinair.

matt mika has accepted a new position at Atlas Crossing as the new Vice President of Government Relations. Mika has worked at Tyson Foods for 11 years, as Director of Government Relations. He begins his new role on May 9.

Lynn Finnerty has accepted a new role with the Biotechnology Innovation Organization as Director of Communications for Agriculture and the Environment. Finnerty spent the last year as a freelance policy writer and before that he was with the American Farm Bureau Federation as director of communications and executive projects.

Lynn Finnerty.jpegLynn Finnerty, BIO

The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) has hired Jose Zayas as the new Executive Vice President of Policy and Programs, effective May 16. He previously worked at Eagle Creek Renewable Energy as a senior vice president overseeing its portfolio of innovation, project management and partnerships. Zayas also served as Executive Director of the Office of Wind and Water Technologies at the Ministry of Energy. In this role, he led efforts to improve performance, reduce costs and accelerate the deployment of renewable technologies.

The International Fresh Produce Association added Rebeckah Freeman Adcock as the new Vice President of U.S. Government Relations. Under the Trump administration, Adcock led the Rural-Cooperative Enterprise Service at the USDA and served as Senior Advisor to Secretary Sonny Perdue and Regulatory Officer. She also served as Senior Director of Government Affairs for CropLife America and Senior Counsel for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The IFPA has also expanded the role of Mollie Van Lieu to the vice president of nutrition and health.

Jamison Cruce was promoted to Senior Director of Government Affairs at the USA Rice Federation. Cruce has worked at USA Rice since 2018 and before that he worked for the American Farm Bureau.

Vu Ngan Giang (Gigi) joined the US Grains Council’s Southeast Asia and Oceania team as a representative in Vietnam. Prior to joining the board, Giang held commercial positions at Enerfo, was a key account manager at Wisium, and was a purchasing representative for DTK, a pet food manufacturing company in Vietnam. The USGC also promoted two employees to deputy regional director positions. Mohamed Salah Bouthour, who was previously a marketing specialist for the region, is now deputy regional director for Africa. Prior to joining USGC in 2017, Bouthour worked for SGS as Commercial Director for agricultural and mineral raw materials and as a leader in inspection, analysis, control and certification in Tunisia and Libya. . Reece Cannady is now the Deputy Regional Manager, focusing specifically on the Middle East and Europe. He joined the council at its headquarters in Washington, DC, as director of global trade in 2018 before moving to the regional office in Tunis in 2021. Prior to the council, Cannady worked with Attebury Grain as a trader.

Terry BranstadTerry Branstad, American Chamber of Free EnterpriseTerry Branstad, former governor of Iowa and ambassador to China, announced the launch of the American Free Enterprise Chamber of Commerce. Branstad will be the president. AmFree Chamber will focus on advocating for free markets and limited government. Gentry Collinsthe former political director of the Republican National Committee and former executive director of the Republican Party of Iowa, will serve as the group’s CEO.

Aimpoint Research promoted Ken Giliam to the Vice President of Predictive Analytics. Gilliam joined Aimpoint in 2021 as Director of War Games. Gilliam grew up in a farming community in southern Georgia surrounded by watermelons, peanuts, cotton, and cattle. After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, he began a 27-year career in the United States Army.

Digna Louis, Angela Strickland and Scott Barach settle into their new roles with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Louis, who has been chosen as the new chief financial officer, joins NRECA after serving as vice president and global head of strategy and financial solutions at Expedia Group. She also served as senior vice president of finance and accounting at comScore, a media measurement and analytics company. Strickland now serves as senior vice president heading NRECA’s business and technology strategy department. She most recently served as Managing Director at GDS Associates on Advanced Energy Roadmaps, Energy Supply and Electric Transportation Strategy. Barash was named senior vice president and general counsel of NRECA. During his career, he served as general counsel for the District of Columbia Public Schools and the University of the District of Columbia, as well as the Universal Service Administrative Company. He was a partner at Jenner & Block and served as an attorney at the Department of Justice.

Farm Credit East elected three new members to sit on its Board of Directors. Michael Brooks was elected for a three-year term. Brooks is Managing Partner of Dusty Lane Farmsan irrigated vegetable and grain farm in Elmer, New Jersey. Philip “Jamie” Jones was elected for a four-year term. Jones is an executive at Jones Family Farms in Shelton, Connecticut. It produces strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins and Christmas trees. Terry Zitel was elected for a four-year term. Zittel is the corporate officer and treasurer of Amos Zittel & Sons, a fifth-generation vegetable and flower wholesale business in Eden, New York.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has appointed Jonathan Sandau as Deputy Director from May 1. Most recently, Sandau served as special assistant to the director, focusing on the legislature, budgeting, and strategic planning. Sandau first joined the ODA in early 2020.

Larry Dicke.jpegLarry Dicke, California Chamber of Commerce Financial director larry dick is about to retire from the California Chamber of Commerce after 20 years with the organization. Dicke first joined CalChamber in 2002, serving as vice president of finance before becoming executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer in 2007. In 2012, Dicke was selected to lead membership and CalChamber Employment Compliance. Dicke also served on the board of directors of the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization for eight years, as chairman.

Robert (Bob) Clark Karls of Madison, Wisconsin, died April 2. He was 52 years old. He has dedicated his entire professional career and more than 30 years of service to Wisconsin soybean growers, where he served as executive director of the Wisconsin Soybean Association and the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board. . He was an advocate for farmers both regionally in Madison and Washington, D.C.

David J. Crothers, CEO of the Broadband Association of North Dakota, formerly known as the North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives, died April 22. He was 66 years old. Crothers had previously served as the confidential assistant to the USDA Assistant Secretary of Agriculture. Prior to joining USDA, Crothers worked for Sen. Mark Andrews, RN

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