Join us on June 21 for a look at the current Farm Bill reauthorization process, competing and cooperative interests that shape its policies, and the impact potential new changes will have on Minnesota. Connecting all these pieces, we’ll also feature a discussion on how the Farm Bill can best support vibrant and sustainable Minnesota communities.
Keynote: Tina May, Senior Director of Sustainability, Land O’ Lakes, Inc.
Background: Tina May currently leads the innovation team for SUSTAIN at Land O’ Lakes, Inc. Prior to this, May worked for over a decade in government on agriculture and food policy, notably as a political appointee for President Obama, first as the Legislative Director for USDA, then as Chief of Staff to U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Harden where she managed the departmental implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill. May also served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry during both 2008 and 2014 Farm Bills.
- Ben Anderson, Federal Policy Organizer, Land Stewardship Project
- Jeremy Bennett, Acting Assistant State Conservationist – Financial Assistance Programs, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
- Amanda Bilek, Senior Public Policy Director, Minnesota Corn Growers Association
- LeAnn Buck, Executive Director, Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
- Zach Ducheneaux, Intertribal Agriculture Council & Native Farm Bill Coalition (Invited)
- Brad Finstad, State Director of Minnesota, USDA Rural Development
- Teresa Kittridge, Vice President & COO, Rural Policy Research Institute
- Kevin Stukenberg, Senior Risk Management Specialist, USDA Risk Management Agency