The food industry now has access to six inside experts on agricultural sustainability thanks to a new council formed by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance. The Sustainability Officers Council was created to provide food companies with access to the farmer and rancher perspective.
USFRA is pleased to announce six new Sustainability Officers:
- Kyle Bridgeforth – Alabama crop farmer
- Tom Crave – Wisconsin dairy farmer
- Cassidy Johnston – New Mexico cattle rancher
- Nancy Kavazanjian – Wisconsin crop farmer
- Hilary Maricle – Nebraska cattle, pig, corn and soybean farmer
- Leon Sheets – Iowa pig, corn and soybean farmer
“As former chairwoman of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, I look forward to serving voluntarily as one of the Sustainability Officers and highlighting how all farmers make environmental sustainability a priority,” said Nancy Kavazanjian, Wisconsin crop farmer. “These farmers and ranchers serve as a great representation of today’s agriculture — making continuous improvement a priority by utilizing technology to enhance animal welfare and conserve our natural resources.”
As part of the Sustainability Officers Council, these six farmers and ranchers will participate in conversations with food companies and retailers, offering data, research, and knowledge about modern agricultural practices on today’s farms and ranches. In addition, the Officers will participate in USFRA’s Food Dialogues panel discussions at The Sustainable Consortium (May 1-3 in Chicago), National Restaurant Association Conference (May 19-22 in Chicago) and Sustainable Brands (June 4-7 in Vancouver, B.C.).
To provide additional resources and information for food companies, and further showcase the agricultural sustainability practices taking place today, USFRA created a website at straighttalk.fooddialogues.com. The website is a valuable resource which includes our Agriculture in America Sustainability Report, infographics, sustainability-focused videos, and more.