U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance elects 2016 board leadership

The U.S. Farmers &; Ranchers Alliance (USFRA®), the organization dedicated to leading national consumer dialogue on how America's food is grown and raised, today announced the results of its annual board of directors election and the addition of three new affiliates. The announcement was made following USFRA's annual meeting.

The newly elected board leadership includes the re-election of Nancy Kavazanjian as chairwoman. Kavazanjian, a soybean farmer from Wisconsin representing the United Soybean Board, will be supported by a group of officers who include:

  • Brad Greenway, vice-chair - a South-Dakota-based pork farmer who also raises corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa, representing the National Pork Board
  • Lisa Lunz, secretary - a soybean farmer representing the Nebraska Soybean Association
  • Dawn Caldwell, treasurer - a Nebraska cow-calf operator representing the Federation of State Beef Councils
  • Mike Geske, director-at-large - a corn and soybean producer who will represent the Missouri Corn Growers Association

The remaining director-at-large seat on the board leadership group will be appointed by USFRA's officers in the coming weeks.

During today's elections, USFRA also confirmed the addition of three new affiliates - Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Illinois Soybean Association and Missouri Corn Growers Association. The addition of these three organizations raises the total number of agriculture commodity groups and industry partners that comprise USFRA to 94. The three new affiliates organizations will have one representative on USFRA's board of directors. During their one-year term, they will work closely with their counterparts and the CEO of USFRA to provide leadership and guidance on behalf of farmers and ranchers across the nation.

"We welcome these new partners to USFRA's Board," said Kavazanjian. "Their background and experience adds to our mission to ensure the voices of farmers and ranchers are presented in influential conversations about food and agriculture and make a positive impact. Our board takes great pride in supporting this dialogue and today's agricultural practices."