Update: Farm Hands on the Potomac

By Jim Webster

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Denise Bode announced Friday that she'll leave Jan. 1 after four years as CEO of the American Wind Energy Association to return to private practice as a tax attorney. Bode previously led the American Clean Skies Foundation and Independent Petroleum Association of America, was an elected member of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission for 10 years and worked six years on the staff of then-U.S. Sen. David Boren, D-Okla., as Senate Finance Committee tax counsel. Rob Gramlich, senior VP for public policy, was named interim CEO. Gramlich joined AWEA in 2005; he was an economic advisor at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2001-05.

Nancy Robinson retired this month as VP, government and industry affairs after 23 years at the Livestock Marketing Association in Kansas City and launched a consulting operation. Before LMA, she was director of information and legislative services for USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for seven years and legislative assistant and chief of staff for the late Rep. Keith Sebelius, R-Kan., for seven years.

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Alan Christian, deputy administrator for packers and stockyards at USDA's Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration, will retire Jan. 3. He moved to GIPSA in May 2006 after six years as director of investigative and enforcement services at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. He began his career with APHIS Veterinary Services as an animal health technician under the brucellosis eradication program.

The International Dairy Foods Association promoted John P. Kelly to director of international affairs. Prior to joining IDFA in 2010, Kelly worked for the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service helping coordinate international technical assistance with the U.S. Agency for International Development, Millennium Challenge Corporation and land-grant universities.

Trudi Boyd, one-time chief of staff and communications director for former Rep. Larry Combest, R-Texas, has joined the Story Partners public affairs firms as senior VP in its Washington office. Boyd recently has been general manager of Allison Partners' Washington office and managing director in the health and life sciences practice at FTI Consulting.

Robert White, USDA's Indiana state rural development director in the Bush Administration and one-time senior policy analyst for the Senate Agriculture Committee, has rejoined the Indiana Farm Bureau as value-added projects coordinator. White was an Indiana Farm Bureau staff member working on natural resource and environmental issues before his government service. He's been running WRW & Associates Consulting the last three years.

Food and agriculture experts among 701 new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, to be recognized in February at the AAAS annual meeting in Boston: James R. Alfano, Nebraska; Nilsa A. Bosque-Pérez, Idaho; Richard M. Bostock and Mary Erin Delany, California-Davis; Edward S. Buckler, Cornell; Yves Carrière, Arizona; Kellye A. Eversole, Eversole Associates, Bethesda, Md.; Mark Lawrence Failla and John James Finer, Ohio State; Avtar Krishan Handa, Purdue; Maria J. Harrison, Cornell; James W. Jones and Karen E. Koch, Florida; Kerry O'Donnell and Melvin J. Oliver, USDA Agricultural Research Service; N. LeRoy Poff, Colorado State; Matthew Brian Thomas, Penn State; Michael Karl Udvardi, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation; Jonathan D. Walton, Michigan State; Guoyao Wu, Texas A&M, and Kun Yan Zhu, Kansas State.


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