Anne Hazlett

Anne Hazlett

Indiana native Anne Hazlett has been appointed senior director of government relations and public affairs for Purdue University, effective Aug. 24. Hazlett most recently served as senior adviser for rural affairs at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Before that, she served two years as assistant to the secretary for rural development at the Department of Agriculture. Hazlett’s responsibilities in her new role include representing Purdue at the Indiana General Assembly, governor’s office, state agencies, Indiana Commission for Higher Education and Indiana State Board of Education.

Steve Brody has assumed the responsibilities of global director for R&D technology, external affairs, for Genus PLC. Brody started with the company in 2017 and was responsible for global regulatory and government affairs.

Stephanie Tinsley Regagnon now serves as the executive director of innovation partnerships at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. She previously was the CEO at FieldWatch, a position she held since 2016.

In a homecoming of sorts, Jane DeMarchi has been named the new president of the North American Millers’ Association, effective in September. DeMarchi joins NAMA from the American Seed Trade Association, where she was vice president of government and regulatory affairs. She has been with ASTA since 2013 and before that she was director of government relations for research and technology at the National Association of Wheat Growers. From 2004 to 2010, DeMarchi was NAMA's director of government relations.

Amie Thesingh has joined Wilbur-Ellis as vice president of corporate business development, based out of the company's San Francisco headquarters. She will be responsible for mergers and acquisitions for the company. Most recently, Thesingh was vice president of strategy, marketing and innovation for Cargill's protein businesses in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Terramera has tapped David Nothmann to be the chief revenue officer. Bringing over 20 years of experience in the agriculture industry, Nothmann previously was the vice president of marketing at Valent LLC. He started his career at Monsanto and then worked for ArborGen as vice president of business and product development.

Primary BioAg Innovations (PBI) and Global BioAg Linkages (GBAL) have selected Pam Marrone to be the new chair of the board of directors and partner in both companies. Marrone recently retired as CEO at Marrone Bio Innovations, which she founded in 2006. Marrone will mentor the innovation stream at PBI and be the managing director for merger, acquisition & fundraising vertical of GBAL.

Molly Toot is now the vice president of external affairs at Landus Cooperative. She comes to the co-op after four years with Land O’Lakes, where she worked most recently as senior director of sustainability. 

Samuel Crowell has joined the agricultural affairs team in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as a policy analyst. He previously worked for the Department of State as an agricultural adviser.

Dan Frazee has been promoted to senior constituent liaison for agriculture and special projects for Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb. Frazee focuses on issues related to agriculture, trade, economic development, small business, energy, environment and telecommunications.

Jaclyn O’Day is now the chief of staff for Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill. She focuses on appropriations issues.

Bobby Puckett has moved up to senior legislative assistant for Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. Puckett covers the portfolio for science and technology, international affairs, and telecommunications. … Kris Pratt has been promoted to deputy chief of staff for Rep. DeFazio. She has the portfolio of agriculture and food, animal welfare, appropriations, energy, environmental protection, public lands and natural resources. She previously was the legislative director.

Bradley Hart now serves as a legislative assistant to Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif. Hart covers the portfolio for international affairs and labor.

The American Soybean Association has elected new officers to lead the 2020-21 World Initiative for Soy in Human Health, a program of ASA. The officers elected were Gerry Hayden of Kentucky as chairman, Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare of Illinois as vice chair, Jim Wilson of Michigan as treasurer, and Morey Hill of Iowa as secretary. David Niekamp of Illinois and Adam Redmann of North Dakota were also brought on as two new farmer-leaders. 

Molly Toot

Molly Toot

The Andersons has restructured its business structure and has made leadership changes. The trade and ethanol groups will be combined and led by president Bill Krueger, who was formerly president of the trade group. Jim Pirolli, who was the ethanol group president, has been appointed senior vice president. The plant nutrient group and rail group will be combined and led by Joe McNeely, who is the former president of the rail group. 

Rachel McLocklin has been selected as Georgia’s state executive director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency. She previously worked as the chief of staff at the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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