Dale Moore plans to step down from his role as the top staffer at the American Farm Bureau Federation this year, ending a career spanning more than 40 years and including stops across several steps in the farm policy process.

Moore has been AFBF’s executive director since 2018 after first joining the organization in 2011 as a member and eventual leader of its public policy staff. Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall praised Moore as a “tireless advocate on behalf of farmers and ranchers throughout his career and has certainly contributed to American Farm Bureau’s strength over the past four years.”

“More broadly, Dale has dedicated more than 40 years of his professional life to being a champion for agriculture through his work on Capitol Hill, at USDA and in the private sector,” Duvall added. “He certainly deserves to step back and enjoy time with family, but he will be deeply missed.”

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Before his time at Farm Bureau, Moore was a fixture at the Department of Agriculture during the George W. Bush administration, serving as chief of staff for three different secretaries as well as an interim leader of the department. His career also included a stint at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Washington office, a position he held after more than a decade on Capitol Hill working for Kansas Republican Pat Roberts in both his personal House office and as an Ag Committee staffer.

No official date has been set for his retirement. Duvall said Moore “has agreed to assist in the selection of his successor.”

“I know I speak for farmers, ranchers and elected leaders across the country when I thank Dale for his tremendous service,” Duvall said.

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