Gregg Doud has been tapped as the next president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation. He will succeed Jim Mulhern, who is retiring at the end of the year. Doud will join NMPF in September and comes to the organization from Aimpoint Research, where he was the vice president of global situational awareness and chief economist. He also served as the chief ag negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative during the Trump administration. 

Gregg DoudGregg Doud, NMPFRoberta Wagnerhas been named senior vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs at the International Dairy Foods Association. She replaces Joseph Scimeca, who announced his retirement from IDFA earlier this year. Wagner comes to IDFA after more than 33 years at USDA. She most recently was the assistant administrator of the Office of Policy and Program Development at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. She also served as the deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Field Operations at FSIS.

The National Pork Board has tapped David Newman as the new senior vice president for market growth. Newman served as the board’s president from 2020 to 2021 and has had an active role with the organization. He most recently served as a meat science professor at Arkansas State University. He is also owner and president of both Newman Farm Heritage Berkshire Pork and Quality Meat Solutions, a firm that conducts research on meat metrics and quality.

Ashley McDonald has joined the National Grazing Lands Coalition as executive director. She previously worked at the National Pork Board as the assistant vice president sustainability development and outreach. 

Nuria Miquel has been selected as the next senior vice president and chief science officer of ADM, effective Aug. 1. Miquel will replace Todd Werpy, who has announced his retirement after leading ADM’s R&D and innovation efforts for 16 years. Miquel has been with ADM for the last three years, most recently as the vice president of human and animal nutrition.

David Newman .pngDavid Newman, National Pork BoardMalissa Fritz Schentzel has been elevated to vice president of communications for CHS. She previously was the senior director of internal and transformational communications. 

Bridget Collins has joined The Nature Conservancy as the new senior policy adviser for agriculture, leading TNC's national-level coordination with USDA. Collins previously worked at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as the working lands program director.

Gwendolyn Wyard has left the Organic Trade Association to start Strengthening Organic Systems, a consultancy business that helps implement the Strengthening Organic Enforcement rule for organic businesses. Wyard previously served as the vice president of regulatory and technical affairs at OTA. 

James Averill has been named assistant director of Michigan State University’s AgBioResearch, effective July 1. The MSU alumnus has served as the director of outcome assessment and continuous quality improvement in the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine since 2021. He also led the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory as interim director.

Bernie Engel has been tapped as the next Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture for Purdue University. Engel most recently was the senior associate dean of ag research and graduate education in the College of Agriculture. He has been a Purdue faculty member for 35 years and was department head of Ag and Biological Engineering from 2005 to 2019. 

The Food & Environment Reporting Network named Theodore Ross as editor-in-chief, succeeding Samuel Fromartz, who cofounded the organization 10 years ago. Ross most recently served as the supervising producer on the HBO show, Game Theory with Bomani Jones.

Malin Westfall is the new head of commercial businesses for ADAMA US. Before joining ADAMA US, Westfall worked for BASF and Bayer Crop Science. 

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Jenny Martin has started a new job with the Essential Minerals Association as the associate vice president of communications and external affairs. She previously worked at The Sugar Association as the senior director of communications. 

Jake Wolter has joined Corteva Agriscience as a marketing communications specialist. Wolter previously worked at Zurn Elkay Water Solutions as a senior project manager and before that was with Filament and Bader Rutter.

Krister Holladay is now the vice president of government relations for CMA CGM. He was previously the director of legislative affairs for APL and was the chief of staff for Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas.

Chris Thrasher is the new director of innovation and product management at Meristem Crop Performance. He previously was the director of North America for Agrauxine.

BRANDT, an agronomy retailer based in Florida, has reorganized its marketing department and elevated three individuals to new positions within the company. Rod Riech has been promoted to senior marketing director of North America. Riech previously was the marketing director of agronomic services. Jared Brown is the new marketing director of agronomic services. He was the events manager. Alex Lovdahl has been elevated to marketing director of insights and analytics. Lovdahl previously was the customer experience manager.

Amanda Beal.jpgAmanda Beal, commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and ForestryLindsey Worden has moved up to chief operating officer for the Holstein Association USA. She previously was the executive director of holstein genetic services.

The National Pork Board also elected four new officers for the 2023-2024 term beginning July 1. Elected as the new president is Pennsylvania pork producer Bob Ruth, who is the senior vice president for Clemens Food Group. Al Wulfekuhle of Iowa was reappointed to the board and elected to serve as vice president. Chad Groves of Kansas was elected as treasurer, and Heather Hill of Indiana has moved to serve as past president in an ex officio status.

John Patchoski has been tapped as the chairman of the board of the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council. Patchoski serves as the director of international sales at Koch Foods and previously served as the first chairman on the board last year. 

Amanda Beal, the commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has been selected to serve a one-year term as the Northeastern Association of State Departments of Agriculture president. NEASDA is a regional association of the National Association of the State Departments of Agriculture. 

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