WASHINGTON, March 14, 2012 -As the frontrunner in the GOP presidential primary race for delegates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney continues to exhibit a strong organizational structure and, as part of his ground game, he’s ramping up his outreach to the agricultural community. On Tuesday, Romney formally announced members of his Agriculture Advisory Committee, including Co-Chair Senator Mike Johanns, R-Neb., and Co-Chair Florida Department of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. Other members:

·         Greg Ibach ‑ Director, Nebraska Department of Agriculture

·         Chuck Conner ‑ President and CEO, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

·         Bill Even ‑ Co-owner, Even Family Farms; North American Biotech Affairs and Industry Relations Leader at Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc

·         Randy Russell ‑ President, The Russell Group

·         AG Kawamura ‑ Founding member, Orange County Produce, LLC; Former Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture

·         Katie Smith ‑ former Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture

·         Al Montna – Owner Montna farms and former Chairman U.S. Rice Federation

·         Chris Policinski ‑ President and CEO, Land O'Lakes

·         Tom Nassif ‑ President and CEO, Western Growers


“Our country's farmers and ranchers provide the most abundant, safest, and affordable food supply of any country in the world,” said Romney in a release announcing his advisory team. “Not only do they feed our country, they also are responsible for feeding billions of people across the world. They provide jobs for millions of Americans and are an integral part of our economy. Along with these leaders in agriculture, I will work to ensure that our food supply will remain steady, safe, and affordable for our citizens.”


Original story printed in March 14, 2012 Agri-Pulse Newsletter.

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