Next Generation Farming
26-28 JUNE 2019


Adam Schlosser

Senior Research Scientist and Deputy Director, MIT Joint Program on Science and Policy of Global Change

Dr. C. Adam Schlosser is currently a Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Global Change Science, and also serves as the Deputy Director for the Joint Program at MIT. Prior to his appointment at MIT, Dr. Schlosser was an Associate Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (2001-2003), a Research Scientist at the Center for Ocean Land Atmosphere Studies (1997-2001). He conducted his postdoctoral work (1995-1997) at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. His primary interests are the modeling, prediction, and risk assessment of the natural, managed, and built water-energy-land systems using the MIT’s Integrated Global Systems Model (IGSM) that includes model development the Global Land System (GLS) and Water Resource System (WRS). Dr. Schlosser has also undertaken studies of hydrology, weather, and climate and their predictability and limits-to-prediction. In doing so, he has worked with a wide range of numerical models, ranging from process-level to global-scale models, as well as observational data for evaluation and complementary analyses. He also has participated in and led international experiments aimed to assess the performance of Earth-system model simulations and predictions. In earlier work, he served as a member of the NASA Energy and Water Cycle Study (NEWS) Science Integration Team to improve our observational capabilities for monitoring, understanding and predicting the Earth’s global water and energy cycles. His current collaborative research activities also include: the study of extreme events and associating their potential changes and risks on the natural, managed, and built environments; water resource assessments to inform mitigation and adaptation strategies; and renewable-energy resource and intermittency assessments.

    Adrian Greet

    Director General, SAI Platform

    Adrian is a sustainability practitioner who recognises that true success for sustainability is achieved through collaboration, transparency and innovation.

    As a member of the Executive Committee for over 7 years and most recently as President, Adrian led the work on SAI Platform’s Vision, Mission and Strategies.  Now in the role of Director General, Adrian is driving these strategies and developing the organisation to reach a sustainable future for agriculture on a global scale. During a career of over 33 years with Mars Incorporated, Adrian has led positive change across various areas and in many roles: most recently as one of the leading architects of the Mars Sustainable in a Generation Plan.  He is an experienced public speaker and a highly experienced manager, who takes a value-driven approach to creating a culture, ethos and team that thrive on improvement and empowerment. Adrian holds a BSc. Honours degree from London University in Mathematics and Physics. He is a member of the board of governors for the Dairy Sustainability Framework, the Advisory board for the Quantis Geofootprint Tool, the Advisory Board for the Surrey University Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability and an Ambassador for the Positive Innovation Club.

      Autumn Fox

      Sustainable Sourcing Manager, Mars Inc.

      Autumn is a Sustainable Sourcing Manager for Mars Wrigley Confectionery, the world’s largest maker of chocolate, gum, mints and fruity confections, and home of beloved brands like M&M’s, Snickers, Skittles, Orbit and Extra. In this role, Autumn is responsible for partnering with procurement teams to deliver Mars’ Sustainable in a Generation goals in Dairy, Almonds, Hazelnuts, Vanilla, and other raw materials. Prior to this, Autumn led the global harmonization of Mars Wrigley Confectionery’s innovation process and system during the integration of the legacy Wrigley and Mars Chocolate businesses. Autumn has spent over 8 years with Mars Wrigley Confectionery in a range of functions including Sales, R&D and Commercial. Throughout her career at Mars, she has driven improved decision making through effective management processes and data analytics. Autumn has a background in biology and is a published author in ecology and cancer biology. She’s originally from the US, and currently lives and works in the UK.

        Axelle Bodoy

        Global Milk & Farming Sustainability Manager, Danone

        Axelle Bodoy graduated as an Agronomy Engineer, followed by an international Master in Rural Development. She started her career focusing on sustainable agricultural development and carbon mitigation projects in several areas of the world (Madagascar, Indonesia...). In 2012, she joined Danone. Driven by the interest of implementing sustainability within operations and decision making, she took action in different roles in the milk purchasing department, in France and then in Belgium, focusing on the development of long term contract models with dairy farmers to support and foster farm efficiency and resilience. During the same period she co-designed and started an innovative project financed by the Danone Ecosystem Fund to co-create solutions for manure management. Since 2016, Axelle is leading and coordinating Danone sustainable farming programs in 17 countries, with a strong focus on monitoring and reduction of the milk CO2 footprint, directly linked with improvement of efficiency of dairy farms. She also takes part in different methodology groups, such as the Cool Farm Alliance, the Carbon Sequestration Initiative co-lead with another five major dairy companies, and the Dairy Working Group of SAI Platform that she is now chairing since December 2018.

          Brian Nash

          Director Sustainability, Ingredion

          As the Senior Director of Sustainability, Brian is responsible for establishing the overall company strategy for Ingredion’s sustainability program, making certain that it is relevant to our needs by managing long-term risks and resonating with various stakeholder sustainability expectations.  Brian chairs Ingredion’s global Sustainability Council, and leverages that council to provide oversight for programs such as sustainable sourcing, environmental conservation, social accountability, community engagement, and sustainability reporting. Brian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from the University of Findlay.  In 2015 he graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master’s Degree in Sustainability Leadership.  He currently serves as a global Ambassador for the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and an adjunct faculty member for Indiana University.

            Carrie Woolley

            Livestock Operations Manager,

            Carrie is a 6th generation farmer from Southern Ontario, Canada. She and her husband, Brett, farm alongside several family members on a diverse farm operation growing apples, sour cherries, corn, soybeans, and lamb. They farm approximately 5000 acres and 1500 sheep and the farm operation also includes a grain elevator, a sour cherry processing facility and a cooperative fruit storage and packing facility.   After finishing her Masters degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at the University of Guelph, Carrie began to integrate sheep into the farm operation.  Innovative and opportunistic grazing are key to their lamb operation such as grazing their orchards and harvested corn fields. A recent focus has included silvopasture, where pasture and timber production are combined goals.  Carrie is passionate about the integration of livestock onto their farm operation and the environmental benefits that it provides.

              Christine Daugherty

              Vice President Global Sustainable Agriculture & Responsible Sourcing, PepsiCo

              Christine Daugherty, VP Sustainable Agriculture & Responsible Sourcing. Christine drives PepsiCo’s short-term approach and long-term strategic direction to deliver transformation and innovation through sustainable and responsible sourcing solutions. She leads the sustainable sourcing and agricultural teams to deliver against relevant PepsiCo sustainability goals. Prior to PepsiCo, Christine worked at Tyson Foods, where she held various roles, most recently Vice President of Sustainable Food Production. Her responsibilities included natural resource conservation programs, responsible sourcing and farm animal well-being, as well as leading the company’s sustainability programs across multiple platforms. Christine holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, a Post-doctoral in Plant Gene Regulation from the University of Florida, a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Louisiana State University, as well as an MS degree in Plant Pathology from Iowa State University.

                Daniele Giovannucci

                President, COSA

                Daniele Giovannucci is a systems thinker, author, and lecturer on sustainable development themes. He is the co-founder and President of the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) — a consortium of more than 60 global institutions advancing innovative ways to measure and manage sustainability. His innovative approach, blending science, business, and technology, has opened many new opportunities for delivering and scaling sustainability in challenging parts of the world. He has led business and development initiatives in more than 40 countries and has served as a program and policy advisor for a number of governments, international agencies and corporations that include Coca-Cola, Nestle, Starbucks, and McDonalds. Downloads of his more than 60 books and professional papers rank in the top 1% among the more than 400,000 professional authors tracked by the Social Science Research Network.

                  Daniella Malin

                  Agriculture and Climate Program Leader, Sustainable Food Lab

                  Daniella directs the Sustainable Food Lab’s agriculture and climate work and since 2012 has served as Deputy General Manager of the Cool Farm Alliance, bringing together growers with multinational food companies, NGOs, and academics to measure the potential for agricultural practices to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and use quantification to encourage, motivate and reward good agricultural practice. Daniella has a background in cultural communications, journalism, environmental education, software engineering, project management and farming. She received her B.A. in Literature and Society from Brown University.

                    Dr. Candace Croney

                    Director of the Center for Animal Welfare Science, and Professor of Animal Behavior and Well-Beign, Purdue

                    Dr. Candace Croney is director of Purdue University’s Center for Animal Welfare Science and professor of animal behavior and well-being in the departments of Comparative Pathobiology and Animal Sciences.  She has a PhD in animal sciences from The Pennsylvania State University, USA.  Following postdoctoral training at the University of Maryland, College Park, she went on to serve as Assistant Director of Conservation Education at the American Zoo and Aquarium Association and has held faculty appointments in Animal Sciences at Oregon State University and Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University before joining Purdue University. Her research, teaching and outreach efforts focus on the interactions between animal behavior, cognition and well-being, the effects of rearing environments and enrichment on animal behavior and welfare, the ethical implications of animal care and use decisions, and public perceptions of animal agriculture. Her research has been featured in national and international broadcast programs by National Geographic, the BBC, and their affiliates. She serves as scientific advisor on animal welfare to numerous groups, including the American Humane Association, Bob Evans Farms, Kent Pet Group, Tyson Foods and Wayne Farms.  

                      Dr. Dennis Todey

                      Director, USDA Midwest Climate Hub

                      Dr. Dennis Todey is the Director of the USDA Midwest Climate Hub in Ames. IA.  The hub delivers actionable climate information for agriculture in an eight state region over most of the Corn Belt.  He was the state climatologist South Dakota and Associate Professor at South Dakota State University.  He has worked on regional climate services in the Missouri River Basin and Midwest for over a decade partnering with NOAA, Regional Climate Centers, state climatologists and state extension.  He also worked on issues of climate change impacts on all types of Midwest/Plains agriculture.

                        Dr. Temple Grandin

                        Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University

                        Temple Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and she has been a pioneer in improving the handling and welfare of farm animals. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts.  Temple’s achievements are remarkable because she was an autistic child.  At age two she had no speech and all the signs of severe autism. Many hours of speech therapy, and intensive teaching enabled Temple to learn speech.  As a teenager, life was hard with constant teasing.  Mentoring by her high school science teacher and her aunt on her ranch in Arizona motivated Temple to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer. Dr. Temple Grandin obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College in 1970. In 1974 she was employed as Livestock Editor for the Arizona Farmer Ranchman and also worked for Corral Industries on equipment design. In 1975 she earned her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes. Dr. Grandin was awarded her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989 and is currently a Professor at Colorado State University. I have done extensive work on the design of handling facilities. Half the cattle in the U.S. and Canada are handled in equipment I have designed for meat plants. Other professional activities include developing animal welfare guidelines for the meat industry and consulting with companies on animal welfare. Following her Ph.D. research on the effect of environmental enrichment on the behavior of pigs, she has published several hundred industry publications, book chapters and technical papers on animal handling plus 73 refereed journal articles in addition to 12 books.  She currently is a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University where she continues her research while teaching courses on livestock handling and facility design.  Her book, Animals in Translation was a New York Times best seller and her book Livestock Handling an Transport, now has a fourth edition which was published in 2014. Other popular books authored by Dr. Grandin are Thinking in Pictures, Emergence Labeled Autistic, Animals Make us Human, Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach, The Way I See It, and The Autistic Brain.  She also has a popular TED Talk. Dr. Grandin has received numerous awards including the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Livestock Conservation Institute, named a Distinguished Alumni at Franklin Pierce College and received an honorary doctorate from McGill University, University of Illinois, Texas A&M, Carnegie Mellon University, and Duke University. She has also won prestigious industry awards including the Richard L. Knowlton Award from Meat Marketing and Technology Magazine and the Industry Advancement Award from the American Meat Institute and the Beef Top 40 industry leaders and the Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. In 2011, Temple was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. In 2015 she was given the Distinguished Service Award by the American Farm Bureau Federation and Meritorious Award from the OIE. HBO has premiered a movie about Temple’s early life and career with the livestock industry. The movie received seven Emmy awards, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award. In 2016, Temple was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Grandin is a past member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America.  She lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with autism. Articles and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, People, Time, National Public Radio, 20/20, The View, and the BBC. She was also honored in Time Magazines 2010 “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” Dr. Grandin now resides in Fort Collins, Colorado.

                          Elizabeth Reaves

                          Senior Program Director, Agriculture and Environment, Sustainable Food Lab

                          Elizabeth directs the Food Lab’s efforts to develop landscape level collaboration for sustainable agriculture in large-scale grain and livestock systems. Having spent the early part of her life on a dairy farm in Vermont, and then later on a large organic vegetable operation, Elizabeth has a deep appreciation for the people and communities whose livelihoods depend on the land and benefit from natural resources and the complex interactions between social-economic systems and the environment. Prior to the Food Lab she worked for the University of Vermont Center for Rural Studies, Trust for Public Land, Donella Meadows Institute, and US Senator Patrick Leahy. Her advanced degrees are in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont.

                            Gabriele Ludwig

                            Director, Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, Almond Board of California

                            Gabriele Ludwig has been working for the Almond Board of California for 13+ years.  At the Almond Board, Gabriele gets to combine her passion for agriculture and the environment with research and policy. As Director for Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, her portfolio includes co-directing the production research program, keeping track of environmental regulations that affect almond growing in California, and shepherding the sustainability efforts of the industry. She was instrumental in the development of the California Almond Sustainability Program and continues to encourage a diverse range of research on almonds and environmental issues. Prior to joining the Almond Board, she worked for the consulting firm Schramm, Williams & Associates in Washington, DC.  She received her Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from the University of California, Davis, and her B.A. in Biology from Wellesley College. The Almond Board of California is a federal marketing order under the supervision of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Almonds are grown on 1.3 million acres, of which about 1 million are bearing, by some 6,800 almond growers in the Central Valley of California. The Almond Board focuses on research, quality standards, and global marketing of almonds and is funded by a grower assessment.

                              Greg Downing

                              Director of Sustainability, Cargill

                              Greg Downing is currently Director of Sustainability at Cargill, where he leads the development and execution of the company’s climate change strategy. He partners with business units across the organization to identify risks, quantify impacts, and develop carbon reduction strategies for all of Cargill’s global activities. Prior to Cargill Greg worked at Target, where he led various aspects of the retailer’s energy and greenhouse gas management programs, as well as efforts to remove chemicals of concern from consumer products. He has consulted with cleantech startups, large multi-nationals and local and regional governments on various sustainability initiatives. Greg holds a PhD in Paleoclimate & Isotope Geochemistry from Columbia University in New York, and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota.

                                Hal Hamilton

                                Senior Advisor, Sustainable Food Lab

                                Hal’s career began as a commercial dairy farmer in Kentucky, and one of his early awards was being named Master Conservationist. While in Kentucky he led the development of the first formal alliance among tobacco farmers and public health organizations, an alliance that paved the way for hundreds of millions of dollars of tobacco settlement funds to be invested in rural communities in the upper south. Hal is a guest faculty at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has been a German Marshall Fellow, a Kellogg Fellow and received a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award. Hal’s education was at Stanford University and the State University of New York, Buffalo. He has written numerous columns and journal articles and three chapters in books on agricultural policy and change. One of his recent publications was The Dawn of System Leadership in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

                                  Hansel New

                                  Manager, Sustainability Programs, Dairy Farmers of America

                                  Hansel New is an experienced food industry professional who currently leads sustainability programs at Dairy Farmers of America, one the world’s leading dairy food companies. Previously, he cultivated sustainability initiatives at Danone North America, WhiteWave Foods, and So Delicious with a proven track record in responsible sourcing, sustainable packaging, and brand building. Hansel’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Safety and an MBA in Sustainability. Raised near the banks of the Snake River in Oregon’s fertile Treasure Valley, he grew up with a deep appreciation for the land and the farmers who steward it.

                                    Jaap Petraeus

                                    Corporate Manager Sustainability, FrieslandCampina

                                    Jaap Petraeus is Corporate Manager Sustainability at FrieslandCampina. He is responsible for the development and implementation of the corporate sustainability policy of one of the largest dairy cooperatives of the world. He has large international network in Dairy Sustainability. Jaap is the deputy chair of the SAI Platform Dairy Working Group, he is the chairman of the Dutch Dairy Energy and Environment group and chairman of the raw material scarcity group of the Dutch Employer Association VNO-NCW. In 2018 Jaap was elected as one of the three best CSR Managers in the Netherlands.

                                      Jason Funk

                                      Principal & Founder, Land Use & Climate Knowledge Initiative

                                      Jason Funk is Principal & Founder of the Land Use & Climate Knowledge Initiative, a project of the Global Philanthropy Partnership. Dr. Funk works at the intersection of land use and climate change, focusing on ways to incentivize land management activities that can help slow climate change, improve rural development, and shape more sustainable landscapes. He has advocated for sensible land-use policies at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for over 10 years, and he is certified as an expert reviewer for land-use emissions inventories. Dr. Funk earned his Ph.D. in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University, and he holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Environmental Science from the Ohio State University.

                                        Jay Hill

                                        Farmer & Sustainability Officer, NM USFRA

                                        There is so much beauty in the occupation of farming, yet so much responsibility. For Jay, what started as 10 acres and a John Deere 4020 tractor has grown into a multi-layered commercial operation of 17,000 acres with highly diversified crops in West Texas and Southern New Mexico. Jay strives to continually implement new practices and the latest technology to best utilize his resources and farm as sustainably as possible. He actively advocates for the industry he loves on social media, using this platform to give a true glimpse into the life of a farmer.

                                          Joe McMahan

                                          Vice President, Sustainability Initiatives, Innovation Center for US Dairy

                                          Joe McMahan oversees programs, projects, and partnerships to advance the U.S. Dairy Stewardship Commitment - currently adopted by over two-thirds of the U.S. milk supply - as the primary platform for the U.S. dairy community to work collectively and transparently demonstrate progress.  In this role he facilitates, informs, and advances the development of quantifiable, science-based sustainability metrics and alignment with globally-recognized standards, and collaborates across an array of industry and external stakeholders. Prior to joining the Innovation Center, McMahan was a sustainable agriculture program manager for The Coca-Cola Company. He also worked in Indonesia on a sustainability-focused project with Mars, Incorporated, and spent four years in East Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer and then as an agribusiness consultant, improving livelihoods for smallholder and subsistence farmers. McMahan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Auburn University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Duke University focused on sustainability, strategy and social entrepreneurship.  

                                            Jon Radtke

                                            Water and Agriculture Sustainability Program Director, The Coca-Cola Company

                                            Jon Radtke is the Water and Agriculture Sustainability Program Director and Chief Hydrogeologist for Coca-Cola North America. In this role, he manages the company’s water stewardship and sustainable Ag sourcing programs, which assess and mitigate water and supply chain risks facing Coca-Cola operations with an emphasis on creating business value. Primary areas of focus include water conservation in manufacturing, source water protection, community water partnerships, sustainable agriculture initiatives, and marine litter strategies. One goal of the Company is to return to nature and communities an amount of water equivalent to the water used in Coca-Cola’s beverages and their production by 2020. Mr. Radtke’s leadership helped the Company to reach this goal five years early and to position The Coca-Cola Company as an industry leader in water stewardship. Jon holds a Bachelors degree in Geology and a Masters in Hydrogeology with over 25 years of professional experience in sustainable resource management.

                                              Margaret Henry

                                              Director Sustainable Agriculture, PepsiCo

                                              Margaret was born into a career of working in sustainable agriculture on a dairy farm in Kentucky. She has spent her life and career working to improve social, economic and environmental outcomes for rural communities around the world. She has a BA and BS from Brown University, training from Massachusetts Institute for Technology in System Dynamics and a Master’s Degree from Princeton University in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. Her career has led her to work in government, NGOs and the private sector in places as varied as Mozambique, Brazil, the U.S. and India. She is the Director of Sustainable Agriculture at PepsiCo where she works on their strategy to reduce greenhouse gasses, improve water use, and improve livelihoods and human rights in agricultural regions around the world. She works with varied partners to bring about the outcomes that work for farmer and that further the deep commitment of PepsiCo to these communities.

                                                Matthew Neyman

                                                Sustainability Accounting Manager, Mars Inc.

                                                Matthew has been working with Mars Incorporated since 2016. He is responsible for:
                                                • Sustainability data collection and reporting
                                                • Supporting the development of new sustainability accounting systems
                                                • Managing LCA datasets involved in sustainability accounting
                                                • Business segment sustainability strategy and decision support
                                                • Product footprint modeling and R&D support
                                                The scope of Matthew’s work is across the entire company footprint including the wider value chain with primary focus on GHG (scope 1, 2 & 3), land use and unsustainable water withdrawal.

                                                  Mike Cossins


                                                  Mike is a 61-year young farmer, married for 33 years. He has two adult sons. The oldest works for Ford Motor company and the youngest is a partner in his farming operation. Also he has two grandsons, ages six and nine. Both of his sons live on opposite ends of his home farm. His hobby is trying to find some down time. When he does find some time, he likes to get away with his wife. Really enjoy hiking and canoeing. He doesn’t watch TV but read a lot, mostly religious material, and listen and watch music videos. His favorite seasons are planting, harvest and Christmas. He has a menagerie of house pets, they are high maintenance, but generally better behaved than his grandsons. After two years of college, he ran out of money and went to work for a company in Kansas City called Conchemco. Joined them because they were willing to pay for my continued education, if it benefited the company. He switched his major from Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife to Chemistry and began what would turn out to be seven years of night school. Two years later Valspar acquired the company and continued the education agreement. After the acquisition he transferred into Operations Management and eventually was promoted to Operations Manager for the Kansas City Facility. Operations representative of a post-acquisition integration team. Employed by Valspar for thirteen years. Got pretty well burned out with 60 to 70-hour work weeks, a heavy travel schedule and a young family and decided to do something different. With no prior experience, he began farming in 1993. This was either a true leap of faith, or a nut job move, or both. Row cropped 50 acres and started what would become a 3500 head per year farrow to finish operation. Closed out the hog operation in 1997 do to lack of growth opportunities and a desire to focus on row crop production. Rented an additional 150 acres and farmed 200 acres in 1997. Now farm 7300 tillable acres as the managing partner of a General Partnership, comprised of his wife Deborah, his youngest son Rusty, two full time employees and himself. Home base is the southwest corner of Clinton county Missouri and west and north into Platte and Buchanan counties. He farms mostly highly productive upland soils. Fertility in most cases is quite good, drainage is the bigger issue, and of course weather patterns, especially excessive heat. He ans his family have outstanding storage facilities, which are central to overall profitability. He has had a long and successful alliance with Ingredion for many years and that relationship has been the point of the spear for his operation. Adopted no till in 1996. Typically, in a 60/40 corn bean rotation, with 500 to 800 acres of corn on corn. He does precision farm which includes, variable rate fertilization of both P & K as well as anhydrous. We also variable rate the planting population. He can track costs and production down to the individual field. His focus is and has been sustainability, long before it became a buzzword. Very active in conservation management. He has been involved in excess of 100 conservation projects. Everything from terracing and sediment basins to filter strips and habitat restoration. Virtually all of the conservation work is privately funded. A normal season of conservation work, all included, land lords and ourselves will exceed $300,000. He tries many innovative and minimally invasive approaches to erosion management as well as terraces, which he designs and layout with his family. Most are successful, but not all. Part of the cost of trying new approaches. He has been a board member of United Coop as well as his local ambulance district. He believes that farming properly is a calling and not just a vocation. "The lord has blessed us, and we are trying to hold up our end, by healing the land that comes under our management.", he says. "Sounds corny, but is a true statement."

                                                    Rob Meyers

                                                    Sustainability Director, PepsiCo

                                                    Rob has been with PepsiCo since 1997 and is currently a Director in PepsiCo’s Global Sustainable Agriculture Group managing implementation of the Sustainable Farming Initiative across the global supply chain.

                                                    The Sustainable Farming Initiative encourages growers to operate in ways that reduce environmental and social impacts, while maintaining economic strength and viability through a continuous improvement process. Rob has played a key role in developing PepsiCo’s sustainable agriculture strategy and programmes since their inception in 2008 and is currently serving on the Executive Committee of SAI Platform. Prior to joining the Global Sustainable Agriculture Group Rob was a Sustainability Director in PepsiCo’s Global Operations function delivering productivity and minimising risk for PepsiCo’s global enterprise and supply chain. In this position, Rob was responsible for PepsiCo’s ReCon (“Resource Conservation”) programme, maintaining global environmental metrics systems and reporting, and directing PepsiCo’s Environmental Sustainability Council, a global and cross-divisional team of environmental professionals. Prior to joining PepsiCo Global Operations Rob worked for PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division in various Environmental and Energy Engineering positions. Rob holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Akron (Ohio, USA) and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati (Ohio, USA).

                                                      Robin Ganzert

                                                      President & CEO, American Humane

                                                      Robin Ganzert, Ph.D., serves as president and CEO of American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization and the first to serve animals, whenever and wherever they are in need of rescue, shelter, or protection.   Since her appointment in 2010, Dr. Ganzert has dramatically expanded the scope and scale of the organization’s programs, launching a first-of-its-kind third-party certification program to protect animals in zoos and aquariums worldwide, and spurring the meteoric growth of American Humane’s farm certification program, driving a more than 1,600% increase in the number of protected farm animals. American Humane is now the largest certifier of animal welfare in the world, overseeing the care of some 1 billion animals.   She holds a B.S. in Business & Accounting, an MBA, and a Ph.D. In addition to her academic background, Dr. Ganzert is also an Accredited Investment Fiduciary, a Certified Cash Manager, a Certified Management Accountment, and is Certified in Financial Management. Dr. Ganzert is a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council and the recipient of several prestigious executive-level honors, including the Global CEO Excellence Award, the BRAVA Awards for Top Female CEOs, and the Eagle Rare Life Award.   Prior to her appointment at American Humane, Dr. Ganzert directed philanthropic services and charitable giving at The Pew Charitable Trusts and Wachovia Wealth Management.

                                                        Rod Snyder

                                                        President, Field to Market

                                                        Rod Snyder has served as President of Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture since 2014.  Field to Market is a diverse alliance working to create opportunities across the agricultural supply chain in the United States for continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality, and human well-being. Prior to this role, Snyder held positions as Public Policy Director for the National Corn Growers Association and Government Affairs Leader for CropLife America. He is particularly recognized for his work at the intersection of agricultural and environmental issues.  In 2015, Snyder co-founded the Sustainable Agriculture Summit, which has grown to be the largest and most prominent annual sustainable agriculture conference in North America. He has previously served on the board of directors of the Conservation Technology Information Center, on the steering committee of the Agricultural Nutrient Policy Council, on the executive committee of Field to Market, and as chair of the Pesticide Policy Coalition. He resides on his family’s farm in Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia.

                                                          Roger Thurow

                                                          Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

                                                          Roger Thurow joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow on global food and agriculture in January 2010 after three decades at The Wall Street Journal. For 20 years, he was a foreign correspondent based in Europe and Africa. His coverage of global affairs spanned the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela, the end of apartheid, the wars in the former Yugoslavia, and the humanitarian crises of the first decade of this century–along with 10 Olympic Games. In 2003, he and Journal colleague Scott Kilman wrote a series of stories on famine in Africa that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. Their reporting on humanitarian and development issues was also honored by the United Nations. Thurow and Kilman are authors of the book ENOUGH: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. In 2009, they were awarded Action Against Hunger’s Humanitarian Award. He is also the author of The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change, and his most recent book, The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—and the World, was published in May 2016. Thurow is an expert on agricultural development and speaks often on high-visibility platforms related to nutrition, hunger, and agriculture in the United States, Europe, and Africa. In 2013, he spoke about the power smallholder farmers in Africa at TedxChange Seattle event, hosted by Melinda Gates. Thurow graduated from the University of Iowa. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife Anne, and their two children, Brian and Aishling.

                                                            Rozanne Davis

                                                            Head of Sustainability, innocent drinks

                                                            Rozanne currently is Head of Sustainability at innocent drinks.

                                                            She is responsible for exploring new ways of providing sustainable pathways across the supply chain, how to manage impact in a positive way, building external connections for collaboration, and designing and engaging business, and ultimately drinkers, in a longer-term strategic view on sustainability. She initially started out as a chemical engineer – after deciding dodging pools of phosphoric acid on a chemical plant was not the future, she studied horticulture, probably inspired by being raised on a farm in Southern Zimbabwe. She spent some years as an agronomy adviser to citrus farmers in the eastern part of South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique, learning about the many practical challenges facing farming, often within a confusing regulatory and market landscape, but also noticing the inherent creativity within and innovative nature of many farmers, who know their land so well. She joined innocent drinks 11 years ago, initially to start up the technical team focusing on fruit sourcing, and until recently had been the Head of Fruit, responsible for all aspects of ingredient sourcing, including longer term security of supply and sustainable sourcing. As part of this, she led on a strawberry water project in Spain, which was the trigger for forming the Doñana Berry Group that SAI Platform now hosts. Within SAI Platform, she was part of the group who designed the FSA 2.0, and was on the Verification and Integrity Committee who worked up the initial foundations of governance for the FSA. Rosanne previously held the role of SAI Platform Chair for the Fruit and Nut Working Group before joining the Executive Committee.

                                                              Ruaraidh Petre

                                                              Executive Director, GRBS

                                                              Ruaraidh Petre (pronounced Rory Peter) Executive Director, Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Ruaraidh is Scot with a background in animal production and commercial farming and ranching in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. He has an MSc in Tropical Animal Production and Health from Edinburgh, and also studied agriculture in Edinburgh specialising in livestock. After his time in farm management, he worked in India on dryland farming systems, followed by Pakistan and Afghanistan where he directed a veterinary training and support program covering much of Afghanistan. He then moved to Netherlands, where he worked with a consulting firm securing financial support for agricultural development in Africa, Asia and South America. This was followed by a move in 2007 to Southern Africa where he directed a regional farmer support programme, securing access to markets for small scale producers. At that time he became involved in the formation of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef from 2010 onwards and was the first president of the organisation until 2012. He is now based in the Netherlands again and is the Executive Director of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, where he has overseen the development of global principles and criteria for sustainable beef, and is now working with national roundtables to create extend the work of GRSB into all major producer countries.

                                                                Shayna Harris

                                                                Chief Growth Officer, Farmer's Fridge

                                                                A passionate champion for the power of food supply chains to shape and improve lives, Shayna Harris has spent the past 15 years leading change, building teams, and delivering results across multiple continents and more than 20 countries in the food sector. As Chief Growth Officer of the Chicago-based company Farmer’s Fridge, Shayna Harris leads strategy, execution, and team development in a hyper-growth environment across a diverse workforce. In the three years since she joined the business, Farmer’s Fridge revenue has grown ten-fold. Shayna has played a pivotal role in building out the leadership team, rapidly growing the organization, closing series B and C rounds of funding, and laying a strong foundation for sustained growth. Prior to Farmer's Fridge, Shayna worked for Mars Global Chocolate and created the cocoa sustainability impacts program which spanned four continents and a dozen countries. In her earlier career, Shayna’s experience leading brands includes Stonyfield (Danone), Unilever, Starbucks, and others in the nascent days of strategic sourcing and sustainability. Shayna’s efforts led to the establishment of Starbucks’ East Africa Sourcing Program, a blueprint which was extended to the company’s entire supply chain. As a business leader and sustainability resource, Shayna has been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg, and the MIT Technology Review. She co-authored the MIT Press Book Confronting the Coffee Crisis (2008), and has been a contributor to multiple research publications in the field. An MBA graduate from MIT with a concentration in Food and Agriculture, Shayna established the MIT Food and Agriculture Collaborative in 2009, the first of its kind at the university. In recognition of her leadership, she was named an MIT Woman of Excellence, a Legatum Fellow for social enterprise, and a Martin Trust Community Fellow in honor of outstanding student contributions and leadership in the MBA community. Shayna holds an undergraduate dual-degree from Boston University in international relations and political science with a minor in Spanish. She is also a Fulbright scholar (Brazil, 2008), fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.  

                                                                  Spencer Cooper

                                                                  Senior Manager, Field Outreach and Education, Almond Board of California

                                                                  Spencer Cooper is the Senior Manager of Field Outreach and Education for the Almond Board of California.  Mr. Cooper joined the Board in 2016.  His responsibilities include working with growers on improving irrigation efficiency by helping increase the adoption and understanding of new beneficial technologies as well as better understanding the fundamentals of Irrigation Scheduling. When Spencer is not working in the Almond Industry he spends his time trying to get lost in the back country as well as working on his family’s small cattle operation in Central California.

                                                                    Stefani Grant

                                                                    Senior Manager, External Affairs and Sustainability, Unilever

                                                                    Stefani Millie Grant is Senior Manager, External Affairs & Sustainability for Unilever, a food and personal care products manufacturing company.  In her role, she works with brands; procurement; suppliers; and farmers to implement Unilever’s Sustainable Agriculture Code and deliver Unilever’s sustainable sourcing goal in the U.S. and Canada.  Ms. Grant also works with elected officials and NGO’s on Unilever’s sustainability efforts. Ms. Grant is currently serving her second term as Chair of Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. The organization brings together a diverse group of grower organizations; agribusinesses; food, beverage, apparel, restaurant and retail companies; conservation groups; universities; and public sector partners to define, measure and advance the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production in the United States. Prior to working for Unilever, Ms. Grant was a Vice President with Stateside Associates, a consulting firm in Arlington, Virginia, where she worked on environmental, agricultural and conservation issues for Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and the Department of Defense.   An Iowa native, Ms. Grant holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Public Administration from Buena Vista University.    

                                                                      Trent Hendricks

                                                                      Hub Leader, Cabriejo Ranch & Savory

                                                                      Trent Hendricks is a rancher, consultant and serial entrepreneur having interests in all things agricultural, food, and environment. Trent provides integrated holistic solutions from the “Soil to the Board room” to business startups and CPGs. Trent’s unique perspective and direct experience with supply systems development, product design and recipe formulation are rooted in a deep commitment to regenerative resource utilization and to delivering positive economic outcomes to his partners and clients. Trent serves as a board member for the American Grassfed Association, Savory Global Advisor and the Grassfed Alliance, and is an accredited Savory Field Professional. Trent and his partner Rachel, along with their 6 children, own Cabriejo Ranch in the Ozarks where they produce grassfed beef, lamb, operate their ranch as a Savory Global Influencer Hub and provide large scale restoration grazing services in multiple states. Trent’s passion is reviving rural communities with Holistic Management and grassland economies.

                                                                        Will Cannon

                                                                        Corn & Soybean Grower,

                                                                        Will Cannon grows corn and soybeans on his family farm operation in central Iowa. He also does custom services for his neighbors, such as GPS mapping of precision agriculture data, tilling, custom planting and custom harvest. Will is leader in the farming community with 100% of his acres in cover crops. As a member of Practical Farmers of Iowa he is a participant in the Unilever and PepsiCo supply chain projects to grow cover crop acres in Iowa. He frequently hosts farm field days and speaks at workshops to coach and encourage other farmers on how to approach adding cover crops to their own farm operations.

                                                                          Xavier Bengoa

                                                                          Sustainability Consultant & Knowledge Manager, Quantis

                                                                          Xavier is Senior Sustainability Consultant, working at Quantis since 2010, and is also leading Quantis’ knowledge management initiatives globally. Xavier was involved as project manager or expert on 100+ life cycle assessment (LCA) studies for corporations and public organizations worldwide, with core sectorial expertise in the agri-food, dairy and waste management sectors. He has been leading the development of World Food LCA Database, supporting the European Dairy Association in the development of its sectorial Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules and is currently coordinating the GeoFootprint project. Xavier holds an MSc in Environmental Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL).