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Speaker Bios

Dawn Caldwell

Common Ground

Dawn Caldwell’s family ranches and farm in North Central Kansas where they raise Red Angus cattle, wheat, corn, soybeans, milo, and hay.  A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she spent four years working for the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension Service and has spent the past 15 years working at the Aurora Cooperative, first as a livestock specialist and currently as the corporate communications manager. Read more about Dawn Caldwell

Scott Cameron

Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition

Scott Cameron has 38 years of  experience working with federal and state natural resource, energy and environmental agencies. A longtime resident of Fairfax County, Virginia, and active member of the Mount Vernon community, Cameron is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

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Marcie Campion

VP of Technical Services
Pro-Pet LLC

Marcie J. Campion serves as  vice president of Pro-Pet LLC, where she leads the company’s initiatives in the critical areas of food safety, nutrition, formulation, regulatory  affairs, quality control and co-manufacturing business development. Dr. Campion has 25 years of pet care industry experience and has managed projects in North America, Europe and Asia. Read more about Marcie Campion

Oneil Carlier

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Oneil Carlier is a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. He represents the electoral district of Whitecourt- Ste Anne. Prior to his service with the Legislative Assembly, he worked for 13 years as a regional representative of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. He devoted 20 years to Agriculture Canada as a geotechnical technician. Read more about Oneil Carlier

Bill Coleman

Community Technology Advisors

Bill Coleman helps communities make the connection between telecommunications and economic development. As principal in
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Steve Davis

Chief Executive Officer
Colorado Quality Research

Dr. Steve Davis received his B.S. in  agriculture and his doctorate in  veterinary medicine from Kansas State University. He also completed an internship in avian medicine at North Carolina State University and became a diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians in 1993. His career in poultry medicine started in the commercial broiler industry with Gold’n Plump Poultry and Simmons Foods. Read more about Steve Davis

James Dunn

Pennsylvania State University

James W. Dunn is a professor of  agricultural economics at Pennsylvania State University. He teaches about the economics of  the food system and marketing decisions. He is also the undergraduate coordinator for the Agribusiness Management Program. Dr. Dunn grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He earned his Ph.D. in agricultural economics at Oklahoma State University; his previous degrees are from South Dakota State University. Dr. Read more about James Dunn

Val Giddings

Senior Fellow
Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Val Giddings joined ITIF after nearly three decades of experience in science and regulatory policy relating to biotechnology
innovations in agriculture and biomedicine. He works with ITIF to bring intellectual leadership to the examination of the constraints inhibiting innovations in agriculture and biomedicine and helps devise remedies to those constraints. Read more about Val Giddings

Burke Griggs

Associate Professor of Law
Washburn University

Burke Griggs joined the Washburn University law faculty in 2016 as a visiting associate professor. He teaches property law to first-year students and natural resources law to upper-division  students. Read more about Burke Griggs

Anne Hazlett

Chief Counsel
U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee

Anne Hazlett has served as Republican chief counsel on the Senate Agriculture Committee since 2009. Prior to that, she was director of agriculture for Indiana. Ms. Hazlett also served as chief of staff to Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman. She was legal counsel to the U.S. House and Senate Agriculture committees during development of the 2002 and 2008 farm bills. Read more about Anne Hazlett