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Speaker Bios

Danny Merkley

Director of Water Resources,
California Farm Bureau Federation

Danny Merkley joined the California Farm Bureau Federation as director of water resources in December 2007.
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Angela Mills

Manager, QC & Regulatory Compliance
Southern States Coop Inc

Angela Mills is the manager of quality control and regulatory compliance for Southern States Cooperative, Feed Division. With a business and finance background, she has enjoyed 14 years in the agriculture industry and obtained HACCP coordinator certification from North Carolina State University. Read more about Angela Mills

Brad Mitchell

Deputy Executive Director
Massachusetts Farm Bureau

Brad Mitchell is the deputy executive director of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, where he is responsible for the bureau's policy and government affairs programs. He is a former director of public affairs for Monsanto, where he led its Issues Management Team. Prior to that, Mr. Read more about Brad Mitchell

Scott Moe

Minister of Environment
Government of Saskatchewan

Scott Moe was first elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in the 2011. He was born and raised in the constituency on a grain farm and educated at the University of Saskatchewan where he received his B.S. in Agriculture. Scott served as a member of the legislature’s Standing Committee on Crown and Central Agencies and was deputy chair of the legislature’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Read more about Scott Moe

Mike Naig

Deputy Secretary
Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship

Mike Naig grew up on a farm  near Cylinder, Iowa, in the  northwest corner of the state.  He is a graduate of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake with degrees in biology and political science. He has spent his entire career working in agriculture, having served in public policy roles for state and national agribusiness trade associations as well as in private industry. Read more about Mike Naig

James Noles

Balch & Bingham

James Noles is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. Read more about James Noles

Mechel Paggi

retired Director of the Center for Agricultural Business
California State University, Fresno

Prior to his position at California State University, Mechel Paggi held positions in Washington, D.C., as principal analyst for agriculture at the Congressional Budget Office and served as the executive director of the congressionally mandated  Commission  on 21st Century Agriculture. From 1995 to 1998, Dr. Paggi served as senior economist at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy. From 1988 to 1995, Dr. Read more about Mechel Paggi

Harrison Pittman

Center Director
National Ag Law Center

Harrison Pittman received his juris doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, after attending Mississippi State University and graduating from  the University of Arkansas. He then earned an LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law’s Graduate Program in Agricultural Law. He has taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Read more about Harrison Pittman

Kevin Pula

Policy Specialist
National Conference of State Legislatures

Kevin Pula is a Policy Specialist with the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Transportation Program. In this role, Kevin leads NCSL’s Transportation Funding and Finance policy research efforts and assists state legislatures in related policy matters. He tracks state legislation related to motor fuel taxes, variable-rate gas taxes, alternative fuels and electric vehicles, bonding and transportation appropriations. Read more about Kevin Pula