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Growing animal agriculture

2017 Ag Chairs Summit
January 7, 2017
Governor Room

Strong animal agriculture is important for meeting growing food demands and serve as a great value added market for grain and forage producers and byproduct utilization.  But ballot initiatives and hesitation by some communities are challenging growth. How can we be good neighbors and face the challenges?


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. [node:read-more:link]

John Kuehn

Nebraska Senate

Dr. John Kuehn was  elected to Nebraska Legislature in 2014. He is a rancher, veterinarian and professor at Hastings College.
He is a former member of the board of directors of the Southern Power District. [node:read-more:link]

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. [node:read-more:link]

Diane Sullivan

Diane Sullivan has worked for many years advocating for affordable housing and addressing the rise of homelessness in  Massachusetts.  Sullivan was honored for her work, receiving the Nancy Nye Award by the Boston-based Women's Institute for Housing and Economic Development. [node:read-more:link]