Farm Hands on the Potomac: Shultz to head up newly launched Platform for Agriculture and Climate Transformation


By Hannah Pagel, AgriPulse



Joe Shultz is the new executive director of the newly launched Platform for Agriculture and Climate Transformation. PACT was created to help support climate-smart and regenerative agriculture practices as a solution to the climate crisis. Shultz most recently served as the staff director for Senate Ag Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich...


... Rep. Brad Finstad, R-Minn., is the newest member of the House Agriculture Committee. Finstad was sworn in Aug. 12 after winning the special election to succeed Rep. Jim Hagedorn, who passed away earlier this year. In addition to being a farmer, Finstad has experience as the executive director of both the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and the Center for Rural Policy & Development.


Kellie Adesina has joined Kraft Heinz as the director of global government affairs. She previously worked for Bayer and served as the director of federal government affairs. Before that, she was the chief counsel on the House Agriculture Committee under former Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn.


Cory Harris has moved to the Vogel Group as head of the agriculture practice. Harris comes to the Vogel Group from Capitol Hill where he served as the legislative director for Rep. Jim Baird, R-Ind. Before that, he worked for the American Feed Industry Association, Indiana Soybean Alliance, and Growth Energy.


Mary Dee Beal has joined Kountoupes, Denham, Carr & Reid as a principal. Beal previously served as a policy analyst for the Senate Republican Policy Committee. She has also held roles at USDA as a senior adviser to former Secretary Sonny Perdue and acting chief of staff to Deputy Secretary Steve Censky.


The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has announced a pair of promotions. Kent Bacus is NCBA's new executive director of government affairs. He was previously senior director of international trade and market access. Mary-Thomas Hart has been elevated to chief counsel from her previous role as environmental counsel...


... Kent Schescke has announced plans to retire from the helm of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. Schescke joined CAST in 2015 after 22 years with the National FFA Foundation and organization. He also served as a high school agricultural science educator for 14 years in three different schools located in Missouri. Schescke plans to stay on with CAST until mid-2023 to help oversee the transition of the new executive vice president and CEO...