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FARM BUREAU ANNOUNCES CHANGES IN ITS PUBLIC POLICY TEAM
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation news release

The American Farm Bureau Federation today announced that Dale Moore will lead the organization's public policy department. As executive director of public policy, Moore, an agricultural policy veteran, will manage the organization's lobbying staff, according to AFBF Executive Vice President and Treasurer Julie Anna Potts.

Potts also announced that AFBF Chief Economist Dr. Bob Young will now also serve as deputy executive director of public policy for AFBF-the position formerly held by Moore. Moore replaces Mark Maslyn, who will retire from AFBF on Feb. 1, after 32 years of distinguished service.

"Dale brings more than 30 years of deep public policy and Capitol Hill experience to this position," Potts said. "AFBF will greatly benefit from Dale's experience and insights gained from working with members of Congress and the administration on agricultural policy issues."

In 2001, Moore was appointed by President George W. Bush as the Agriculture Department's chief of staff. He served four individuals appointed as secretaries of agriculture-Ann M. Veneman, Mike Johanns, Chuck Conner (acting) and Ed Schafer. He also provided transition assistance to President Barack Obama's agricultural advisors.

He also spent more than a dozen years on Capitol Hill, working in various positions for the House Agriculture Committee and in the personal office of Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) when he served in the House. Moore received a bachelor's degree in animal science from Fort Hays (Kan.) State University and grew up in southwest Kansas on a livestock, hay and grain farm.

Young, prior to being named AFBF's chief economist in 2003, was a co-director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute from 1991 through 2003. Young also served as an associate professor in agricultural economics at the University of Missouri.

Young was the chief economist of the Senate Agriculture Committee from 1987 through 1991. There he was active in the development of the 1990 farm bill as well as various budget and disaster assistance bills. Young has a Ph.D. in agricultural economics and bachelor's and master's degrees in atmospheric sciences from the University of Missouri.

"AFBF is pleased that Dale and Bob will be leading our lobbying effort," said AFBF President Bob Stallman. "As the American Farm Bureau reorganizes, integrates and realigns its organizational resources behind implementing our grassroots policies, we know that the strategic know-how and analytical skills that Dale and Bob offer will take us down the road to success. We could not ask for a more complete leadership team at the top of our public policy department to implement policies that benefit America's farm and ranch families."


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