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Panel: The First 77 Days of the Trump Administration

Jackie Klippenstein, Dairy Farmers of America

IMG_0338-2-2-640x734Jackie has served as vice president of industry and legislative affairs since joining DFA in 2008. In that capacity, she focuses on federal and state legislative and regulatory issues and plays an active role in member services. She also serves on the boards of National Milk Producers Federation, Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture and the American Royal. Prior to joining DFA, Jackie spent nearly 15 years
in Washington, D.C., as a lobbyist for agricultural interests and as a congressional aide, having worked for members of both the U.S. House and Senate.




Colin Woodall, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Colin-WoodallColin Woodall is the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for NCBA in Washington, D.C.  He serves as NCBA’s chief lobbyist on Capitol Hill and leads the Washington office in developing strategies to ensure that the cattle industry’s voice is being heard by policy makers.

Colin is originally from Big Spring, Texas, and holds a degree in Agricultural Systems Management from Texas A&M.  At A&M, Colin was involved in the Corps of Cadets and active in the student chapter of the American Association of Agricultural Engineers.  After college he worked as a grain elevator manager and grain merchandiser for Cargill in WaKeeney and Hugoton, Kansas.  After venturing to Washington, Colin took a job with U.S. Senator John Cornyn where he worked on agriculture, interior, energy and water projects and appropriations.  Colin has been with NCBA since June of 2004.


Michael Formica, National Pork Producers Council

Formica 3A Washington, D.C. based lawyer with significant experience before all three branches of the federal government, Mr. Formica represents the nation’s pork industry on a range of issues from environmental to the inclusion of farm animal welfare provisions in fire codes.  In this role, he has been the primary lawyer representing the interest of livestock producers in Washington, D.C. with regard to EPA’s CAFO and air emission rules.  A former member of EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, National Journal magazine named him one of the foremost experts in Washington, D.C. on environmental and energy policy.

Prior to joining NPPC, he worked for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was an attorney in private practice representing a diverse array of agricultural clients on air, waste, water, and property rights issues. He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and Vermont Law School, where he founded the schools influential Vermont Journal of Environmental Law.


Moderator: Thad Lively, US Meat Export Federation

Thad-Lively-GrThad Lively is the Senior Vice President for Trade Access at the U.S. Meat Export Federation. In that capacity, Thad is responsible for all of USMEF’s efforts directed at resolving market access and trade policy issues for beef, pork, and lamb exports around the world. Previously, Thad was the Senior Vice President for Policy, Planning, and Research, overseeing all of USMEF’s market development programs in over 30 countries worldwide. Prior to joining USMEF Thad spent nine years as a foreign service officer with the Foreign Agricultural Service. Most of his tenure at FAS, including four years at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, was devoted to work on meat and livestock product trade issues with the EU. Thad also spent two years in external affairs at Proctor & Gamble and was the American Soybean Association’s regional director for Europe and North Africa in its office in Brussels.


The Unknowing Smugglers of Animal Disease

JoAnn Winks, US Customs and Border Control 

JoAnn WinksJoAnn Winks began her career with the United States Department of Agriculture in 2001 as an Agriculture Canine Officer in San Francisco. Ms. Winks was awarded the Regulatory Decision Making Achievement Award in recognition for achieving the highest score in Regulatory Decision Making in USDA New Officer Training. Ms. Winks transferred to the Port of Denver,
Colorado in the summer of 2006 to become the first Supervisor CBP Agriculture Specialist at the Port of Denver since the merger.
In 2008, Ms. Winks earned the Director, Field Operations Quarterly Award for professionalism in the San Francisco/Portland Field Office. In 2010, Ms. Winks was promoted to the position of Assistant Port Director of Trade Operations for the Area Port of Denver. Ms. Winks holds a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis.

A Clear View of Transparency and How It Earns Trust

Donna Moenning, Center for Food Integrity

speaker-donna-moeningToday’s consumers expect greater transparency within the agriculture and food system but what does this mean? Whether it is information about food safety, traceability, animal well-being, the use of technology or a host of additional topics of interest, agricultural and food leaders are expected to do more; how do you, as a farm, ranch or agribusiness, begin meeting consumer expectations? Research conducted in 2013-2015 by The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) provides key insights into how U.S. consumers define transparency as well as what they expect concerning policies, practices, procedures and verification measures on topics of interest. Donna Moenning with CFI will share key insights from CFI’s transparency research and highlights from CFI’s most recent research – released Jan. 17, 2017, that each member of the Colorado Livestock Association can apply in their individual operations and through the Association. As, together, agriculture and food system leaders work to earn consumer trust in today’s food system, CFI is supporting leaders as they engage in more meaningful conversations with consumers and thought-leaders.

Safety Meeting – First Aid for Rural Medical Emergencies

Ivan Steinke, Extraction Oil and Gas

ivanField Safety Representative with Extraction Oil and Gas., brings 20 plus years of safety and agriculture production experience. With his unique combination of knowledge and practical on the ground safety experience, Steinke has the capability to work with any size of farming and livestock operation. His understanding of the agriculture sector allows him to assist a variety of operations to increase the safety culture within their operations. Steinke is an accredited Medic instructor.