Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Farm Foundation Names New President

From Farms.com

The Farm Foundation Board of Trustees has named Neilson C. Conklin to be
the sixth president of Farm Foundation, according to Board Chairman Sara Wyant.
Conklin will succeed Walter J. Armbruster, who has served as president of the
Foundation since 1991. Armbruster is retiring at the end of the year, after 30
years with the Foundation. “Neil’s extensive background in economic analysis on
a wide range of issues will serve the Foundation well in the years ahead,” Wyant
said. “Agriculture, the food system and rural communities face complex and
diverse challenges and opportunities. Farm Foundation plays a unique role in
providing objective economic and policy analyses to help private and public
decision makers address timely, evolving issues. We look forward to Neil’s
leadership in this important work.” Conklin is
currently director of the market and trade economics division of USDA’s Economic
Research Service. In that role, he has initiated the ERS research program on the
economics of bioenergy, and directed development of new modeling frameworks on
global trade policy analysis. “I am honored to lead an organization that has
such a distinguished history of service to the food system and rural
communities,” Conklin says. “The Foundation’s reputation for objectivity is
highly regarded, and provides unique opportunities to serve all elements of the
food system and rural communities. I look forward to continuing the Foundation’s
history of service.” Before joining ERS in 1999, Conklin spent six years at the
Farm Credit Council as vice president and chief economist. He previously
worked at the Offi ce of Management and Budget, and has had teaching assignments
at Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and at Colorado State
University.

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