Presidential Candidate Names Ag Advisors

Republican Presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney has named several well-known figures in farm policy circles to his Agriculture Advisory Committee. Co-chairing advisory committee are Nebraska GOP Senator and former USDA Secretary Mike Johanns and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. Johanns says the 11-member panel looks forward to providing counsel to Romney on farm issues and to welcoming a new era of agricultural policy under a new president.

The other Romney ag advisers are: Nebraska Ag Department Director Greg Ibach; National Council of Farmer Cooperatives CEO and former USDA Deputy Secretary Chuck Conner; former South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Bill Even; Randy Russell, President of the Russell Group; former California Food and Agriculture Secretary A. G. Kawamura; former Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Katie Smith; former USA Rice Federation Chairman Al Montna; Land O’Lakes President and CEO Chris Policinski; and Western Growers Association President and CEO Tom Nassif.

Calling agriculture an integral part of the U.S. economy – Romney says as president – he will work to ensure a steady, safe and affordable food supply for all Americans. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.