Diversity, equity and inclusion in agriculture: ideas for improvement
Agri-Pulse is pleased to announce all the speakers for a free webinar on April 23. They will discuss “Diversity, equity and inclusion in agriculture: ideas for improvement”. This webinar is the first in a series of discussions sponsored by the Corn Refiners Association (CRA).
- House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott, D-Ga.
- Kathryn Unger – Vice President of Cargill North America Government Relations Team
- HR Bert Peña – Director of HR Bert Pena, Esq. Law firm and former director of personnel of the Chamber’s agriculture committee
- Patricia Sheikh – Senior Vice President of Roots of Peace and former Assistant Administrator of FAS
- PJ Haynie III – Chairman of the National Black Growers’ Council and owner of Haynie Farms, LLC, Reedville, VA
Sara Wyant, editor-in-chief of Agri-Pulse, will be the moderator of the first webinar on April 23 at 11 a.m. EDT.
Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., represents Georgia’s 13th Congressional District and chairs the House Agriculture Committee. Scott is also a senior member of the Financial Services Committee and a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Scott has served on numerous subcommittees of the House Agriculture Committee and secured $ 80 million in 2018 Farm Bill funding for agriculture-focused scholarships at the 19 concession colleges and universities. of Historically Black 1890 lands across the country. Scott received his BA and graduated with Distinction in 1967 from Florida A&M University and received his MBA with Distinction in 1969.
Kathryn unger is Vice President of Cargill’s North American Government Relations team. She is responsible for generating business value for the company by anticipating, analyzing and influencing government and regulatory interventions in North America. She joined Cargill in 2014. Unger sits on the board of directors of Cargill Hispanic Latino Council (CHLC), which strives to make Cargill the employer of choice for Latin American Hispanic talent and is chair of the board of Urban Ventures, an organization focused on ending the cycle of urban poverty in Minneapolis. Unger holds an undergraduate degree in education and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from Stanford University.
HR Bert Peña has 40 years of legal experience in Washington, DC His practice focuses on legislative and regulatory matters before the United States Congress and the executive branch of the United States government, including the United States Trade Representative, United States Department of Agriculture, US Department of State and US Department of the Treasury. Peña represents national and multinational organizations, trade associations, municipalities, counties and individuals with interests in a variety of fields, including, but not limited to, national and international agriculture and trade policy, issues relating to the United States and Mexico, food safety, crop insurance, intellectual property rights, environmental regulations, energy and farm credit. Previously, Peña was the personnel director of the House Agriculture Committee. He received his BA from the University of Texas and his JD from St. Mary’s University.
Patricia sheikh is Senior Vice President of Roots of Peace, a California-based nonprofit that specializes in rebuilding the agricultural value chain from the production to processing, marketing and distribution of agricultural products. She brings to the organization more than 35 years of expertise in global trade and development issues, having worked for the United States Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, in several senior positions. Sheikh holds a BA in History and Political Science with a minor in Economics from Notre Dame University of Maryland and an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Philip J. Haynie, III, better known as PJ Haynie, is a fifth generation farmer who currently owns and operates Haynie Farms, LLC, a grain company, producing corn, wheat, soybeans and canola in four counties in Virginia and also farms in Arkansas. Haynie and her family also own and operate a transportation business specializing in the transportation of food grade liquid and dry bulk, a timber harvesting business, and a landscaping and excavation business. Haynie graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics in May 1999. Haynie is currently President of the National Black Growers’ Council.
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About the Corn Refiners Association (CRA): The CRA is the national trade association representing the United States corn refining industry. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of the American agro-industry since 1913. Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, starch, advanced bioproducts, corn oil and food products from components of corn. corn such as starch, oil, protein and fiber.