Two public policy veterans have joined the staff of the National Corn Growers Association’s Washington, D.C. office in recent weeks.
Kathy Reding Bergren joined NCGA on February 21 as Director of Public Policy for ethanol. A Kentucky native, Bergren most recently served as Legislative Director for Representative Randy Neugebauer of Texas. She also previously worked for Representative Ron Lewis of Kentucky. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural communications and journalism from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Public Policy from George Mason University.
Lesly Weber McNitt joined NCGA on February 27 as Director of Public Policy for trade and biotechnology. McNitt joins NCGA from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she served as Chief of Staff for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and then the Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS). Previously, she worked at the lobbying firm Oldaker Biden & Belair, and then established the Washington, D.C. office for the Farm Journal Foundation. McNitt received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international affairs and a Master of Professional Studies in legislative affairs, both from The George Washington University.
“I’m excited to welcome Kathy and Lesly to the NCGA team. They will be front and center in our efforts to tell farmers’ stories, build relationships on Capitol Hill and with the new administration, and find common ground on today’s policy challenges,” said NCGA Executive Vice President Jon Doggett. “Ethanol and trade are two of our most important policy priorities. I know Kathy and Lesly are up to the challenge and ready to get to work.”
NCGA is taking a series of actions to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic fallout it is creating for corn farmers and our customers. Short term, this means instituting policies to protect the health and safety of our stakeholders and the broader communities we serve. Long term, we’re focused on creating solutions to help corn farmers and our customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis.
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The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.