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Dan Basse Elected to Lead Farm Foundation® Board

OAK BROOK, Ill. (June 28, 2023) – Dan Basse of Chicago, Illinois, president of AgResource Company, has  been elected chair of the Farm Foundation Board of Directors. Basse, who will serve a two-year term,  succeeds Jerome Lyman, a retired executive of McDonald’s Corporation.  

“It is an exciting time for Farm Foundation as we celebrate our 90th Anniversary and look to accelerate  our mission with the construction of an Innovation and Education Center on our recently purchased  farm in Libertyville, Illinois,” says Basse. Furthermore, Basse says that he is looking forward to closely  working with Farm Foundation CEO Shari Rogge-Fidler to accelerate people and ideas in soil health and  sustainability, farmer health, digital agriculture, and market access for US farmers. “There is much to  accomplished, and thankfully, Farm Foundation is blessed with a deep and dedicated board and  management team.” 

Cheri De Jong of Dalhart, Texas, principal owner of Natural Prairie Dairy and owner and CFO of  AgriVision Farm Management, was elected vice chair of the 29-member board. Andrew LaVigne of  Alexandria, Virginia, president and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association, was elected treasurer.  The election took place at the board’s June meeting.  

Farm Foundation is an accelerator of practical solutions for agriculture that leverages the power of  collaboration between food and agricultural stakeholders to advance agriculture in positive ways. As a  501(c)(3) charity, the organization applies its non-partisan, objective approach to a suite of projects and  programs aimed at addressing both emerging and persistent issues facing farmers and the wider  industry. 

In addition, six new members have been elected to the board: Former United States Secretary of  Agriculture Mike Johanns; Former United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Jewel Bronaugh; Michael Doane, global managing director, food and freshwater systems, The Nature Conservancy; James  (Jimmy) Kinder, co-owner/operator, Kinder Farms; Cristina Rohr, managing director, food and  agriculture, S2G Ventures; and Todd Van Hoose, president and CEO, Farm Credit Council.  

The Farm Foundation Board of Directors is responsible for managing the affairs of Farm Foundation.  Other members of the board are: 

Chuck Ahlem, Charles Ahlem Ranch 

Angela Caddell, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad 

Steve Coulter, Koch Agronomic Services 

John Foltz, The Ohio State University (retired) 

David Gilmore, Deere & Company 

Gregg Hillyer, Progressive Farmer 

George Hoffman, Restaurant Services Inc. 

Robert Jones, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation 

A.G. Kawamura, Orange County Produce 

Kristin Kroepfl, Quaker North America 

Thayne Larson, Bestifor Farms 

Brad Lubben, University of Nebraska 

Klaas Martens, Martens Farm and Lake View Organic Grain 

Sylvester Miller II, FMC 

Nathan Rudgers, Farm Credit East 

Ryan Schohr, Schohr Ranch 

Mary Snapp, Microsoft Philanthropies 

Mike Torrey, Michael Torrey Associates

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