NCFAP’s Board of Trustees

Board Chair: Stanley Johnson– Emeritus Professor, former Director of the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD), and former Vice-Provost for Extension, Iowa State University.

Vice-Chair: Christopher Goldthwait – U.S. Ambassador to Chad, 1991-1999; Former General Sales Manager, USDA Foreign Agriculture Service.


Mary AhearnCouncil of Food, Agriculture, and Resource Economics (C-FARE); formerly Economic Research Service, USDA.

Harold Birch – Executive Vice President, Family Farms Group

Gale Buchananformer USDA Chief Scientist and Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics; former Dean and Director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia

Mark Drabenstott – Consultant; Former Director of the Center for Study of Rural America (Kansas City Fed).

Michael Harrington – Former Executive Director Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors.

Terry Hurley — Austin A. Dowell Professor of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota

William H. Meyers – Emeritus Professor, University of Missouri.

Bobby Moser – Formerly Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, Environment, Ohio State University.

Steven Pueppke — Professor of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences; Center for Global Change and Earth Observations and Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Michigan State University.

Denise Swink – CEO, Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (2007); Senior Advisor US Resilience Project

December 10, 2019: With great sadness we note the death of our friend and colleague Joe Dunn, NCFAP CEO from 2009 through 2018, and Trustee since 2019.   Joseph A Dunn passed away on November 30, 2019.  Here is one eulogy to Joe from his friends at NCFAP.