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National C-FAR selects new executive director

Laura Peterson's background includes leading federal affairs for nonprofit and corporate interests in the food and ag industry.

The National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research (National C-FAR) has selected Laura Peterson as its new executive director. Peterson succeeds Tom Van Arsdall, who retired after nearly two decades leading the organization. National C-FAR thanks Van Arsdall for his service and accomplishments and is confident that the organization is well positioned to build off this great foundation under Peterson's guidance.

“Laura’s modern leadership style and practical approach to bipartisanship underlie her passion for leveraging the political collective for a common good,” said Andy LaVigne, president of National C-FAR and president & CEO of American Seed Trade Association. “Laura is a positive and energetic problem solver who will help advance the National C-FAR mission of sustaining and increasing public investment at the national level in agricultural and food research, extension and education.”

National C-FAR is celebrating its 20th year of education and advocacy for federally funded research, extension and education that result in safer, more nutritious food, more environmentally friendly production, less dependence on non-renewable sources of energy, expanded global markets, and more jobs and economic development in rural America.

At no other time in our history is the nation better equipped to understand the importance of supporting ag and food research, which returns $20 in economic benefit for every $1 invested.

Peterson's background includes leading federal affairs for nonprofit and corporate interests in the food and ag industry. Laura formed LWP Consulting to advise businesses and nonprofits showing a demonstrated commitment to addressing the complex challenges confronting agricultural production. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and a law degree from George Washington University Law School where she also served as adjunct faculty in the department of political science.


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