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Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee (FRRCC) Membership

EPA appointed new members to the FRRCC in June 2020. Current Members are listed in the table below.

Current FRRCC Members  

William Thomas (Tom) McDonald (Committee Chair)

Senior Vice President - Environmental Affairs and Sustainability

Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, LLC

Dalhart, Texas

Lauren C. Lurkins (Committee Vice Chair)

Director of Environmental Policy

Illinois Farm Bureau

Bloomington, Illinois

Michael J. Aerts

National Chair; Technical Committee

Minor Crop Farmer Alliance

Director; Science and Regulatory Affairs 

Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association

Maitland, Florida

Jeanette L. Lombardo

Executive Director

Farmer Veteran Coalition

Founder and Chief Strategic Officer

Global Water Innovations, Inc.

Davis, California

Barry Berg

Watershed Coordinator

East Dakota Water Development District

Brookings, South Dakota

Gary Mahany


Gary Mahany Farms

Arkport, New York

Emily M. Broad Leib

Clinical Professor of Law

Faculty Director, Food Law and Policy Clinic

Harvard Law School

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Nicholas McCarthy

Senior Vice President of Agronomy

Central Valley Ag Cooperative

York, Nebraska

Don Brown


Anchor Three Farm, Inc.

Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture 2015-2019

Yuma, Colorado

Jesse McCurry

Executive Director

Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission

Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association

Colwich, Kansas

Jamie Burr

Director of Sustainability Implementation

Tyson Foods, Inc.

Springdale, AR

Jay Ivan Olsen

Environmental Program Manager

Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Salt Lake City, Utah

Phillip H. Chavez


Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District, Catlin Canal Company, and Lower Arkansas Valley Super Ditch


Diamond A Farms and Mohawk Valley Farms

Rocky Ford, Colorado

Christopher L. Pettit


Office of Agricultural Water Policy

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Tallahassee, Florida

John R. H. Collison


BlackOak Farms

Edmond, Oklahoma

William R. Pracht


Pracht Farms

East Kansas Agri-Energy

Garnett, Kansas

William (Bill) Couser


Couser Cattle Company

Nevada, Iowa

Graciela I. Ramírez-Toro, Ph.D.

Institutional Director

Center for Environmental Education, Conservation and Research

Inter American University of Puerto Rico

San Germán, Puerto Rico

Michael Crowder

President – Elect

National Association of Conservation Districts

General Manager/Shareholder

Barker Ranch

Local Supervisor

Benton Conservation District

West Richland, Washington

Charles R. Santerre, Ph.D.

Professor of Food Toxicology

Department of Nutrition Science

Purdue University

West Lafayette, Indiana

Matthew Freund


Freund's Farm and CowPots LLC

East Canaan, Connecticut

Beth C. Sauerhaft, Ph.D.

Vice President of Programs

American Farmland Trust

Chappaqua, New York

Sharon Furches


Furches Farms Partnership

Second Vice President

Kentucky Farm Bureau

Louisville, Kentucky

Stacy Wayne Smith


S & A Smith Farms

New Home, Texas

Jeffrey Gore, Ph.D.

Research Entomologist

Delta Research and Extension Center

Mississippi State University

Stoneville, Mississippi

Davie Shane Stephens


DJ Stephens Farm

American Soybean Association

Wingo, Kentucky

David Graybill


Red Sunset Farm

Executive Committee, State Board of Directors

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau

Mifflintown, Pennsylvania

Jeff M. Witte

Secretary of Agriculture

State of New Mexico

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Alex P. Johns

Director of Special Projects  

Seminole Tribe of Florida Inc.

Okeechobee, Florida

Amy Wolfe

President and CEO Emeritus


Modesto, California

Jimmy W. Kinder


Kinder Farms

District 4 Director, State Board

Oklahoma Farm Bureau

Walters, Oklahoma

James E.  Zook

Executive Director

Michigan Corn Growers Association and

Corn Marketing Program of Michigan

Lansing, Michigan

Questions may be directed to Rebecca Perrin at or 202–564–7719.


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