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Membership

On January 27, 2016, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the renewal of the USDA Agricultural Air Quality Task Force and the selection of its members for the 2016 - 2018 term. The Task Force is composed of representatives from industry, agriculture, academia, government agencies, non-government organizations and other agricultural and environmental experts.

  • Current members of the 2016-2018 Task Force are:

    Arizona
    Marguerite Tan, LLC Farm Operations

    California
    Kevin Abernathy, Milk Producers Council
    Cynthia Cory, California Farm Bureau Federation
    Manuel F. Cunha, Jr., Nisei Farmers League
    Samir Sheikh, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

    Colorado
    Jeff Collett, Colorado State University
    Jon Slutsky, Producer

    Idaho
    April Leytem, USDA Agricultural Research Service

    Illinois
    Juan Tricarico, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
    Yuanhui Zhang, University of Illinois

    Iowa
    Chris Petersen, Producer
    Charles Stanier, University of Iowa

    Kentucky
    Clint Quarles, Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture
    Phil Silva, USDA Agricultural Research Service

    Maryland
    Lara Moody, The Fertilizer Institute
    Ana Rule, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

    Michigan
    Jerry May, Producer

    New York
    Hal Kreher, Producer
    Patrick McCormick, Producer

    North Dakota
    Shafiqur Rahman, North Dakota State University

    Oregon
    Merlyn Hough, Lane Regional Air Protection Agency

    Tennessee
    William Norman, National Cotton Council

    Texas
    Kelley Green, Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association
    Anissa Purswell, Enviro-Ag Engineering
    Ben Weinheimer, Texas Cattle Feeders Association

    Washington
    Brian Cochrane, Producer