Ajay Menon Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences; Colorado State University Director Colorado Agricultural Experiment Stations

Ajay Menon was appointed Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Director of the Colorado Agriculture Experiment Stations in July 2015. In this role, Dr. Menon is the chief administrative and academic officer with responsibility for leadership of the College’s strategic vision, academic programs, budgets, and related activities including resident instruction, research, outreach,…

Alan Rudolph Vice President for Research at Colorado State University

Dr. Alan S. Rudolph, serves as the Vice President for Research at Colorado State University. Dr. Rudolph is a former member of the Senior Executive Service, having served as the Director for Chemical and Biological Technologies Directorate, Research and Development Enterprise, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Dr. Rudolph has had an active career in translating…

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Alfred Almanza JBS Global Head of Food Safety and Quality Assurance; former Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety and former Administrator of the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), U.S. Department of Agriculture, (USDA)

Alfred “Al” Almanza is the Global Head of Food Safety and Quality Assurance for JBS. Mr. Almanza leads the company’s global food safety and quality assurance efforts, ensuring that JBS facilities around the world adopt and implement food safety and quality control standards that exceed regulatory requirements and customer expectations. A globally recognized expert in…

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Dr. Sally Rockey Executive Director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

Dr. Sally Rockey became the inaugural Executive Director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research in September 2015. Prior to this role, Dr. Rockey was an award-winning leader in Federal research. She spent 19 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she held a number of positions within the Cooperative State Research, Education,…

Tom Vilsack CEO and President of the U.S. Dairy Export Council; former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; Strategic Adviser of Food & Water Initiatives at the National Western Center

As president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), Tom Vilsack provides strategic leadership and oversight of USDEC’s global promotional and research activities, regulatory affairs and trade policy initiatives. This includes working with industry leaders to develop a long-term vision for growth and consumer trust in U.S. dairy. Vilsack joined USDEC in January…


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