Wednesday, December 7, 12:00–1:30 PM (CT)

Farm Bill 101

Given the expiration of the current Farm Bill on September 30, 2023, this webinar will give an overview and history of the Farm Bill – highlighting why the Farm Bill is important, reviewing what the different titles of the Farm Bill cover, and examining different stakeholder positions. Speakers will share their insights and perspectives as Farm Bill “veterans” on the history, dynamics, opportunities, and challenges of the next one.

  • Chris Adamo, Vice President of Public Affairs and Regenerative Agriculture Policy, Danone, and former Staff Director, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry
  • Fred Clark, former Chief Counsel, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry
  • James Glueck, Vice President, Torrey Advisory Group, and former Staff Director, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry

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Chris Adamo

Chris Adamo is Vice President at Danone North America for public affairs & regenerative agriculture policy, assisting one of the world’s largest B Corps with strengthening the role of business in driving social and environmental good for all. Chris helps Danone build strategies for implementing regenerative agriculture with farming partners across its supply chain as it strives to measure impact toward climate change, water, and farmer well-being.

Prior to joining Danone, Chris spent over a decade at the highest levels of the federal government working on issues related to agriculture, environment and climate change. He served as chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality from 2015 until the end of the Administration in 2017, where he helped lead the President’s agenda on climate change and conservation. From 2011-2105, he led the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry as its staff director, including the negotiations and drafting of the 2014 Farm Bill, which included new opportunities for landscape-scale conservation and unprecedented investments in healthy foods. Chris began his Senate career in 2005 and was a legislative counsel in U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow’s office starting in 2007, where he worked on priorities such as the 2007 energy bill, the 2008 farm bill, the 2009-2010 energy and climate bill efforts, as well as various other environmental initiatives.

Chris graduated with a degree in economics and business from Kalamazoo College and a law degree from Vermont Law School.

Fred Clark

Fred Clark has been directly engaged in drafting each of the past seven Farm Bills, dating back to 1985. Most recently Fred served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Agriculture Committee (for Republican Chairman Pat Roberts) during the drafting of the 2018 Farm Bill, where Fred served as principal drafter of statutory language for the Commodities, Trade, Credit, Rural Development, Research, and Crop Insurance titles. Prior to his Senate service Fred served for 20 years as counsel in several law and lobbying firms, where he focused on agriculture, trade, agricultural research, and finance issues, including drafting major provisions of the 1996, 2002, 2008 and 2014 Farm Bills. Fred served for 10 years as staff in the U.S. House of Representatives, including eight years on the Agriculture Committee serving Democratic Chairman Kika de la Garza. In that role Fred participated extensively in the writing of both the 1985 and 1990 farm bills. Born and raised in San Jose, California, Fred served as FFA State Treasurer before earning a B.S. in Agricultural Business Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. Fred retired from his role as Chief Counsel to the Senate Agriculture Committee in February 2022, and has since enjoyed safaris in Tanzania, hiking in the Grand Canyon, and ballroom dancing lessons with Rika, his wife of more than 30 years.

James Glueck

As vice president at Torrey Advisory Group, James Glueck provides analysis, strategic advice, and representation to clients on a range of agriculture and food policy issues. James served as staff director for the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee from 2017 until 2021 under the leadership of Chairman Pat Roberts. In the past, Glueck served as deputy staff director and policy director for Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee Ranking Member Thad Cochran as well as a legislative assistant for Senator Mike Johanns. His legislative experience includes work on the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills as well as biotech disclosure and pesticide registration laws.

Prior to coming to Capitol Hill, James worked for Bunge North America, an integrated agribusiness and food ingredient company. Previously, he served at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including roles as a senior advisor to the Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services–during the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha round negotiations and the 2008 Farm Bill, congressional liaison, deputy White House liaison, deputy director of intergovernmental affairs, and confidential assistant in the Farm Service Agency.

James received an undergraduate degree in agricultural development from Texas A&M University and a graduate certificate in Advanced International Affairs from the George Bush School of Government and Public Service.

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