Constance Cullman, current president of Farm Foundation, will succeed Joel G. Newman as president and chief executive officer of the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) upon his retirement later this year.
She will also become the president of the industry’s public charity, the Institute for Feed Education and Research. Cullman will officially join AFIA on July 29.
In an association release, AFIA’s Board selection committee interviewed a diverse range of candidates. AFIA’s Board chair Bruce Crutcher said Constance Cullman not only has a high track record of success, but she has the vision, integrity and passion for leading the U.S. animal food industry into its next chapter.
“As the U.S. animal food industry looks to create market opportunities in the global trade environment and better communicate with consumers about the industry’s sustainability efforts, we believe Cullman’s experience and foresight will serve our members well by opening new doors for dialogue about the issues impacting U.S. animal food manufacturers’ license to operate," Crutcher said.
Cullman has served in her current position as president and CEO of Farm Foundation for the past three years. Prior to that, she served as the U.S. government affairs leader for Dow AgroSciences; senior director of regulatory, technical and international affairs at the Corn Refiners Association; associate administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service; vice president of agricultural ecology at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation; and extension associate at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Cullman completed a bachelor’s degree in agricultural eco and a master’s degree in agricultural eco with an emphasis on international trade and agricultural policy from Ohio State. She is from Marysville, Ohio, where her family owned and operated a cow/calf farm.
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