Jessica Clowser has been hired as the Director of Commodity Activities and Economics for Aquaculture, Forestry and Specialty Crops at Arkansas Farm Bureau, where she is responsible for directing commodity-specific programs and activities. She will address legislative, regulatory and economic affairs important to Farm Bureau members and manage administrative functions for commodity check-off boards.
Clowser has spent the last four years in Washington, D.C., working as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska, where she advised on legislative issues for the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee as well as the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. She also managed the senator’s legislative priorities in agriculture, energy and environment, water infrastructure, biofuels and trade policies. Clowser facilitated discussion between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Nebraska Department of Agriculture on behalf of Fischer in a successful effort to open the Israeli market to Nebraska beef for the first time since 2003. Before working for Fischer she served as a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska, in his D.C. office.
“I am excited to serve as part of the Farm Bureau team,” said Clowser. “I look forward to meeting the farmers and ranchers of Arkansas and will work as hard as I can to promote priorities and policies related to Arkansas agriculture.”
Clowser holds an undergraduate degree in animal science from the University of Nebraska and two graduate degrees, one in business administration from Indiana University and the other in agricultural economics from Purdue University.
As a partner in Clowser Angus Farm, she oversees production decisions, breeding program selections and marketing of the cattle on her family-owned farm in Nebraska. She also interned with the U.S. Meat Export Federation, where she coordinated with international offices and U.S. producers and worked with check-off organizations to create global promotional material for U.S. beef, pork and lamb.
“Jessica’s work experiences and personal values align very well with our mission at Arkansas Farm Bureau,” said Evan Teague vice president of commodity and regulatory affairs. “We are excited for her to bring her expertise in agriculture and her on-farm experience to promote and advocate production agriculture and to help Arkansas farm families to succeed.”
Arkansas Farm Bureau is a private advocacy organization of more than 192,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.
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