With Super Tuesday behind us, the race to the White House is in full swing. While issues in food and agriculture are seldom brought up at campaign rallies or on debate stages, they are integral to the economy, trade and national security. With candidates dropping out and frontrunners emerging, it’s time to take a critical eye to the presidential hopefuls and how their leadership may impact animal agriculture. 

Tyson Redpath, senior vice president with The Russell Group, will take the stage at the 2016 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit to discuss what might be in store for animal agriculture under the administration of the remaining candidates. The Summit, themed “Securing Animal Agriculture’s Future: Action, Please!”, will be held May 5-6 at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, Va. Redpath will also offer attendees recommendations for getting involved in the political process to help shape agriculture policy. 

The Russell Group is a firm specializing in food and agriculture that provides government relations, public affairs, policy development, interest group outreach, forecast and analysis and strategic counsel to clients. The Russell Group team’s expertise includes animal health, antibiotic stewardship, production agriculture, trade, agricultural research and food safety. The firm was ranked as the 9th top-performing lobbying firm in 2015 by Bloomberg Government and is one of only two firms to make the top performers list for the fourth time in a row.   

“Proactive engagement with legislators and government officials is critical for the animal agriculture community to promote understanding the issues facing farmers and ranchers,” said Kay Johnson Smith, Alliance president and CEO. “Tyson’s background in agriculture and expertise in government affairs make him a perfect fit for our Summit. His informed forecasts and practical advice will help our attendees take their public policy work to the next level.”

Redpath grew up in Oxford, Ohio working at his family’s John Deere dealerships and went on to earn a degree in public affairs from Indiana University. Proudly telling his grandfather that one day he would be President, he moved to Washington, D.C. after graduation and began working for his local Congressman, U.S. Representative John Boehner (R-OH). Redpath twice served on Boehner’s staff eventually advising him on things like agriculture, financial services, trade, and tax policy.

His more noteworthy legislative accomplishments included the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act, the American Jobs Creation Act and the Healthy Forests Restoration Act. Redpath has also hit the campaign trail a couple of times working on a Congressional election in Arkansas in 2000 and for President Bush at the New York City GOP Convention and in Ohio during the 2004 campaign. He has also worked for the law firm of Olsson, Frank and Weeda, P.C. and directed government relations for the National Grain Trade Council. 

The Stakeholders Summit is a one-of-a-kind conference attended by a diverse group of decision makers, including representatives from farms, ranches, food processors, restaurants, grocery stores, legislatures, universities and government agencies. This year’s Summit will focus on securing a bright future for animal agriculture by finding solutions to the challenges facing the industry today. Attendees will hear from thought-provoking speakers, participate in engaging discussions and leave with actionable ideas that they can immediately implement on their operations or in their businesses.

Be sure to check the Alliance website for the most up-to-date Summit information. You can also follow the hashtag #AAA16 for periodic updates about the event. For general questions about the Summit please contact summit@animalagalliance.org or call (703) 562-5160.