National Council of Farmer Cooperatives president named at-large representative on 2014 National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees

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Duane Brodt
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014/National FFA Organization) – National Council of Farmer Cooperatives president Chuck Conner has been named at-large representative on the 2014 National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees.

Conner, president of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, is a former U.S. deputy secretary of agriculture, sworn in 2005 by then-U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns. When Johanns resigned in 2007, Conner was named acting secretary of agriculture, a role he served for more than a year.

Prior to his tenure at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he served on the National Economic Council as a special assistant to the president for agricultural trade and food assistance.

From 1997 to 2001, Conner was president of the Corn Refiners Association, a national trade association representing the corn refining industry. From 1985 to 1997, he worked in various staff positions with the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, including serving as both the majority staff director from 1995 to 1997 and minority staff director from 1987 to 1995. Prior to joining the committee, Conner was agricultural legislative assistant to former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind.

He grew up on a family farm in Benton County, Ind., which remains in his family and is operated by his older brother, Mike. He received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University.

Conner is married and has four children – Katie, Ben, Andrew and Emily.

The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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