Washington, DC—In a move designed to help bolster the organization’s lobbying efforts and issue area expertise, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) has named Kevin Natz as a new Vice President.
“I am extremely pleased that Kevin has agreed to join the NCFC staff,” said Charles F. Conner, president and CEO of the National Council. “Kevin has a wide breadth of expertise in issues including trade, transportation, and agricultural policy that will truly make him an asset for NCFC and our members.”
Before coming to NCFC, Natz served most recently as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2008 to early 2009. Prior to that, he was director of trade policy for the U.S. Grains Council in Washington, specializing in market access, disputes, and negotiations. In addition, Natz spent four years with Sparks Companies, Inc. where he was an economic analyst and researcher for agricultural sector studies and produced the bi-weeklyWashington Report: 1995 Farm Bill Update during the debate on agricultural policy in the mid-1990s. NCFC is a national association representing America’s farmer cooperatives.
There are over 2500 farmer cooperatives across the U.S. whose members include a majority of our nation’s more than 2 million farmers, ranchers and growers. These farmer cooperative businesses handle, process and market agricultural commodities and related products, furnish farm supplies, and provide credit and related financial services. Earnings from these activities are returned to their members on a patronage basis. Farmer cooperatives also provide jobs for nearly 300,000 Americans, many in rural areas, with a combined payroll of over $8 billion. Additional information about NCFC can be found at www.ncfc.org.