Washington, D.C. (January 12, 2022)—National Council of Farmer Cooperatives President and CEO Chuck Conner today announced the promotion of Kelsey Billings to Senior Director, Industry Affairs & Sustainability. In this role, Billings will oversee the organization’s efforts on sustainability, climate change policy, director and young producer development, and policy issues directly impacting operations of NCFC members.
“I am happy to announce Kelsey’s promotion to her new role today,” said Conner. “This position will allow NCFC to focus on a broad range of issues outside our traditional public policy work that directly impact the bottom line of our members and that are crucial for the future success of co-ops and their owners.”
“In the decade or so that she has been with NCFC, Kelsey has become an indispensable member of the team and has provided leadership and insight on a number of issues that are vital to farmer co-ops and their producer-owners,” said Lisa Van Doren, chief of staff for NCFC. “I would like to congratulate her on today’s promotion and look forward to our continued work together in the years to come.”
Since 1929, NCFC has been the voice of America’s farmer cooperatives. Our members are regional and national farmer cooperatives, which are in turn composed of nearly 2,000 local farmer cooperatives across the country. NCFC members also include 26 state and regional councils of cooperatives. Farmer cooperatives allow individual farmers the ability to own and lead organizations that are essential for continued competitiveness in both the domestic and international markets.
America’s farmer-owned cooperatives provide a comprehensive array of services for their members. These diverse organizations handle, process and market virtually every type of agricultural commodity. They also provide farmers with access to infrastructure necessary to manufacture, distribute and sell a variety of farm inputs. Additionally, they provide credit and related financial services, including export financing.