CANR will host Eisenhower Fellows Kim Brackett and John Chandler to discuss “Challenges in American Agriculture: Trade, Water & Labor” on Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. in the Audion at the Tower at STAR. Former Delaware Department of Agriculture Secretary Ed Kee will moderate. Please register to attend.
About the speakers
Brackett Ranches Limited Partnership, owned and operated by Kim and Ira Brackett, is an Angus-based cow-calf and stocker operation in Idaho, Oregon and Nevada. The ranch focuses on raising high quality calves and either marketing high-end feeder cattle or finishing yearlings in custom feedlots. As an Eisenhower Fellow, Kim studied the role of regenerative agriculture in the cattle industries of Australia and Argentina. She is a former chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, prior to that she served on the Idaho Beef Council. Currently, she chairs the Cattle Industry Long Range Plan Task Force and serves on the Idaho Cattle Association Board of Directors.
For much of his life, Chandler has been at the center of agriculture, currently overseeing the operations of a 127-year-old family farm as a fourth-generation farmer. From DC’s Capitol Hill to congressional campaigns in California’s 21st District, Chandler has also followed his passion for public policy and politics. At the California State Senate Committee on Agriculture, Chandler contributed to the shaping of agricultural legislation in California, and his work as a field representative at the California Association of Water Agencies (ACWA) led to the establishment of the ACWA Outreach Award Program, raising local water agency involvement in the California legislature. Chandler used his fellowship in Australia and Chile to explore how water and agricultural labor shortages are addressed to begin an exchange of ideas and solutions to confront critical water and labor crises around the world.