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How Ferd Hoefner Fights for a Better Farm Bill Every Day

The 2018 Leadership Award honoree's career in farm and food advocacy

Maggie Borden

July 18, 2018


Each year, the JBF Leadership Awards honor five individuals responsible for creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world. Our 2018 recipients come from all sectors of the food system, from retail to farming to the halls of Washington, D.C. Despite their disparate titles and roles, what unites these visionaries is their desire to see more equity, opportunity, and innovation in the journey from field to plate.

2018 Leadership Award honoree Ferd Hoefner has been actively engaged in federal farm and food advocacy for over four decades. With eight federal farm bills and 40 years of experience behind him, he is one of the most-equipped people in Washington, D.C., to educate and influence future food, farm, and environmental policymakers, a responsibility he takes seriously in his role as new advisory role at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC). Learn more about Hoefner's work in the video above.

See the full list of 2018 and past Leadership Award recipients and learn more about the Awards.