In its work to create proactive collaboration between the best minds in food, agriculture, science and technology, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has appointed Dr. Nick Goeser as Vice President, Sustainability Sciences and Strategy. Announced at the Commodity Classic event in Orlando, Goeser‘s appointment is directly tied to USFRA’s focus on ensuring farmers and ranchers are recognized for their use of sustainable science and data solutions. Together, every farmer, every acre and every voice matters in creating better outcomes for people, animals and the environment.
“Dr. Goeser’s leadership will ensure farmers and ranchers are engaged as partners for their work as stewards, improving land, air and water resources for future generations,” said Erin Fitzgerald, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance CEO. “His science expertise and passion for supply chain engagement brings our sustainable food systems to the forefront which is a primary focus of USFRA’s new science capabilities.”
Goeser’s appointment aligns with USFRA’s “Science to Sense-Making” program, which will promote agriculture as the solution to producing specific environmental, economic and social sustainability outcomes. Goeser’s leadership will help produce new research and educational material on the science behind sustainability for farmers, ranchers, thought leaders, food retailers and other stakeholders in the food value chain.
“Science to Sense-Making will contribute to growing the science and sustainability programming and understanding from farmers and ranchers to ensure the sustainable future of our food systems,” said Goeser. “I am eager to help make agricultural science accessible, especially from the important work of farmers, ranchers, food makers, aggregators, consumer product good companies and retailers. The ability to convene and build collaboration has never been stronger at USFRA, and we aim to bring prominence to our organization as the primary center for sustainability innovation.”
In his new role, Goeser will also lead USFRA’s new Ecosystems Services Science Advisory Council, made up of world-class sustainability researchers who will help improve general understanding of agricultural science. The Council’s work will define how stewardship values are directly tied to sustainable development—and will link directly to the UN’s Sustainable Development goals’ desired outcomes focused on people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership.
“We welcome collaboration with all scientists seeking to connect with other researchers through the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, among others,” said Goeser. “From pollinators to economic resiliency, we’re working together to identify research, sustainability programming and communications knowledge gaps to bring science to sense-making for all food and agriculture leaders.”
Goeser previously served as Vice President of Production and Sustainability at National Corn Growers Association where he launched and led the Soil Health Partnership. His work grew partnerships with federal and state organizations through a focus on agronomic production, economic resiliency and environmental programming, and outreach to stakeholders across the food value chain.
Source: U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance