WASHINGTON (December 16, 2019) – The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is honored to announce that Danita Rodibaugh, farmer and agricultural advocate, is joining the Board of Directors.
“Danita Rodibaugh has had an illustrious career in advancing agriculture,” said President of Mississippi State University and FFAR Chairman of the Board Dr. Mark Keenum. “Her admirable involvement in the pork industry will be much appreciated as we advance animal agriculture through innovative technologies and environmentally-sound practices.”
Rodibaugh brings more than 40 years of experience in the pork industry. She currently serves as a member on the Board of Advisors for FLM Harvest, a strategic consulting, marketing and communications agency for clients in agriculture. Rodibaugh also manages the office of her family’s farm, Rodibaugh & Sons.
Rodibaugh is a true agriculture leader. She was elected as President of the National Pork Board in 2005, after serving as a member of the board for 5 years. She chaired the Board of the U.S. Meat Export Federation and served on the Executive Committee. Rodibaugh has held many state and national positions, including serving as a member of both the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Advisory Board and Purdue University Dean of Agriculture’s Advisory Board. She chaired environmental committees and the taskforce to write the Ethical Principles of Pork Production. Her accolades also include being awarded the Distinguished Service Award for the U.S. Meat Export Federation in 2019, and was named a Masters of the Pork Industry, a special, hand-picked group of pork industry visionaries, in 2009.
Rodibaugh is a seasoned farmer who grew up on a family farm in Greentown, Indiana. She holds a BS in Consumer & Family Sciences/Education from Purdue University.
“I am thrilled to welcome Danita Rodibaugh to FFAR’s Board of Directors. Her experience with and knowledge of the pork industry, as well as her perspectives as a farmer, will be integral in helping FFAR advance pioneering research,” remarked FFAR Executive Director Dr. Sally Rockey.
About the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established by bipartisan Congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, builds unique partnerships to support innovative and actionable science addressing today's food and agriculture challenges. FFAR leverages public and private resources to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to enhancing sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population. The FFAR Board of Directors is chaired by Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum, Ph.D., and includes ex officio representation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Science Foundation.