Bob Stallman, a rice and cattle producer from Columbus, Texas, is the past president of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), serving in that position from 2000 to 2016. Prior to becoming AFBF President, Stallman was president of the Texas Farm Bureau. He became a member of AFBF’s Board of Directors in 1994.
In addition to Farm Bureau involvement, Stallman has been selected to serve in various state and federal roles. In 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Stallman to serve as a member of the White House Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN). President Barack Obama reappointed him to that position through 2016. From 2001 to 2014, he served on the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP), the State Department’s principal advisory panel regarding international economic issues. In 1996, Stallman was appointed by then-House Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) to the Commission on 21st Century Production Agriculture, a panel that proposed recommendations on farm policy for Congress and the administration. Also, in 1996, then-Texas Governor George W. Bush appointed Stallman to the Citizen’s Committee on Property Tax Relief.
From 2001 until 2011, Stallman served on the board of trustees for the Farm Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes objective analysis, constructive dialogue and innovative ideas to build a deeper understanding of issues critical to the future of agriculture, food systems and rural communities. In 2010, Stallman was elected chairman of the newly formed US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) and served through 2015. The USFRA is an effort specifically targeted at increasing consumers’ trust in modern food production. Stallman also began serving on the board of trustees for the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) in 2010. CAST is a nonprofit organization composed of scientific societies and many individual, student, company, nonprofit and associate society members. He has also been a board member of the National Coalition for Food and Agriculture Research.
At the request of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in 2010, Stallman led the creation of a foundation to raise an estimated $65 million to build a classical Chinese Garden at the National Arboretum to fulfill a 2004 agreement between the US and China. He served as President through 2015.
Stallman received his bachelor’s degree with Honors in computer sciences from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974. He joined the family farm operation in 1975 and is currently president of Shady Mott Farms, Inc.