Ferd Hoefner

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Policy Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Ferd Hoefner is policy director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), and has been the group's senior Washington, D.C., representative since 1988. NSAC is the leading voice for sustainable agriculture in the federal policy arena, joining together the voices of over 60 grassroots organizations from all regions of the country.

Hoefner has worked on nearly every federal agricultural appropriations bill for the last several decades, as well as each of the omnibus farm bills from 1977 to 2008. In his work with SAC, Hoefner has been closely associated with efforts to create such federal programs as the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, Integrated Farm Management program, Beginning Farmer Down Payment Loan Program, Continuous Conservation Reserve Program, Wetlands Reserve Program, Fund for Rural America, National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program, Value-Added Producer Grants, Adjusted Gross Revenue insurance, family farm, sustainable agriculture, and rural policy programs within the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Conservation Stewardship Program, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Farmers Market Promotion Program, Local and Regional Food Enterprise Loan Program, Organic Conversion Assistance, and others.

Hoefner has helped author many of the farm commodity, competition, and tax reform measures introduced in Congress over the past several decades.