Fred Kirschenmann


Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center, President of Stone Barns center for Food and Agriculture, and President of Kirschenmann Family Farms

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Appointed November 2005 as Distinguished Fellow after having served since July 2000 as Director following a nationwide search. He also manages his family's 3,500-acre certified organic farm in south central North Dakota. Helped found Farm Verified Organic, Inc., a private certification agency, and the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society. Served numerous national/ international appointments, including USDA's National Organic Standards Board, the North Central Region's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) administrative council, Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture board of directors. Earned degrees from Yankton College in South Dakota, Hartford Theological Seminary in Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago. Author of numerous articles and book chapters dealing with ethics and agriculture.

He also served a three-year appointment on the National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production operated by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and funded by Pew Charitable Trusts. The group issued its final report in April 2008, which included a chapter, "Toward Sustainable Animal Agriculture," written by Kirschenmann.

Kirschenmann is convening chair of a multi-state task force, Agriculture of the Middle, that focuses on research and markets for midsize American farms. The group also has established the Association of Family Farms to create standards and markets for these types of food.