Food and Ag Justice Summit: Speakers and Sponsors

March 6 & 7 Featured Speakers


Kathy Ozer is the executive director of the National Family Farm Coalition.  She has worked on farm, rural and fair trade policy for over twenty years. Kathy represents NFFC on the boards and coordinating committees of the Citizens Trade Campaign, Jobs with Justice, and the US Food Sovereignty Alliance.


Alicia Harvie directs the Advocacy & Issues work at Farm Aid and serves as Farm Aid’s key issues analyst and strategist. Farm Aid has worked with Iowa CCI and communities throughout the state [and nation] for decades in their struggle for a democratic and just food and agricultural system.


Anuradha Mittal is the executive director of the Oakland Institute, an independent policy think tank, bringing fresh ideas and bold action to the most pressing social, economic, and environmental issues of our time.  Anuradha is known nationally and internationally for her work on trade, development, human rights and agriculture issues.


George Naylor has raised non-GMO corn and soybeans on his family’s farm in Greene County, Iowa since 1976.  He is a board member of the Center for Food Safety, a past president of the National Family Farm Coalition and has been involved in farm activism for nearly 40 years.


Barb Kalbach is a 4th generation family farmer from Adair County, Iowa.  She first got involved in farm activism during the 1980s Farm Crisis.  Barb is a long-time member of Iowa CCI.


Francis Thicke, with his wife Susan, owns and operates an 80-cow, grass-based, organic dairy near Fairfield, Iowa.  They process their milk on the farm and market their dairy products through grocery stores and restaurants in Fairfield.  Francis has a Ph.D. in soil fertility and has served as National Program Leader for Soil Science for the USDA – Extension Service in Washington, D.C.


Frank James is the executive director of Dakota Rural Action, an affiliate of the Western Organization of Resource Councils.  Frank was raised on a diversified family farm in NE South Dakota, and has been a community organizer and farm activist for over twenty-five years.


Patty Lovera is the Assistant Director of Food & Water Watch, a national advocacy organization that works for healthy food and clean water for all. Before joining Food & Water Watch, Patty was the deputy director of the energy and environment program at Public Citizen and a researcher at the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.


Stacy Hartmann is co-owner/operator of Small Potatoes Farm, a CSA which has been delivering high-quality, certified organic produce to residents in the Ames/Des Moines corridor for the past ten years. She and her husband Rick actively support the efforts of individuals and organizations to address the ills of industrial agriculture and strengthen the local food system.


Mark Schultz is the Policy and Organizing director at the Land Stewardship Project.  Mark has led numerous successful campaigns in farm/rural policy and organizing, from stopping proposed factory farms and frac sand mines through local organizing, to the development, passage, implementation and usage of proactive federal policy like the Conservation Stewardship Program and the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.


Kathleen McQuillen is the Iowa Program Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee, focusing on building resistance to war while highlighting the costs of  war to  our communities. A new initiative, Governing Under the Influence, shines a light on the degree to which corporations are driving US policy.



  1. Iowa CCI
  2. Food & Water Watch
  3. The Oakland Institute
  4. National Family Farm Coalition
  5. Farm Aid
  6. Land Stewardship Project
  7. Missouri Rural Crisis Center
  8. Dakota Rural Action
  9. Occupy the World Food Prize
  10. American Friends Service Committee
  11. Family Farm Defenders
  12. Socially Responsible Agriculture Project
  13. Women, Food and Agriculture Network
  14. Dallas County [Iowa] Farmers and Neighbors
  15. Jefferson County [Iowa] Farmers & Neighbors
  16. Iowa Ag Council of the Humane Society of the U.S.
  17. Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom