The EPA has announced the appointment of Rod Snyder to become the agency’s agriculture advisor.
Snyder, who will lead outreach and engagement efforts with the agriculture community for EPA, joins the EPA after serving as the president of Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. He is recognized for his work at the intersection of agricultural and environmental issues, including climate change, water quality, biodiversity and pest management.
“AFBF congratulates Rod Snyder on his appointment as EPA’s agriculture advisor,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said in a statement. “There are several important issues facing agriculture that will require effective communication with EPA, including the new WOTUS rule, among other initiatives and regulations. As issues are deliberated within EPA, it is critical for the perspectives of farmers and ranchers to be represented and Rod will be that voice. Of course, it’s equally critical for EPA to engage directly with farmers and ranchers and I’m also confident Rod will be a strong advocate for such engagement and collaboration, as he has demonstrated in several roles. We look forward to continuing to work with him in this new capacity to ensure farmers and ranchers are heard at EPA.”
Prior to his work at Field to Market, Snyder worked for the National Corn Growers Association and CropLife America. In 2015, he co-founded the Sustainable Agriculture Summit, which has grown to be the largest annual sustainable agriculture conference in North America.
“I am honored to serve as EPA’s agriculture advisor as we forge practical, science-based solutions that protect the environment and ensure a vibrant and productive agricultural system,” Snyder said. “America’s farmers and ranchers are vital partners in achieving clean air and clear water, all while playing the critical role of delivering a healthy and secure food supply.”
Snyder holds a B.A. in Political Science from Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He resides on his family farm in Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia.