ICYMI: Favorite Interviews From 2022
By Michelle Pelletier Marshall, Women in Agribusiness Media (January 3, 2023)
WIA Today has had the chance to speak with a number of influential members of the ag sector – from Temple Grandin, who was the keynote speaker at our 2018 Denver WIA Summit, to Krysta Harden, who was USDA deputy secretary in 2014 when she spoke at WIA and is now president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, to Mary Robinson, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.
Today, as we embark on a new year that brings with it many possibilities, as well as a stronger light shined on the sector due to the pandemic, climate change, and the undeniable fact that we all eat and therefore we all have the opportunity to make a difference, whether that be to produce more food, develop innovations so we can do less with more, provide alternatives to traditional farming and food options, or simply to manage our own kitchens better with less waste and more composting. And now that we are all “back to the office” (albeit perhaps in different working schedules and still enjoying remote work as well), this year – 2023 – holds much promise.
This is evidenced by the stories we are covering and the people who are changing the trajectory of the space, like those featured in these interviews. So in case you missed them, here are some of the most-read WIA Today interviews of 2022 – thanks to your readership!
We’ll be back on January 10 with new stories and features.
All the best for 2023,
Michelle Pelletier Marshall
Managing Editor, WIA Today
WIA TODAY TOP INTERVIEWS OF 2022
15 Minutes With… Rita Felder, CEO of Fields Farms Marketing
Felder founded Field Farms Marketing in 2006 and has worked to bring this organic pioneer and global commodity trading house to the forefront of the Canadian ag sector with its unique vertically integrated, traceable supply chain and in-house logistics department. Read more.
15 Minutes With… Joelle Faulkner, president & CEO of Area One Farms
Faulkner launched Area One Farms, a private equity firm, in 2011. Born from her experience trying to secure funding for her family’s farm expansion without giving away control to banks and lending partners, Area One bridges the gap between equity and agriculture from the point of view of a farmer. Read more about Faulkner, who was named to the 2020 list of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.
15 Minutes With… Christine Moseley, Founder and CEO of Full Harvest
This San Francisco-based startup, launched in 2016, works with food buyers and sellers to find a market for food that may otherwise be disposed of, whether it’s surplus or just doesn’t look quite right. Read more about this executive who made good on the motto “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
Five Minutes with Illinois Soybean Association’s Trade & Export Manager Eileen Urish
In her work with the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), Urish works to increase the engagement of ISA in the trade and export space by collaborating with farmers, exporters, foreign consulates, soybean buyer teams, and partner organizations. Read more.
Q&A with Wells Fargo Chief Economist Michael Swanson
Swanson analyzes the impact of energy on agriculture and performs strategic analysis for key agricultural commodities and livestock sectors from his office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Read more to see how his input guides the business decisions of growers, manufacturers, and more.