Mar. 7 Agriculture Briefs

Thursday, March 7, 2019

American Farm Bureau names Kathleen Cullins CFO

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has hired Kathleen Cullins, a finance professional with more than 27 years of experience, as chief financial officer. “Kathie brings a wealth of technical expertise and management skills to the table,” AFBF Executive Vice President Dale Moore said in a news release. “We look forward to the strong emphasis on financial stewardship she brings to the AFBF leadership team.” Most recently, Cullins served as vice president of finance at the American Chemical Society. She is a certified public accountant and earned a bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Maryland. A Maryland resident, her professional experience includes accounting, finance and management, the news release said. The American Farm Bureau is the nation’s largest general farm organization in the position of chief financial officer.

— by Star Staff

American Farm Bureau praises decision to delist wolves

BILLINGS (AP) — A group representing farmers and ranchers is praising a federal agency’s proposal to drop protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states. The American Farm Bureau Federation says wolves have recovered from the brink of extinction and management of the species should return to state wildlife agencies. Director of Congressional Relations Ryan Yates tells The Associated Press that many of the group’s members have lost livestock to wolf kills since the population began to recover. He says farmers and ranchers obey the law and would respect whatever policies the states establish to protect wolves. Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced the plan to remove gray wolf protections during a speech on Wednesday.