Interview with Loni Kemp and Dana Jackson on 10/21/15 discussing contributions and involvement with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and its predicessor organizations.
Type of Resource
Sustainable Agriculture policy development
Brief Biographical Summary - Loni Kemp created Kemp Consulting, an independent consulting firm that advises on agriculture, renewable energy, conservation and climate change. From her rural Canton, MN office, she specializes in research, analysis, policy development and communications. Clients from 2008 to the present include Natural Resources Defense Council, Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Wildlife Federation, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Foundation, California Climate Action Network, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Union of Concerned Scientists, Organic Farming Research Foundation, Land Stewardship Project, Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels, California Climate Action Network, Wallace Center at Winrock International, McKnight Foundation, Energy Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts. Kemp was Senior Policy Analyst at the Minnesota Project (1979-2008,) directing the agriculture and water program. She was a founding board member of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture, the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and the Midwest Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, now merged into the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. The Kellogg Foundation awarded Kemp a Food and Society Policy Fellowship, 2002-2004. She served as a board member of the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, the MN Pollution Control Agency and the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources.
Brief Biographical Summary - Dana Jackson was employed in sustainable agriculture from 1976 until 2012. She co-founded The Land Institute in 1976 and served as co-director, then director of education until 1993. For one year she was a program associate for The Minnesota Food Association, then was hired to be co-director of the Land Stewardship Project (LSP). After 12 years, she changed roles to work in LSP’s Food Systems program, creating and coordinating the St. Croix Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter. She and her daughter Dr. Laura Jackson co-edited The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems and Ecosystems (Island Press 2002). Dana served on the boards of directors of 5 sustainable agriculture organizations (including the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture), and still remains active in the field as an advisor to the Wild Farm Alliance, Our Community Food Projects and the Pollinator Friendly Alliance. Ms. Jackson earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. degree in language arts education from the University of Kansas. Her honors include a Pew Scholar’s Award in Conservation and the Environment in 1990, designation as “Sustainable Woman of the Year” in 2007 by the Women’s Food and Agriculture Network, and an award from the Rural Sociological Society in 2012.
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Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA); St. Paul, Minnesota 2016