Farm policy specialist joins California Farm Bureau
» January 20, 2009 «
A policy specialist with extensive experience in federal farm issues, Joshua Rolph, has joined the California Farm Bureau Federation. Rolph has been named director of congressional relations, international trade, farm policy and taxes in the Farm Bureau National Affairs and Research Division.
In that role, he will work on behalf of Farm Bureau members with California congressional offices and federal agencies on issues including agricultural trade, pest-prevention programs, estate-tax relief and federal farm policy.
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Prior to his Farm Bureau service, Rolph worked as associate director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Congressional Relations in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities included representing USDA with members of Congress regarding new federal farm legislation and trade-promotion agreements.
"Josh Rolph knows how to get things done in Washington, and we're pleased to have his expertise available to family farmers and ranchers in California," Farm Bureau President Doug Mosebar said. "He's especially knowledgeable about the farm bill and its provisions that will affect California agriculture."
With USDA, Rolph worked on commodity programs contained in the 2008 Farm Bill, including new provisions that enhance nutrition, research, trade and conservation programs specific to fruits, vegetables, nuts and other "specialty crops." His Washington experience also includes work for two former members of the House of Representatives from California. He served as legislative director for Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Tracy) and, before that, as an aide to Rep. John Doolittle (R-Roseville).
"Having worked with both Congress and the USDA, Josh's knowledge of the issues and familiarity with Washington will serve as valuable assets to Farm Bureau," Mosebar said.
A resident of Sacramento, Rolph earned a degree in political science from the University of Utah.
The California Farm Bureau Federation, the state's largest farm organization, works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of 85,000 members statewide.
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