March 13, 2015 – Following a national search, OFRF is proud to announce the addition of Policy Associate Jane E. Shey to our staff. Shey brings decades of experience in national agricultural policy, including stints as a district agricultural caseworker, legislative assistant, Staff Director to a subcommittee of the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee, and Chief of Staff to Rep. Timothy Penny (D-MN). After leaving Capitol Hill, Shey started a business as an agriculture, international trade and environmental lobbyist.
Her legislative activities include working closely with the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committees to obtain funding for multiple trade, research and rural development programs. She has also worked with the House and Senate Agriculture Committees on trade, the federal crop insurance program and domestic agriculture policy, and has worked on either the legislative or regulatory side of five farm bills.
As Staff Director to the House Agriculture subcommittee, Shey was involved with oversight and legislative activities pertaining to all USDA trade promotion and administrative activities for the Foreign Agriculture Service. In addition, the committee was involved with programs addressing international hunger issues through programs administered by USDA and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Shey spent her youth living and working on a diverse crop and livestock farm in Iowa, where her parents continue to live. In 1986, Shey sought the Democratic Nomination for the 6th Congressional District of Iowa, hoping to represent the largely rural population she knew and understood so well. She placed second in a five-person race and then returned to Capitol Hill to serve as a Legislative Assistant for Representative Penny.
Shey will represent OFRF, advocating for organic research funding and federal policy advancing organic, from her office in Annapolis, MD.
by Maria Gaura - OFRF