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IEF is back with our first Lunch Forum since February 2020!


Growing Hope, Climate Resiliency, & Federal Policy

- A Virtual Lunch Forum -


    FRIDAY, APRIL 2ND, 2021

    NOON - 1:00 PM

Join Idaho Environmental Forum as we plow into the intersection of farming, ranching, and climate policy through the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA). Back in February 2020, before we were wearing masks and when there was still a field

of Democratic Presidential candidates, an unlikely coalition of agriculture industry groups and environmental groups came together to draft carbon policy. FACA released its recommendations just after the Presidential election in November 2020.


IEF invites you to hear first-hand from two people involved with those policy recommendations. Expect an exciting discussion about what those recommendations could mean on the ground for agriculture and food, and finding hope and partnership during a hyper-partisan time.


Senior Policy Advisor in Government Affairs for Agriculture


Jenny Conner Nelms leads agriculture policy for The Nature Conservancy in North America Policy & Government Relations in Arlington, VA.  Jenny leads TNC’s efforts on Farm Bill advocacy and coordinates with all 50 states and the United States Department of Agriculture on implementation of federal agriculture conservation programs. In support of TNC’s priorities in North America she also focuses on soil health and nutrients and sustainable grazing lands strategies.

Prior to this role, Jenny was with TNC’s Florida chapter for 15 years where she focused on policy and funding in support of Everglades restoration, water quality improvements, coral reef restoration, and ranchlands conservation. She also led chapter efforts to secure Clean Water Act penalties and Natural Resource Damage Assessment funding for restoration of the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Jenny holds degrees from Towson University, University of Florida, and Tulane University Law School. 


Director of Congressional Relations

American Farm Bureau


Andrew Walmsley joined the American Farm Bureau Federation in 2011 as Director, Congressional Relations.  In addition to leading the farm policy team, Andrew is charged with managing energy, climate, transportation, and biotechnology issues for Farm Bureau. His work has included regulatory relief for farmers and ranchers along with securing Farm Bureau priorities in multiple pieces of legislation that were eventually enacted into law.  Because of this work, he has been named a ‘Top Lobbyist’ by The Hill.

Andrew has held multiple leadership roles around Washington D.C. He currently chairs the Farmers for a Sustainable Future Coalition, is a founding member of the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance and has served as chairman of the Agricultural Biotech Alliance, as a steering committee member of the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, the Rail Customer Coalition and as an advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on their Energy, Clean Air & Natural Resources Committee.

Before joining the American Farm Bureau Federation, he worked for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation. Andrew is a sixth-generation Floridian and graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Operations Management. 

We plan to dig right into the discussion!

Check out the following links for background on the

Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA): 


    Digging into the complex, confusing and contentious world of soil carbon offsets | Greenbiz

    Can ‘Carbon Smart’ Farming Play a Key Role in the Climate Fight? - Yale E360

    Soil Carbon Sequestration and the Soil Food Web - YouTube

    USDA Agricultural Research Service Scientists Study Carbon Sequestration - YouTube

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