Jane DeMarchi will join the National Association of Wheat Growers as director of government affairs for research and technology as of July 20.
Filling a newly-created position on the NAWG staff, DeMarchi will focus time on research-related policy issues, including the appropriations and administrative grant-making processes; tracking and consolidating wheat research work already being done within the industry; and coordinating industry efforts related to the commercialization of biotech wheat.
“The new research and technology position is critical to NAWG’s work in encouraging investment and innovation in our industry’s future,” said NAWG Chief Executive Officer Dana Peterson. “I have every confidence that Jane has the appropriate experience and passion to lead NAWG’s efforts to coordinate existing and emerging wheat research ventures.”
DeMarchi has worked for the North American Millers’ Association since 2004, where she is currently director of government relations, responsible for advocating on a wide range of issues pertaining to food and grain quality, safety and research.
She will come to NAWG with well-established roots in the wheat research community having served on the executive committee of the U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative (USWBSI) and the boards of the Wheat Quality Council and the National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research (NC-FAR). During her time at NAMA, DeMarchi worked closely with the National Wheat Improvement Committee and NAWG to secure federal funding for wheat research.
DeMarchi will also spend some time working on food safety and food aid issues for NAWG. She is an active member of the Agricultural Food Aid Coalition, which supports the use of U.S. commodities in USDA and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) food aid programs.
“I am eager to fill this newly created role bringing stakeholders and researchers together to solve critical issues for wheat growers and the entire wheat value chain,” DeMarchi said.
Prior to joining NAMA, DeMarchi worked in the fields of economic development and trade promotion for the Ohio Department of Development and the U.S. Department of Commerce in Ohio, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Born and raised in Ohio, she received her bachelor’s degree in Asian studies from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. She lives with her husband and two children in Maryland.
Contact: Melissa Kessler, NAWG, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-547-7800