After more than 30 years with the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), Mary Kay Thatcher is leaving the organization to act as senior lead of Syngenta’s federal government relations.
“I have spent my career advocating in the association and government worlds,” Thatcher says. “I am excited to work in an industry capacity at Syngenta, a strong competitor with great people, a focused strategy, and superior products and services. I admire the guiding principles of The Good Growth Plan – it is truly a model approach for agriculture.”
Thatcher will join Syngenta in mid-February. In her role at AFBF she lobbied for farm programs, crop insurance, conservation and credit issues and made a name for herself as an expert in farm policy. In her new position she will support the company’s federal government relations activities which include advocacy and outreach.
“She will contribute to our sustainable agriculture policy expertise. As one of the foremost experts on farm policy in the United States, with an exceptional background in legislative and administrative issues – from digital technology to the Farm Bill – Mary Kay will help us better serve farmers across the country.” says Laura Peterson, head of Syngenta federal government relations.