October 7, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the appointment of Rod Snyder to become EPA’s Agriculture Advisor. Snyder will lead outreach and engagement efforts with the agricultural community for EPA. Snyder was serving as president of Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, a multi-stakeholder initiative working to advance the sustainability of commodity crop farming in the United States. In that role, he focused on issues such as climate change, water quality, biodiversity, and pest management.
“Rod brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about how environmental issues intersect with agricultural stakeholders and rural communities,” said Administrator Michael S. Regan. “It’s going to take all of us working together to tackle the climate crisis, advance environmental justice and build a sustainable future, and Rod is well-suited to bring our partners into the Agency’s work and ensure agricultural stakeholders have a seat at the table.”
Prior to working at Field to Market, Snyder worked for the National Corn Growers Association and CropLife America. Snyder is a longtime champion of agricultural solutions to climate change and has previously organized farmer delegations to participate in UN Climate Summits in Paris and Copenhagen. Snyder holds a B.A. in Political Science from Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He resides on his family farm in Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia.
“I am honored to serve as EPA’s Agriculture Advisor as we forge practical, science-based solutions that protect the environment and ensure a vibrant and productive agricultural system,” said Rod Snyder. “America’s farmers and ranchers are vital partners in achieving clean air and clear water, all while playing the critical role of delivering a healthy and secure food supply.”