(Posted Thu. Oct 6th, 2011)
Oct. 6: Mississippi native Elizabeth Jones has joined the National Corn Growers Association as the new director of public policy for energy and transportation, bringing years of experience in farm organizations and federal agencies to NCGA’s Washington office.
“Elizabeth is going to be a great asset to our organization in some of our highest-priority areas,” NCGA Vice President of Public Policy Jon Doggett said. “NCGA is committed to ethanol policy that supports and grows the industry and a modern transportation infrastructure that gets our farmers’ grain to market more efficiently. Elizabeth has already jumped in and will help move these programs forward quickly.”
Jones grew up on her family’s diversified crop and livestock farm in Mississippi and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and her Masters of Arts in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University. She worked in various positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the 1990s, including managing the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s Congressional, media and constituent relations offices.
After her service at USDA, Jones worked for the Mississippi governor’s Washington office, the American Frozen Food Institute and her own political consulting firm. She has been a director of Congressional relations at the American Farm Bureau Federation since 2008, where she was responsible for the Farm Bureau’s policy initiatives on energy and transportation.