USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue wants to hear from fruit and vegetable growers like you. This fall, Secretary Perdue appointed Molly Gleason of Illinois Stewardship Alliance as one of 25 members on the national Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC). Molly will be our voice for the needs of Midwest growers.
The USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee is compromised of farmers, processors, distributors, and business and organizational leaders in the fruit and vegetable industry from across the U.S. The sole purpose of the committee is to provide recommendations to the USDA and the Secretary of Agriculture on the needs of fruit and vegetable growers and insure that their voices are represented on a national scale. As a committee member, Molly will serve a two year term starting in January of 2019. She’ll participate in regular conference calls with committee members across the U.S. and meet in person once a year in Washington D.C.
Help Molly serve you by sharing your perspective.
Your response will be compiled with others from the Midwest and shared with the Advisory Committee.
Molly was raised on a third generation grain farm in Elkhart, Illinois, and has been involved in various forms of the agriculture industry throughout her life, from large commodity grain production to small direct-market fruit and vegetable production. She holds a B.A. in Spanish Education from Illinois State University and a Master’s Degree in Communications from Purdue University. She began her work at Illinois Stewardship Alliance in January of 2014. As Communications Director, she is active in the Alliance’s grassroots organizing and policy efforts and maintains website, social media, and newsletter communication with farmers and eaters across the state on important local food policy issues. Molly also manages the Alliance’s local food program efforts. For the past 5 years she has coordinated the Buy Fresh Buy Local Central Illinois chapter, featuring over 130 farms, farmers markets, farm-to-table restaurants, and local food retailers in Central Illinois, and has developed programs and campaigns to drive demand for local food.