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IFBF announces policy advisor


The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is proud to announce that Trudy Wastweet joins the organization as the National Policy Advisor. Wastweet will work with Iowa's congressional delegation and federal agencies on issues that affect Iowa's farmers. She also will work with county Farm Bureaus on national issues and coordinate Iowa Farm Bureau's activities with the American Farm Bureau in Washington, D.C.

Prior to accepting this position, Wastweet served as the assistant executive director for the Minnesota Pork Producers Association and Pork Board, leading its education and outreach programs. She is a graduate of South Dakota State University and grew up on a diversified livestock and row crop farm in South Dakota.

Wastweet begins her new role at Farm Bureau on Feb. 21.

IFBF also welcomes a new staff member to the organization's public relations team. Heather Lilienthal served as the Ag Commodities Writer for the Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman newspaper prior to accepting a position in the organization's public relations division. As Senior Communications Specialist, Lilienthal assists the public relations manager in communication efforts that address Farm Bureau's member and consumer outreach efforts in health, benefit initiatives, legislative policy, economics, and agricultural and entrepreneurial programs. In addition, she assists with member communication training efforts.

Lilienthal joined the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation communications team in 2000.

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