ST. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action (USFRA) today announced the organization and CEO Erin Fitzgerald have agreed to an amicable parting of ways to pursue new opportunities.

“The USFRA Board of Directors appreciates the contributions Erin made to USFRA during her nearly 5-year tenure as CEO,” said USFRA Board Chair Marilyn Hershey, Dairy Management Inc. chair.

As the Board undertakes the process to identify the next CEO, a group of USFRA staff members will lead day-to-day operations of the organization in concert with the Executive Committee.

“The Board is confident that the interim leadership team will continue to advance USFRA’s vision to connect farmers and ranchers with food and agriculture stakeholders to co-create sustainable food systems,” said Hershey. “We look forward to continuing to amplify the voices of farmers and ranchers in discussions of climate-smart agriculture and their unique role to help solve the sustainability challenges of the 21st century.”


U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action (USFRA) is a farmer-led 501(c)(3) comprised of 30+ organizations representing more than 700,000 farmers and ranchers across the country, as well as leading brands from the agritech and finance value chain, who are working to cultivate a shared vision for the future of U.S. sustainable food systems and a belief that bold action is needed. USFRA drives a broad range of projects that advance meaningful action and results in the co-creation of solutions for sustainable food production, climate change, and economic sustainability. USFRA is serving as the secretariat for a Decade of Ag, a shared vision for the food and agriculture sector now endorsed by more than 160 leaders and organizations. Learn more at


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