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All across the country, ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. Every week, we will invite these Champions of Change to the White House to share their ideas to win the future.

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Agriculture Champions of Change

Agriculture Champions of Change are leaders from across the country who are doing extraordinary things to build the bench for the next generation of farming and ranching.


Ryan and Tiffany Batalden are fifth generation beginning farmers in Cottonwood County, Minnesota. Along with their three young children – Finn, Lilly and Stella – they grow certified organic corn...

Bill Bridgeforth is a fourth generation farmer in Tanner, Alabama. He is employed by Darden Bridgeforth & Sons, which grows cotton, corn, wheat, soybeans, and canola using a variety of cutting...

Jake Carter operates Southern Belle Farm, which is located just 30 miles outside of Atlanta in McDonough, Georgia. This farm consists of U-Pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and peaches...

Kristin Kubiszak is the retail manager for Brookside Farms, a 5th generation family farm located in southwest Michigan. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in social work from Cornerstone...

Lee Haynes is an egg farmer from North Alabama. While Lee was at the University of Alabama, he studied business. Upon graduation, Lee returned to the farm and has held a key management role in his...

Melinda is the manager of the UDairy Creamery at the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Melinda leads the student interns and employees through their hands-on...

Lindsey Lusher Shute is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC). Led by young farmers, NYFC advocates for policy change, provides business services,...

Adam McClung was raised on a cow calf operation in central Arkansas. He went to Eastern Oklahoma State College and Oklahoma State University on Livestock Judging Scholarships, receiving his...

Fabiola is a Burundian refugee farmer and a single mother of five who speaks five languages. In 2013, Fabiola was a founding member of the Immigrant Farmer Marketing Cooperative, a USDA-Rural...

Quint Pottinger is the owner of Affinity Farms, a mixed row-crop and herb farm in Kentucky. He pursued his education at the University of Kentucky, majoring in agriculture economics and upon...

Jesus Rodriguez was born in Los Angeles, California the son of Mexican and El Salvadoran immigrants. His family moved to the Chelan Valley in Central Washington State before he entered school to...

Vena A-dae Romero, who is Cochiti Puebloan and Kiowa Indian, was born in Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, as a granddaughter of a Pueblo farmer. She attended the University Of Arkansas School Of Law’s...

Pierre Sleiman is the founder and CEO of Go Green Agriculture, an innovative company that grows produce inside climate-controlled greenhouses using hydroponics, a method of growing plants without...

Beth Tharp is a second generation farmer who, along with her husband and parents, owns and operates Legan Livestock and Grain, a commercial swine, corn, and soybean farm in West Central Indiana....

Desiree Wineland was born in Sweden and moved to the United States, where she became a US citizen and served in the United States Army. She earned a M.S. in International Relations from St Mary’s...

Jacob Hunt is the managing partner at Windy Brow Farms, LLC, and The Cow's Brow Creamery in Newton, New Jersey, and while in college developed community outreach for the UDairy Creamery. After...

Champions Blog Posts

  • Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Veteran Entrepreneurship

    Today, we’re asking you to help us identify and honor veteran entrepreneurs and veteran spouses who are entrepreneurs or organizations that support veteran entrepreneurs by nominating a Champion of Change for Veteran Entrepreneurship.

  • Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Raising the Wage

  • Building Walkable Communities

    Dan works to build robust, revitalized cities with greener, lower speed, inclusive streets that invite maximum exchange (social, retail, jobs and activities) with minimized trip lengths.

  • Improving Safety and Quality of Travel for the Flying Public

    As deputy director of aviation planning and strategy at the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), which owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, Flavio's work balances two, often competing interests: the continuous improvement in safety and quality of travel for the flying public; and the mitigation of airport impacts on local neighbors who bear a burden of the indispensable role airports play in today’s global economy