Former USDA Secretary to Participate in Renewable Energy and the Agriculture Business Discussion

February 14, 2011


Dan Glickman, Growth Energy CEO, and Three Farmers will Offer Remarks at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business

Former U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis, and farmers Ralph Kaehler, Tony Rossman, and Trent Linkenmeyer will participate in a renewable energy and modern agriculture panel discussion and reception.

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, 5:45 to 8:15 p.m.

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
37th & O Streets, NW
Rafik B. Hariri Building
Fisher Colloquium
Washington, D.C.

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Daniel Robert "Dan" Glickman is an American businessman and politician. He served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 1995 until 2001, having previously represented the Fourth Congressional District of Kansas as a Democrat in Congress for 18 years. He was chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America from 2004-2010. He also serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, and the board of Friends of the World Food Program.

Tom Buis joined Growth Energy in March 2009 as CEO. He formerly was elected National Farmers Union’s 13th president. Buis had been with the organization since March 1998, previously serving as vice president of government relations. Buis served for nearly five years as senior agriculture policy advisor to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, and he also was legislative assistant and legislative director for U.S. Rep. Jim Jontz and special assistant for agriculture to U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh. Before moving to Washington, D.C., in 1987, Buis was a full-time grain and livestock farmer in Putnam and Morgan Counties in West Central Indiana, with his two brothers who continue to operate the family farm. 
Ralph Kaehler along with Filomena, Cliff, and Seth Kaehler, run Kaehler’s Homedale Farm, which has been in the family since 1881. Being a smaller, 165-acre farm, they rely upon niche markets, joint marketing, and cooperative management with other producers and ownership partnerships to maintain adequate farm income levels. While the primary product from the farm is beef breeding cattle, they also grow corn, soybeans, and hay, and periodically have produced canning crops like peas and sweet corn. They also are involved in agriculture exports and promotion, most notably the first Shorthorn cattle exported to China and the first sale of cattle, sheep, and distillers grain since the embargo of 1959 to Cuba.

Tony Rossman is a family farmer from Oronoco, Minn. He has beef cows and a cattle feedlot for approximately 300 head. In addition, he also has a 2,000-head swine nursery barn. His wife, Michelle, is senior director of beef safety research for the National Cattleman’s Beef Association. They also produce corn and soybeans in a sustainable manner. He feeds almost exclusively by-products to his cattle – including DDGS, corn syrup, potato and bakery by-product, corn stalks, and vegetable waste.

Trent Linkenmeyer owns Linkenmeyer Family feeders in Riceville, Iowa. They feed more than 500 cattle in 1,000 head, bedding pack, Monoslope barns. His family company runs three 1,000-head swine finishing barns. This spring they are installing a Methane Digester to use manure to create electricity to sell back to the utility and power their farm.

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit