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Food Safety and Food Labeling

2019 Ag Chairs Summit
July 15, 2019
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Food Sovereignty | Representative Maggie O’Neil, Maine

Truth in Labeling, Beef | Representative Jay Houghton, Missouri

Truth in Labeling, Beef and Rice | Senator Francis Thompson, Louisiana
     Louisiana Act # 273

Impact of FSMA on Growers in My District | Representative Lynn DeCoite, Hawaii

Food Safety and Food Labeling Session Summary


Francis Thompson

Louisiana Senate

Thompson is one of the longest serving members of the Louisiana Legislature, first elected to the House in 1975. He was term limited from the House in 2007, when he won a seat in the Senate. He has also been an Assistant Professor at Northeast Louisiana University and Vice President of a manufacturing corporation. He is now term-limited in the Senate and is seeking a State House seat in 2019. [node:read-more:link]

Margaret O'Neil

Maine House of Representatives

Representative O’Neil is serving her first term in the House, she is currently the youngest woman serving in the Maine Legislature. Maggie served an AmeriCorps term with the Maine Conservation Corps and has worked as an assistant Park Ranger at Ferry Beach State Park in Saco. She currently works in the hospitality industry. [node:read-more:link]

Lynn DeCoite

Hawaii House of Representatives

Representative DeCoite is serving her second term in the House.She is a third generation homestead farmer, owner of L&R Farms Enterprises [node:read-more:link]

Jay Houghton

Missouri House of Representatives

Jay Houghton served as a state representative from 2010-2019, when he was term limited out. He has worked as manager of McCaw Farm's Swine Facility and at Monsanto’s Dairy Research Facility. Previously he was mayor of Martinsburg, MO. [node:read-more:link]


Leah Wilkinson

VP, Public Policy and Education
American Feed Industry Association

Leah Wilkinson is the American Feed Industry Association’s vice president of public policy and education. Growing up on a Minnesota swine farm, and as a graduate in swine production from the University of Minnesota, she also worked for the National Pork Producers Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. [node:read-more:link]