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Izaak Walton League Hires Bill Wenzel to Lead Agriculture Program (8/17/12)

August 16, 2012

Izaak Walton League Hires Bill Wenzel to Lead Agriculture Program
Brings Decades of Policy, Grassroots Experience to Position

Gaithersburg, MD – The Izaak Walton League of America announced today that it has hired Bill Wenzel as the organization’s new Agriculture Program Director. Wenzel will lead the League’s work on the federal Farm Bill and sustainable agriculture policies at the national, regional, and state levels.

“Bill brings a wealth of policy, grassroots, and campaign experience to this position and the League,” said Scott Kovarovics, Acting Executive Director of the Izaak Walton League. “He can immediately engage in the on-going Farm Bill debate and help to advance the League’s priorities, including re-establishing the connection between conservation compliance and subsidies for crop insurance premiums. We’re excited to have him join our team.”

The Izaak Walton League was founded in 1922 to defend outdoor America for future generations. As the League celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, the organization is working to address conservation issues that have evolved over the past nine decades – many of which are tied directly to agricultural policy and farm practices.

“Conservation groups play a critical role in building consensus on agricultural policies that are fair to the farmer and good for the environment and wildlife,” said Wenzel. “Significant challenges face farmers, the environment, and our natural resources in the years ahead, and I am extremely pleased to have the opportunity to bring my experience and expertise in farm policy and grassroots campaign development to one of the nation’s leading conservation groups as we grapple to find solutions to those challenges.”

Mr. Wenzel has more than 25 years of experience working on a range of agriculture issues at the state, regional, and national levels. He served as National Director of the Farmer to Farmer Campaign on Genetic Engineering between 2001 and 2009, leading a national campaign to provide farmers with a voice on agricultural biotechnology issues. He has served as Chief of Staff and Agriculture and Environmental Committee staffer for two Wisconsin state senators. Throughout the 1990s, Wenzel held a series of leadership positions with the American Farmland Trust, Wisconsin Land Conservation Association, Clean Water Network, and the Wisconsin Rural Development Center, working on sustainable agriculture policy development and grassroots campaign organizing. Mr. Wenzel earned a law degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.


Founded in 1922, the Izaak Walton League of America (www.iwla.org) protects America's outdoors through education, community-based conservation, and promoting outdoor recreation.

Dawn Merritt, Izaak Walton League of America
(301) 548-0150 x220 or dmerritt@iwla.org

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