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EWG Taps David DeGennaro To Lead Farm Bill Advocacy in Washington DC

For Immediate Release: 
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Washington, March 30 — David DeGennaro, previously Senior Legislative Assistant to Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI), is joining the Environmental Working Group (EWG) as a legislative and policy analyst in the organization’s Washington DC office. He joins the EWG farm bill team the week of March 29, 2010.

EWG is a leading national public interest research and advocacy organization that uses the power of information to protect the environment and public health. EWG has long been at the forefront of efforts to reform federal farm policy. By using US Department of Agriculture data EWG works to improve the environmental performance of U.S. agriculture and ensure a healthy and nutritious food supply.

DeGennaro will be EWG’s point person in Washington DC for the organization’s research and advocacy work regarding the upcoming 2012 farm bill and USDA conservation programs. EWG’s primary objectives are to: (1) reform crop and insurance subsidies to mitigate their effect on the environment and developing countries, (2) increase funding for and the effectiveness of USDA conservation programs, and (3) ensure energy provisions to encourage truly sustainable biofuels and biomass energy alternatives.

“The staff and board of EWG are thrilled to have David DeGennaro join our farm bill team and spearhead our expanding research and advocacy at the intersection of farm and conservation policy,” said EWG president Ken Cook. “David led Congressman Kind’s efforts to fundamentally reform U.S. farm policy, and he understands better than most the substance and politics of US farm programs and conservation policy. His presence will significantly strengthen EWG’s research and advocacy in this field.”

DeGennaro interned with Congressman Ron Kind’s staff in 2003 and returned in 2005 serving as a Legislative Assistant and as Senior Legislative Assistant since 2009. He spearheaded a major effort to reform U.S. farm policy and has advanced a broad environmental agenda particularly related to wildlife, water quality, and climate change. DeGennaro has also reported for United Press International, the Capital News Service, and the Prince George’s Post. He graduated from New York University with a degree in biology and is currently pursuing graduate work in environmental science and policy at The Johns Hopkins University.

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EWG is a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, DC that uses the power of information to protect human health and the environment. http://www.ewg.org

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