Charles F. Conner
Mr. Conner is president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. Prior to joining NCFC, between May 2005 and January 2009, Mr. Conner served as deputy secretary of the USDA, where, as chief operating officer, he oversaw day-to-day operations including development of a $95 billion budget for the 26 USDA agencies representing 300 programs and more than 100,000 employees. Mr. Conner also represented USDA on the President’s Management Council providing food, trade, security, and energy policy expertise. He led the development of the 2008 $300 billion Farm Bill. While at USDA, he led a delegation to Colombia and another to an FAO meeting in Rome, Italy, on global food and trade issues. Mr. Conner was special assistant to President George W. Bush from October 2001 to May 2005. From May 1997 to October 2001 he headed the Corn Refiners Association and in that capacity was involved in WTO and NAFTA issues. He is the recipient of Purdue’s Distinguished Alumni Award.