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Advisory Board


 

Ron Cotterill


Ron Cotterill is Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics and Economics at the University of Connecticut, and Director Emeritus of the Zwick Center. During his thirty years as a professor, he taught hundreds of students and authored dozens of books, monographs, journal articles, and other works. An internationally renowned expert on the organization and performance of food industries, he has testified before Congress and state legislatures regarding industrial and antitrust issues, and has served as the editor of Agribusiness and on the editorial board of the Journal of Supply Chain Management.
 

 

Richard DelFavero


Richard DelFavero is the founder of DelFavero Builders, a commercial construction company, and an active supporter of the University of Connecticut. An alumnus of the University, he is a recipient of the Augustus and Charles Storrs Award, a lifetime member of the UConn Alumni Association, and provided the gift to endow the DelFavero Chair of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
 

Benjamin J. Freund



Ben Freund is the owner and operator of Freund’s Farm, Inc., a dairy farm, and of Cow Pots, LLC, the manufacturer of biodegradable planting pots, both located in East Canaan, Connecticut.  He serves on the board of the Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation.  He is a member and former director of Farm Credit East, ACA. 

 

Steven Reviczky

Steven Reviczky is Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Agriculture. He served as the Executive Director of the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association from 2006 until his appointment as Commissioner in 2011.  As Executive Director, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Association and was directly engaged in working with state and local officials, and the U.S. Congress, advocating on matters important to Connecticut’s farmers.


Robert Smith

Robert Smith is Senior Vice President of Farm Credit East, ACA, which serves over 13,000 customers throughout seven Northeast states. He has led efforts to advocate on behalf of farmers at the legislative level, and has testified in front of Congress and state legislatures.
 

Henry Talmage

Henry Talmage is Executive Director of the Connecticut Farm Bureau, where he oversees the state’s chief advocacy group for farms and farmers. Previously, he served as the first executive director of the Connecticut Farmland Trust and as president of the Long Island Farm Bureau.


Michael Willig

Michael Willig is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Director of the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering at UConn. His areas of expertise include the application of quantitative and statistical techniques to understand the ecology and conservation of coupled human and natural systems.