Daryn is an experienced food and agriculture industry professional specializing in government relations, state and federal politics, industry relations, and legislative and regulatory services. With years of experience, he knows the stakeholders and the process, and excels at effective advocacy before federal and state legislative bodies and regulatory agencies.
For nearly ten years, Daryn led the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council, where he developed and directed the association’s government and public affairs initiatives on behalf of more than 200 members ranging from Fortune 500 companies to producer groups and diverse business interests. Most recently he served as a director of state affairs and industry relations at a $14B farmer-owned cooperative, where he led the company’s state government relations strategies in Minnesota and nationally, as well as its federal Political Action Committee (PAC).
Daryn worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s General Counsel’s office, where he worked with the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS on income tax issues for farm programs, and drafted final rules implementing conservation programs from the 1996 Farm Bill. He also worked at a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm, where he represented national agricultural and commodity organizations, and oversaw successful federal lobbying efforts resulting in multi-million dollar research programs, establishing new federal farm programs and other regulatory changes. Daryn also served as legislative counsel in Washington, D.C., where he advised a congressman on legislative and constituent issues, focusing on all matters in front of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. Because of his broad background, he has a deep understanding of the industry and its core issues.
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