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Ferd Hoefner

Ferd Hoefner

Senior Fellow, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems


  • Senior Fellow, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems


Ferd Hoefner is a Washington, D.C.-based consultant working on behalf of multiple organizations with interests in federal farm, food, and environmental policy. For 34 years prior to 2021, Ferd worked for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), including 30 years as its policy director and lead Washington representative, and another 4 years as senior strategic advisor. Ferd is a veteran of nine federal farm bill campaigns over a 43-year span, including five as NSAC’s policy director, two as a policy advocate for the Interreligious Taskforce on US Food Policy, and one as an intern for a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee. He has also worked extensively on budget, appropriations, tax reform, food safety, and environmental legislation.

A graduate of Oberlin College (B.A.), Hoefner also did graduate work in ethics, economics, and public policy at Wesley Theological Seminary and American University. Ferd was presented with a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2018 and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Hero Award in 2017, has served since 2014 on the Board of the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation, and is featured on the National Sustainable Agriculture Oral History Archive housed at the University of Minnesota.