Illinois Corn Welcomes Rachel Dame to their Policy Team


Illinois Corn recently welcomed Rachel Dame to their team as the new Public Policy Manager. Dame joins the team after working as a lobbyist for Faegre Drinker Law Firm, an Agriculture, Transportation, and Tribal Affairs Policy Advisor for Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, and a Policy Advisor for the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Even without a farm background, her passion for agriculture grew through her work in public policy,

“I grew up in North Carolina. I didn’t grow up on a farm or anything. I fell in love with food policy and ag during my undergrad at NC State University,” said Dame. “I took a food science class and that really piqued my interest in agriculture, because I was like, I never had thought until where does our food come from? What does this mean? So that’s really kind of where I started in Ag, and then always had a passion for public policy and legislative affairs, so it was always in that realm.”

Dame will represent Illinois Corn as a policy advisor on a state and federal level. As she starts her career with the organization, Dame says she looks forward to exploring opportunities for corn in the current market.

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