Al brings more than 40 years of experience and expertise in agricultural publishing, public affairs and government service to FLM+’s Board of Advisors. Most recently, he was deputy undersecretary for rural development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and before that he was the director of legislative and public affairs at USDA. Known for his leadership and innovation in agricultural publishing as president of Farm Progress Companies, Al brings his publishing knowledge, strategic planning skills and governmental understanding to FLM+’s clients. He continues to provide strategic consultation to governmental and non-governmental organizations and serves as the vice president, marketing director for Agri-Pulse Communications Inc., a leading ag and rural policy communications company.
Al still owns the ranch he grew up on in western North Dakota and is a loyal fan of his alma mater, the North Dakota State University Bison. Al and his wife, Sara, enjoy entertaining family and friends at their home on Lake of the Ozarks in the summer, but their interests shift to sailing during the winter months when they work from Coronado, Calif.