WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) has welcomed back Brooke Appleton back to the its Washington, D.C., U.S., office as the organization’s new vice-president of public policy.

Appleton was the chief of staff to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Deputy Secretary Steve Censky since September 2017, assisting him in leading operational change throughout the USDA as well as serving as a senior adviser to both the deputy and the secretary on biofuels. Prior to her work at the USDA, Appleton was the director of public policy and political strategy for the NCGA.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Brooke back to the NCGA office,” said Jon Doggett, chief executive officer of the NCGA. “Corn farmers will be well-served by Brooke in this leadership role.”

Appleton has prior experience at the National Association of Wheat Growers, the House Committee on Small Business and the office of Missouri Congressman Sam Graves.

“I am excited to be returning to the corn family and eager to get to work,” Appleton said. “America’s corn farmers feed and fuel the world and it is an honor and a privilege to advocate for them in Washington, D.C.”