Agricultural and Food Business Policy Advisor
Poppy Davis is an agricultural and food business and policy adviser. She works with farm organizations around the country to train farmers and ranchers on financial and legal business management skills. She also works directly with nonprofits, associations, and local governments to help them build financial and managerial capacity and to develop programs to support farmers and ranchers and related enterprises and to improve healthy food access. Poppy also teaches a class in agricultural tax law at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Poppy began her career as a California Certified Public Accountant and later worked for the United States Department of Agriculture as the National Program Leader for Small Farms and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers in Washington, D.C.. While at the USDA she served as a member of the management team for Secretary Vilsack's "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" initiative, and co-founded the USDA 4 Veterans, Reservists & Military Families, and Women and Working Lands workgroups.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of California at Davis, a Masters in Journalism from Georgetown University, and a Juris Doctor with a Certificate in Agricultural Law from Drake University Law School. Poppy is also a past fellow of the California Agricultural Leadership Program (Class 35).
Her not-for-profit experience includes a year as the Executive Director of the Ecological Farming Association, and board service including Oregon Tilth (current) and previously the Farmer-Veteran Coalition, The Carrot Project New England, Red Tomato, The Center for Land Based Learning, and The Community Alliance with Family Farmers.