Consultant, Crop Protection Benefits Research Institute (CPBRI), CropLife Foundation
Steve Savage @grapedoc, has been working in agriculture for 40 years. For the past 20 years, he has worked as an independent consultant, helping a wide variety of agricultural technology companies and investor groups. Prior to that he was the manager of the bio-herbicide group at a bio-control company, Mycogen. Before that he worked as a research scientist in fungicide discovery for DuPont Co. After getting his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology at the University of California, Davis, Steve worked for two years at Colorado State University in far western Colorado where he was also involved in starting the Colorado Wine Grape Grower’s Association. Since 2009 Steve has been actively involved in advocacy for agriculture writing and blogs prolifically. He has authored 10 research white papers, and given more than 30 talks to a wide variety of audiences in the US and Canada. Since 2015, Steve has been a contributor for Forbes. Steve has served both voluntary and paid roles with several multi-stakeholder organizations seeking to better define agricultural sustainability. As of April, 2016 Steve has begun working for a few days/month for CropLife Foundation acting as a coordinator for the Crop Proetction Benefits Research Institute (CPBRI). Steve and his wife Pam live near San Diego where he enjoys gardening. They have three grown children and two grand daughters.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, CropLife America
William F. Kuckuck is executive vice president and chief operating (COO) for CropLife America. He is also president of CropLife Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization designed to promote and advance sustainable agriculture, and the environmental-safe use of crop protection products and bio engineered agriculture.
Prior to CropLife America, Kuckuck served as executive vice president and COO of the American Farmland Trust (AFT), a Washington, D.C., headquartered organization committed to helping farmers and ranchers protect their land, produce a healthier environment and build successful rural communities. Kuckuck’s professional experience includes several senior management positions in the food and agriculture sectors, having served as managing director of Marine Harvest Europe, president of Tyson Foods International and group chairman of Ralston Purina Asia/Pacific, among others.
Kuckuck, a contributing author of ‘The Future of North American Animal Agriculture,’ has also served as a lecturer on corporate governance at the University of Arkansas and was a featured speaker on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
Kuckuck holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Wisconsin, Madison in agricultural business management and completed his Master of Business Administration degree at Rockhurst University. He has also completed executive programs in International Management and Logistics/Supply Chain Management. In addition, Kuckuck is an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the United Way.
Shefali has seven plus years experience in association fundraising. Having worked at the American Chemical Society and the Humane Society of the United States, she is well-versed in corporate philanthropy, special events, individual prospect research and new business development. She earned an MBA from Hood College. She also has certificates in Marketing and Event Management. Her professional interests lie in the intersection of environmental stewardship, sustainability and public health.