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Keynote Speaker

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    Dr. Dewayne Goldmon received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agronomy from the University of Arkansas. He received his Ph.D. in the same field from Iowa State University. After four years as a field  researcher with American Cyanamid (acquired by BASF), he joined Monsanto (acquired by Bayer Crop Sciences) in 1995.

    He has held various positions in technology development, where he conducted research on all southern row crops and managed research and development trials in soybeans, rice, and cotton. Later in his career, he worked on Monsanto’s government affairs team and in human resources, retiring as the outreach lead for Bayer Crop Sciences in 2019.  Throughout his education and career, he has worked on diversity initiatives and maintained working relationships with several land-grant universities and community-based organizations.

    On March 1, 2021, Dr. Goldmon was named senior advisor for racial equity to the Secretary of Agriculture, providing counsel on a broad range of matters related to racial equity and justice as mandated by the Biden-Harris administration. As such, he liaises with relevant White House personnel on designing, planning, and executing key initiatives and priorities and represents the Secretary and USDA in high level inter- and intra-agency working groups and in public facing forums. In addition, Dr. Goldmon provides leadership for the implementation of congressional initiatives and cross-departmental racial equity work and works closely with the Secretary and the department to address the cumulative impacts of  prior discrimination and to transform USDA into a racially equitable department.