Dennis Wolff, Pennsylvania's outgoing Secretary of Agriculture and one of the Northeast's authorities on agricultural and rural issues, has a new job to go to after he officially leaves office. Wolff is joining the Harrisburg-based partnership of Versant Strategies, bringing his lifetime of farming experience to the leadership of the firm, said Chief Executive Officer John Barley.
Wolff will continue working with the network of producers, consumers, and private and public organizations that make up the state's agricultural community. Versant's CEO John Barley says: "We're excited that he is bringing his leadership experience and passion to our team.
As Secretary of Agriculture since 2003, he oversaw creation of some of the state's most innovative and effective programs, including the Center for Dairy Excellence, PAgrows and the PA Preferred marketing program. He also helped shape state legislation and policy on topics ranging from food safety and animal health to environmental and taxation issues.
In 1994, Wolff was named a Master Farmer for his outstanding work in the agricultural field by American Agriculturist magazine. His own Pen-Col farm, a 600-acre dairy cattle operation, is renowned in the field of specialized genetics.
Wolff joins Versant Strategies' current partners: John Barley, a Master Farmer with 18 years of experience as a leader in the state House of Representatives; and MeeCee Baker, the firm's chief operating officer and veteran ag educator.