Beth Sauerhaft

Vice President of Programs, American Farmland Trust

Beth supervises and supports AFT’s national initiatives. Before joining AFT, Beth worked as a sustainability strategist, consulting for-profit and not-for-profit organizations to identify and develop strategies for environmental and social risk opportunities. Before that, she served as senior director, corporate sustainability at Pepsico, where she integrated environmental and social sustainability and developed the Sustainable Farming Initiative for arable crop suppliers and dairy farmers, driving Pepsico’s prioritized focus on the agricultural supply chain.

Her agricultural background is extensive, serving as deputy to the counselor to the administrator for Agricultural Policy at USEPA, national ecological climatologist at USDA-NRCS, and district conservationist at USDA-NRCS where she worked closely with farmers to implement Farm Bill programs.

Beth has appeared as a speaker and panelist in venues such as the Aspen Ideas Festival and GAI Ag Tech Week. She was named one of the “Top 9 Women in Sustainability” by American Builders Quarterly in 2015.

Beth completed her undergraduate work at Grinnell College, earned a Master of Science in environmental management from Duke and a Doctorate in arid land agroforestry from the Texas A&M.

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