USA Rice Welcomes New Government Affairs Director

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Jeff and Alex Sands
May 01, 2019
ARLINGTON, VA -- Jeff Sands has joined USA Rice as Director of Government Affairs managing key policy issues affecting the rice industry as well as facilitating the day-to-day operations of the USA Rice Political Action Committee.

Originally from northeastern Pennsylvania, Jeff moved to south Georgia to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where he earned a degree in Environmental Horticulture, and then Valdosta State University where he received a Master’s in Public Administration.  Jeff is an avid golfer and Georgia Bulldog fan.  He and his wife, Alex, are expecting their first child at the end of June.

Prior to joining USA Rice, Jeff held government affairs roles at both the Agricultural Retailers Association and Syngenta.  Additionally, Jeff was a Senior Agriculture Advisor at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the current administration, and worked as a policy and communications advisor for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

“I’ve known Jeff for years from his work in the ag community here in Washington,” said USA Rice Vice President of Government Affairs Ben Mosely.  “We are happy to have him on board and will no doubt benefit from his expertise and experience in the field and on Capitol Hill.”