making a difference for dairy

Michael Dykes
President and CEO-Elect, International Dairy Foods Association

Michael D. Dykes, D.V.M., will become president and CEO of IDFA in January 2017. He has spent his professional career leading agricultural government affairs and putting policies and strategies into effect. Well known in Washington, D.C., Dykes most recently headed up the Washington government  affairs office for Monsanto, serving as the company’s primary point of contact for members of  Congress, regulators, farm organizations, international organizations and embassies. He led the company’s efforts in U.S. state and local government affairs while also supervising its government affairs in Mexico and Canada.

Dykes is a veterinarian and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the National Academy of Practitioners. He grew up on a dairy and tobacco farm in Kentucky. 

General Michael Hayden
Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency

General Michael Hayden is a retired four-star general who served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency when the course of world events was changing at a rapid rate. He was on the frontline of global change, the war on terrorism and the growing cyber challenge. He understands the dangers, risks, and potential rewards of the political, economic, and security situations facing us.

Hayden dissects political situations in hot spots around the world, analyzing the tumultuous global environment and what it all means for Americans and America’s interests. He speaks on the delicate balance between liberty and security in intelligence work, as well the potential benefits and dangers associated with the cyber domain.

Hayden has been a frequent expert and commentator on major news outlets and in top publications, valued for his expertise on intelligence matters like cyber security, government surveillance, geopolitics, and more. He was featured in the HBO documentary Manhunt, which looked at espionage through the eyes of the insiders who led the secret war against Osama bin Laden, and in Showtime’s The Spymasters, a detailed look at the directors of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Stephen Ostroff, M.D.
Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Dr. Ostroff oversees the food and animal health activities of FDA, including FDA’s responsibilities in the areas of food safety and nutrition, food labeling, food and color additives, dietary supplements, animal drugs and animal feed, and research to support the food and veterinary medicine mission of FDA. As Deputy Commissioner, he provides leadership and direction to FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and the foods-related programs of FDA’s inspection and compliance arm, the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA). His responsibilities include leading the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011.

Previously Dr. Ostroff was the acting FDA Commissioner, serving from April 2015 to late February 2016.