Jason Hafemeister is the Trade Counsel to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In this role, he advises the Secretary and the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs on agricultural trade policy. He has been involved in agricultural farm and trade policy for over 25 years, including almost 20 at USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. His responsibilities have included serving as the lead U.S. negotiator on agriculture in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha Round negotiations, the Central America Free Trade Agreement, and China’s accession to the WTO. He also was part of the negotiating team for the Uruguay Round agreements on agriculture and sanitary and phytosanitary measures and has worked on WTO dispute settlement. In the private sector he spent 6 years working as a trade consultant helping clients with policy and market analysis and export promotion projects. Jason grew up on California’s scenic central coast. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree from the University of California at San Diego, and a law degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He is married with two small children. Before that, he used to enjoy reading and sport.
McKinney grew up on a family farm in Tipton, Indiana. He worked for 19 years with Dow AgroSciences and spent 14 years with Elanco. A graduate of Purdue University, he received his B.S. in agricultural economics.
Charlie Cook is Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for the National Journal Group. Cook is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities on American politics and U.S. elections. In 2010, Cook was a co-recipient of the American Political Science Association's prestigious Carey McWilliams award to honor "a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics." In 2013, Cook served as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Cook founded the Cook Political Report in 1984 and became a columnist for Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill, in 1986. In 1998 he moved his column to National Journal. Cook has served as a political analyst or election night analyst for CBS, CNN and NBC News and has been a frequent political analyst for all three major broadcast news networks and has appeared on Meet the Press and This Week.