James Callan 
Associates LLC

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James Callan Associates LLC, is a U.S. government relations, coalition building, and public policy firm achieving results for clients in agricultural biotechnology, crop protection, federal crop insurance, the Farm Bill, federal appropriations and the budget, taxation, international trade, U.S. competitiveness, and food regulation by proactively working with Members of Congress, congressional staff, and executive branch officials.  The company, managed and led by Founder/CEO Jim Callan (see About Us), is located in the Washington, DC area.  

Callan works on legislative and regulatory initiatives, several of which have been enacted into law or into new regulatory standards benefiting an array of agriculture, agribusinesses, food companies, and organizations as well as producers and consumers.  He interacts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on trade, crop insurance, and plant protection/biotechnology matters, with the U.S, Environmental Protection Agency on pesticides matters, and with the U.S. Trade Representative's office, foreign embassies located in DC, and an array of food and ag leaders. 

He actively participates in the U.S. Food and Trade Ag Dialogue, including the U.S.-Japan Free Trade Agreement Working Group, with the Washington Ag Roundtable, with the Ag Seniors Organization, among many other groups and coalitions. Callan also has helped clients obtain federal funding.  His growing influence in DC is reflected in the policy leaders he meets on a regular basis (note photos under the section "See below for recent activities and updates."

The following are several examples of his work and the results he helped to obtain working directly for and with clients and a wide array of third-party alliances:


Legislation & Regulation:

2018 Farm Bill: On behalf of several clients, Callan worked with producer organizations and agriculture businesses in securing several provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill ("Agriculture Improvement Act") passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Trump in December 2018. Among them: guaranteeing that USDA uses Risk Management Agency (RMA) data first in its calculations of potential payments to producers under the Agricultural Risk Coverage program, which would ensure use of the best available acreage data to evaluate potential payments; provisions for USDA to address concerns over conservation determinations of minimally impacted acreage that unduly penalize producers; requiring RMA to use previous reimbursement standards to improve incentives for creating new crop insurance tools; higher loan guarantees for producers; funding for USDA's Market Access and Foreign Market Development programs important to American agriculture sales abroad; funding for critical research on the U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative; and language ensuring coordination for endangered species evaluations in crop protection reviews among White House offices, USDA, EPA, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.


Regulatory Reset: Working with a broad coalition of U.S. agriculture, crop protection, and pest management users, Callan has worked more than 5 years (into 2019) assisting nearly 60 agriculture and food organizations in its communications with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and federal courts on an essential insecticide used on 50 crops in nearly 100 countries, including numerous uses in the United States.  These include a variety of nutritious crops, commodities, and staples vital to consumers - ranging from apples, almonds, cherries, and oranges to corn, cotton, and soybeans as well as forests, golf courses, and plants.  He has managed other coalitions throughout his career including on the 2014 Farm Bill resulting in successful inclusion of provisions on crop insurance and fumigation important to ag and food.

Enacted: Callan participated and worked with major corporate and ag association federal government relations representatives on a two-year campaign to achieve passage and enactment of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA), which crop technology companies rely on for the licensing and registration of their products through EPA and to which they pay substantial user fees.  PRIA was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President in March 2019.


Enacted:  On behalf of a client, Callan participated in numerous meetings with Members of Congress and congressional staff during a 19-month period ending in mid-July 2016, leading to enactment of uniform biotech food labeling legislation.  On July 29, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law The Biotech Labeling Solutions Act of 2016.  This followed months of intensive negotiations in Congress, especially between Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).  With feedback from the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, the two Senators developed legislation to address concerns over a patchwork of state labeling laws detrimental to agricultural technology, producers and consumers.  The resulting compromise bill, S. 2609, passed the House, 306 to 117 on July 14 and the Senate, 63-30 on July 8, with significant bipartisan support.  The measure would require USDA to create a mandatory federal system for labeling foods containing biotechnology-based ingredients and preempt state laws, while providing marketplace certainty and continued availability of food products across state lines.  The measure superseded a House bill passed in July 2015, which also was approved on a bipartisan vote, with that bill's key difference being it would establish a voluntary labeling program.

Major U.S. federal agencies (noted below) along with the National Academy of Sciences and the World Health Organization agree that biotech-based foods and ingredients are safe for human consumption.  These technologies have significantly improved crop yields for food, fiber, fuel and everyday uses within a sustainable framework.  Further, the potential for growing crops in drought stricken regions and fighting blindness from nutrition deficiencies are among the many biotechnology benefits on the horizon.

The federal law was in response to a misguided Vermont state law that threatened the nation's food supply and was expected to increase consumer costs.  The Act also would require USDA to develop, in coordination with other federal agencies, a science-based education and outreach effort for consumers and a mandatory report to Congress on the availability of information. More than 1100 food, agriculture and agri-business companies and organizations wrote the Congress in support of the legislation, representing a wide and diverse cross section of U.S. businesses and agricultural companies, farmers, food providers, lenders, processors, retailers and technology developers.  Link to the letter:  http://coalitionforsafeaffordablefood.org/press-releases/over-1100-agricultural-and-food-industry-organizations-call-on-house-to-pass-bipartisan-biotech-labeling-solution-this-week/

Last fall, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on ag biotech, with witnesses from EPA, USDA and FDA all agreeing that biotech-based foods are safe for consumers:


Enacted:  On May 20, 2016 President Obama signed into law the bipartisan Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), sponsored by House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX-8) and co-sponsored by 61 House Republicans and Democrats, granting tariff relief to U.S. companies importing non-controversial components that aid in American manufacturing and increase business competitiveness:  http://thehill.com/policy/finance/trade/280713-obama-signs-tariff-relief-bill.  These inputs are non-controversial if they are not produced in the United States.  Since MTB's expiration in 2012 the tax increases on U.S. businesses have been pegged at $748 million with an estimated loss to the economy of $1.857 billion, according to a study by the National Association of Manufacturers.  The bill, H.R. 4923, the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016, passed the U.S. House on April 27, 2016 by a vote of 415 to 2, while the Senate passed the measure on May 10, 2016, by unanimous consent.  Callan assisted a client in communicating with House and Senate offices to support the MTB legislation.

Enacted:  An amendment that Callan helped secure in the 2014 Farm Bill, enacted on February 7, 2014, would protect the food supply from pests.  The amendment, supported by the Sulfuryl Fluoride Agricultural Coalition -- a diverse group of major agriculture and food organizations -- and that was drafted by EPA with wide bipartisan congressional support, was included in the new Farm Bill after a three-year campaign Callan helped lead and manage. Sulfuryl flouride (SF) protects a wide range of agricultural products and stored food throughout the United States, including  cocoa, corn, rice, various milled grains, dry foods, prunes, almonds, walnuts, pasta, peanuts, and cotton seed used for a variety of purposes including livestock feed.  The fumigant received  a Stratospheric Ozone Award from EPA, but the agency proposed removing the chemistry for uses because of lawsuit threats from anti-fluoride groups. The amendment would preserve SF, thereby protecting our food supply and consumers.

Enacted:  Callan also successfully led a nearly three-year effort working with corn grower groups on a crop insurance amendment included in the new Farm Bill that will ensure producers with unmarketable, low-test weight corn damaged by cold weather will have their crop adjusted to market conditions.  It would also help maintain program integrity, and is similar to a proposal previously made by the USDA's Office of Inspector General.  He worked closely with corn leaders, Congress, and the Risk Management Agency

Regulatory Approval:  In 2014, Callan helped secure major corn and soybean seed product approvals in agricultural biotechnology and their accompanying herbicides, following a comprehensive multi-year effort working successfully with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Federal Funding: In Fiscal Year 2015, Callan helped to obtain federal funding for a client involving a biodiesel project working with USDA's Rural Development Agency.  During Fiscal Year 2014, he organized efforts leading to the successful funding of a risk management education partnership with USDA's Risk Management Agency, focusing on farm-level management for growers in the northern plains of the United States.  To find out more details, please contact Mr. Callan directly:  jamescallan@msn.com

Media Interviews:

Callan, who formerly managed a national crop protection association, was interviewed by Pest

Control Technology Online on the "vital food and agricultural fumigant, sulfuryl fluoride," during the National Pest Management Association's Legislative Day involving Members of Congress.  Interview:  http://www.pctonline.com/Callan-protect-food-usessulfuryl-flouride.aspx 

As the Washington, D.C. government relations consultant with the most federal experience in federal crop insurance, a program he previously helped to lead, Callan discusses revenue insurance and the Farm Bill in a farm broadcast television interview:  "Provisions in the stalled Farm Bill would have provided farmers and ranchers more security through revised crop insurance programs."  Interview:  http://bcove.me.bny9iio 

Presentations & Published Articles:

Callan regularly presents to Boards of Directors of various agriculture groups, providing updates on congressional and administration policymaking and new information on developments affecting ag and food, especially during 2018 and into 2019.

On February 3, 2016, Callan presented to 400 producers in Fargo, ND on "Farm Legislation In An Election Year."  To receive a free copy of this power point presentation, contact Callan directly at:  jamescallan@msn.com

For the World Bank AgriFin publication, Callan authored a piece on the federal crop insurance program in the context of the Farm Bill and the program's overall operations and costs: https://agrifinfacility.org/us-federal-crop-insurance-program

Further information:

Email: jamescallan@msn.com or jamescallan1@gmail.com

Background:  James Callan Associates LLC represents corporations and associations before Congress and the Administration, consults with investment management firms on federal policies, and manages outreach and contacts with the U.S. government.  Interacting with a wide network of Washington, DC policy and business officials, Callan's firm analyzes current and expected legislation, builds and manages coalitions, identifies and reports on trends, brings clients and their priorities before policymakers, and develops creative and straightforward ways to achieve client goals.  Callan has senior-level leadership experience in the federal government and private sector.  He also serves as a part-time faculty member at The George Washington University's School of Business in Washington, DC:


Approaches:  Navigating complicated programs and knowing whom to contact can be a challenge along with getting your voice heard before decision makers.  Working closely with

clients James Callan Associates LLC identifies and implements strategic approaches to amplify your voice in Washington by reaching the important decision makers on Capitol Hill, in federal agencies, and in the Administration.  The firm works closely with coalitions and third parties, conducts detailed analysis, and provides reports that you can use with your members, customers, and boards in building and strengthening your own relationships. 

Clients include:  Corporations and associations, and investment management companies.

See below for recent activities and updates:

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Callan Meets in April 2019 with House Ag Chairman Collin Peterson (MN)

On Capitol Hill, Callan stands with Chairman Peterson and Alejandro Diaz, CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Argentina; Callan organized a meeting with the Chairman for an Argentine delegation of public and private sector officials, including U.S. companies, to discuss policy matters.
Callan exchanges greetings with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue

Callan shaking hands with Secretary Perdue outside of USDA, along with corn, barley, and wheat grower leaders after a meeting in Fall 2018.
Callan with Senator Joni Ernst (IA) and Senator Deb Fischer (NE)

Callan met with two prominent ag leaders of the United States Senate - Senator Ernst and Senator Fischer, at an event on Capitol Hill.
Callan with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) and The Honorable Elaine Chao 

Callan on Capitol Hill with Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Elaine Chao, former Labor Secretary and now Secretary of Transportation.
Callan meets with Senator Bob Casey (PA) during an event on Capitol Hill

Exchanging greetings after attending a meeting with Sen. Casey, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Callan meets with Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (NV), a member of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee

Discussing current Senate and future legislation especially on agriculture policies with Senator Cortez Masto.
Callan with Senator Cory Gardner (CO), a member of  the Commerce, Energy, and Foreign Relations Committees

Callan meets with Senator Gardner at a Washington Dinner Caucus gathering in Washington, DC, where the Senator addressed current policy issues facing the U.S.
Callan Addresses Annual Corn Meeting with focus on agriculture policy and the upcoming elections

Callan speaks to 400 corn growers and agri-business representatives on "Farm Legislation In An Election Year," at the North Dakota Corn Growers Association's annual "CornVention" held in Fargo, ND in February 2016.
Callan with Rep. Paul Ryan (WI), Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

Callan meets with Paul Ryan before he became Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, at a dinner on Capitol Hill.
Callan meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) on Capitol Hill

With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) on Capitol Hill after Congress returned in September from the summer recess.  McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) discussed Paul's Senate election next year, and Callan obtained insights on big picture matters facing the Senate and Congress in the coming weeks.

Callan visits with House GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA) on

Capitol Hill

Meeting on Capitol Hill with Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers, in late July 2015.  Earlier the same day, she voted in support of H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, which would establish a uniform federal standard for the labeling of biotechnology-based foods.  The legislation had wide support among agriculture and business organizations representing a broad swath of the American economy.  Callan helped with outreach to Members of Congress and staff.

Callan visits with Chuck Todd, host of "NBC's Meet the Press" at the Keystone

Leadership Awards ceremony in Washington, DC

At an awards ceremony at the Newseum, which Callan attended with a client in June 2015, he spoke with honoree Chuck Todd about the 2016 presidential campaign.

Callan speaking with 2016 presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio at Charley

Palmer Steak DC

With Senator Rubio of Florida in late March, 2015, at Charley
Palmer Steakhouse near Capitol Hill.  The Senator announced
his candidacy for president a week later, and is considered a
top-tier Republican candidate for the nomination in 2016.

Callan greets Senator John Boozman of Arkansas at a meeting in the ornate Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing Room

With executives from CropLife America, the nation's primary crop protection and technology group, Callan joins meetings in February with Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, including Senator Boozman pictured here.

Callan at Modern Agriculture Meeting in Senate Agriculture Committee Room

Callan (2nd from left) with Senator Deb Fischer of

Nebraska (in red), and CropLife America members and executives during Leg Rally in support of policies that promote modern agriculture.

Callan meeting with new Senator Thom Tillis (NC)

Callan (2nd from left) with new Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina (4th from left), and CropLife America member executives at their annual Leg Rally.  North Carolina is home to a number of major crop protection technology firms, and Tillis made a point to note their importance to the state and economy.
Meeting with Sen. John Hoeven (ND) in his offices

Meeting in mid-March, 2015, with Sen. Hoeven

(center) and Kevin Skunes (right), member of both the National Corn Board and North Dakota Corn Board to discuss key priorities in the 114th Congress.  

Sen. Hoeven is a member of the Senate Agriculture 
Committee and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, making him uniquely positioned in the many debates affecting national ag policy.

Meeting with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (ND) in her offices

Meeting with Sen. Heitkamp (left) and Kevin Skunes (center), discussing key Senate priorities in the current Congress.  Sen. Heitkamp is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, along with several other committees. Note: Heitkamp was defeated in her re-election bid in 2018.
Meeting with Representation Kevin Cramer (ND) on Capitol Hill

Callan (right) and Kevin Skunes with Congressman Cramer (center) in March 2015, after meeting on key House of Representatives' priorities in the current Congress.  Rep. Cramer is a Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Note: Cramer was elected U.S. Senator in 2018.
In front of a combine at Commodity Classic conference in Phoenix, AZ

During a trip to the 20th annual Commodity Classic, one of the nation's

largest agriculture shows, Callan stands before a combine in the exhibit hall of the Phoenix Convention Center, February 2015.  The event provides a platform for producers and businesses involved in four major commodities -- corn, soybeans, wheat, and grain sorghum.  He met with producers, tech and equipment companies, discussing current policy and business issues affecting agriculture in 2015 and beyond, including matters currently before Congress, the Administration, and USDA.  Policy meetings help set the issues agenda back in Washington, DC, which informs Callan's work in the Capitol and brings an on-the-ground view.

Some 7,700 people attended the 2015 Commodity Classic, a record, with a

focus on how to make agriculture work better for the United States and a

growing world population.  The next Commodity Classic will be in New

Orleans, March 3 to 5, 2016.

Callan and North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple at the State Capitol in Bismarck

Callan traveled to North Dakota in early 2015 to meet with growers in

Bismarck and Fargo regarding a Risk Management Agency - U.S.

Department of Agriculture education partnership involving the North Dakota Corn Growers Association that provides advanced risk management tools to producers, building off expertise from economics professors at North Dakota State University.   

His discussion with the Governor focused on federal crop insurance and risk management education programming.  Callan also met with several

legislators, including House Majority Leader Al Carlson, and his visit was

hosted by Representative Blair Thoreson. 

Callan heads to U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador

Callan visited Quito, Ecuador in early 2015, meeting with an Embassy

official on agriculture policy in the U.S., Ecuador, and South America,

discussing recent developments and opportunities, including an upcoming conference in South America noted below under activities (January 15, 2015).

Quito, and the surrounding area, was a welcoming place and provided 

an excellent opportunity to learn more about its role in South America and the potential as well as challenges for U.S. agricultural companies.

Callan at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain

Callan traveled to Valencia and Madrid Spain in

2014, meeting with agriculture officials at our

Embassy in Madrid.  Areas of interest included 

the U.S.'s 2014 Farm Bill along with crop protection, biotechnology, and crop insurance in the U.S., Spain, and Europe. 

Callan with U.S. House Speaker John Boehner

Callan attends private reception on Capitol Hill, with Members of Congress and previous presidential appointees, colleagues, and friends.  More than two hundred attended.

Callan visits New York, NY for meetings with major investment management firms
Callan has met several times with leading investment management companies in New York City to discuss ag policy, impacts of the Farm Bill, commodity prices, federal crop insurance, and renewable fuels.
At Capitol Hill Briefing, Farming After the Flood Forum* -- Callan Presents

Pictured left to right - Jim Callan with Scott Olson, farmer, Tekamah, NE, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE-1), and John Wilson, extension educator, University of Nebraska - Lincoln. *Sponsored by the Soil Science Society of America

At The White House for a special event with colleagues


Government relations, public affairs, and policy analysis focused on agriculture and crop protection, the Farm Bill, federal crop insurance, international trade, and the Federal budget.  Liaison to Congress, USDA, EPA, the Administration, the media, and investors.

Email:  jamescallan@msn.com or jamescallan1@gmail.com

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