James Callan 
Associates LLC
  





      Proactive
         government relations
     for clients

Welcome:   


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:


2020 - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was enacted into 
law in March 2020. Callan represented several clients before Congress and the Administration, 
securing relief funds for spring wheat and durum growers as part of the $23 billion secure for 
agriculture.
2019 - Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA): 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. As time was running out on a bipartisan 
deal, Callan helped secure passage through personal outreach to key Senators.  PRIA was passed 
by Congress and signed into law by the President in March 2019.

 

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:  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 letter:

http://coalitionforsafeaffordablefood.org/press-releases/over-1100-agricultural-and-food-industry-organizations-

call-on-house-to-pass-bipartisan-biotech-labeling-solution-this-week/


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 
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 
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 
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. 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 interview on June 18, 2020, with Carah Hart of Red River Valley Network’s "Agriculture 

Today" discussing future congressional action on U.S. agriculture funding. Interview begins at 

8:50: https://www.rrfn.com/podcast/2020/06/18/agriculture-today-557/


-- My interview, June 8, 2020, with Mick Kjar of Ag Central Radio Network, located in Fargo, ND, 

on some of the latest happenings in Washington, DC regarding federal agriculture policy:

https://www.agnews890.com/episode/06-08-20-weekly-visit-on-north-dakota-corn-with-nd-corn-council-

washington-lobbyist-james-callan/


-- 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 and coalitions, 

providing updates on congressional and administration policymaking and new information on 

developments affecting ag and food, especially from 2018 to 2020.


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:

http://business.gwu.edu/careercenter/undergraduate/undergraduate-career-management-strategy-course-

badm-3001/

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.

Follow Us On:
With Senator John Hoeven (ND) and North Dakota Grain Growers Association, 
February 2020


Meeting on farm policy matters with Senator Hoeven, 
one of the leading Senators for U.S. agriculture. 
Hoeven serves on the Agriculture, Nutrition, and 
Forestry Committee, and chairs the Senate 
Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, 
Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration 
and Related Agencies.

Meeting with Senator Kevin Cramer (ND) and the North Dakota Grain Growers Association leadership 


Discussed conservation, trade, ethanol, farm 
programs, crop insurance, and President Trump's 
priorities during a meeting in the Senator's office. 
Cramer serves on the Environment and Public Works 
Committee and Energy and Natural Resources 
Committee and has been a key voice on agriculture 
policy matters. Cramer was a leading candidate for 
Energy Secretary in the Trump Administration.

Meeting with Risk Management Agency Administrator Martin Barbre, 
February 2020


Meeting with USDA's Risk Management Agency 
Administrator Martin Barbre, and leaders of the North 
Dakota Corn Growers Association to discuss key 
issues in the federal crop insurance program. USDA's 
program serves as the top government sponsored 
tool for America's producers. This multi-billion 
insurance backstop is regarded as the number 
one such program worldwide.
Meeting with Mike Emanuel of Fox News near the Senate Russell Building 
rotunda




Opportunity to meet with Correspondent Mike Emanuel, during 
meetings on U.S. agriculture policy with leaders in farm policy.
Mike was gracious with his time.


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 meets 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, where he 
introduced ag leaders.
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 in 2015. He spoke with Chuck about

the coming 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), former president of the National Corn 
Growers Association, discussing key Senate 
priorities in the Congress.  Sen. Heitkamp was a
member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and 
the Homeland Security Committee. She was a 
leading candidate for Agriculture Secretary in the 
Trump Administration.  Heitkamp was defeated in her 
re-election bid in 2018.
Meeting with Representation Kevin Cramer (ND) on Capitol Hill

Callan (right) and Kevin Skunes (left) with 
Congressman Cramer (center) in March 2015, after 
meeting on key House of Representatives' priorities 
in the Congress. Rep. Cramer was a Member of the 
House Energy and Commerce Committee. 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 

(NE-1), and John Wilson, extension educator, 

University of Nebraska - Lincoln. *Sponsored by the 

Soil Science Society of America

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At The White House for a special event with colleagues


Services:


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.


Contact emails:


jamescallan@msn.com or jamescallan1@gmail.com

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