President Barack Obama has appointed Husch Blackwell Partner Jim Ash as a member to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD). BIFAD consists of seven members appointed by the President to advise the U.S. Agency for International Development on agriculture and higher education issues pertinent to food insecurity in developing countries.

“World hunger is a critical issue that affects all of us,” Jim Ash said. “It is an incredibly complex problem that involves geopolitical, cultural and macroeconomic issues. But the fact is that every day millions go to bed hungry and thousands die from the effects of malnutrition. None of us should be willing to accept that. I very much appreciate the opportunity the President has given me to be a part of an organization that is helping develop solutions to this critical concern.”

Jim leads Husch Blackwell’s Food & Agribusiness industry team. His legal knowledge has guided some of the world’s most visible food and agriculture companies, along with their investors and financers. Jim’s engagements cover a range of issues, including mergers, international expansion, governance, securities and various general corporate matters. He twice served as interim general counsel to a Fortune 1000 company and understands clients’ operations with an insider’s perspective. Jim’s most recent transaction was representing Triumph Foods in the formation of a joint venture with Seaboard Foods to build and operate a new state-of-the-art pork processing plant in Sioux City, Iowa.

See the White House and Kansas City Business Journal coverage regarding this announcement.