Dana Peterson is being recognized as the K-State Alumni Fellow for Agriculture for 2013. Dana will be on campus on Thursday, February 21, 2013 to receive recognition for her award and to visit with students and faculty about her experiences.
In her most recent position, Dana was the National Association of Wheat Growers’ chief executive officer. In this position, Dana was responsible for implementing policy created by the NAWG Board of Directors and directing advocacy before Congress and federal agencies on topics ranging from federal farm policy to environmental regulation, biotechnology, and transportation.
In addition to these educational responsibilities, Dana was also responsible for all managerial aspects of the association and its affiliated nonprofit foundation and political action committee.
Prior to her position at the NAWG, Peterson worked on policy and membership for Kansas Wheat and spent a short time on the staff of the Kansas Farm Bureau working on environmental programs.
She is a double graduate of Kansas State University, having obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics.
Peterson was raised on a wheat farm near Smith Center, Kan., where her brothers now produce primarily wheat, grain sorghum and cattle. Outside of her professional activities, Peterson is active in her church, family and community.
Since 1983, K-State’s Alumni Fellows Program has brought successful alumni back to campus to meet with students and faculty and share their expertise in the classroom and at informal settings.
Fellows are chosen by each college to return as distinguished guests and as mentors, friends and counselors. They are honored in recognition of the ultimate measure of a university – not curricula, facilities or programs, but the quality of its alumni.
To view all of this year’s Alumni Fellows, click here. To see a list of past Alumni Fellows, click here.