Mr. Brian Foster has over 25 years experience in farming and international agribusiness, as well as donor contracting in Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. Mr. Foster managed DuPont Pioneers seed businesses in Bulgaria and Ukraine, and now provides consulting services in agricultural production and farm management, marketing, business strategy and planning to clients around the world.
In the U.S., Brian provides business development and agricultural policy advice to clients in the livestock and meat industries. His clients include the two largest family-owned pork producers and business operations in the United States, Christensen Farms of Minnesota and The Maschhoffs of Illinois, as well as the country’s largest producer-owned pork processing company, Triumph Foods of St. Joseph, Missouri.
Brian is a farmer himself, managing the family’s farming operations in Iowa include crop production of corn, soybeans, pastures and alfalfa production, beef cattle feeding, and the implementation of numerous soil and water conservation measures including no-till and strip-till. Brian grew up on a dairy farm in northeast Iowa.
His education includes a Masters degree in Agronomy from Iowa State University and an MBA from Purdue. Brian served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica, providing technical assistance services to dairy farmers – he speaks fluent Spanish.