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Newpher retiring from Farm Bureau; Potts named successor

American Farm Bureau Foundation Executive Vice President Richard Newpher will retire this fall and be succeeded by Julie Anna Potts, Farm Bureau announced today.

Newpher joined the national organization in 1992 as executive director of public policy after serving 13 years as administrator of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.

In 2004, he assumed the position of executive vice president and treasurer of the organization’s affiliated companies and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.

He will retire in October.

Potts is senior executive director of operations and development.

She served as Farm Bureau’s general counsel from 2004 to 2009, left to serve as chief counsel to the Senate Agriculture Committee during 2010 when then-Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., chaired the committee. Potts rejoined Farm Bureau in March.