As Government Relations Director for National Farmers Union, Barbara Patterson advocates for family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities in Congress and the executive branch. Her focus is on trade, livestock, competition, cooperatives, nutrition, and food safety.
Patterson also manages a cooperative agreement with the Food and Drug Administration to provide education and outreach to local food producers and processors on food safety and the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Prior to her employment with NFU, Patterson worked as a policy associate for New England Farmers Union. Patterson advocated on behalf of small and mid-size farmers on food safety and environmental issues. She also analyzed co-operative development statutes and contributed to a co-operative manual to foster strategic development in New England.
Patterson graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and recently graduated with a Master of Science in Agriculture and Nutrition Policy from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.