Growing Global Solutions, a 501(c)(3) public charity, has been formed to help agricultural organizations improve their efficiency.
Founders Janice Dahl and Jim Butler put the organization together with the goal of working with top-tier organizations that want to evaluate progress and reach peak efficiency. With expertise specifically in agriculture, the pair decided the industry would benefit from an approach designed towards building sustainable culture in organizations.
“Our vision is to serve organizations in order to play a part in improving global quality of life,” said Janice Dahl, President and CEO.
As a non-profit, Growing Global Solutions has the opportunity to give back to the communities and causes it believes in, those of agriculture and health, she added.
The organization will work in the areas of strategy development, project management and evaluation, communications analysis, and leadership development.
Dahl has more than 25 years leading non-profits specifically in the areas of management, communications, strategy and goal-setting. She worked with some of the nation’s largest associations in improving governance, business process and strategy, both as a staff member and as an external consultant. Dahl worked in the sheep and soybean industries, serving as the executive director the United Soybean Board for nine years, and headed Communications for the American Sheep Industry Association for 11 years. Specific to agriculture, she has worked in the areas of soybeans, sheep, sorghum, dairy, botany/economic botany, livestock feed, and farm broadcasting as an external consultant. She has a degree from Colorado State University in Technical Journalism with a specialty in Animal Science.
Jim Butler, Vice President of Global Alliances, brings a strong career in executive and academic leadership globally to the team, having worked in leadership positions for the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture, and the USDA’s Marketing and Regulatory, Farm and Foreign Agriculture Program Areas. He has also served as the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University, Executive Vice President of the National Wool Growers Association, and Extension Livestock Specialist at Colorado State University. Throughout his career, Butler is noted for bringing operational, strategic and policy planning to fruition through a common-sense approach. His varied background in all types of organizations allows him the ability to lead and mediate discussions to generate results.
Butler brings livestock production experience as a cattle and sheep rancher and leads a private consulting company working with some of the nation’s foremost institutions.
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