About the DLLC

One Of A Kind

DLLC brings together representatives from chicken companies, farmers, regulatory agencies, academia, and environmental groups in a collaborative and mission-driven manner. 

Our mission is to be a forum for diverse partners to identify solutions that support both healthy and productive ecosystems and farming and poultry on Delmarva.

Our vision is that farming and poultry production on Delmarva are economically viable, environmentally sound and can serve as a national model.

See our one page Strategic Plan for more information on DLLC.

Diverse Partners

The DLLC Steering Committee consists of 30 members who are leaders in their field and represent farmers, environmental groups, poultry companies, agricultural business and trade groups, academics and government agencies. All stakeholders who embrace the DLLC mission are invited to join in this grand collaboration.

Our Process

DLLC is a voluntary, self-directed collaborative of individuals and organizations directed and controlled by its Steering Committee. Solutions from the Land (SfL), a 501 (c) (3) organization focused on land-based solutions for global challenges, functions as the fiduciary agent and legal host of the DLLC. Staffing is provided by Green Fin Studio, an external, neutral group funded by The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment to provide backbone support for DLLC. Additional funding to support specific products and Steering Committee meetings comes from the DLLC members and stakeholders who support the mission.  

DLLC has a 30-member Steering Committee that meets quarterly. Seven of those members volunteer to serve on our Executive Committee, which meets monthly and oversees the operations of DLLC. The Chair of our Steering Committee rotates each year between a member of the agricultural community and a member of the environmental community. The Steering Committee members participate in workgroups and committees and meet often to ensure that their annual work plans are implemented. In between these meetings, staff and members maintain communication through email and shared documents. 

To provide structure and consistency for the organization, the Executive Committee relies on the Governance and Operating Procedure and Principles document. If a circumstance arises that is not covered in the document, the Executive Committee will make a recommendation to the Steering Committee, who votes by consensus. The value of this structure is that any product or statement that comes from DLLC has gone through a rigorous collaborative process that ensures that our diverse membership has provided input and approval.  

Leadership

Chair

Our Chair, Kurt Fuchs, is the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Horizon Farm Credit (HFC). In his role, he provides leadership and mentoring in HFC’s legislative and public affairs programs, coordinates association participation in various state and federal programs, and works with senior management to develop new program goals while reducing the loss of nitrogen and phosphorus to surface waters. 

Vice Chairs

Past Chair, Kristen Hughes Evans, founded Sustainable Chesapeake in 2012 to serve as a bridge between farmers and the environmental community. She works with stakeholders throughout the Chesapeake Bay region to bring innovative technologies and conservation practices to farms that support farm profit and production goals while reducing the loss of nitrogen and phosphorus to surface waters.

 

Vice Chair, Josh Hastings, is the Program and Policy Director for Forever Maryland. He grew up on a poultry farm and Maryland’s very first certified organic farm, in Wicomico County, MD. Prior to joining Forever Maryland, Josh spent a few years as the Deputy Director of the Lower Shore Land Trust and seven years as the Policy Manager for the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. In 2018, he was elected to the Wicomico County Council. He holds two bachelor’s degrees from Salisbury University and earned a master’s degree in Public Policy from UMBC.

Executive Committee

Kristen Hughes Evans
Executive Director, Sustainable Chesapeake

Nancy Nunn
Assistant Director, Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology

Kurt Fuchs
Senior VP of Government Affairs, Horizon Farm Credit

Alan Girard
Eastern Shore Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Sarah Harrison Linton
Temperanceville Complex Environmental Manager, Tyson Foods

Holly Porter
Executive Director, Delmarva Chicken Association

Josh Hastings
Program and Policy Director, Forever Maryland

 

Steering Committee

David Baird
District Coordinator, Sussex Conservation District

Chris Bason
Executive Director, Delaware Center for the Inland Bays

Danielle Bauer Farace
Executive Director, Delaware and Maryland Soybean Boards

Kevin Cline (Non-voting advisory member)
Environmental Specialist, Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality

Kim Coble
Executive Director, Maryland League of Conservation Voters

Wendell Meekins
Dorchester County Grain and Poultry Farmer

Kristen Hughes Evans
Executive Director, Sustainable Chesapeake

Bob Frazee
(Retired) CEO, MidAtlantic Farm Credit, ACA

Jenna Mitchell Beckett
Agriculture Program Director, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Kurt Fuchs
Senior VP of Government Affairs, Horizon Farm Credit

Kate Patton
Director, Lower Shore Land Trust

Alan Girard
Eastern Shore Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Josh Hastings
Program and Policy Director, Forever Maryland 

Mark Hoffman
Maryland Director, Chesapeake Bay Commission

Bobby Hutchison
Talbot County Grain Farmer

Amy Jacobs
Watershed Restoration Director, The Nature Conservancy

Mike Levengood
Vice President, Chief Animal Care Officer and Farmer Relations Advocate, Perdue

Sarah Harrison Linton
Temperanceville Complex Environmental Manager, Tyson Foods

Dave Lovell
Accomack County Poultry Farmer

Bill Massey
VP of Live Operations, Mountaire Farms

Jen Nelson
Director, Delaware and Maryland Associations for Conservation Districts

Nancy Nunn
Assistant Director, Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology

Holly Porter
Executive Director, Delmarva Chicken Association

Jennifer Rhodes
Senior Agent, University of Maryland Extension

Tim Rosen
Director of Agriculture & Restoration, ShoreRivers

Kelly Shenk (Non-voting advisory member)
Agricultural Advisor, EPA Region III

Richard Snyder
Director, Eastern Shore Laboratory, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Nick Thomas
Accomack County Poultry and Grain Farmer

Lindsay Thompson
Executive Director, Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board 

Lisa Wool
Executive Director, Nanticoke Watershed Alliance