Mark Kastel is co-founder, Senior Farm Policy Analyst and Director of the Organic Integrity Project at the Cornucopia Institute, a populist farm policy research group based in Wisconsin.
For almost 20 years prior to Cornucopia’s launch Mark was president of M. A. Kastel and Associates, Inc His professional practice included political consulting, lobbying on behalf of family farm groups, and business development work benefiting family-scale farmers. Mark has played a key role in a number of cooperative ventures designed to empower farmers in the marketplace.
He has been intimately involved at numerous stages during development of the Congress bill to regulate organic farming, as part of the 1990 Farm Bill, and the subsequent rule making process at the USDA.
Mark continues to be closely involved in monitoring the management of the National Organic Program at the USDA. He worked for agribusiness giants International Harvester, J.I. Case and FMC before making the paradigm shift to sustainable farming.
Mark lives on a 160-acre organic farm in the rugged hills of southwestern Wisconsin, near the tiny burg of Rockton.