DES MOINES, Iowa (December 5, 2023) — Landus, a leading agricultural cooperative dedicated to supporting farmers and communities across rural America, is thrilled to announce the hiring of Elizabeth Burns-Thompson as Vice President of External Affairs. In this role, Burns-Thompson will spearhead efforts to amplify the voices of farmers and rural communities in the political process, ensuring their representation and influence in critical discussions affecting their operations and communities.
"We are thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Burns-Thompson to our team. Elizabeth's wealth of experience and proven leadership in policy development make her an invaluable asset as we work together to ensure that farmers not only have a seat at the discussion tables but also a powerful voice in shaping decisions that impact their operations and communities," said Matt Carstens, President & CEO of Landus. "Her passion for the agricultural industry and commitment to rural vitality align seamlessly with Landus' founding pillars, and we look forward to the positive impact she will bring to our organization and the farmers we proudly serve."
Prior to joining Landus, Burns-Thompson has served in policy development and implementation roles within the Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Renewable Energy Group, and most recently worked on the development of carbon management technology as Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for Navigator CO2.
In addition to her professional career, she’s active in her community, serving as a volunteer for the Iowa State University Alumni Association, American Agricultural Law Association, and the Young Professionals in Agriculture. Elizabeth was recognized as one of the Des Moines Register's "15 To Watch in 2020," AgGrad's “30 Under 30 in Agriculture,” and was named the 2019 Emerging Leader Award winner by Iowa State University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.
Having grown up on a family row crop and cattle farm in eastern Iowa, Burns-Thompson has seen first-hand that rural viability lies in the economic health of agriculture. “Agriculture is the foundation of Iowa’s economy, and financial stability amongst our farmers is translated to stronger and more vibrant small, local communities where so many of us call home,” she said. “I’m thrilled to be joining the Landus team and helping the thousands of farmer members not only find their voice but bring it effectively into critical conversations with decision-makers in Washington, D.C., Des Moines, and everywhere in between.”