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Jo Ann Baumgartner is the Executive Director of the Wild Farm Alliance (WFA). She is the author of many publications on the intersection between biodiversity conservation and agriculture, the conservation benefits and mandates within the National Organic Program regulations, and the co-management of food safety and conservation.Before joining WFA in 2001, she addressed crop, livestock and fiber issues, was senior research editor for a book of California's rare wildlife species, worked on a research project using wastewater on freshly eaten crops, and was an organic farmer for over a decade. For her Master's research in Environmental Studies Department at San Jose State University, she studied bird predation of insects in apple orchards. Her undergraduate degree is in Soil and Water Science from UC Davis.