Bert Farrish

Director Commercial Agriculture

Bert Farrish is an agricultural executive and leader on a global scale. His experience ranges from U.S. grain operations and trading, global grain export, grain processing, production agriculture, food, technology and bioenergy. Bert has served as President of Columbia Grain, Inc., CEO of LifeLine Foods, CEO of Everton Energy, and CEO of Big River Rice and Grain. Bert served at USDA during the George W. Bush administration as Deputy Administrator of Commodity Operations, FSA. He oversaw the U.S. Warehouse Act, various commodity programs, and CCC operations. He was raised on a cotton and soybean farm in the Mississippi Delta and graduated from Mississippi State University. Bert and his wife Lana live in Franklin, TN where he enjoys time with his grandchildren.


Did you know that by 2050, the world is expected to feed almost 2 billion more people than we do today? As the global population continuously rises, a significant amount of food will need to be produced over the next 30 years.