Prior to joining AMI, he worked for more than three years as a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb). His responsibilities as a principle advisor to Sen. Hagel focused on all agricultural issues, energy, rural development, natural resources and related appropriations policy.
Nellor has additional agricultural policy advocacy experience having served as a policy consultant for the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation. Prior to that, Nellor served as a campaign manager and as an agricultural policy consultant for several campaigns for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Dale has been an asset to AMI throughout the past five years – with a Nebraska detour to help Ag Secretary Johanns win his Senate seat. His leadership abilities and political know-how make him well-suited to take on these additional responsibilities,” said AMI President Patrick Boyle.
AMI also named Capitol Hill veteran Josh Gifford director of legislative affairs.
Gifford worked as the senior legislative assistant to Congressman Allen Boyd for five years. He handled the Congressman’s appropriations committee work, as well as the agriculture, environment, resources, energy, transportation and technology issues.
He has also worked on several House of Representative campaigns as a field organizer. Gifford was raised in rural Southern Utah and Nevada and received his B.A. in political science/history at the University of Rochester.
“Josh’s extensive legislative experience will augment our Institute’s legislative affairs team,” Boyle said.