U.S. Beet Sugar Association Staff
Brian Baenig is the President of the U.S. Beet Sugar Association. Brian has a long history of service to U.S. agriculture and provides leadership in navigating issues of importance to the sugar industry, including the farm bill, trade agreements, foreign subsidization and food labeling.
Before joining the U.S. Beet Sugar Association; Brian served as Executive Vice President of the Food and Agriculture Section at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization. Brian was also Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) serving under Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff, Baenig served as Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations at USDA, a position to which he was unanimously confirmed to by the U.S. Senate. Before joining USDA, Baenig was Deputy Staff Director for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. He also served as Senior Policy Advisor for Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT); as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Judiciary Committee; and as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN).
Brian is a graduate of Saint Michael’s College and enjoys playing golf and traveling.
Cassie Bladow serves as the Vice President of the United States Beet Sugar Association. Prior to joining USBSA, Cassie served as the policy adviser on agriculture, trade, environment, and transportation to U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee and the Chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. Before her work in the Senate, Cassie was the trade association coordinator for the Florida Sugar Cane League. Cassie was raised on her family’s sugarbeet farm near Warren, Minnesota and earned her degree from North Dakota State University.
Director of Administration
Libby Hogen-Heath is the Director of Administration for the U.S. Beet Sugar Association. In addition to working with members of the U.S. Beet team, she assists with budget execution, human resource management and process efficiency development. Before joining the U.S. Beet Sugar Association; for 10 years Libby was the office manager for Monsanto’s government affairs office, located in Washington, DC. Prior to her work in Washington DC, Libby received a master’s degree in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University. As a child of a Navy officer, she has lived many places but has resided in the Washington DC area for 18 years and currently calls Woodbridge, VA home with her husband and daughter.
Government Affairs Manager
Jeff Rustvang is the Government Affairs Manager at the U.S. Beet Sugar Association.
Before joining the U.S. Beet Sugar Association; Jeff worked for Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota where he was a Legislative Correspondent assisting the Senator on issues relating to Agriculture, Transportation and Trade. Prior to his work in Washington DC, Jeff graduated college at North Dakota State University in his hometown of Fargo, North Dakota. Jeff resides in Washington DC with his wife Sidney, in his spare time he enjoys golfing and hunting upland game and deer.