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.
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
Brandon Reeves is the Government Affairs Manager at the U.S. Beet Sugar Association.
Before joining the U.S. Beet Sugar Association; Brandon worked for Combest, Sell & Associates on issues relating to agriculture policy. Most recently, Brandon served as a Law Clerk at the House Agriculture Committee during the 2018 Farm Bill conference. Brandon is currently completing his last semester of law school at Washington & Lee School of Law. Brandon is a graduate of Texas Tech University and enjoys spending his spare time on his family’s farm.