Tommy has spent 20 years working across multiple aspects of sustainability in animal and diversified production and processing systems. His current areas of interest fall into three interrelated categories: environmental management and stewardship, agricultural emergency management, and local/regional food systems (focused on meat). A simple way to describe the nexus of his interests is that solutions to issues across these realms come down to management systems, at farm, community, and/or supply chain levels. Recent projects include outreach and research regarding beef to school supply chains, local/regional meat supply chain performance and relationships, HACCP certifications, agricultural and food waste processing, biosecurity and animal disaster response, and water quality protection in animal production systems.
With regards to the Center, Tommy is most excited about the collaborative and coordinated strength for addressing regional food business needs. He participates in a diverse and robust state of Montana team, lead my Montana Department of Agriculture, and as a co-lead with Rebecca Thistlethwaite on the "Animal Protein Supply Chain" team working with great colleagues from all Center partner states. Tommy lives in Bozeman, MT and enjoys outdoor activities with friends and family and grilling and cooking with the local and regional bounty of Montana and neighboring states.