Damon Wells previously served as the senior vice president of government relations at the National Turkey Federation. Wells oversaw and implemented all aspects of the federation’s legislative affairs program, from policy formulation and development to advocacy on Capitol Hill, in a manner that helps ensure the turkey industry’s ability to profitably produce high-quality, nutritious products. Damon also assisted with international market develop for the turkey industry and is currently heading up the initiative to develop the NTF Foundation that will function to improve educational opportunities in and about the industry.
Wells worked for NTF for ten years and spent a year as professional staff on the Senate Agriculture Committee working for Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) with the responsibility of advising the Chairman on food safety, conservation, livestock, poultry and aquaculture issues. He previously joined NTF in February 2007 as director of legislative affairs. Wells has also held a legislative staff position for Reps. Chet Edwards, D-Texas, where he provided advice on agriculture, energy and natural resource issues. Wells holds a B.S. in animal science from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and a master’s degree in agriculture education from Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Finally, Damon has been on the front lines of crisis management during the devastating HPAI outbreak of 2015 and 2016 that swept a large portion of North America impacting turkeys and egg layers production where he gained first-hand knowledge of USDA disease management processes and ultimately helped streamline protocols for mitigating the impacts of the disease domestically and globally.