Rebecca Larson has worked in agriculture for more than 20 years in both the private and public sector. Early in her career she worked as a principal investigator for the USDA-Agricultural Research Service using proteomics to advance the understanding of native plant disease tolerance. She then moved on to Syngenta where she started as Plant Scientist supporting the sugarbeet seed division and ultimately became the North American Head of Biological Assessment for Diverse Field Crops. Currently, she works for Western Sugar Cooperative, a farmer-owned beet sugar cooperative operating in Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana. She leads the cooperative’s internal research, developed and operates their sustainability program, leads their Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities grant and handles local, state and federal issues facing the cooperative.