Samantha Beard is a Legislative Assistant at OFW Law. In her position she provides support for the Government Relations department in the areas of agriculture, forestry, food and healthcare policy. Additionally she is responsible for managing the Political Action Committee (PAC).
Prior to joining OFW Law, Samantha completed a six-month public policy internship with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), where she advocated on behalf of farmers and ranchers on a number of issues, including Endangered Species Act, Fake Meat, and Electronic Logging Devices.
Upon graduating from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a B.S. in Agriculture Communications in 2017, Samantha was selected as a Lloyd Noble Scholar in Agriculture and participated in a 10-week program at the Noble Research Institute in Ardmore, OK. During her time with Noble, she developed and executed a marketing plan for the Integrity Beef program, which included a website redesign, new pamphlets, social media campaign, and the creation of a presentation for producers. Additionally, she participated in field days, workshops, and presentations focused on environmentally friendly agricultural practices.
Samantha’s interest in agriculture began on her family’s farm in Tennessee, where they grew tobacco, raised beef cattle and chickens, and ran their own custom hay operation. Her passion to educate others of the needs and importance of the agriculture industry led her to pursue a career path that could do just that.