Vela Environmental adds agricultural sustainability consultant to team of experts
Vela Environmental, a division of Kennedy and Coe, LLC, and a leading U.S. agricultural accounting and consulting firm, announces that Kristin Weeks Duncanson will be consulting with the firm as an agricultural advisor on sustainability issues. She will provide leadership on how sustainability services can be integrated into agriculture business decisions in order to achieve a ‘triple bottom line’ – social, environmental and economic.
“Kristin is a valuable resource for understanding practical solutions to advance sustainable solutions in the food and agriculture sectors,” says Laura Sands, a principal of Kennedy and Coe and managing partner of Vela Environmental. “She is an outstanding leader in agriculture. Her expertise will ensure that as sustainability systems are developed for agriculture the producer viewpoint is taken into account.”
“I am excited for the opportunity to work with producers and food companies on complex issues, like natural resource challenges and how to think about sustainability as a ‘triple bottom line’ strategy, rather than just another questionnaire or checklist,” explains Weeks Duncanson.
Weeks Duncanson is owner and partner of Duncanson Growers, a diversified family farm in Southern Minnesota. The operation includes corn, soybeans vegetables, cattle and hog production. She serves on the AGree Advisory Committee and is a member and past Chair of the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council. Previously she served as a marketing manager for Hubbard Milling Company and as legislative staff for former U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz.
She is past President of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and a former director of the American Soybean Growers Association. Weeks Duncanson is past member of the Carbon Market Working Group. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute Public Policy fellowship program and The Executive Program for Agriculture Producers. Weeks Duncanson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and communications from Luther College and is a native of Wayzata, Minnesota. She teaches Masterpiece Art.