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Amy Schaffer, Program Coordinator: As a Sandhills native, Amy has a strong connection and love for the land and water of Nebraska. She was a key leader in the fight against Keystone XL, organizing farmers and ranchers to protect their property rights. Amy has spent the last fifteen years working in the oncology field, experiencing first-hand the devastation of chemicals and carcinogens negatively affecting people’s health. This has fueled her passion to protect our food supply, land and water. As a new mom, she strongly believes in taking a stand to protect the land, water and climate for the next generation.

Ben Gotschall, Energy & Local Food Director: Ben was born and raised on a cattle ranch in the Sandhills of southwest Holt County, Nebraska.  Although most of his occupations have been agricultural, he has also published a full-length book of poetry and taught college English.  He continues to maintain a connection to the Sandhills, running his own cattle business and helping his family manage the ranch, while finding the time to write, play music, and work on behalf of farmers and ranchers with the Nebraska Farmers Union and other organizations.