HARRISONBURG, VA. – Farmer Focus, a 100% USDA organic and Humane Certified chicken company, announced the appointment of Matthew Dillon as chief sustainability officer (CSO). 

“Matthew’s appointment to chief sustainability officer echoes our deep commitment to creating a sustainable future for our farmers and the planet,” said Corwin Heatwole, Farmer Focus founding farmer and chief executive officer. “As Farmer Focus has grown, so has our opportunity to impact change. We aim to build an organic food system and supply chain that reflects the values we hold as a company. I can think of no one more equipped to take on this ambitious challenge than Matthew Dillon.”

Dillon previously served as vice president of government affairs and social impact at Clif Bar & Co., where he led agriculture programs and investments, social impact and government and public affairs. Before working at Clif Bar, Dillon co-founded Organic Seed Alliance where he launched an organic plant breeding program, helped establish two farmer seed cooperatives, and built a network of technical assistance for organic seed growers. In 2012, he was appointed to serve on the National Genetic Resource Advisory Council. 

“Economic sustainability for farmers and stewardship of the planet are built into Farmer Focus’ ethos, mission, and operating model,” Dillon said. “The approach and commitment is truly unique, and I could not be more excited to take on the challenge of growing the company's impact.”

“As CSO, Dillon will lead the company in implementing practices and protocols that positively impact rural communities by ensuring succession of family farms while facilitating healthier soil and water, and continuously improving organic farming practices,” the company said.