Renée Johnson, M.S., is an Agricultural Policy Specialist at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and works on a range of agricultural and food production issues. Her work at CRS covers a wide range of agricultural policy issues including food and import product safety, farm production and marketing of specialty crops and organic foods, industrial hemp, the role of local and regional food production systems, urban agriculture, food waste, international trade and sanitary-phytosanitary (SPS) trade measures, and agro-environmental issues. She has coordinated CRS efforts supporting the U.S. Congress on a range of important legislative issues, including the periodic omnibus farm bill, major food safety reforms, and agriculture’s role in climate change policy proposals. She has been actively involved in the past several farm bills (1992, 1996, 2002, 2008, 2014 and 2018) across a range of professional capacities within the private and public sector. Ms. Johnson has been at CRS since 2006, but has worked on agricultural market and policy issues since the late 1980s. She has worked in both the private and public sector, as an industry/market consultant, government contractor, trade association representative, academic researcher, and as a policy analyst in the federal government. Ms. Johnson has a M.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has completed other graduate work in biological sciences. She earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.