Over 50 years of combined experience working with farmers and ranchers, we provide clients with unparalleled expertise in conservation and sustainability.
As a Benefit Corporation we have the purpose of creating a positive impact on the environment and society, and assisting others in realizing, expanding, and surpassing their conservation and sustainability goals.
We want to ensure that all 9 billion people inhabiting the Earth in 2050 will have the same agricultural bounty, clean air, abundant and clean water, plentiful wildlife and healthy environment we enjoy today.
We work with clients to identify goals, develop solutions, and devise and execute comprehensive strategies for all agricultural, conservation and sustainability needs.
With superb access to the House, Senate, and Administration, the 9b Group can – from concept to implementation – help formulate strategies, develop campaigns, and guide proposals through both administrative and legislative processes.
We can effectively communicate our client’s position to Congress and the Administration by providing strategic advice, analysis, key messaging points, briefs, as well as through coalition building. Additionally we can aid in providing extended comments to rules and regulations.
While we specialize in conservation and sustainability, we also have substantial expertise in areas such as Farm and Commodity programs, International Food Aid, Trade and Market Access, Forestry, Crop Insurance and Risk Management.
We are committed to helping clients partner with associations, producer groups, farmer cooperatives, state or local governments, native tribes, water districts, institutions of higher learning, agribusiness, food companies, corporations and many others organizations to achieve conservation goals.
NINE BILLION. That is how many people farmers will have to feed in just a few short decades. Dr. Norman Borlaug predicted that to do this, we would need to produce as much food in the next forty years as we have in the past ten thousand years — combined.
In the United States, 70 percent of the land is owned by private individuals, with the vast majority devoted to agriculture. Without question, keeping agricultural land productive will be critical to meeting food demands, while protecting the health and resilience of our environment.
The challenge is clear and complex. The opportunity is great. Everyone must find ways to increase agricultural production, safeguard our environment, protect our wildlife, and ensure economic vitality, all while confronting the realities of an increasingly erratic climate and a changing consumer.
All this adds up to a firm that is as committed to its clients as it is to this social mission.
We bring a dynamic team approach to our clients.
In the agricultural arena we know that true bipartisanship yields measurable and successful results. The partners of the 9b Group provide clients with unparalleled expertise in conservation and sustainability. Together, we have over 50 years of combined experience working with farmers and ranchers achieving results through voluntary, incentive-based conservation on private lands.
We are incorporated as a Benefit Corporation with the purpose of creating a positive impact on the environment and society. 9b Group is the only benefit corporation working on consulting and lobbying for conservation issues in Washington, D.C.
Our name represents our focus on sustainability. We want to ensure that all 9 billion people inhabiting the Earth in 2050 will have the same agricultural bounty, clean air, abundant and clean water, plentiful wildlife and healthy environment we enjoy today.
Co-Founder and Partner, 9b Group
Dave has over 35 years of professional leadership experience in natural resource conservation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and in the private sector. After working in numerous locations throughout the United States, Dave was Chief of the NRCS from January 2009 to December 2012. As Chief, Dave led, directed, and managed the nation’s largest private lands natural resource conservation organization.
Dave has extensive experience in overseeing complex resource protection programs, working with diverse interests, developing and moving conservation legislation, and providing leadership for the successful implementation of natural resource goals.
While at NRCS, he developed and implemented natural resource conservation solutions directly with private landowners, primarily agriculture, working in cooperation with a wide diversity of partners. Under his leadership, the NRCS created and implemented landscape level conservation initiatives that focused financial and technical resources on solving problems at the appropriate ecological scales.
Dave has also spent significant time on Capitol Hill detailed to Iowa Senator Tom Harkin and Indiana Senator Richard Lugar. During which, he helped craft the conservation titles of both the 2002 and 2008 Farm Bills.
Dave is an honors graduate of the University of Missouri where he studied agricultural journalism. He and his wife reside in Charlottesville, Virginia and have two grown children.
Co-Founder and Partner, 9b Group
Pelham Straughn has a proven track record of over 17 years of bipartisan accomplishment culminating in the passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014, one of the only major pieces of legislation to come out of the 113th Congress.
The past four years Pelham Straughn served with distinction as the Policy Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture under Chairman Frank Lucas leading his policy team during the formation, debate, and passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014.
During his 13 year tenure on the Committee, Pelham worked on three different farm bills, served two different subcommittee Chairmen (Congressmen Terry Everett and Bill Jenkins) and three different full committee Chairmen (Congressmen Larry Combest, Bob Goodlatte, and Frank Lucas) in many different capacities including Subcommittee Staff Director and Senior Professional Staff.
His portfolio included farm and commodity programs, conservation, trade, livestock, crop insurance, disaster programs, sugar, peanut, and tobacco programs.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Pelham graduated from Hampden-Sydney College and now resides on Capitol Hill with his wife and their daughter Catherine.