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New School Grain: Business Lessons from Non-Commodity Crops: Jesse Lyon (Davis Wright Tremaine)

July 29, 2017 @ 10:20 am – 11:00 am
Skagit Valley College Brewing Academy (SVCBA)

Rethinking the grain supply chain network with business strategies, incentives, frameworks that have worked to build sustainable economic opportunity for value-added, non-commodity agriculture in other sectors.

Jesse D. Lyon, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Partner, Business Transactions Group
Chair, Food + Beverage / Agriculture Practice

Jesse Lyon

Jesse has devoted his career to the food & ag industry, having worked in the industry and earned advanced degrees in agricultural economics from Washington State University and Purdue University prior to launching his legal practice at Davis Wright Tremaine.  Jesse represents a diverse array of “new school” food & ag companies throughout the West Coast, from innovative emerging companies to middle-market, family-owned businesses and established global brands.  He advises clients every day about transactions involving crop production, manufacturing and supply chain relationships.  In addition, Jesse structures and negotiates business mergers and acquisitions for sustainable farm operations and food companies, as well as joint ventures and other strategic agreements related to the development and commercialization of new plant varieties and the launch of new products.  Some of Jesse’s noteworthy grain and baking industry transaction client work includes wheat sourcing, contract baking, and financing transactions for Dave’s Killer Bread, forming and implementing the strategic alliance between his client Hopworks Urban Brewery and Patagonia Provisions for the production and marketing of Long Roots Ale from Kernza®, and service as the outside counsel for Shepherd’s Grain.