Gerry Cohn has years of experience assisting businesses and other entities across the Southeast. While working as the Project Field Coordinator with Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, Cohn supported farmers and communities developing new agricultural enterprises in tobacco dependent rural areas.
As the Southeast States Director with American Farmland Trust from 2000-2008, Cohn worked with communities across North Carolina to develop strategies that keep land in agricultural production and support viable farm businesses. As part of this national non-profit organization, he worked with a regional and nationwide network of professionals available to assist in understanding emerging agricultural issues, identifying relevant case studies and developing effective solutions.
While Southeast Regional Pool Manager with CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley from 2008-2013, Cohn recruited farmers to join a national marketing cooperative and provided technical assistance in all aspects of crop and livestock production to enhance the use of local resources and increase farm profitability.
As a private consultant, Cohn has developed County Agricultural Development Plans, business plans for individual farms, production budgets, supply and demand analyses, and local food enhancement strategies, working with a wide range of experts in the public, private, non-profit, and university sectors.