A View From Industry

CEO of Center for Food Integrity discusses U.S. food system

Charlie Arnot, CEO of Center for Food Integrity and President of CMA, engaged students and faculty May 1 as part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Reich Family Professor for a Day Program.
Charlie Arnot.

Arnot started his day in Columbia speaking at Food for Thought, a breakfast series hosted by the Agribusiness & Bioscience Committee of The Columbia Chamber of Commerce.  Following that event, he spoke with several communications and agriculture classes and groups within CAFNR.

CMA is a consulting company with offices in Missouri, Iowa and Indiana. The Center for Food Integrity is a national non-profit organization dedicated to building consumer trust and confidence in the contemporary U.S. food system. Arnot is passionate about working to maintain “consumer trust and confidence in our ability to provide the safe, abundant and affordable food consumers expect.”

Arnot and the CMA team work with companies and associations across the food system to develop and implement sustainable solutions in issues management, public relations, strategic facilitation and marketing communications.

Arnot spent ten years as vice president of communications and public affairs for Premium Standard Farms. He worked for a public relations agency, was an award winning radio journalist and worked in video and film. Arnot won an Associated Press award for Best Radio News Reporting.  He grew up in southeast Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Journalism degree.