Bringing more than 20 years of experience as a leader in sustainability with a focus on water, land use, and agriculture, John Farner is responsible for leading the Babbitt Center’s work to promote the integration of land and water management in the United States and around the world.
John previously served as the global chief sustainability officer of Orbia’s Precision Agriculture Business Group, Netafim, where he oversaw initiatives related to agriculture, water replenishment, and corporate social responsibility. Throughout his career, John has been at the forefront of promoting solutions to global environmental challenges. Before joining Netafim, John served as head of sustainability, public affairs, and strategic initiatives for the US-based Irrigation Association, where he was the chief advocate and spokesperson for the industry before national and international policymakers, as well as NGOs.
Speaking before the United States Congress, the United Nations, and various other national and global organizations, John is recognized as one of the leading experts on global water challenges.