Janie Simms Hipp currently serves as the Director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University Of Arkansas School Of Law.  She was also recently named Of Counsel to the Olson Frank Weeda Turman and Matz firm in Washington DC.  She has served as Senior Advisor for Tribal Relations to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Director of the Risk Management Education Division of USDA Risk Management Agency, and the National Program Leader for Risk Management Education at USDA.  Hipp earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma, her J.D. from Oklahoma City University and her LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville.  She worked for many years within the University of Arkansas higher education system, serving as a staff attorney, Associate Director and Interim Director of the National Agricultural Law Center.  She was the co-founder and served on the board of the Arkansas Women in Agriculture, received the “Spirit” of Women in Blue Jeans award from the South Dakota Women in Blue Jeans, and in 2012 received the Honorary America FFA Degree. Janie is an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation.  She is co-founder of the Intertribal Native Women and Youth in Agriculture organization and previously served as board member of the Arkansas American Indian Center and as an Administrative Law Judge (Employee Appeals Tribunal) for the Cherokee Nation.