Duquette Strategies delivers a diverse list of clients one single outcome... success.
Working with a dedicated network of well-positioned and highly experienced associates, Duquette Strategies informs and influences the prime policymakers and agency leaders needed to move initiatives and projects forward.
Our services include:
Govt Liaison & Advocacy
Issue Outreach & Education
Strategic Comms & CRM
Fundraising & Development
With a passion for rural American causes, Duquette Strategies' founder Dave Duquette has two decades of experience fighting some of the toughest battles in Agriculture.
From national media relations and policy development to standing up public awareness, outreach and fundraising programs, Duquette Strategies has the experience and connections to get it done.
Our history of achieving desired outcomes, on time and on budget, is a record that we are proud of.
Perhaps one of the main reasons Duquette Strategies commands respect among the industry leaders that we serve is because we understand how it is earned.
Agriculture is a complex business made ever more difficult by public misconceptions and knee-jerk
reactions by lawmakers and regulators.
Information management is one of the most important aspects of our services, and we take it seriously.
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Duquette Strategies delivers essential outcomes to select clients who value results and enable the actions required to achieve them. When our clients succeed, we do too.
Founder and Principal
For over two decades, Dave Duquette has been a loud and clear voice of reason for agriculture and rural rights in the United States.
A Marine, Dave has built several businesses including his own horse training ranch in northeast Oregon. Over the years he has worked in Washington DC with senators such as Conrad Burns, on the passing of key legislation protecting farmers' and ranchers' rights.
A big believer in the power of messaging, Dave has done hundreds of media interviews on behalf of the causes and organizations that he champions.
After seeing Dave explain the facts of wild horse culling to Bret Baier on Fox News, Forrest Lucas, founder of the pro-agriculture education Protect the Harvest, recruited Dave as the nonprofit's National Strategic Planner and Spokesman.
There, Dave built a robust team of SME writers and digital media specialists, catapulting the organization's online presence and messaging, and transforming it into one of the most coveted Agricultural advocacy groups.
Dave once said, "People need a leader. They need someone who will stand up for them, their families, their beliefs and their way of life. I want to be that person."
Gary H. Baise
Senior Counsel, Agriculture
Gary Baise hails from Illinois and received his Juris Doctor from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
He has served as lead trial counsel for port authorities, housing and commercial developers, municipalities, farm and construction equipment manufacturers, and chemical industries, defending them in federal and state courts in government enforcement activities and citizen suits.
He serves as general counsel for U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA), National Sorghum Producers (NSP), American Soybean Association, and State Ag and Rural Leaders. Gary was the first Chief of staff to the first U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator and subsequently became director of the EPA's Office of Legislation.
He served as executive assistant to the Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Associate Deputy Attorney General, and Acting Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice.
He served as the sole attorney for the USDA Agricultural Air Quality Task Force during the term of his appointment. He pens a weekly column Defending Agriculture, for FarmFutures.com.
Col. Sam Clovis DPA
Senior Policy Strategist
Sam Clovis is a much sought-after consultant with expertise in public policy, agriculture issues, higher education matters and strategic communications. He served as the national co-chair and chief policy advisor to the Donald J. Trump for President Campaign. Dr. Clovis served as a policy director during the presidential transition and then became the Senior White House Advisor at the United States Department of Agriculture. He still maintains ties to the department and to select members of Congress.
Sam was a department chair and tenured full professor of business and economics at Morningside College in Sioux City, IA. He came to his teaching position in the summer of 2005 from the Homeland Security Institute where he was a Fellow. He maintained his association with the Institute until 2010. Sam was also the host of “IMPACT with Sam Clovis,” for over three years. The program was historically one of the most popular radio talk shows in its media market.
Sam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the United States Air Force Academy, an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Alabama. He is also a graduate of both the Army and Air Force War Colleges and studied national security affairs at Georgetown University. He is a federalism scholar and an expert on homeland security issues along with a host of other public policy areas.
He has regional expertise in Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East. He has managerial and executive experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He worked for Northrop Grumman and Booz Allen Hamilton, and other companies in the private sector.
After graduating from the Air Force Academy, Dr. Clovis spent 25 years serving in the Air Force, where he rose to the rank of Colonel. He retired as the Inspector General of NORAD and the United States Space Command and was a command pilot, gaining combat readiness in the F-106, F-4 and the F-16. Sam has over 3200 hours of flight time and has campaign ribbons for his two years in the combat zone in the Middle East. Colonel Clovis received the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster among other awards during his distinguished career. He retired from the service in 1996.
Sam is active in politics in Iowa and at the regional and national level. He is considered the Godfather of Conservatism in the State of Iowa and has been one of the most consistent and strongest voices for conservative values in the country.
Brian L. Kelly
Lead Advisor, Govt. Affairs
Brian Kelly has extensive experience in public policy and government affairs. Most recently, he was the founder and president of BK Strategies, a strategic and tactical consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.
Brian has managed a diverse client list, including multi-national companies and foreign governments, with a focus on enhancing organization goals and expanding business opportunities.
As senior director of America’s Natural Gas Alliance, Brian
directed legislative and public policy for the natural gas industry’s largest independent producers at the federal, state and local levels.
Brian has also served as senior director of Comcast Corporation, director of government affairs for the Walt Disney Company, and director of legislative affairs for the National Association of Broadcasters.
Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
We believe in rural America and support people who share that faith. Here are a few of the things we have been recently working on.
The Hammond's Presidential Pardon
Working for years with Mr. Forrest Lucas, Senator Greg Walden, and Vice President Mike Pence, Duquette facilitated the release and full pardon of Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond by the President of the United States, Donald J Trump. See the homecoming on Youtube.
See the video of the Hammond's homecoming.
Protect the Harvest
With mentorship from organization founder Forrest Lucas, Dave helped build the organization's communications National Strategic Planner and took the organization to new heights via a fusillade of social media outreach.
Under Dave's direction, Protect the Harvest achieved new heights with a clear mission and message, and real online engagement with millions of Americans who support agriculture and responsible animal use.