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Bob Quinn, Kamut International

Bob Quinn, Kamut International

Founder and President

Bob Quinn was raised on a 2,400 acre wheat and cattle ranch in Montana. He earned a Ph.D. in plant biochemistry at UC Davis before coming home to farm in 1978. In 1986, he planted his first organic crop, and by 1989, he had converted his entire farm. He served on the first National Organic Standards Board, which spurred the creation of the USDA’s National Organic Program. Quinn has been recognized with the Montana Organic Association Lifetime of Service Award, The Organic Trade Association Organic Leadership Award, and Rodale Institute’s Organic Pioneer Award. As an entrepreneur, Quinn has founded five significant enterprises: a regional mill for organic and heritage grains, an organic snack company, a business that sells culinary oil and recycles it as biofuel, Montana’s first wind farm, and Kamut International. Additionally, Bob remains active in research, and has co-authored pioneering studies on the nutritional benefits of ancient grain.