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Source: Kennedy and Coe news release

Kennedy and Coe, a premier accounting and consulting firm specializing in the food and agriculture industry, today announced its acquisition of Vela Environmental, a strategic environmental consulting firm with a long history supporting the food and agriculture sector in lobbying and sustainability efforts.

Vela's team of experts tackle issues that affect all aspects of food and agriculture such as environmental market options, strategic planning, business process analyses, supply-chain sustainability initiatives, as well as representation and advice on federal congressional and agency issues.

With this acquisition, Kennedy and Coe dramatically expands its strategic services to positively affect requirements and processes behind what gets grown and produced commercially in the United States. Vela's environmental and agricultural expertise enables Kennedy and Coe's clients to meet shifting supply-chain demands, directly influence federal agency decision-making, and ensure sustainability such that the industry expands and thrives while maintaining the safety of our food and protecting natural resources.

"Kennedy and Coe is exceptionally committed to the continuity and success of U.S. food and agriculture. We don't see ourselves as just serving this industry, we are a part of the industry," explains Jeff Wald, chief executive officer of Kennedy and Coe. "Having the Vela team on board allows us to influence policy and improve the effectiveness of our clients all along the food supply chain-from input to plant to plate."

Kennedy and Coe works predominantly and deeply within the food and agriculture industry-from growers to feed yards, from inputs to processing plants, and among critical supporting businesses to include lenders, suppliers, and distributors. To impact the success of these sectors in the United States, Kennedy and Coe professionals are future facing, working with clients to identify profitability opportunities and facilitate strategic planning, business succession, and wealth transfer from one generation to the next. The firm is recognized among the Top 100 largest CPA firms in the U.S.

Formerly The Clark Group, Vela Environmental is strategically embedded within the crossroads of agricultural and environmental markets, policy, supply chain initiatives and federal government policy-making. Vela professionals have worked on Capitol Hill, within federal agencies, and as staff for Farm Journal media.

They understand the landscapes of agricultural and environmental impacts as well as the political and cultural sensitivities involved. The Vela team members are stewards of rational environmental solutions that simplify the complex, galvanize support, and guide action in a manner that has lasting beneficial impact.

"We are thrilled to be part of Kennedy and Coe's vision to make a difference for our nation's farmers and ranchers as well as their suppliers and consumers" says Laura Sands, managing partner of Vela Environmental LLC. "It's both an exciting and difficult time in U.S. agriculture.

Producers and others in the food-supply chain are managing a lot of new complexities as they strive to feed and provide goods for a far larger global population in the face of limited natural resources. We are eager to be part of Kennedy and Coe helping everyone in the industry understand and get ahead of these challenges."

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