Our Heart for and Dedication to Serving Rural America

Our Team

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Tom Sell

Co-Founder & Manager

Honorable Collin Peterson Team Photo
Honorable Collin Peterson

Former House Agriculture Committee Chairman

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Jeff Harrison

Senior Counsel

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Brandon Willis

Senior Policy Consultant

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Jill Whitley

Member & Events Manager

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Brad Weddelman

Chief Economist

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Holt Bivens


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Piper Merritt


Origin Story Section

Defending Agricultural Interest

We know the critical impact that agriculture producers have on our nation's economy. From our beginnings - organizing agriculture in the 2005 Budget Reconciliation fight - we've distinguished ourselves as trustworthy leaders in representing agricultural and rural interest at the federal level.

Standing True to Our Rural Values

As a small firm with rural roots and a national scope, we're proud of the extensive reach and meaningful change that Combest, Sell & Associates has achieved over the years. With decades of combined agricultural and legal experience, our team is dedicated to each client's success. We utilize our unique skillsets to advocate in your best interest and invoke sound policies and support for our rural communities.

Corn Background


Combest, Sell & Associates was established in January of 2005, when Tom Sell was approached to re-engage Larry Combest, a former Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, to bring their particular talents back to the field in Washington. A coalition of agricultural interests from across the nation sought out their counsel and leadership to protect the agricultural baseline in the 2005 Budget Reconciliation Process – an effort that was ultimately very successful.

Over the years, our firm has continued to progress as a distinguished leader and force to represent countless notable associations, coalitions, and corporations on agricultural, food security, and rural issues.

Group Timeline Feature


Our legacy here at Combest, Sell & Associates is to honor the legacy of our now retired co-founder, Larry Combest. With years of service - and primary authorship of the 2000 crop insurance rewrite and the 2002 Farm Bill - the Honorable Larry Combest has undoubtedly left his mark on agricultural policy, not only across the U.S. but the world.


Wins for Agriculture

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2019-2020

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Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

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Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018

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Agricultural Act of 2014

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Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008

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For all gainful professions, nothing is better, nothing more pleasing, nothing more delightful, nothing better becomes a well-bred man than agriculture.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

It will not be doubted, that with reference either to individual, or National Welfare, Agriculture is of primary importance. In proportion as Nations advance in population, and other circumstances of maturity, this truth becomes more apparent; and renders the cultivation of the Soil more and more, an object of public patronage.

George Washington

The first farmer was the first man, and all historic nobility rests on possession and use of land.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The farm - best home of the family man - best source of national wealth - foundation of civilized society - the natural providence

Inscription in Union Station, Washington D.C.

When tillage begins other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.

Daniel Webster, 1840 - Inscribed in the U.S. Capitol

The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.

John F. Kennedy

Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to it’s liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.

Thomas Jefferson