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NDGDA Reelects David Fiebiger President

Date Posted: February 4, 2014

At its recent 102nd annual convention, David Fiebiger, Manager of the Finley Farmers Grain & Elevator at Finley, ND was re-elected President of the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association.

Steve Hepper, Grain Merchandiser at Hubbard Feeds, Inc. at Bismarck, ND was elected First Vice President.

Gary Urlacher, Operations Manager/Grain Merchandiser at Dakota Quality Grain Cooperative in Parshall, ND was elected Second Vice President.

Newly elected to the nine-man Board is Jeff Kittell, Manager at Souris River Cooperative, Lansford, ND.

Fiebiger and Dan DeRouchey of Berthold, ND were re-elected to the Board.

Retiring from the Board was Cam Erickson, Manager of the Souris River Cooperative at Russell, ND.

Program topics at the convention included

• Elements of OSHA – Preparation for inspection, confined space entry, sweep augers, record keeping.

• The People Element – Human Resources Leadership.

• Will Dysfunctional Washington Ever Function?

• Grain Contracting Legalities and PSC Warehouse Exams.

The convention included a trade show of 82 firms that provide products and services to the grain elevator industry.

Registration for the meeting was over 900 people.

The next convention will be held in Bismarck, ND on January 18-20, 2015.

The 102 year-old association provides safety inspection and employee training to its members.

It operates a self-funded health insurance trust for about 1000 grain elevator employees plus 1500 dependents.

Its Educational Foundation has provided scholarships and grant to agriculture-related curriculums at ND colleges and universities for 33 years.

The association publishes an annual directory, a monthly magazine and other communications as needed.

For decades it has operated an insurance agency writing primarily warehouse bonds on ND grain elevators.

The Association is governed by a nine-man Board of elevator managers from around the state.

Current Association officers, directors, and staff are:

• David Fiebiger, Finley, President

• Steve Hepper, Bismarck, 1st Vice President

• Gary Urlacher, Parshall, 2nd Vice President

• Roger Wagner, Grafton, Director

• Paul Lautenschlager, Beach, Director

• Dan DeRouchey, Berthold, Director

• Joe Peterson, Bowbells, Director

• Ryan Motl, Valley City, Director

• Jeff Kittell, Lansford, Director

• Steve Strege, Fargo, Executive Vice President

• Cheryal Welle, Fargo, Executive Assistant

• Stu Letcher, Hatton, Safety & Health Director

• Hal Grieve, Buffalo, Sr. Safety Specialist

• Sue Benson, Fargo, Office Assistant

The NDGDA office address is 1325 23rd St S, Suite A, Fargo, ND 58103-3723.

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