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NGFA Elects New Industry Members to Board of Directors

Date Posted: March 27, 2013

Washington—The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) elected six new members to its Board of Directors during the organization’s 117th annual convention this month.

Established in 1896, the NGFA consists of more than 1,000-member companies from all sectors of the grain elevator, feed and feed ingredient, integrated livestock and poultry, grain processing, biofuels and exporting business that operate about 7,000 facilities nationwide and handle more than 70 percent of all U.S. grains and oilseeds.

Elected to three-year terms on the NGFA Board of Directors were:

Tom Bressner, executive director, Wisconsin Agri-Business Association; Madison, Wis.;

Roger Fray, executive vice president, grain, West Central Cooperative; Ralston, Iowa;

Kyle Jerworski, vice president, grain merchandising and transportation, Agricultural Products North America, Glencore/Viterra; Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada;

Greg Konsor, vice president and general manager, Gavilon Grain LLC, Omaha, Neb.;

Mike Meyers, director, wheat by-products, APEX LLC, Hamburg, N.Y.; and

Ryan Pellett, president and chief executive officer, J.D. Heiskell & Co., Elkhorn, Neb.

In addition, the following directors are beginning their second three-year terms:

Scott Dubbelde, general manager, Farmers Cooperative Elevator Co., Hanley Falls, S.D.;

Duane Madoerin, merchandising manager, Gold-Eagle Cooperative, Goldfield, Iowa;

Robert Nawrot, president, Central States Enterprises Inc.; Heathrow, Fla.;

Hugh Parker, director, commodities purchasing, Corn Products International Inc.; Westchester, Ill.;

Mark Reisinger, senior manager, government, community and industry relations, Pioneer, A DuPont Company; Johnston, Iowa;

John Ripple, general manager, Morrow County Grain Growers Inc., Lexington, Ore.; and

Kevin Whitehall, general manager, Central Washington Grain Growers Inc., Marlin, Wash.

Members of the NGFA’s Board of Directors subsequently elected 13 of its members to serve on the 18-member NGFA Executive Committee:

Eric Anderson, president, Louis Dreyfus Commodities; Wilton, Conn.;

Dave Baudler, president, Cargill Ag Horizons, Cargill Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.;

Sharon Clark, vice president, transportation, Perdue Agribusiness LLC; Salisbury, Md.;

Tom Coyle, general manager, Nidera U.S. LLC; Chicago, Ill.;

Geoff Finch, vice president and chief operating officer, Wegner’s Feed Mill Inc.; Rheems, Pa.;

David Geers, president, Michigan Agricultural Commodities; Lansing, Mich.;

John Heck, vice president, The Scouler Company; Omaha, Neb.;

Roger Krueger, vice president, grain marketing, South Dakota Wheat Growers Association; Aberdeen, S.D.;

Steve Nail, president and chief executive officer, Farmers Grain Terminal; Greenville, Miss.;

Ryan Pellett, president and chief executive officer, J.D. Heiskell Co.; Elkhorn, Neb.;

Benjamin Smith, general manager; Attebury Grain LLC; Amarillo, Texas;

Joe Taets, senior vice president and president, Agricultural Services Business Unit; Archer Daniels Midland Co,; Decatur, Ill.; and

Eric Wilkey, president, Arizona Grain Inc., Casa Grande, Az.

Also serving on the NGFA Board of Directors by virtue of their office are:

• NGFA Chairman David Hoogmoed, executive vice president, Land O’Lakes Inc. and chief operating officer, feed, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC; Shoreview, Minn.;

• NGFA First Vice Chairman, Bailey Ragan, vice president, Bunge Grain, Fertilizer and Biofuels, Bunge North America Inc.; St. Louis, Mo.;

• NGFA Second Vice Chairman, Gary Beachner, chief executive officer and general manager, Beachner Grain Inc.; Parsons, Kan.;

• Immediate Past Chairman, Hal Reed, chief operating officer, The Andersons Inc.; Maumee, Ohio; and

Randy Gordon, NGFA president.

The NGFA’s membership encompasses all sectors of the industry, including country, terminal and export elevators; feed manufacturers; cash grain and feed merchants; end users of grain and grain products, including processors, flour millers, and livestock and poultry integrators; commodity futures brokers and commission merchants; and allied industries.

Canadian and Mexican firms also are NGFA members, and use its Trade Rules and Arbitration System by specific reference in their contracts.

The NGFA also consists of 26 affiliated state and regional grain and feed associations, as well as two international affiliated associations.

It has strategic alliances with the North American Export Grain Association and Pet Food Institute.

For further information, contact:

Heather McElrath, NGFA Director of Communications, 202-289-0873, ext. 11; hmcelrath@ngfa.org

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