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NGFA Welcomes Jared Hill as New Director of Legislative Affairs

Date Posted: July 10, 2013

Washington—NGFA President Randy Gordon has announced that Jared W. Hill has joined the association’s staff as its new director of legislative affairs.

Hill joins the NGFA’s staff after serving as agriculture and trade counsel for Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

During his two-year tenure with Grassley’s Capitol Hill office, he provided policy analysis on core issues important to NGFA member companies, including farm legislation, international trade, commodities and futures trading, agricultural biotechnology, food safety, animal welfare and environmental issues.

He has also drafted legislative language for Grassley, and provided staff leadership for the senator on issues involving the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce.

While working for Grassley – a senior member of both the Senate Finance and Agriculture Committees – Hill was involved in the senator’s efforts to secure passage of free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, as well as legislation granting Russia permanent most-favored-nation trading status.

“Jared has an outstanding background and great experience directly relevant to issues fundamentally important to NGFA member companies, and we’re excited to have him join our staff team,” Gordon said.

“He will be a great asset as the NGFA continues to advocate pro-growth agricultural and trade policies buttressed on free enterprise principles on Capitol Hill and with key federal agencies.”

Before joining Grassley’s staff, Hill was a partner in the Des Moines-based law firm of Beving, Swanson & Forrest, where he worked from 2008 to 2011.

While at the firm, he practiced primarily in the areas of agricultural, administrative, business, commercial, bankruptcy, and environmental law.

He also represented clients before various regulatory agencies, including USDA’s Farm Service Agency and EPA, as well as several Iowa state agencies.

Prior to that, he worked at another Iowa-based law firm.

He also previously served as the government relations manager for the Iowa Corn Growers Association, where he represented its members on state and federal legislative and policy issues and helped increase donations to its political action committee two-fold.

Hill received an undergraduate degree in business marketing with a minor in sociology from Iowa State University.

He earned a law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

His family operates a corn, soybean, cattle and hog farm in central Iowa.

Established in 1896, the NGFA is a U.S.-based nonprofit trade association that consists of more than 1,050 companies from all sectors of the grain elevator, animal feed and feed ingredient, integrated livestock and poultry, grain processing, biofuels and exporting business.

NGFA-member companies operate more than 7,000 facilities nationwide that handle more than 70 percent of U.S. grains and oilseeds.

Affiliated with the NGFA are 26 state and regional grain, feed and agribusiness trade associations.

The NGFA also 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. 111; hmcelrath@ngfa.org

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