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NGFA Elects New Officers, Board of Directors, Executive Committee

Date Posted: March 22, 2002

The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) has elected new members as officers and to serve on its board of directors and executive committee.

Officers

Rick Calhoun, vice president of the Grain and Oilseed Supply Chain-North America, for Cargill Inc., Minneapolis, MN, is the new NGFA chairman. (Click the link below to see the complete article, previously reported on Grainnet.)

Elected as the NGFA's new first vice chairman was Steven F. Nail, president and chief executive officer of Farmers Grain Terminal Inc., Greenville, MS.

Nail, who previously served a two-year term as second vice chairman, also serves on the NGFA's Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

He chaired the NGFA's Long-Range Planning Committee in 2001-02 that revised and updated the association's strategic five-year planning document.

He also serves as a member of the Arbitration Appeals Panel, which is responsible for rendering final decisions under the NGFA's arbitration system, and the Waterborne Commerce Committee, which addresses inland waterway and port issues affecting the industry.

He also has served as an arbitrator.

Nail, a certified public accountant, began his career with Farmers Grain Terminal Inc. in 1983 as the cooperative's accounting manager.

He was promoted to executive vice president in 1988 before being named president and chief executive officer in 1996.

The company, founded in 1968, operates nine elevators and river terminals in Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana, with more than 12 million bushels of storage.

It markets soybeans, corn, sorghum, wheat and rice for its members.

Prior to joining Farmers Grain Terminal Inc., Nail was commodity marketing accountant with MFC Services, Madison, MS, and a staff accountant with the Greenville, MS, accounting firm of Sayle and Macione.

He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Mississippi, with a bachelor of business administration in accounting.

He is a past president and director of the Mississippi Feed and Grain Association, and served as a director of the Delta Council and the Jefferson Bank.

Elected as the NGFA's new second vice chairman was Ronald D. Olson, vice president of grain operations for General Mills Inc., Minneapolis, MN.

Olson also serves on the NGFA's Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and is a former member of its Grain Grades and Weights Committee, which addresses grain inspection matters.

Olson has served in his current capacity with General Mills since 1996, and as such is responsible for providing strategic and operating leadership for all aspects of its Grain Division.

His responsibilities include managing a network of 44 country and terminal elevators; commodity risk-management; and managing inter-company relationships with marketing divisions, research and development, and quality/regulatory groups.

Olson joined General Mills when it acquired Atwood-Kellogg Company, where he was president from 1990-95.

At Atwood-Kellogg, he managed a staff of 100 that provided financing, marketing, futures hedging, auditing and tax, bonding and regulatory compliance services to country elevators in the Dakotas and Minnesota.

From 1971-90, he worked at Continental Grain Co., in various capacities, including as vice president and Northwest Region manager from 1981-90.

An Iowa native, he is a graduate of Iowa State University with an undergraduate degree in agricultural business and a masters in economics.

He has served on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Agricultural Advisory Board for the past two years, and is a past board member and chairman of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange.

He also is a member of the Business Advisory Board at Montana State University, as well as the Agricultural and Food Science Academy, a St. Paul, MN-based charter high school.

Olson was recently nominated by the NGFA to serve on the Secretary of Agriculture's Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture.

Among other things, the advisory committee is to examine the long-term impacts of agricultural biotechnology on the U.S. food and agricultural system, as well as on the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Board of Directors

NGFA elected 17 members to its Board of Directors.

Reelected to three-year terms were: Al Gosiak, president, Pendleton Grain Growers Inc., Pendleton, OR; Thomas J. Hammond, president, Columbia Grain International Inc., Portland, OR; Dan Hardy, vice president, grain merchandising, Riceland Foods Inc., Stuttgart, AR; J. Stephen Lucas, vice president, Louis Dreyfus Corp., Wilton, CT; Tom Miller, manager, Grain Department, Farmers Cooperative Co., Farnhamville, IA; Stephen Norris, vice president, Grain Division, Southern States Cooperative Inc., Richmond, VA; Andrew Riffe, marketing manager, Stratford Grain Co., Stratford, TX; and John Skelley, president, Arizona Grain Inc., Casa Grande, AZ.

Elected to three-year terms were: Ronald Barkema, manager, Grain Department, Prairie Land Cooperative, Hubbard, IA; JoAnn Brouillette, president, Demeter LP, Fowler, IN; Thomas Coyle, general manager, Chicago & Illinois River Marketing LLC (a division of Nidera Inc.), Chicago, IL; Brad Schultz, vice president, commodities, Minnesota Corn Processors LLC, Marshall, MN; Jeff Stroberg, chief executive officer, West Central Cooperative, Ralston, IA; Mike Sumpter, trading manager, Zen-noh Grain Corp., Mandeville, LA; and Michael Trosen, director of operations, South Dakota Wheat Growers Association, Aberdeen, SD.

Elected to fill a vacancy for a two-year term were: Michael Donnelly, president, Donnelly Commodities Inc., Smithtown, NY; and Robert Ludington, director, Mexico and sorghum for The Scoular Co., Overland Park, KS.

Executive Committee

NGFA's Board of Directors elected 13 of its members to serve on the NGFA's 18-member Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee is responsible for the NGFA's overall planning, policies and finances when the board is not in session.

Elected to serve on the Executive Committee were: Allen J. Anderson, vice president, government affairs, Cenex Harvest States Cooperative, St. Paul, MN; John Anderson, chief executive officer and general manager, Ritzville Warehouse Co., Ritzville, WA; JoAnn Brouillette, president, Demeter LP, Fowler, IN; Sharon Clark, director of traffic, Grain and Oilseed Division, Perdue Farms Inc., Salisbury, MD; Thomas Coyle, general manager, Chicago & Illinois River Marketing LLC (a division of Nidera Inc.), Chicago, IL; Paul DeBruce, chief executive officer, DeBruce Grain Inc., Kansas City, MO; Charles E. Gilbert, vice president, A.L. Gilbert Co., Oakdale, CA; Tom Hurd, vice president, Grain Division, United Feeds Inc., Pittsfield, IL; J. Stephen Lucas, vice president, Louis Dreyfus Corp., Wilton, CT; John Miller, president, Grain Division, Bartlett and Co. L.P., Kansas City, MO; Doug Mortensen, vice president, commodities, A.E. Staley Manufacturing Co., Decatur, IL; Hal Reed, president, Grain Division, The Andersons, Maumee, OH; and John Skelley, president, Arizona Grain Inc., Casa Grande, AZ.

Also serving on the Executive Committee by virtue of their office are: NGFA Chairman Richard R. Calhoun, vice president of the Grain and Oilseed Supply Chain-North America, for Cargill Inc., Minneapolis, MN; First Vice Chairman Steven F. Nail, president and chief executive officer, Farmers Grain Terminal Inc., Greenville, MS; Second Vice Chairman Ronald D. Olson, vice president, grain operations, General Mills Inc., Minneapolis, MN; Immediate Past Chairman Paul L. Krug Jr., president, ADM Investor Services Inc., Chicago, IL; and NGFA President Kendell W. Keith, Washington, D.C.

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