NGFA elects board, executive committee

by World Grain Staff
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WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — Members of the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) elected 18 industry leaders to serve on its 58-member board of directors during the organization’s 115th annual convention from March 13-15 in San Diego, California, U.S.

Elected to three-year terms on the NGFA board of directors were: Beth Bechdol, president, Indiana Grain and Feed Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.; Greg Beck, vice-president, grain division, CGB Enterprises Inc., Mandeville, Louisiana, U.S.; Sharon Clark, vice-president, transportation, Perdue Agribusiness Inc., Salisbury, Maryland, U.S.; Ray Defenbaugh, president, chief executive officer and chairman, Big River Resources LLC, West Burlington, Iowa, U.S.; Geoff Finch, vice-president and chief operations officer, Wenger’s Feed Mill Inc., Rheems, Pennsylvania, U.S.; John Heck, vice-president, The Scoular Co., Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.; David Geers, president, Michigan Agricultural Commodities, Lansing, Michigan, U.S.; Jack Heim, general manager and treasurer, Walton Agri-Service, Upper Sandusky, Ohio, U.S.; and Roger Krueger, director, grain marketing, South Dakota Wheat Growers Association, Aberdeen, South Dakota, U.S.

Also elected to three-year terms on the NGFA board were: Tom McLaughlin, vice-president and general manager, Integrated Grain & Milling Co., Fresno, California, U.S.; Steve Nail, president and chief executive officer, Farmers Grain Terminal Inc., Greenville, Mississippi, U.S.; Gary Olsen, group vice-president, grain, Ag Processing Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.; Randy Pflum, chief executive officer, TriOak Foods Inc., Oakville, Iowa, U.S.; Benjamin Smith, general manager, Attebury Grain Inc., Amarillo, Texas, U.S.; and Eric Wilkey, president, Arizona Grain Inc., Casa Grande, Arizona, U.S.

Elected to two-year terms were: Mark Reisinger, senior manager, government, community and industry relations, Pioneer, a DuPont Co., Johnston, Iowa, U.S.; and Kevin Whitehall, general manager, Central Washington Grain Growers Inc., Marlin, Washington, U.S. Elected to a one-year term was Will Waters, principal and vice-president, Harris-Crane Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.

Members of the NGFA’s board of directors subsequently elected 13 of its members to serve on the 18-member NGFA Executive Committee. They are: Gary Beachner, chief executive officer and general manager, Beachner Grain Inc., Parsons, Kansas, U.S.; Rick Browne, senior vice- president, grain, CHS Inc., Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, U.S.; Rick Calhoun, vice-president, Grain and Oilseed Supply Chain North America, Cargill Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.; Sharon Clark, vice-president, transportation, Perdue AgriBusiness Inc., Salisbury, Maryland, U.S.; Paul DeBruce, chief executive officer, DeBruce Grain Inc. and executive vice-president, Gavilon Grain LLC, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.; Geoff Finch, vice-president and chief operations officer, Wenger’s Feed Mill Inc., Rheems, Pennsylvania, U.S.; John Heck, vice-president, The Scoular Co., Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.; Craig Huss, senior vice-president and president of agricultural services, Archer Daniels Midland Co., Decatur, Illinois, U.S.; Roger Krueger, vice-president, grain marketing, South Dakota Wheat Growers Association, Aberdeen, South Dakota, U.S.; Steve Nail, president and chief executive officer, Farmers Grain Terminal Inc., Greenville, Mississippi, U.S.; Gary Olsen, group vice-president, grain, Ag Processing Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.; Benjamin Smith, general manager, Attebury Grain LLC, Amarillo, Texas, U.S.; and Eric Wilkey, president, Arizona Grain Inc., Casa Grande, Arizona, U.S.

In addition, serving on the NGFA’s Executive Committee by virtue of their office are: NGFA Chairman Hal Reed, president, Grain and Ethanol Group, The Andersons Inc., Maumee, Ohio, U.S.; First Vice-Chairman David Hoogmoed, executive vice-president, Land O’Lakes Inc., and chief operating officer, feed for the company’s Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC business unit, Shoreview, Minnesota, U.S.; Second Vice-Chairman Bailey Ragan, vice-president and general manager, Bunge Grain, Bunge North America, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.; Immediate Past Chairman Tom Coyle, general manager, Nidera North America Grain and Oilseeds, Chicago, Illinois, U.S., who chairs the Executive Committee; and NGFA President Kendell W. Keith, Washington, D.C., U.S.
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