WHO WE ARE

The National Grain and Feed Association, founded in 1896, is a broad-based, non-profit trade association that represents and provides services for grain, feed and related commercial businesses. Its activities focus on enhancing the growth and economic performance of U.S. agriculture.

Be the premier provider of member services and advocate for competitive open market principles to promote the growth and economic performance of North American agriculture in a global marketplace.

Advocate a global open market environment to efficiently produce and provide a safe, abundant, affordable, sustainable and wholesome supply of grain, oilseeds, feed and related products responsive to market demand. The NGFA focuses on member interests through representation, training, communication and education to members, government and the public.



NGFA MEMBER FIRMS

  • Consist of more than 1,000 companies comprising about 7,500 facilities.
  • Handle more than 70 percent of all U.S. grains and oilseeds utilized in domestic and export markets.
  • Encompass all sectors of the industry.
  • Represent a balance of small and large companies, including both privately owned and cooperative firms.

MEMBER REPRESENTATION

  • Country elevators that provide storage, merchandising and farm supply services to farmer-customers.
  • Feed mills that manufacture premixes and complete feeds for the livestock, poultry, aquaculture and pet food industries.
  • Export elevators that merchandise and ship U.S. grains, oilseeds and processed commodities to foreign customers.
  • Cash grain and feed merchandisers who buy and sell grains, oilseeds and grain products.
  • Commodity futures brokers and commission merchants who provide hedging services to grain buyers and sellers through the use of futures markets.
  • End users of grain and grain products.
  • Allied industries, such as banks; railroads; barge lines; grain exchanges; biotechnology providers; engineering and design/construction firms; insurance companies; computer/software firms; and other companies that supply goods and services to the industry.

AFFILIATED ASSOCIATIONS

Affiliated with the NGFA are approximately 30 state and regional associations, whose members include more than 10,000 grain and feed companies nationwide.

NameTitleCompanyLocation
Jeffrey AdkissonExecutive Vice PresidentGrain and Feed Association of IllinoisSpringfield, IL
Valerie AhlersSecretary/TreasurerS. E. Grain & Feed Dealers Association of MinnesotaRochester, MN
Tara ArthoPresidentTexas Grain and Feed AssociationFort Worth, TX
Kristi BlockExecutive Vice PresidentNebraska Grain and Feed AssociationLincoln, NE
Tom BressnerExecutive DirectorWisconsin Agri-Business AssociationMadison, WI
Ron BrewingtonVice PresidentMidsouth Grain AssociationMarked Tree, AR
Joel BrinkmeyerChief Executive OfficerAgribusiness Association of IowaDes Moines, IA
David ButtenhamC.E.O.Ontario Agri Business AssociationGuelph, ON
James ByrumPresident/Secretary TreasurerMichigan Agri-Business AssociationEast Lansing, MI
Nathan Cook Arkansas Drier and Warehouseman's Association Inc. c/o Secretary TreasurerJonesboro, AR
Amy CornellPresidentAgribusiness Council of Indiana/Indiana Grain and Feed AssociationZionsville, IN
Krista Lee EvansExecutive DirectorMontana Grain Elevator AssociationHelena, MT
Joe Neal HamptonPresidentOklahoma Grain and Feed AssociationEnid, OK
Chris HenneyPresident And Chief Executive OfficerOhio AgriBusiness AssociationColumbus, OH
Bonnie HollomanExecutive DirectorSoutheastern Grain and Feed Association Inc.Raleigh, NC
Bonnie Holloman Carolina Feed Industry AssociationRaleigh, NC
David KrejciExecutive V.P.Grain Elevator and Processing SocietyGolden Valley, MN
Gary LeeperExecutive DirectorRocky Mountain Agri-business AssociationWestminster, CO
Stu LetcherExecutive Vice PresidentNorth Dakota Grain Dealers AssociationFargo, ND
Terrie McElroyTreasurerTennessee Feed and Grain AssociationLavergne, TN
Danny Brown/Jessica Perdue Georgia Feed & Grain Association Inc.Bonaire, GA
Ron SeeberVice President, Government AffairsKansas Grain & Feed AssociationTopeka, KS
Johnce SmallwoodSecretary-TreasurerPanhandle Grain and Feed AssociationAmarillo, TX
Nancy Strickland Mississippi Feed and Grain AssociationJackson, MS
Steve TaylorExecutive DirectorMissouri Agribusiness AssociationJefferson Cty, MO
Margerie VisDirectorPacific Northwest Grain & Feed AssociationPortland, OR
Edna WallerExecutive SecretaryAlabama Feed and Grain AssociationCullman, AL
Kathy ZanderExecutive DirectorSouth Dakota Grain & Feed AssociationPierre, SD
Chris ZanobiniExecutive Vice PresidentCalifornia Grain and Feed AssociationSacramento, CA
Robert ZelenkaExecutive DirectorMinnesota Grain and Feed AssociationEagan, MN
Rick ZimmermanExecutive DirectorNortheast Ag and Feed AllianceAlbany, NY

STRATEGIC ALLIANCES

The NGFA has strategic alliances with respected organizations that benefit the industry:

  • North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA), established in 1912, whose member companies ship virtually all U.S. bulk grain and oilseed exports.  The NGFA and NAEGA are co-located and coordinate policy and government representation on trade-related issues.
  • Pet Food Institute (PFI), whose members manufacture 98 percent of total U.S. dog and cat food, a  nearly $20 billion industry. Since 1958, the Pet Food Institute has been the voice of U.S. pet food manufacturers. PFI is the industry’s public education and media relations resource, representative before the U.S. Congress and state and federal agencies, organizer of seminars and educational programs, and liaison with other organizations.NGFA works closely with PFI on public policy, issues management, communications and education programs to benefit the feed sector.