Primus designated as STB chairman Sarah Gonzalez May 13, 2024

Primus designated as STB chairman

ARLINGTON, Va., May 13, 2024 — President Joe Biden announced the designation of Robert Primus as chairman of the Surface Transportation Board (STB). National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) President and CEO Mike Seyfert issued the following statement:

“NGFA congratulates Chairman Primus on his appointment to this well-deserved role. Under his leadership, STB can continue to pursue a modern and more balanced approach with knowledgeable and objective members. We look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Primus on fostering an efficient and competitive railway network for the U.S. agricultural supply chain.”

NGFA also led an agricultural letter of support urging the swift appointment of Mr. Primus as chair upon former Chairman Martin Oberman’s retirement. NGFA and the other 23 groups noted: “As a Board member for the past three years, Mr. Primus has demonstrated exemplary commitment and dedication to the principles of proactive oversight in STB’s regulation of the freight rail marketplace. Mr. Primus has been a leader in his push to improve rail service, create more rail-on-rail competition, and develop a more streamlined method for freight rail customers to challenge unreasonable rates.”

The letter of support is available here.

Former Chairman Oberman announced in April that his retirement would begin May 10. NGFA issued this statement.


The NGFA, established in 1896, consists of grain, feed, processing, exporting and other grain-related companies that operate facilities handling U.S. grains and oilseeds. Its membership includes grain elevators; feed and feed ingredient manufacturers; biofuels companies; grain and oilseed processors and millers; exporters; livestock and poultry integrators; and associated firms that provide goods and services to the nation’s grain, feed and processing industry. The NGFA consists of 27 affiliated State and Regional Grain and Feed Associations, is co-located and has a strategic alliance with North American Export Grain Association, and a strategic alliance with Pet Food Institute.