About NGFA


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.



  • Consist of more than 1,000 companies comprising about 6,000 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.


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

State and Regional Associations
First Name Last Name Organization Name Title City State/Territory
Jeffrey Adkisson Grain and Feed Association of Illinois Executive Vice President Springfield IL
Valerie Ahlers S. E. Grain & Feed Dealers Association of Minnesota Secretary/Treasurer Rochester MN
Beth Bechdol Agribusiness Council of Indiana/Indiana Grain and Feed Association President Indianapolis IN
Tom Bressner Wisconsin Agri-Business Association Executive Director Madison WI
Ron Brewington Midsouth Grain Association Marked Tree AR
Joel Brinkmeyer Agribusiness Association of Iowa Chief Executive Officer Des Moines IA
David Buttenham Ontario Agri Business Association C.E.O. Guelph ON
James Byrum Michigan Agri-Business Association President/Secretary Treasurer East Lansing MI
Krista Lee Evans Montana Grain Elevator Association Executive Director Helena MT
Joe Neal Hampton Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association President Enid OK
Chris Henney Ohio AgriBusiness Association President and Chief Executive Officer Columbus OH
Chris Herr PennAg Industries Association Executive Vice President Harrisburg PA
Bonnie Holloman Southeastern Grain and Feed Association Inc. Executive Director Raleigh NC
David Krejci Grain Elevator and Processing Society Executive V.P. Golden Valley MN
Gary Leeper Rocky Mountain Agri-business Association Executive Director Westminster CO
Stu Letcher North Dakota Grain Dealers Association Executive Vice President Fargo ND
Jay McCants Kentucky Feed and Grain Association Frankfort KY
Richard Sanne Nebraska Grain and Feed Association Executive Vice President Lincoln NE
Margerie Sedam Pacific Northwest Grain & Feed Association Director Portland OR
Martha Shy Tennessee Feed and Grain Association Executive Secretary Murfreesboro TN
Bo Smith Atlanta GA
Nancy Strickland Mississippi Feed and Grain Association Jackson MS
Steve Taylor Missouri Agribusiness Association Executive Director Jefferson Cty MO
Tom Tunnell Kansas Grain & Feed Association President/CEO Topeka KS
Edna Waller Alabama Feed and Grain Association Executive Secretary Cullman AL
Kathy Zander South Dakota Grain & Feed Association Executive Director Pierre SD
Chris Zanobini California Grain and Feed Association Executive Vice President Sacramento CA
Robert Zelenka Minnesota Grain and Feed Association Executive Director Eagan MN
Rick Zimmerman Northeast Ag and Feed Alliance Executive Director Albany NY


Mission & Purpose

The NGFA is a broad-based organization representing and providing services to the North American grain, feed, grain-processing and export industries, and a wide range of related commercial interests. Association activities are focused on providing services and advocating policies that enhance the climate for growth and economic performance of agriculture participating in a global marketplace.

The NGFA actively promotes a global free-market environment that produces an abundant, safe and high-quality supply of grain, feed, feed ingredients and other grain-based and oilseed-based products for consumers. The NGFA focuses on member interests through advocacy, representation, training, education and communication to members, the public and government.