Committee Apprentice Program



The Committee Apprenticeship Program (CAP) is designed to help develop future leaders of the association.  A limited number of apprentice positions will be available – generally, one to three per committee, based on committee size.

Apprentices will be expected to participate fully in all committee activities, including meetings, conference calls and email exchanges.  Apprentices will be encouraged to learn the committee’s issues thoroughly and to participate actively in discussions.   However, apprentices will not have a vote on committee matters.



  • Provide a way for the NGFA to develop closer linkages at various levels within member companies, with a particular emphasis on involving newer employees who companies identify as having future leadership potential and a promising future in the industry.
  • Establish a mechanism for more employees within NGFA-member companies to learn about the wide range of policy issues and programs being addressed by NGFA committees, as well as the committees’ indispensable role within NGFA’s structure.
  • Benefit member companies by providing a way to further broaden and develop the expertise of their top new talent – those whom they want to invest in.
  • Identify potential new talent to engage at some future point in the NGFA’s committee system.


Prospective apprentices will be required to complete a short application with an explanation of their interest in a particular NGFA committee.  In addition, applicants will submit a brief resume or biographical statement and a short letter of recommendation from a supervisor or manager at their NGFA-member employer. Selections will be made based on qualifications and with an eye toward diversity among different types and sizes of companies.



Congratulations to our new CAPs! The application period for the 2018-2019 class will be announced in December of 2017.

Contact Rebecca Grubbs for more information |  | 202-289-0873

2016 CAPs React …

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“I will remember all of this for the rest of my life. It is not every day you get to go sit down in a meeting with our state leaders and have discussions on the issues we are facing. It was an experience I will remember forever.”

  • Kyle Foster (Crossroads Cooperative, Sidney, Neb. – Trade Rules Committee)

“I appreciate the time that the NGFA staff spent with us to coach and inform on us what NGFA is all about. I am looking forward to the rest of my time on the committee and have a desire to continue involvement after this year is over.”

  • Lance Adams (Team Marketing Alliance, Moundridge, Kan. – Country Elevator Committee)

“It’s not a normal thing for us to get face time with the people on our voting ballots and also to get to talk to them about industry issues.”

  • Katie King (CGB Enterprises, Mt. Vernon, Ind. – Feed Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee)

“It felt like a day where you were seeing democracy and politics in ‘full go’ mode.”

  • Tyler Scifers (Archer Daniels Midland Co., Overland Park, Kan. – Trade Rules Committee)