To assist NGFA in addressing the significant issues of climate change and sustainability, NGFA Chairman JoAnn Brouillette has appointed the following individuals to serve on the newly created Climate Change and Sustainability Task Force:
- Fernando Adler, head of Gradable Commercial Services, an FBN Company
- Meg Belcher, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, Scoular
- Jay Burns, sustainability ambassador, COFCO INTL
- Ben Fargher, managing director of sustainability, Cargill North America Supply Chain
- Mark Hobrock, senior profit center manager, The Andersons, Inc.
- Joe Kapraun, manager, grain marketing division, GROWMARK, Inc.
- Tom Malecha, senior vice president, processing and food ingredients, CHS, Inc.
- Devin Mogler, vice president government affairs, Green Plains, Inc.
- Allison Nepveux, director of sustainability, Bushel, Inc.
- Chris Olinger, quality and research coordinator, The Wenger Group
- Martha Smith, global industry affairs lead, Bayer
- Mike Tate, director of origination, Bunge North America
- Jill Wheeler, senior manager public affairs, Truterra/Land O’Lakes
- Cory Winstead, CEO, FS Grain LLC
- Eric Wuthrich, manager, Farmers Grain of Roseville, Ill.
The task force will be chaired by Joe Kapraun. Dave Fairfield, NGFA’s senior vice president of feed, is the staff lead on this effort.
The purpose of the task force is to develop recommendations on:
- The policy and position statements on climate change and sustainability that NGFA should develop and communicate to the industry, governmental authorities and the public;
- How NGFA should communicate and incorporate into its education strategy information to the industry and public on climate change and sustainability, including identifying or recommending resources to help NGFA members address these issues; and
- Whether and to what extent NGFA should engage with other organizations and/or coalitions that also are involved in addressing climate change and sustainability issues.
It is anticipated the task force will conduct its inaugural meeting in early May.