January 5, 2021
The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) has named Michael J. Seyfert as its new president and chief executive officer.
Seyfert is scheduled to become NGFA’s top executive staff officer on March 1, succeeding Randy Gordon, who will retire by the end of March after serving nearly 43 years with the nation’s largest and most diverse agribusiness association – the last eight as its president and CEO.
Seyfert will become only the seventh person to serve in that capacity at NGFA since its founding in 1896. “We couldn’t be more pleased to have Michael join NGFA’s outstanding 13-member team of dedicated staff professionals,” said NGFA chairman JoAnn Brouillette, managing partner of Demeter LP in Fowler Ind. “He has the vision, energy, intellect, experience, leadership qualities and contacts in Washington to build on NGFA’s already strong record of achievement in serving the grain, animal feed/animal food, grain processing and milling, and export industry. We’re excited about what the future holds under his leadership as NGFA begins its 125th year in 2021.”
“Joining the NGFA family during its 125th anniversary is an honor and a privilege,” said Seyfert. “I am excited to lead one of the top agricultural organizations in the United States and its talented, dedicated staff into its next 125 years. NGFA has a history of vision and leadership that continuously moves the industry forward. It also provides services essential to the daily operations and success of its member companies. I understand the important value of these functions and am committed to their continued strength.
“I also thank Randy Gordon for his nearly 43 years of leadership and service to NGFA and its members,” Seyfert continued. “I congratulate and wish him all the best as he begins this next chapter.”
Seyfert, who has extensive corporate and government experience, currently serves as director of government and industry affairs for FMC Corp., the world’s fifth largest crop protection company. In that role, he coordinates and directs the company’s federal, state and local North America government and industry affairs program.
Established in 1896, NGFA consists of more than 1,000 grain, feed, processing, exporting, and other grain-related companies that operate more than 7,000 facilities and handle more than 70% of all US 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. NGFA also consists of 33 affiliated state and regional grain and feed associations, and NGFA is co-located and has a strategic alliance with North American Export Grain Association, and a strategic alliance with Pet Food Institute.
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