Randy Gordon to retire from NGFA
The National Grain and Feed Association announced that Randy Gordon, its president and CEO, plans to retire following the association’s 125th annual convention in March 2021.
At that time, Gordon will have served nearly 43 years in various executive capacities at NGFA. He joined NGFA’s staff on July 1, 1978, as its director of information services. In 1987, he was elected as NGFA’s vice president for communications and government relations. He became the organization’s chief executive staff officer in 2012.
“Randy joined our staff at a time when our industry was facing the daunting challenge of eliminating fire and explosion hazards, and helped communicate the life-saving technology and safety practices developed through NGFA’s unprecedented industry-funded Fire and Explosion Research Program,” said NGFA Chairman JoAnn Brouillette, managing partner of Demeter LP, Fowler, Ind.
“His leadership, dedication and selfless service were instrumental in NGFA pursuing new programs and services for its members, and in overcoming many challenges that came thereafter.”
Gordon is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of American Feed Control Officials — one of only eight industry members to be so honored during AAFCO’s 110-plus-year history. He also was recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2005 with an award for efforts to prevent the establishment or spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States.
A Nebraska native, Gordon is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with undergraduate degrees in journalism, history and political science. Before joining NGFA’s staff, he worked at the university’s Agricultural Communications Department for nearly three years.
Corn Refiners Association President and CEO John Bode said in a news release, “Randy Gordon’s tenure at NGFA has been characterized by principled advocacy pursued with persistence. As someone who grew up in an independent grain elevator and feed mill, I especially appreciate the manner that Randy and his strong team have represented their members.”
Brouillette announced that NGFA has appointed an eight-member search committee and now will begin the process of selecting Gordon’s successor. Applications are due by mid-August. Those interested in applying can access the job description and requirements online, as well as apply.
Western Growers’ Dave Puglia named to policy advisory committee
Dave Puglia, president and CEO of Western Growers, has been appointed to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee.
Puglia and other committee members advise the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Trade Representative on trade policy matters, including the operation of existing trade agreements and negotiations of new agreements.
“International markets are vital to the growth of the fresh produce industry, accounting for more than $23 billion in fruit, vegetable and tree nut sales in 2019,
Puglia said in a news release. “However, tariff and non-tariff barriers continue to restrict access to key export destinations.”
Puglia said in the release he looks forward to working with other committee members “to help formulate durable trade policies that benefit our domestic growers.” ❖