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Keith to retire after a quarter century as grain association's president


Last week, the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) announced President Kendell Keith will retire after more than 31 years of service at the association, including 25 years as top executive.

Keith is NGFA’s fifth chief staff officer and only the second to serve a quarter century or longer, association officials said in a prepared statement. NGFA was established in 1896 and currently represents the interests of more then 1,050 members in the agribusiness sector.

Prior to becoming NGFA’s president in 1987, Keith served as the association’s vice president and corporate secretary/treasurer. He joined the association’s staff in 1980 as director of economic services.

“The industry is extremely fortunate to have had the benefit of Kendell’s strong leadership, vision, hard work and unswerving dedication for more than three decades,” said NGFA Chairman Hal Reed, chief operating officer for The Andersons.  “Working with our board of directors and industry committees, he literally elevated the NGFA to the preeminent national leadership role on rail, commodity and futures market, agricultural, grain warehouse, and many other critical public policy areas.”

NGFA named Randall Gordon, currently the association’s vice president of communications and government relations, acting president to lead the organization on an interim basis.

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