The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has opted against renewing the contract of its CEO Randy Krotz, the group announced today.

Krotz – the only person who has held the title of USFRA CEO – first assumed the job in 2014. He originally joined USFRA in 2013, serving as its vice president of development and later as the executive director.

“In short, we believe it is in the best interests of USFRA to seek new leadership going forward,” USFRA Chairman Brad Greenway said in a statement. “To that end, we are moving immediately to begin the search for a new CEO and have developed a plan working with USFRA staff to manage the organization in the interim.”

Greenway noted that on Friday, the USFRA board’s executive committee met with Krotz and placed him on administrative leave. The decision not to renew Krotz’s contract, which expires in March, was made on Monday. Greenway said he remains “confident in the future of USFRA and the ability of our staff to continue their contributions to the success of USFRA during this process.”

Prior to joining USFRA, Krotz also spent time working with several other industry groups such as the National Corn Growers Association, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Syngenta, and Monsanto.

Asked by Agri-Pulse for a statement, Krotz declined to comment.