Randy Gordon, who has been with the National Grain and Feed Association for the last 43 years and its CEO for the last eight, plans to retire from the organization next year.

A search for his successor is underway; an eight-person search committee will begin combing through applications in August, according to NGFA. Gordon will retire after the association’s 125th annual convention next year.

Gordon said it has been “an honor an inspiration to work nearly my entire professional career" at the organization.

“The noble purpose NGFA’s member companies perform in transforming the American farmer’s bounty into safe, nutritious, sustainable and affordable human and animal food, and the professionalism and integrity with which it does so, is a high calling,” he said. “I’ve also been blessed to work with a peerless, effective and supportive professional staff to advance this great industry’s goals and policy objectives, which are grounded in competitive, free-market principles.

“I’ll always be grateful for the personal relationships and friendships I’ve made within this industry, and with the many government officials and other trade association executives with whom I’ve had the privilege to work,” Gordon said.

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Gordon, a native of Nebraska and graduate of University of Nebraska-Lincoln, joined the organization in 1978 as its director of information services and worked in various roles in the organization before becoming CEO in 2012.

He has received a Distinguished Service Award from the Association of American Feed Control Officials and was recognized by the 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.

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