Longtime Washington farm hand Mike Seyfert has been tapped as the next president and CEO of the National Grain and Feed Association. The agribusiness lobbyist and former congressional staffer will officially assume his new duties March 1.

“Joining the NGFA family during its 125th anniversary is an honor and a privilege. 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,” Seyfert said in an NGFA release. “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.”

Seyfert, who will be the seventh president and CEO in NGFA’s history, will take over for Randy Gordon, who is retiring  after nearly 43 years with the organization. NGFA says Gordon will retire by the end of March.

Seyfert comes to NGFA from the FMC Corp. where he has worked since 2014 in the chemical manufacturer’s Washington office. Before his time at FMC, Seyfert spent more than 15 years working on Capitol Hill for former Sen. Pat Roberts in the Kansas Republican’s personal and Senate Ag Committee offices.

“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.”

Seyfert is a native of Kansas and a graduate of Kansas State University and George Washington University. He and his wife Christy, who is executive director of government affairs for the American Soybean Association, live in Alexandria, Va., with their two daughters.

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