OMAHA, NE (April 4, 2016) –John Heck, Senior Vice President of The Scoular Company, was recently elected Chairman of the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) during the organization’s 120th annual convention.
Heck is the 66th industry leader to serve at the helm of the NGFA. In his new capacity, he serves as chairman of NGFA’s Board of Directors, after previously having served as first vice chairman and as chairman of the Finance and Administration Committee. He also continues to serve on NGFA’s Executive Committee.
Heck began his Scoular career in 1981 as a grain merchandiser, and held positions of increasing responsibility with the company in succeeding years. In addition to his service to Scoular, Heck has been active in a number of industry and community organizations. He is a past chairman of the Agriculture Council for the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, served as Board chairman for Habitat for Humanity Omaha, and is a past trustee of the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. He also is a past president of the Omaha Grain Trade Association.
The NGFA convention, which attracted more than 700 grain, feed, processing, and export industry members, was conducted at the Hotel del Coronado near San Diego, Calif. The NGFA, established in 1896, consists of more than 1,050 grain, feed, processing, exporting and other grain-related companies that operate more than 7,000 facilities and handle more than 70 percent of all U.S. grains and oilseeds. Its membership includes grain elevators; feed and feed ingredient manufacturers; biofuels companies; grain and oilseed processors and millers; exporters; livestock and poultry integrators; and associated firms that provide goods and services to the nation’s grain, feed and processing industry. The NGFA also consists of 26 affiliated State and Regional Grain and Feed Associations, and has strategic alliances with Pet Food Institute and North American Export Grain Association.