Rick Tolman plans to step down as CEO of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) at the end of September.

"Rick has been a tireless advocate for corn farmers and our organization," said NCGA President Martin Barbre. "However, Rick told us - as much as he loves representing our way of life - he is ready to enjoy more time with his wife, Linda, and their five children and eight grandchildren, and other pursuits. As he said it, we all put off things until 'someday,' and, for him, 'someday' has finally come, after 14 years of service to the organization and a 37-year career in agriculture.

"While we are certainly happy for Rick and his family, it was with great trepidation that we heard the news initially. Change is hard for some to accept. Once we all realized that we could not talk Rick out of his decision, we offered him a hearty thank you for his dedicated service. Rick is definitely riding into the sunset on a high note."

The NCGA will create a CEO Search Committee, Barbre said.