The Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance (SSGA) tabbed Curt Petrich to continue as chair of the premier business association representing identity-preserved (IP) soya and specialty grains.
Petrich, of HC International Inc. in Fargo, North Dakota, was re-elected as chair at the inaugural SSGA annual meeting December 3, 2019, in Bloomington, Minnesota. Bob Sinner of SB&B Foods was voted vice chair, while Keith Schrader of Wheeling Grain Partnership will act as treasurer/secretary.
Petrich said he was surprised but humbled to be re-elected chair.
“I think there is a lot of really good talent in this organization,” he said. "I thought maybe it would be time for some new talent to come in, but I am certainly willing to serve this organization.”
Petrich says with the board of directors in place, the organization can focus on improving how it serves the industry.
“I think having working groups meeting more often will be good for the organization,” he said. “We intend to stay laser focused on issues so we can deliver meaningful results for this industry.”
SSGA members also voted on board members at its meeting, expanding upon the board set after the merger of Midwest Shippers Association and the Northern Food Grade Soybean Association. Board members for SSGA serve staggered terms of either one-, two- or three-year terms.
SSGA’s board of directors is:
- Petrich, HC International Inc., one-year
- Schrader, Wheeling Grain Partnership, one-year
- Sinner, SB&B Foods, two-year
- Rick Brandenburger, Richland IFC, two-year
- Rob Prather, Global Processing Inc., two-year
- Andy Bensend, AB Farms, three-year
- Adam Buckentine, The Redwood Group, three-year
- Darwin Rader, Zeeland Farm Services Inc., three-year
“We have such a talented and experienced group of producers, processors and shippers on this board,” said Eric Wenberg, SSGA executive director. “We’re really excited to continue to grow SSGA and IP, food-variety field crops worldwide.”