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Former USDA leader Dorr to preside over U.S. Grains Council

Agriculture.com Staff 09/15/2009 @ 12:27pm

Former USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development Thomas C. Dorr will serve as president and CEO of the Washington, D.C., based U.S. Grains Council (USGC), according to a USGC report.

Dorr, who will assume his new role in November, says being an Iowa farmer for more than 30 years and serving 7 years with USDA afforded him the opportunity to understand and value the nearly 50 years of export market development efforts orchestrated by the Council.

"I am very familiar with the worldwide market development programs the Council has conducted since 1960," he says. "The Council is focused on global initiatives, but the real purpose of this organization is to sustain and build economic opportunity not only for rural America, but worldwide. I am excited to have the privilege to serve U.S. farmers and agribusinesses in this new capacity."

As undersecretary for Rural Development, Dorr led programs to expand rural infrastructure, including electric, broadband and water services, rural entrepreneurial efforts and rural housing. Dorr has served as a member of the board of directors of the 7th District Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Iowa Board of Regents and as a member and officer of the Iowa and National Corn Growers Associations. Dorr, from Marcus, Iowa, was the president of a family farm and agribusiness company for 29 years.

Dorr says his first priority will be to work with the Council's membership, Board of Directors and staff to clearly define, not just the challenges, but the opportunities for international grain trade. He succeeds Ken Hobbie, USGC's president and CEO for the last 18 years and who has been with the Council for a total of 33 years.

Former USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development Thomas C. Dorr will serve as president and CEO of the Washington, D.C., based U.S. Grains Council (USGC), according to a USGC report.

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