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The National Grain and Feed Association, founded in 1896, is a broad-based, non-profit trade association that represents and provides services for grain, feed and related commercial businesses. Its activities focus on enhancing the growth and economic performance of U.S. agriculture.

Read the NGFA’s 2022-23 Annual Report.

  • Consist of nearly 1,000 companies comprising about 7,500 facilities.
  • Handle most U.S. grains and oilseeds utilized in domestic and export markets.
  • Encompass all sectors of the industry.
  • Represent a balance of small and large companies, including both privately owned and cooperative firms.
  • Country elevators that provide storage, merchandising and farm supply services to farmer-customers.
  • Feed mills that manufacture premixes and complete feeds for the livestock, poultry, aquaculture and pet food industries.
  • Export elevators that merchandise and ship U.S. grains, oilseeds and processed commodities to foreign customers.
  • Cash grain and feed merchandisers who buy and sell grains, oilseeds and grain products.
  • Commodity futures brokers and commission merchants who provide hedging services to grain buyers and sellers through the use of futures markets.
  • End users of grain and grain products.
  • Allied industries, such as banks; railroads; barge lines; grain exchanges; biotechnology providers; engineering and design/construction firms; insurance companies; computer/software firms; and other companies that supply goods and services to the industry.

Affiliated with the NGFA are approximately 27 state and regional associations, whose members include more than 10,000 grain and feed companies nationwide.


The NGFA has strategic alliances with respected organizations that benefit the industry:

  • North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA), established in 1912, whose member companies ship virtually all U.S. bulk grain and oilseed exports.  The NGFA and NAEGA are co-located and coordinate policy and government representation on trade-related issues.
  • Pet Food Institute (PFI), whose members manufacture 98 percent of total U.S. dog and cat food, a  nearly $20 billion industry. Since 1958, the Pet Food Institute has been the voice of U.S. pet food manufacturers. PFI is the industry’s public education and media relations resource, representative before the U.S. Congress and state and federal agencies, organizer of seminars and educational programs, and liaison with other organizations.NGFA works closely with PFI on public policy, issues management, communications and education programs to benefit the feed sector.