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U.S. Grains Council: Dorr retires, Sleight named president

U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Dorr has retired, and Thomas Sleight, the vice president for operations and membership, has been named president of the group, a grains council spokeswoman confirmed today.

Dorr, a former Iowa farmer and Agriculture undersecretary for rural development who became president of the grains council in 2009, will remain a consultant to the group, the spokeswoman said.

Sleight has been primarily responsible for overseeing the organization’s financial and administrative functions, including all of its support activities worldwide and previously served as executive director and director of international operations in Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, according to the USGC website.

The grains council builds and expands international markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and their products.