(Chad Willis was recognized by U.S. Grains Council for five years of service in June)
Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) member Chad Willis was newly elected to Secretary-Treasurer of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) on Wednesday. Willis was first elected to the USGC board of directors in 2017.
Willis farms corn and soybeans near Willmar with his wife, Krista. They have two children, Cooper and Amber, who work in agribusiness. He has been a member of MCR&PC since 2007.
During his time with both MCR&PC and USGC, building markets for ethanol has been a passion for Willis. While on the board, Willis helped further USGC’s mission to grow exports for ethanol, leading to more than 1.6 billion gallons of ethanol exported in 2018. He looks forward to working towards USGC’s goal to export four billion gallons of ethanol by 2022.
“I am honored to be able to step into this role and continue to work with my fellow board members and USGC CEO Ryan LeGrand to develop markets for American corn farmers, who continue to face challenging times,” Willis said. “Our work to date has ignited tremendous momentum around ethanol markets and more, and I’m excited to continue this progress in the years ahead.”
Willis will serve a one-term as secretary-treasurer for the U.S. Grains Council. The Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association have long supported USGC and their mission to develop markets for U.S. producers.