Kansas corn producer taking the helm of U.S. Grains Council
Kansas has another national agriculture leader. Marion corn producer Terry Vinduska assumed the role of U.S. Grains Council chairman at the council's 50th Annual Board of Delegates meeting July 18 to 21 in Boston. Vinduska represents central Kansas on the Kansas Corn Commission.
Kansas Corn Commission Executive Director Jere White will also begin a leadership role at USGC. White will begin a term as a member of the U.S. Grains Council Board of Directors.
KCC Chairman Mike Brzon of Courtland explained the significance of Vinduska's U.S. Grains Council chairmanship.
"Terry has done a great job representing Kansas corn as a board member and an officer of the U.S. Grains Council," Brzon said. "It is a real plus for Kansas to have Terry as Grains Council chairman. Over the years, the Kansas Corn Commission has worked closely with the U.S. Grains Council to expand and solidify export markets for corn and byproducts like DDGS. Keeping those markets strong is important to our bottom line."
The council is celebrating its 50th anniversary at its meeting, and Vinduska said members will celebrate half a century of accomplishments.
"That's 50 years of working together to increase the price of U.S. corn, grain sorghum, barley, to provide feed and food for the world," Vinduska said.
A native of Kansas, Vinduska graduated with honors from Kansas State University in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in agriculture. He's had a varied career in agriculture since that time. He worked for Hesston Corporation in field test engineering before returning to the family farm. He currently grows corn, sorghum, soybeans and wheat and is vice-president of S and V Family Farms LLC. Vinduska also serves as a sales representative for Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc.
Vinduska served on the USGC Rest of the World Advisory Team (A-Team) and was the Board liaison to the Biotech and Asia A-Teams. He also served as part of the Structure Task Force, the Funding Task Force and numerous other committees within the Council. He takes over the role of chairman as Rick Fruth, a farmer from Ohio representing the Ohio Corn Marketing Program, transitions into the past chairman position.