Following a three-month search process, the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) announced John W. Bode will serve as the next president of the organization. Bode, a lawyer and lobbyist with many years of experience in public service, succeeds Audrae Erickson, who stepped down Dec. 31.
In addition to working in private practice, Bode spent many years working on Capitol Hill and for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He spent 22 years at the prominent Washington law and lobbying firm Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Bode Matz, and was a principle in the firm at the time of his departure in 2011.
Prior to joining Olsson in 1989, Bode served on the staff of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and held three Presidential appointments at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As Assistant Secretary for Food and Consumer Services, he was responsible for roughly half of USDA’s budget, and testified before Congress on behalf of the Reagan and Bush administrations more than 70 times.
“We are pleased to welcome John to the CRA,” said Matthew Wineinger, CRA chairman and president of Tate & Lyle Bulk Ingredients. “He is an accomplished leader with a strong background in the food and agriculture sectors. The CRA just celebrated its 100th anniversary, and John is the ideal person to lead us into our next century and take on the challenges before us.”
CRA represents the corn wet milling industry. Member companies manufacture sweeteners, ethanol, starch, bioproducts, corn oil and feed products from corn, and include Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, Ingredion, Penford Products, Roquette America and Tate & Lyle.
Erickson joined CRA in 2002, and shepherded the association through many major policy issues ranging from a sweetener dispute with Mexico to the ongoing battle over the public perception and nutritional makeup of high fructose syrup. She announced Nov. 21 that she would step down at year’s end to take a position in governmental relations with Mead Johnson, a manufacturer of infant formula.
Bode’s tenure will commence May 6.
Listen to Feedstuffs In Focus: Editor Andy Vance visits with newly-named CRA president John W. Bode about his new role and about the policy challenges facing agriculture in hyper-partisan Washington in the March 26 edition of Feedstuffs In Focus, the podcast of big news in agriculture.