Tom Sleight serves as the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products worldwide. Sleight coordinates the Council’s worldwide?staff and oversees market development activities in more than 50 countries around the world.
Sleight brings a unique perspective to the position having worked for the Council previously from 1983-1999. He served in a variety of roles both in the United States and abroad, including executive director and director of international operations in Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Sleight has more than 30 years of experience in the field of agriculture and comes to the Council from the New York Farm Viability Institute where he served as executive director since 2006. During his tenure, he played an integral role in the foundation of the New York Center for Dairy Excellence, which united a fragmented New York dairy industry and established initiatives to improve profitability in the industry.
The U.S. Grains Council is a private, non-profit partnership of agribusinesses and producers committed to building and expanding international markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and their products. The Council has nine international offices that oversee programs in more than 50 countries. Support for the Council comes from its producer and agribusiness members and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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