Tom Sleight serves as the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit organization that promotes the global use of U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS).
Sleight brings a unique perspective to his position, having worked at the Council from 1983 until 1999 in a variety of roles both in the United States and abroad, including as executive director and director of international operations in Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Sleight later worked for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and became the executive director of the New York Farm Viability Institute in 2006. There, he played an integral role in the foundation of the New York Center for Dairy Excellence, created to unite a fragmented New York dairy industry and improve industry profitability. Sleight returned to the Council in 2010 as vice president and became president and CEO in 2012.
The Council is a private, non-profit partnership of agribusinesses and producers committed to building and expanding international markets for U.S. feed grains and ethanol. The organization has 10 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’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) through programs authorized in the U.S. farm bill.