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Source: U.S. Grains Council news release

Ellen Zimmerman will join the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) on July 20 as the director of industry relations in the organization's Washington D.C., headquarters.

In this role, Zimmerman will direct the industry relations team and provide direction to and management of the Council's engagement with domestic industry, agribusiness, checkoff and other members in support of and contributing to the Council's global market development program.

"Ellen brings with her a solid connection with and great knowledge of the checkoff system so important to the Council's daily work," said Ryan LeGrand, USGC president and chief executive officer. "She comes to us with an abundance of positivity and creativity and will quickly incorporate her skills into what is already a very solid and trusted team at the Council."

Before joining the Council, Zimmerman worked for the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) as the director of internal communication and membership engagement. In this capacity, she developed experience working with membership organizations and in strategic planning while building valuable relationships. Zimmerman also previously worked as a project manager at Ohio Corn & Wheat.

She earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural communication from Ohio State University.

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