9/16/21 • General

John Bode Awarded for Industry Service by National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – John Bode, President & CEO of the Corn Refiners Association (CRA), has been awarded by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) with the Ambassador’s Circle Award for his years of service and commitment to the agriculture industry. The award will be officially presented on September 21st in Louisville, Kentucky at NASDA’s annual meeting convening stakeholders on top agriculture industry and policy issues.

“I am honored to be recognized by the state departments of agriculture as they are the backbone of America’s agriculture policy community,” says John Bode, CRA President & CEO. “The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture’s bipartisan work to build stronger rural economies to serve the food and renewable needs of the world is now more critical than ever.  I am enthusiastic about continuing to support their efforts.” 

The Ambassador’s Circle Award recognizes external stakeholders to NASDA who have provided exemplary dedication to advancing NASDA’s mission. This year, NASDA elected to recognize John Bode for his commitment to food production, processing, safety and continued advocacy, which is evidenced in his decades of service to agriculture. Having served in three presidential appointments at USDA, including Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Food and Consumer Services, John has been involved in almost every significant change in federal food law since the 1981 Farm Bill, and every step of the way he has been an advocate and trusted advisor for state departments of agriculture.

The 2021 NASDA Annual Meeting, featuring U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and other top industry stakeholders, is themed “Redefining Agriculture.” The meeting theme will guide NASDA’s conversations and policy making on COVID-19 recovery and agricultural and food issues. NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries and directors of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories.


The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1913. Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, starch, advanced bioproducts, corn oil and feed products from corn components such as starch, oil, protein and fiber.