Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (202) 547-7800
Cell: (202) 591-5845
Jim Palmer was named as chief executive officer of the National Association of Wheat Growers and the executive director of the National Wheat Foundation on May 1, 2013.
Palmer has more than 30 years of experience managing agriculture industry organizations at the state and national levels, having spent most of his career working for soybean farmers.
From 1997 until early 2012, he worked as the executive director for the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. While in that post, he worked with agriculture partners on a wide variety of policy, outreach and other cooperative efforts to develop and add value to the soybean crop for U.S. farmers.
Among other accomplishments, he initiated various legislation including the United States’ first 5 percent biodiesel mandate and successfully advocated for increases in both state and federal investments in soybean research.
Earlier in his career, Palmer served as the lead staff for the Joint American Soybean Association and American Soybean Development Foundation Farmer Directors’ Committee in the successful multi-year effort to develop and establish the federal soybean checkoff. He is also a past acting administrator and executive director of the United Soybean Board.
Throughout his career, Palmer has had the opportunity to help start several state associations and state checkoff programs and recruit many farmer-leaders into state and national soybean organizations.
For his service to that industry, Palmer was given a lifetime outstanding achievement award by the United Soybean Board in 2012 and was named an honorary premier seedsman by the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association in 2013.
Palmer grew up on a large, multi-generational family farm operation in northeast Missouri, near Hannibal.
He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics as part of an honors program that also conferred graduate credits. Early in his career, he worked in commercial agriculture credit in the Midwest.
Palmer and his wife, Susan, have two grown sons.