National Association of Wheat Growers Chief Executive Officer Daren Coppock announced his resignation Friday. He will become president and chief executive officer of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) as of Jan. 1, 2010.
Coppock’s tenure at NAWG began in July of 2001 when he relocated to the Washington, D.C., area from his home state of Oregon.
During his eight years at NAWG, the Association has scored a number of policy achievements including making significant progress toward the introduction of biotech wheat; successfully defending the direct payment in the 2008 Farm Bill negotiations; and advancing discussions to ease rail transportation concerns. Coppock has also overseen an extensive renovation of the building the NAWG Foundation owns on Capitol Hill, which houses NAWG and four outside tenants.
“Our success has been very much a team effort,” Coppock said. “Combining the D.C.-based talent with energetic and able people on our board, officer team and in our state affiliate organizations makes the wheat industry a serious presence in Washington. And, much of our progress has also come from stronger alliances with related organizations, both domestically and in other countries, which are critical to the industry’s continued success.”
NAWG and ARA have agreed to a transition arrangement in which Coppock will remain full time at NAWG through the end of October and work half-time at each organization until Dec. 31.
“I am sad to lose Daren,” said NAWG President Karl Scronce. “His on-the-farm experience, having grown up on an Oregon wheat farm, has been one of his valuable assets to NAWG. He has always been one of us. We wish him well, and we are thankful he will continue to remain in ag policy at ARA.”
NAWG will immediately initiate a search for a new chief executive officer. More information about that process will be available soon at www.wheatworld.org.