Jess McCluer, vice-president of safety and regulatory affairs for the National Grain and Feed Association, was recently named chair of the board of directors for the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America.

Founded in 2007, the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America is an organization established to proactively address ongoing and emerging occupational safety and health issues affecting U.S. agriculture. The council's board of directors elected McCluer as chair for a two-year term.

As board chair McCluer will serve as the chief executive officer of the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America, oversee general operations of the organization, preside at all board-of-directors and executive-committee meetings, and ensure the organization’s projects proceed as directed.

McCluer manages the National Grain and Feed Association's wide-ranging safety and operations programs covering employee safety and industrial health. He also manages environmental issues, designs for grain-handling facilities and equipment, and grain inspection and weighing issues. He joined the National Grain and Feed Association's staff in 2007 after serving the previous four years as a program analyst at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Office of Outreach Services and Alliances. He is principal staff liaison to the National Grain and Feed Association's Safety, Health and Environmental Quality Committee, and the Grain Grades and Weights Committee. Visit www.ngfa.org for more information.