Illinois Grain and Feed Association

About GFAI


Mission: “To represent, promote and advance the common interests of a viable grain and feed industry through an involved and informed membership.”

The Grain and Feed Association of Illinois (GFAI) is an essential organization to be involved with if you are involved in the grain handling and feed industries in Illinois.

GFAI is the statewide trade association for the grain and feed industry in Illinois.

The Association traces its roots back to 1893 when a group of privately held companies joined efforts to form the Illinois Grain Dealers Association. Since that time there have been three other associations that merged in 1971 to become the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois.

GFAI represents more than 90% of the commercial grain storage space in the state of Illinois where members include grain handling facilities, processors, feed mills and companies who provide goods and services to the industry.


Perhaps most importantly, the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois is an organization where members can carry more weight as one collective voice rather than each member acting alone.

Member Services:

Keep You Connected
The Grain and Feed Association of Illinois is a hub of news, networking opportunities, information and resources. We actively work with regulatory offices and organizations and associations affiliated with the industry to keep members engaged in industry discussions, activities and opportunities to make the industry become more profitable.

Government Relationships and Alliances
The Association continues to build on the long history of collaborative efforts between various state and federal governmental regulatory agencies including OSHA, EPA, the Illinois General Assembly and the United States Congress.

Safety and Regulatory Resources
One full-time employee is solely dedicated to GFAI’s Safety·Health·Environmental Services Program, which promotes industry safety and provides training and consulting to members who subscribe to this program.

Click here to learn more about the SHES Program.

Developing Professionals Group
GFAI provides educational programs, networking events and training opportunities for those who are new or newer to the grain handling and feed industries so no matter your age, you are welcome to attend!

Student Support
Members generously invest more than $50,000 annually in student scholarships. The Association also works to promote the industry and inform students of the many career opportunities available.

Follow these links for details: Scholarship Information, Career Exploration, Student Membership Form

Information and Educational Services
Interact and learn from GFAI’s educational programs and events that feature timely topics and ongoing professional development opportunities. GFAI is also a respected resource to answer industry questions and provide products such as employee manuals, training videos, surveys, research and more.

Click here for a list of GFAI Resources.

Energy Buying Program
The GFAI Energy Consortium is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation formed by the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois to provide energy risk management solutions for grain elevators, feed mills and related entities.

Click here to learn more about the GFAI Energy Consortium.

Political Action Committee
The Legislative Council for Better Government Political Action Committee (PAC) is funded by member contributions. These funds are used to support candidates and those in political office in Illinois whose goals best exemplify the purposes of the Council.

MembersChoice 401(k) Plan
The Grain and Feed Association of Illinois’ MembersChoice 401(k) Plan provides an inexpensive, flexible and yet robust company retirement plan.  It includes professional investment advice through Merrill Lynch and top of the line administration with John Hancock Retirement Plan Services. Whether you are looking to start a company retirement plan or shopping to see if your long established plan can be improved, please contact us for information.