Principles & Priorities

The North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) is a not-for-profit trade association established in 1912 that consists of private and publicly owned companies and farmer-owned cooperatives invested and operating in agricultural product markets.  NAEGA member companies participate in and support competitive, sustainable and fungible global supply chains. NAEGA works collaboratively around the world to improve and maintain the trade of grains, oilseeds and other agri-bulks by informing industry and addressing both commercial and official practices. NAEGA serves its member’s interests by focusing on what is best for all value chain stakeholders.  


The multitude of issues with which we deal continues to drive our intent to focus on what is best for our industry. To help reach our goals, we have articulated a NAEGA philosophy that is based on three principles that motivate most NAEGA actions. These include:

  • NAEGA believes that commercial solutions are the most effective and preferable means to provide for a stable, compliant supply to meet customer needs.
  • NAEGA believes that least trade distortive official measures are a critical component for achieving affordable, reliable and secure global food security and improved nutrition.
  • NAEGA believes that industry must participate as appropriate in national and international proceedings where relevant commercial and official practices, including policies and regulatory action, will be negotiated or discussed.


Our philosophy further results in our policy priorities of:

  • Competitive and open markets with preferred international rules and discipline that facilitate trade
  • Integrity and reliability of supply
  • Customer driven market solutions
  • Preference for commercial solutions
  • Neutral, trade-supportive and balanced approach to technology innovation
  • A mandate for quality and product safety with a reliance on a science-based approach to related regulatory matters