Chris Edgington of St. Ansgar, Iowa, serves as the chairman of the Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association, a farmer-led trade association with offices in St. Louis and Washington, D.C.
Edgington raises corn and soybeans along with his dad, brother and son. Chris and his wife, Vanessa, have two children, Alex and Elizabeth. In addition to his row crop operation, he gains insight into livestock through a small business run by his son. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from Iowa State University.
In his capacity as NCGA Chairman, Edgington also chairs the Nominating Committee, the National Corn Growers Association Foundation and co-chairs the Agri-Industry Council Executive Committee. In addition to serving on the Governance Committee, he serves as the association’s liaison to the Bayer Grower Advisory Committee and Growth Energy.
Edgington previously served as president of the National Corn Growers Association Foundation, an executive committee member of NCGA’s Allied Industry Council, as the association’s delegate to the U.S. Grains Council and represented the Corn Board on the Syngenta Advisory Council for Enogen and the National Pork Producers Council.
He has also served as the liaison to the Agriculture Markets Advisory Council, the Renewable Fuels Association and as board liaison to the Freedom to Operate Action Team, the Food, Feed and Industrial Action Team, and the Market Access Action Team. He represented the Corn Board on the Syngenta Advisory Council for Enogen and the National Pork Producers Council.
A past chairman of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and co-chair of Corn Vision 2020, he was a member of NCGA’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team prior to his election to the Corn Board. Currently, he also serves as chairman of Rural Development Partners.
Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents nearly 40,000 dues-paying corn growers and the interests of more than 300,000 farmers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 50 affiliated state associations and checkoff organizations work together to help protect and advance corn growers’ interests.