Chris Edgington of St. Ansgar, Iowa, serves as the president 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.
As NCGA President, he also serves as president of the National Corn Growers Association Foundation, an executive committee member of NCGA’s Allied Industry Council, and as the association’s delegate to the U.S. Grains Council. He also serves as the liaison to the Agriculture Markets Advisory Council and the Renewable Fuels Association.
Previously, he served as the board liaison to the Freedom to Operate Action Team, the Food, Feed and Industrial Action Team, and the Market Access Action Team. He has also served on the CornPAC, the Finance Committee and the Governance Committee. 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.