Chris Edgington, of St. Ansgar, Iowa, serves as a member of the Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association, a farmer-led trade association with offices in St. Louis and Washington.
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.
On the national level, Edgington chairs the Finance Committee and serves as Corn Board liaison to the Food, Feed and Industrial Action Team. Additionally, he represents the association as its liaison to the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.
Previously, he served as the board liaison to the Freedom to Operate Action Team and the Market Access Action Team. He has also served on the CornPAC and the Governance Committee. He represented the Corn Board on the Syngenta Advisory Council for Enogen and to 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.