Randy DeSutter of Woodhull, Illinois, 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, D.C.
DeSutter operates a grain farm in its fourth generation along with his son Matthew, brother Jim and nephew Drew. Having operated continuously using no-till for nearly 30 years, they also use conservation practices such as filter strips, grassed waterways, variable rate fertilizer and cover crops. For the first 15 years of his farming career, he also finished cattle and hogs.
On the national level, DeSutter serves on the Governance Committee as Corn Board Liaison to the National Coalition for Food and Agriculture Research and chairs the Sustainable Ag Research Action Team.
Previously, he served as vice chair of the Corn Productivity and Quality Action Team, the Research and Development Action Team, and on the Resolutions and Bylaws Committees. He has also served as president of the Illinois Corn Growers Association and Illinois Council on Best Management Practices as well as a delegate to the U.S. Grains Council.
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.