Lead Economist

Full Time   St. Louis


The position serves as the economic analyst to the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and state affiliates. The Lead Economist will develop economic research, presentations, commentaries, and analysis on a wide variety of issues related to the corn complex, corn farmers and the agricultural commodity markets in general. The position will also provide policy analysis as it relates to corn issues.


Reports to: NCGA Vice President of Production & Sustainability


Duties and Responsibilities


  • Develop timely economic analyses and commentary relevant to U.S. corn farmers.
    • Develop real-time analysis based on latest public data (e.g., USDA sources such as WASDE).
    • Deliver periodic reports on the market environment for U.S. corn, biofuel and value-added corn products based on latest market intelligence, evidence, and reports
    • Build, maintain and enhance databases, tools, and graphics to aid for interpretation and use of public data by corn value chain stakeholders
  • Work with NCGA Communication Team to:
    • Develop timely economic analysis articles and material about corn and ethanol markets and production.
    • Continually monitor and report on near and long-term issues impacting the U.S. corn industry, including sources of demand including trade and livestock, and serve as a contributor to organization's issues management evaluation.
  • Provide economic analysis of policies that may impact agriculture, specifically corn and ethanol.
    • On legislative proposals by members of Congress as directed by NCGA leadership
    • On USDA, EPA and other agency regulatory proposals and their impact on corn farmers and the broader corn complex.
    • Review and provide feedback on relevant economic and policy analysis including projects conducted by outside consultants and land grant institutions for NCGA.
  • Respond to NCGA leadership requests for information, analysis, and presentation materials in a timely manner.
  • Work with NCGA Advisory Teams, Action Teams, Board appointed task forces, staff, and organizational meetings to provide economic updates and analysis of policy.
  • Other duties, as assigned


Qualifications and Skills


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Strong knowledge of agricultural markets, production systems, market structures, risk management, production data management, and other factors impacting the financial situation of corn farmers in the United States.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data to create actionable insights
  • Strong technical writing skills, including development of technical and lay audience materials
  • Ability to understand agricultural and related databases necessary to analyze timely questions on subjects important to policy impacting corn farmers.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with staff, member leaders, and outside contacts and work cooperatively with team members.
  • Proficient communicator with a basic understanding of interview skills for engaging with members of the news media
  • Strong science and data communication skills.
  • Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.



Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics or similar field required; Master’s Degree or higher in Agricultural Economics or similar field preferred, or commensurate experience required.



Requires travel (25-35%). Must have a valid driver’s license and passport.


NCGA is an equal opportunity employer.

The National Corn Growers Association is committed to cultivating a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity and belonging. Our goal is to attract qualified candidates and encourage applications from all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


    To apply, please send resume and cover letter to HR@ncga.com by September 30, 2022.

August 2022