Leadership Programs


Corn Ambassador Training

This new training option is directed at association recruiters, up-and-coming leaders, new board members, and any corn leaders in your state who would benefit from training focused on communications and extolling the virtues of farming and corn associations to external audiences (social media, politicians, consumers) and fellow farmers (recruiting).  State corn associations may submit as many individuals as they wish for the Corn Ambassador Program.   Attendees will network with corn leaders from across the country and learn more about how to support American agriculture and their corn associations.  Top trainers will help them understand how to work with fellow farmers and communicate with consumers and promote their farms through social media. The training will also help them understand their personal communication style and the importance of grassroots advocacy.   Dates July 26-28, 2021   Course of study Understanding agriculture’s role in America and globally; personal...

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Leadership Academy

Launched in 2019, the Leadership Academy replaces the traditional Leadership At Its Best Program which has become NCGA’s advanced leadership program.   Leadership Academy is a two-session program that prepares state corn leaders to lead their respective state grower associations and check-off boards.  The program will focus on various aspects of leadership training and key agricultural issues in a world with ever-changing consumer and environmental concerns. Growers will gain a keener insight into association management and how different leadership styles can come together in building an efficient organization. Media training and effective advocacy communications play a key role in this program as our grower leaders take a more active role as spokespersons for their state and national corn organizations.   Hear what other corn growers have to say about NCGA Leadership Programs.   Who should attend? States are encouraged to submit two individuals – their grower association...

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Women and Mentors Retreat

This program focuses on creating a diverse network of individuals who want to see more female engagement in agriculture. We are creating this network in two distinct ways: The in-person Women and Mentors Retreat and pairing mentors and mentees at the retreat to work on their goals together during the following year (and beyond). This network is already filled with people who can act as an incredible resource for each other. We look forward to building on this strong network for the future!   Women who would like to grow their skills and get more involved at the state and national level are encouraged to apply as mentees. Anyone who would like to help women achieve their leadership goals is encouraged to apply to be a mentor.   The first annual retreat in June of 2021 was a great success, and we are now taking applications for the class of 2022. Our in-person session will be held June 27-28, 2022. If you apply early, you’ll also gain access to our quarterly lunch and learn...

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Leadership At Its Best

Front Row L-R:   Mike Berget, Troy Schneider, Dan Wesley Back Row L-R: JR Roesener, Jay Reiners, Randy Melvin, Dave Merrell, Mark Recker   Syngenta’s Leadership At Its Best program (LAIB), has trained over 600 grower leaders since 1986. Preparing these corn association and checkoff leaders to deliver the high level of service necessary for corn associations to achieve their goals and for the corn sector to lead American agriculture is vital for our association.   In 2019, Syngenta redesigned LAIB to be a cross-commodity leadership program bringing together a diverse group of 50 farmers across all the commodity programs they support. The program is designed to provide state corn grower leaders with advanced leadership training and the necessary communication skills to make a difference in American agriculture while advancing into leadership positions on a national level.   This week-long training will begin in Raleigh, North Carolina where participants will...

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