Corn Sustainability Advisory Group

Corn Sustainability Advisory Group

Our Corn Sustainability Advisory Group (CSAG) is working toward a corn sector-driven sustainability plan. The CSAG is addressing elements of the NCGA strategic plan including growing demand, building trust and driving sustainability. CSAG advises the NCGA Board on sustainability issues, areas for strengthening, practices to be promoted and avenues for support, and ways to integrate sustainability more fully as part of the corn story.


The advisory group includes grower representatives from the Ethanol, Market Development, Member & Consumer Engagement, Sustainable Ag Research and Stewardship Action Teams; 2 state staff and the 5 national staff leads for each of the five Action Teams, for a total of 17 members, plus an ex—officio member from the NCGA Corn Board.


Alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:


  • 2.4 By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding, and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality.
  • 6.4 By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity.
  • 7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy services.
  • 7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
  • 10.2 By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic, and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.

  • 12.2 By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.
  • 13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies, and planning.
  • 15.1 By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains, and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements.