(Posted Tue. Sep 4th, 2012)

Johnson with KazuhiroSept. 4:  As the agriculture industry’s attention was drawn to Boone, Iowa, for last week’s annual Farm Progress Show, the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the National Corn Growers Association were on hand to join in the festivities and promote U.S. corn grower initiatives.


In addition to seeing agriculture’s latest tools and technology, NCGA First Vice President Pam Johnson and First Vice President-elect Martin Barbre took advantage of this occasion to reach out to members, the media and communities across the globe. In the weeks leading up to and during the Farm Progress Show, NCGA has given interviews to international media and met with groups from Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Hungry, Japan, Brazil, Tanzania and Kenya.


“It was apparent that the drought, corn prices and a stall in passage of the farm bill, have brought increase attention to the issues and interests of corn growers,” said Johnson, an Iowa grower. “The Farm Progress Show presents a tremendous opportunity to interact with a large and diverse pool of representatives from around the world attending the show to gain information, compare notes and champion causes. We had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, thank him for his support of our ‘Farm Bill Now’ effort, and encourage him to continue his efforts in urging speedy action on this important legislation.”


Iowa Corn had a prominent exhibit at the show that showcased legislative, market development and promotional program successes. Their booth also served as a forum to educate members on issues of critical importance to corn growers at state and national levels.