(Posted Thu. Sep 12th, 2013)

Sept. 12:  While harvest begins, a select group of growers are ramping up their efforts to become the most effective leaders possible through a National Corn Growers Association training program.   NCGA’s Advanced Leadership Training Program, sponsored by Syngenta, launched its fourth class this week in Greensboro, N.C.  The session helps qualified and motivated candidates fine tune their leadership skills and prepare them to lead the industry forward. 


"Advanced Leadership training provides an excellent opportunity to hone skills with media and interpersonal communications,” said NCGA First Vice President Martin Barbre, a grower from Carmi, Ill.  “Last year, I had the chance to participate and can attest the program helps leaders climb to the top of their game and prepare to lead our organization into 2014 and beyond." 


During the course, a small group of active grower leaders looked at the concepts of transformational leadership, and crisis and advocacy communications.  Additionally, the group had the chance to explore what those outside of farming think about the industry during a consumer opinion panel. Participants also had a special chance to see the American Ethanol program in action as they toured the Richard Childress Racing facilities.


“Advanced Leadership continues Syngenta’s commitment to fostering effective leaders for corn and across agriculture,” said Rex Martin, the firm’s industry relations head.  “This program takes graduates of Leadership Academy that are presently in leadership roles to the next level helping them become transformational leaders.   They can take these enhanced skills back to improve their state and national associations and fellow leaders around them.”


This program aims to help develop top notch state and national leadership that is empowered to share its skill set within the industry and community. It builds upon the “Leadership at Its Best” Program which has helped develop corn industry leadership since 1986.


Attending Advanced Leadership Training this year are Jed Bower (Washington C.H., Ohio); Bill Christ (Metamora, Ill.); Jerry Demmer (Clarks Grove, Minn.); John Linder (Edison, Ohio); Bruce Rohwer (Paullina, Iowa); and Chad Willis (Willmar, Minn.).


Since 1986, NCGA, the state corn associations and, more importantly, the U.S. corn industry, have benefited tremendously from the original Leadership at Its Best program, which provides invaluable media, communications, association management and public policy knowledge and skills to its participants. In January, attendees will meet again for Advanced Leadership II which covers lobbying and coalition building, advanced media training, public policy briefings and agency visits.