APRIL 2014


(Posted Tue. Apr 8th, 2014)

The application deadline looms for two leadership training programs with the National Corn Growers Association. Leadership Academy applications are due Friday, April 11, to the NCGA office and Advanced Leadership applications are due Friday, April 25.  Growers must be nominated by their state corn association to participate in either of these leadership training programs sponsored by Syngenta. Click here for a directory of state organizations.


 “Since it began in the mid-1980s, Leadership at Its Best has helped train strong, confident volunteers who have helped shape the industry through their subsequent work at the state and national level,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre.  “This year, we again ask that farmers come forward and act upon their desire to give back to their peers. NCGA depends upon grassroots leadership, and I can personally attest that the time and effort dedicated are repaid in full through the incredible relationships built with like-minded individuals.”


Open to all NCGA membership, Leadership at Its Best provides training to interested volunteers of all skill levels.  The first session, held in August in Greensboro, N.C., addresses personal communications skills, public speaking and association management.  The second session, which will be held in January of 2015, addresses public policy issues, working with the Hill and parliamentary procedure.  Through this program, participants build the skill set needed to become a more confident public speaker with a solid background in the procedures and processes used by NCGA and many state organizations.


Since 1986, the National Corn Growers Association, the state corn associations and, most importantly, the U.S. corn industry, have benefited tremendously from the Syngenta- co-sponsored Leadership At Its Best Program.  More than 550 growers have gained invaluable media, communications, association management and public policy knowledge and skills over the lifetime of the program.


 Advanced Leadership training aims to help develop top-notch state and national leadership that is empowered to elevate the leaders around them within the industry and their communities. It builds upon the Leadership at Its Best Program.  States may nominate two applicants, one as a primary candidate and one to serve as an alternate. Nominees must be a member of NCGA, a graduate of Leadership Academy, and about to assume, or already in, a senior national or state leadership post.


Participants must be registered members of NCGA.  


The first session of the Advanced Leadership Academy will take place in Minneapolis, Minn., September 8-11, 2014. During this session, participants will focus on leadership, communication and negotiation skills. The second session, held January 25-29, 2015 in Washington, will focus on the further development of lobbying and media training abilities.