MAY 2014


(Posted Fri. May 30th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association announced the participants who will constitute the 28th class of NCGA’s Leadership at Its Best Program, which is co-sponsored by Syngenta.  This year’s class includes 17 aspiring leaders from 10 states and covers a broad swath of the nation with participants from as far east as New York and as far west as Colorado.


“We are excited to see such great interest in the program and strongly believe the quality of the applicants bodes well for the future of our industry,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre.  “Since the first class in 1986, 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. NCGA depends upon grassroots leadership. As a graduate of the program, I personally understand the importance role this program plays in helping develop the skills and build the relationships necessary to effectively lead such a dynamic organization.”


This year’s Leadership at Its Best Class includes: Russell Carpenter (N.Y.); Ann Cross (Colo.); Justin Durdan (Ill.); Kurtis Gregory (Mo.); Mark Heckman (Iowa); Bob Hemesath (Iowa); Noah Hultgren (Minn.); Paul Jeschke (Ill.); Andy Jobman (Neb.); Shane Kinne (Mo.); Greg Krissek (Kan.); Dennis McNinch (Kan.); Jon Miller (Ohio); Ted Mottaz (Ill.); Danny Nerud (Neb.); Scott Saucer (Ala.); and Dennis Vennekotter (Ohio).


Open to all NCGA membership, Leadership at Its Best provides training to interested volunteers of all skill levels.  The first session addresses personal communications skills, public speaking and association management.  The second session 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.


Participants must be members of NCGA.


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.