(Posted Wed. Oct 1st, 2014)
The National Corn Growers Association enters a new fiscal year today and seated the 2015 Corn Board with Chip Bowling of Newburg, Md., assuming the presidency. Off the Cob spoke with the new president to explore his views on what lies ahead for corn farmers in 2015 and his goals for his term.
“The list of challenges and opportunities on the horizon for corn growers is long,” he said. “Right now, we are working with the EPA on the Waters of the U.S. rule. We always have issues relating to the importance of the RFS. We are waiting, again on the EPA, to come out with the final RVO numbers. Right now, we have low corn prices which no one wants to have. We need to get exports back on track. We are dealing with GMO labeling. There are plenty of challenges out there.
“With that being said, there are plenty of opportunities out there for corn growers as well. We need to continue to promote understanding of agriculture in a positive way. We need to get all, or at least most, of the issues that I mentioned solved.
“The list is long on both sides. With all of the help that we have in National Corn Growers around me, all of the smart people including the staff and the members, we can get this done. We just need to work together.”
Over the coming year, Bowling looks forward to much of the work he will be doing as president.
“I look forward to working with our corn growers all over the country, whether the issues are good or bad,” Bowling explained. “Our membership has really been increasing over the past several years. We want to keep that trend going. As we grow membership, we grow our grassroots strength and our ability to get our message to those who need to hear it.
“I would like to continue forming alliances with nontraditional partners, like we did to pass the farm bill this year. We need as many friends as we can get both around the country and in Washington.
“I can’t do this interview without mentioning that I am looking forward to working with our new CEO, Chris Novak, who starts in mid-October. Together, we are starting a new era with NCGA.”
To listen to the full interview, please click here.