(Posted Tue. Dec 9th, 2014)

This week, National Corn Growers Association CEO shared insights on the importance of balancing grower access to technology and export markets with the National Grain and Feed Association’s 43rd Annual Country Elevator Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. Novak’s presentation was part of the panel titled “Biotech Innovation and Protecting Market Access — Can They Be Compatible?”


Novak focused on the important role access to technology, particularly biotechnology, played in increased production by American corn farmers. Noting the anticipated record corn crop grown in 2014, he stressed the importance of both access to the tools needed create this abundance and to markets for the final product.


“Biotechnology has brought tremendous gains to farmers, consumers and the environment yet, at the same time, has been used to create market access barriers,” said Novak. “Farmers, grain companies and seed companies are working together today to find solutions to these market access challenges so that the United States can continue to offer customers corn that meets their needs. In the absence of this continued cooperation, courts and/or Congress will likely to step in to decide these issues.  It is important for all the stakeholders across the grain industry to continue to working together to determine our path forward rather than putting those decisions in someone else’s hands.”


Dow AgroSciences LLC Industry Relations Leader Matt Rekeweg was also featured during this discussion. NGFA’s annual Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show is the single largest gathering of country elevator personnel.


Each year, more than 650 industry members attend the day-and-a-half conference and trade show. High-level government representatives and industry experts serve as speakers at this popular annual conference. Conducted in conjunction with the conference is an annual Leadership Conference with state and regional grain and feed associations affiliated with the NGFA, as well as a meeting of the NGFA’s Country Elevator Committee.