(Posted Tue. Jan 13th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association’s annual Priority and Policy Conference takes place this week in St. Louis, bringing farmer leaders from many corn states to begin the discussion of state and national priorities for the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year and to begin the 2016 fiscal year planning process. Together, these grower leaders will carefully assess NCGA’s policies on such subjects as biotechnology, ethanol, public policy and trade.


“I am excited about the important opportunity this meeting will provide for us to learn about the concerns of grassroots leadership and to build a consensus on how to best move forward in the months ahead,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a grower from Newburg, Md. “It comes at an important time for our industry, with a record-breaking crop in the bins and a host of challenges on the horizon as well. There will be much to discuss and take action on this week.”


Participants include the chairs, presidents and executive directors of NCGA’s state organizations, as well chairs and vice chairs of the organization’s action teams and committees. Official proceedings will begin Wednesday afternoon with policy discussions in which the states will voice the priorities that they have submitted for NCGA, the U.S. Grains Council and their own in-state organizations.


Again this year, as part of a collaborative initiative with the Council, the Priority and Policy Conference also includes leadership from that organization for a discussion of its future priorities and of trade issues.