(Posted Mon. Jan 26th, 2015)

Corn farmers from across the country have traveled to Washington this week to take part in the second phase of the annual leadership development programs co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and Syngenta. While in town, the group will visit numerous members of the Senate and House of Representatives and get an inside look at parliamentary procedure and how lobbying works on Capitol Hill.


“For more than a quarter of a century, Leadership At Its Best has been an invaluable tool for helping corn growers become leaders at the state and national level,” said Chip Bowling, NCGA’s current president and a LAIB graduate himself. “In Washington, our farmers can see first-hand how decisions made here impact us back on the farm. Having a strong voice here in the capital is very important for NCGA and its farmer members.”


The Leadership At Its Best class will receive briefings from NCGA staffers on the issues facing America’s farmers in the coming year followed by presentations from lobbyist and Hill staffer panels explaining how the lobbying process functions in the Capitol and how to get the best result from interaction with members of Congress and their staff. They then will have the opportunity to see the process in action during a series of visits with Congressional leaders. Additionally, the group will participate in parliamentary procedure training with NCGA Parliamentarian Chris Dickey.


This year’s Leadership At Its Best class includes Matt Amick (Mo.), Russell Carpenter (N.Y.), Ann Cross (Colo.), Kurtis Gregory (Mo.), Mark Heckman (Iowa), Bob Hemesath (Iowa), Noah Hultgren (Minn.), Paul Jeschke (Ill.), Andy Jobman (Neb.),  Greg Krissek (Kan.), Jon Miller (Ohio), Ted Mottaz (Ill.), Danny Nerud (Neb.), and Dennis Vennekotter (Ohio).


Phase one of Leadership At Its Best takes place in August and includes sessions on media training, public speaking, business etiquette and meeting management. Applications for Leadership At Its Best will be available in February from state and national offices.