(Posted Thu. Jul 16th, 2015)
A busy week of meetings focused on our nation’s capital concluded the 2015 class of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program. Thirty-five farmers from 16 states took part in the overall program, which was generously co-sponsored by DuPont and is aimed at preparing participants to be strong advocates and leaders for today’s agriculture.
“It was great to meet many of those participating in our events this week, like the action team meetings, our Corn Congress policy sessions, and visits to their members of Congress,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “These new leaders are the future of our organization, and it was inspiring to see the passion and energy these men and women bring into everything they do. We're also very grateful for DuPont's support in this growing effort.”
For the participants, the week began with Monday spent in Wilmington, Del., learning about the history of DuPont and the important work the company is doing specifically in the area of crop protection. In Washington, they attended policy meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday and took part in the “Rally for Rural America” on Capitol Hill, where farmers gathered to protest proposed changes that will weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard. After Hill visits to representatives and senators Wednesday, a Thursday tour of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, with a new exhibit on agriculture, was on the agenda.
This is the second plenary session of the program, which kicked off in January in Des Moines, followed by activity at the Commodity Classic convention and trade show and month webinars April through July focused on key issue areas and reports from participants on their interim activities. 2015 marks the second year of this program.
This year’s overall program participants were: Brandon Dillard, Alabama; John Lee, Arkansas; Alex Harrell, Georgia; Jason and Kate Danner, Illinois; Colton and Jill Ringel and Christopher and Ashley Hudson, Indiana; Kyle and Jenna Ramsey and Casey and Katie Schleusner, Iowa; Lowell and Krystale Neitzel, Kansas; Michael and Megan Buckman, Kentucky; Jason and Angela McConnachie and Tony and Carrie Kubik, Michigan; Brian and Secely Lehman, Missouri; David and Jana Jobman, Nebraska; Michael Howlett and Carly Metzger, New York; Cody and Ashley Sloan, Oklahoma; Thomas DuRant Jr., South Carolina; Derek Giffin, Tennessee; and Jordan and Ashley Pool and Cole and Kyla Hamilton, Texas.