(Posted Wed. Nov 25th, 2015)

Space is still available for participants in the 2016 NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program, with openings available in several states – especially Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Wisconsin, Maryland, and North and South Dakota.


“We’re thrilled to offer this important communications program for a third year, thanks to the strong support of our co-sponsor, DuPont,” said Patty Mann, an Ohio corn grower who serves as chairwoman of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team. “Farmers know the importance of telling our story as we advocate for American agriculture – and we also recognize the importance of tools to help us do our job better. This program gives our new leaders the communications tools they need. As farmers are the most credible voice, the success story of American agriculture is best told by farmers themselves.”


The New Leaders Program is designed for corn growers who are newly active or considering involvement in agriculture engagement and leadership, helps them build their communications skills so they can better serve their peers. Unlike many such programs, it seeks active involvement from farming couples.


“The program has encouraged me to be more involved to make a difference,” said Michael Howlett, a 2015 participant from New York. “It was well worth the time and energy, and I will be more involved from this point forward, due to the New Leaders Program.”


One couple or up to two single persons per NCGA-affiliated state will be chosen to participate in this hands-on communications and leadership training program. Those interested must be at least 21 years of age, active in corn farming, NCGA members and not currently serving as an officer on their state affiliate board.


The 2016 program will be implemented with two plenary sessions. The first will be in Iowa in February, with a follow-up session focused on our nation’s capital in July. All program-related travel and lodging expenses will be covered, per NCGA policy and procedures.


For more information and/or to register, visit