(Posted Mon. Dec 14th, 2015)
The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board, action teams and committees convened in St. Louis last week to delve into the issues and opportunities that will impact corn farmers across the country during the coming year.
Gaining information from presentations by leaders from industry, academia and government, the team members explored possible changes to team policies and activities that could help their respective programs improve efforts to create and maintain opportunities for growers.
Additionally, they reviewed a new draft NCGA strategic plan that will govern the association’s policies and programs for the next several years.
“I was inspired by the dedication to agriculture that the farmer leaders showed as a whole and by the depth of subject area knowledge they brought to team discussions,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a grower from Maryland. “By dividing the variety of issues facing our industry into subject areas, we allow growers to delve more deeply into a single area and gain more nuanced insight. Together, our leadership can then tackle each subject with a full understanding of its intricacies and the broader perspective our shared sessions offer.”
The NCGA’s action teams and committees define, implement and measure program actions in their areas of expertise: trade policy and biotechnology, ethanol, public policy, production and stewardship, research and business development, and grower services. Each met separately to listen to speakers pertinent to their charge and to discuss recommendations for fine tuning of their policies which designated team liaisons reported back to the Corn Board for consideration. The teams will meet again in various locations around the country in February, and then in Washington in July.