(Posted Tue. Dec 22nd, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers they are invited to become a part of the change they desire by actively honing their leadership skills through the Leadership at Its Best Program co-sponsored by Syngenta.  Growers must be nominated by their state corn association. Interested members should contact their state associations now for further information.  The deadline for state associations to submit their nominees to NCGA is March 25.


“For 30 years, Leadership at Its Best has helped train strong, confident volunteers who have helped shape the industry through their subsequent work at the state and national level,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling.  “Just like in our business, we must always cultivate the next generation of leaders. NCGA depends upon grassroots leadership, and I can personally attest that the time and effort dedicated are repaid in full through the incredible relationships built with like-minded individuals.”


Open to all NCGA membership, Leadership at Its Best provides training to interested growers. The first session, held in August in Greensboro, N.C., addresses personal communications skills, public speaking and association management.  The second session will be held in March 2017 in Washington and focus on public policy issues, meeting with their congressional delegation and parliamentary procedure.  Through this program, participants build the skill set needed to become a more confident public speaker with a solid background in the procedures and processes used by NCGA and many state organizations.


Since 1986, the National Corn Growers Association, the state corn associations and, most importantly, the U.S. corn industry, have benefited tremendously from the Syngenta co-sponsored Leadership at Its Best Program.  More than 620 growers have gained invaluable media, communications, association management and public policy knowledge and skills over the lifetime of the program. 


Participants must be registered members of NCGA.  Those interested should contact their state corn organization which will submit nominees for the programs. Members wishing to apply but living in states without an affiliated state organization are welcome to submit their forms directly to NCGA.


To download the application, click here.