(Posted Fri. Feb 5th, 2016)

Members of the National Corn Growers Association’s Grower Services Action Team met in Santa Fe, New Mexico, this week to review programs related to membership, leadership and communications.


At the meeting, they reviewed a proposal to get farm spouses engaged as members of the state and national corn associations and finalized the list of five students who will announced at the upcoming Commodity Classic as recipients of the 2016 William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship.


“Building and supporting a diverse membership of more than 40,000 corn growers is a key focus of our action team,” said Patty Mann, who serves as chairwoman of the team. “Our farm families have so many challenges right now, whether its farm economics or regulatory intrusion, so we want to all we can to help them – and to engage them in our programs as trusted advocates for agriculture.”


The team also reviewed NCGA’s membership programs and new strategic plan, and evaluated the progress of five programs under its funding jurisdiction, the Corn Farmers Coalition, the Grassroots Network, CommonGround and the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, in addition to the scholarship program.


In addition to Mann, the Grower Services Action Team includes Vice Chairman Ted Mottaz, Corn Board Liaison Kevin Skunes, and members Debbie Borg, Jayne Dalton, Les Imboden, Aaron Martinka, Mike Moreland, Gerald Mulder, Danny Nerud, Leah Pottinger, Glenna Taylor, Roger Zylstra and state affiliate staff representative Katie Glick of Indiana. The next meeting will take place in Washington in July.