(Posted Fri. Aug 19th, 2016)

National Corn Growers Association officers and senior staff gathered last week in Seattle, Washington for the biannual NCGA Agri-Industry Council meeting. Here, representatives of 12 leading agribusinesses discussed vital issues facing agriculture, shared information on their companies and sectors, heard from recognized speakers and learned about NCGA’s current initiatives.  Established in 2007, the Agri-Industry Council facilitates dialogue between agribusinesses and NCGA to collectively address issues of mutual concern.


“U.S. agri-business improves farming by providing growers with inventive technology and new seed varieties to better address ever-changing challenges,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “NCGA’s AIC plays an important role in bringing key leaders from across the value chain together. Through open dialogue, we can all move forward with a better understanding of the big picture and coordinate to build a brighter future.”


Over the course of the meeting, attendees heard from NCGA officers and senior staff who provided updates on the association’s major projects, the 2016 corn crop outlook and the current political environment and how it will impact farmers.


Featured speakers from outside of the agricultural community provided input and insight into some of the issues facing farmers today. Carol Sanford, author of The Responsible Business and The Responsible Entrepreneur, presented on how to use the power of consumer engagement to propel business growth.


Washington Council on International Trade President Eric Schnifeld helped the group explore how the political climate will affect global trade and agricultural exports in the coming years.


Finally, the group heard from environmental law attorney Jay Manning about the demise of Washington state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and its effect on the biofuels industry in the state and the Pacific Northwest. Manning, who previously served as the director of Washington state’s Department of Ecology and as chief of staff to Governor Christine Gregoire, has worked extensively with the state’s biofuels industry in efforts to create a low carbon fuel standard.


NCGA’s AIC will meet next in March of 2017 in Washington.