(Posted Wed. Jul 15th, 2015)
Action teams and committees charged with in-depth analysis and consideration of the topics most relevant to corn farmers met in Washington as the initial phase of a full week of meetings held by the National Corn Growers Association. These farmer-led teams discussed changing situations, and the possible ramifications of these changes, in areas including public policy, ethanol, biotechnology, government regulation, trade and grower services in anticipation of NCGA Corn Congress and visits to Capitol Hill scheduled later this week.
“Through a careful analysis of each situation, NCGA’s action teams develop policies while maintaining the grassroots approach vital to the association’s success,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “These six smaller groups bring together grower-leaders from our member states to cultivate a deep knowledge of specialized areas and collaborate on solutions that help NCGA create opportunities and grow market demand for our members.”
Many of the team meetings included presentations from special guests. In the Ethanol Committee meeting, senior leadership from the American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association each addressed the team. Additionally, the group received updates on a wide array of market development efforts.
In the Research and Business Development Action Team, members explored progress in state-of-the-art phenotyping efforts across all crops. National program leaders from the Department of Energy, the National Resource Conservation Service, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture were in attendance to both provide insight and to learn more about the programs NCGA and its state affiliates support.
Each team delved into its respective issues with a full slate of presentations from association and affiliated organization staff, industry experts and agribusiness representatives.
Action team and committee meetings conclude today, with Corn Congress convening early on Wednesday and running through Thursday. During this meeting, delegates will consider proposed policy changes and will elect leadership to the Corn Board for the 2016 fiscal year beginning October 1.