(Posted Tue. Jan 14th, 2014)

Jan. 14: The National Corn Growers Association’s annual Priority and Policy Conference takes place this week in St. Louis, bringing farmer leaders from many corn states to begin the discussion of state and national priorities for the remainder of the 2014 fiscal year and to begin the 2015 fiscal year planning process. Together, these grower leaders will carefully assess NCGA’s policies on such subjects as biotechnology, ethanol, public policy and trade.


“This meeting is an important opportunity for us to learn from leaders in our state organizations about their concerns and work together on a consensus for moving forward in the months ahead,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre, a grower from Carmi, Ill. “It comes at an important time for our industry, with ethanol and the farm bill being just a few big priorities in Washington. There’s much to discuss and much to take action on this week.”


Participants include the chairs, presidents and executive directors of NCGA’s state organizations, as well chairs and vice chairs of the organization’s action teams and committees. Official proceedings will begin Wednesday afternoon with policy discussions in which the states will voice the priorities that they have submitted for NCGA, the U.S. Grains Council and their own in-state organizations.


Again this year, as part of a collaborative initiative with the Council, the Priority and Policy Conference also includes leadership from that organization for a discussion of its future priorities and of trade issues.