(Posted Mon. Dec 21st, 2015)

In meetings this December in St. Louis, members of the National Corn Growers Association’s Grower Services Action Team focused on ways to diversify our membership, expand and better target communications to members, create stronger leaders and coordinate programs to communicate the association’s successes and the importance of corn and corn products to consumers and the general public.


“Our action team covers an important range of responsibilities,” said team Chairwoman Patty Mann, an Ohio corn grower. “As a grassroots organization, NCGA cannot be successful without a broad, diverse, informed and engaged base of members. And that’s what Grower Services is all about – building that base that makes our state and national organizations so successful.”


In the area of membership, the team looked at how NCGA could bring increased diversity to its membership and extend the value of membership to interested parties in each farming operation. After a productive discussion, the team called for a task force of state and national staff to examine the issue more closely and come up with recommendations for action by the team’s February meeting and Membership Symposium.


The group also looked at NCGA’s draft strategic plan, paying close attention to the goal of enhancing customer and consumer trust, and related objectives. Related to this goal, the growers received updates on some key NCGA programs, such as its participation in the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, CommonGround and the Corn Farmers Coalition.


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.