(Posted Wed. Oct 1st, 2014)
As the fiscal year comes to an end, the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board prepares to seat new members and officers on October 1. When the 2014 Executive Committee steps down, NCGA Chairwoman Pam Johnson will complete her term, passing the role of chairman to current president Martin Barbre.
The Off the Cob podcast series sat down with Johnson to discuss her perspective on her years in leadership, her insight into the future and to explore how members can work together to make NCGA an even more effective advocate for farmers.
To listen to the full interview, please click here.
Reflecting upon her time on the Corn Board, Johnson explained that, while the breadth of the issues faced by the Corn Board was wide, NCGA offered programs to support farmers as they advocated for every issue they face today.
As she leaves the board, she urged all members to play an active role in building a better tomorrow for agriculture.
“It was an incredible experience leading NCGA and truly an honor and a privilege,” said Johnson. “Everyone needs to remember that there is something that they can do and must do. They must do it not only on their own behalf, for the future of their farm and family, but also for the industry. Get engaged in any conversation you have the chance to, even if it is at the coffee shop or church, and explain the issues that are important to you. For so long, we didn’t speak up for ourselves, and it is hurting us. Get active; there is no room for apathy and complacency anymore.”
Looking forward, she once again issued a call to action, urging all farmers to take a dynamic role in creating the future of the industry.
“Right now, it is more important that we keep our eye on the ball and keep working to take NCGA to the next level,” Johnson said. “We all know that, in our business, if you stand still, you are going backwards. We have to always keep our on eye building demand for corn.
“With only one percent of the population in farming, we need to figure out how to get them all to engage, get activated and become members. We need them to become involved whether they are working at the local, state, national level or even international level.”