(Posted Tue. Oct 29th, 2013)

Oct. 29:  With harvest running a little later and growers in the field longer than expected, the first session of the NCGA DuPont New Leader Program, previously scheduled for November, has been moved to January by the National Corn Growers Association. The application deadline for the program has been extended to Dec. 6, to allow more growers the opportunity to get involved.


“We hope that this will lead to fuller participation by all NCGA affiliated states for an excellent communications and leadership training program after a corn harvest that is running late in several areas,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “This program was developed to help our state affiliates identify emerging leaders and recruit potential board members, we especially appreciate the support of our program co-sponsor DuPont.”


One couple or single person per state will be chosen to participate for this hands-on leadership and communications training program designed for corn growers interested in strengthening their existing skills so they can better serve the industry at local, state and national levels.


The program is implemented in three phases, with two plenary sessions and an interim project. Session I now will be held Jan. 27-30, 2014, in Des Moines. Participants will choose interim projects to take place between January and July. Session II will take place in Washington and Wilmington, Del., July 13-18, 2014.


January’s session will include communications, presentation and social media training as well as a tour of DuPont Pioneer’s facilities and the selection of interim projects. Participants should plan to arrive in Des Moines the afternoon of Jan. 27, and can depart the morning of Jan. 30.


Participants must be at least 21 years of age, active in corn farming, NCGA members and not currently serving in a state affiliate officer position or as a Corn Congress delegate or alternate. This program is for growers who are just beginning active association involvement. While couples are preferred, qualified individuals will be considered.


Qualified corn growers interested in participating are asked to contact their state corn association before Friday, Dec. 6. Complete and updated information on the NCGA DuPont New Leader Program is available at