(Posted Thu. Jul 2nd, 2015)

Third in a series profiling candidates for the 2016 Corn Board.


Whether discussing honeybee health with a pollinator organization or explaining the basics of farming to food processors in Chicago, Gary Hudson enjoys acting as an ambassador for corn. An avid corn advocate, he has experience defending the industry from attacks whether they come from the EPA on nutrient or ethanol or from the general population on GMOs or pesticides. Now, he wishes to continue his service by seeking election to the 2016 National Corn Growers Association Corn Board. 


“I have been on the school board for about 12 years, and I realized that there were a lot of people who took care of running this world while I was growing up,” said Hudson. “So, I have a feeling like I should be giving back at this point in time. From serving on the school board to serving on the corn board in Illinois for eight years, I just keep looking for opportunities to give back.”


Hudson currently serves on NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team and as chairman of the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Committee. Previously, he has served as president of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, president of the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices and on NCGA’s Grower Services and Research and Business Development Action Teams.


“I think that a leader has to have a vision, but I think a leader also has to be flexible,” Hudson said. “A leader needs to listen to many different viewpoints and accept and dismiss those as he goes through his decision making process. A good leader is one that pushes to find that consensus amongst the large group.” 


Hudson grows corn and soybeans on his farm in east central Illinois. The next generations’ participation in 4H and Future Farmers of America caused Hudson to dabble in a wide array of other crops, including strawberries, wheat/straw, alfalfa hay, peaches and straw, as well as small animals and beef cattle. 


The NCGA Corn Board election takes place at the July 15 Corn Congress session in Washington.


To listen to the audio interview, click here.