(Posted Fri. Jan 16th, 2015)
The National Corn Growers Association’s annual Priority and Policy Conference wrapped up today in St. Louis, concluding a series of discussions on NCGA policies and state and national priorities for 2016.
“This meeting consistently provides a chance for NCGA leadership to gain valuable insight from our state affiliates while fostering deep discussions that help all of us examine the issues more fully,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a grower from Newburg, Md. “The insight and ideas our attendees brought to discussions will provide us with sound guidance upon which to base effective, impactful plans for the upcoming years.”
The meeting includes chairs, presidents and executive directors of NCGA’s state organizations, as well chairs and vice chairs of the organization’s action teams and committees. For two days, these leaders discussed organizational policy and their perspective on the relative importance of each issue facing the industry. While each participant brought keen insight, it quickly became evident that all parties recognized the need for efforts to build and protect corn markets, such as the Renewable Fuel Standard, and to be wary of excessive government regulations that add to the high cost of farming.
Again this year, as part of a collaborative initiative with the U.S. Grains Council, the Priority and Policy Conference also included leadership from that organization for a discussion of USGC priorities and trade issues.