(Posted Fri. Nov 22nd, 2013)

Nov. 22:  With an application deadline two weeks away, the National Corn Growers Association reports that there are still spaces available for participants from several states for the premiere class of the new NCGA DuPont New Leader Program, which kicks off in Des Moines in late January. Farming couples or individuals interested in strengthening their communications and leadership skills to better serve American agriculture are urged to contact their state corn grower association today.


“We’re very excited about this program as an entry into leadership for our state affiliates and NCGA,” said NCGA Grower Services Action Team Chair Tom Haag. “We’ve got a great agenda set for the January session to help our growers become better communicators and leaders and learn more about the industry.”


The program is implemented in three phases, with two plenary sessions and an interim project. Session I will be held  January 27-30 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 communications 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. Couples are preferred, but qualified individuals will be considered.


Corn growers interested in participating are asked to contact their state corn association before Friday, Dec. 6. Complete information is available at