(Posted Wed. Feb 10th, 2016)

Last week, the National Corn Growers Association’s Research and Business Development Action Team met in Phoenix, Arizona to review recommendations coming out of NCGA’s Priority and Policy Conference and explore potential economic opportunities for farmers while growing new markets for corn products. 


Meetings included a tour of the U.S. Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center in Maricopa, Arizona. While there, the team explored phenotyping technology, including discussions of where phenotyping efforts are now and where they will need to be in the future. Notably, this facility holds the largest field-based phenotyping facility in the world.


During these meetings, the team renewed its focus on efforts that will help get new technology into the hands of farmers to meet changing needs in their fields. Additionally, they put a plan into place to foster new uses research and development.


The members of RBDAT also looked at how goals set out in NCGA’s strategic plan can be achieved. Using their unique perspective, the team offered strategic suggestions needed to help the Corn Board guide NCGA policy effectively.


In addition to Chairman Larry Hoffmann of North Dakota, the Research and Business Development Action Team includes: Vice Chairman Dennis Maple of Indiana; Corn Board Liaison Bob Bowman of Iowa; Randy DeSutter of Illinois; Phillip Gordon of Michigan; Tom Haag of Minnesota; Kyle Phillips of Iowa; Quint Pottinger of Kentucky; Greg Schneider of Missouri; Scott Sperry of South Dakota; Roger Sy of Illinois; Bob Timmons of Kansas; Daniel Wesely of Nebraska; Chad Willis of Minnesota; and Colorado Corn Growers Association CEO Mark Sponsler.  NCGA staff in attendance included NCGA Director of Research Dr. Richard Vierling, Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager Layla Soberanis and Production and Utilization Assistant to Vice President Sandra Wright.