National Corn Growers Association President Wesley Spurlock, First Vice President Kevin Skunes and staff from NCGA’s DC office spent Tuesday on Capitol Hill, welcoming the 115th Congress to Washington and discussing issues important to corn farmers and the agriculture industry.
“The National Corn Growers Association welcomes the new Congress. We hope they are ready to roll up their sleeves and work with the incoming Administration to make government work better for us all,” said Spurlock, a farmer from Stratford, Texas. “I was encouraged by the many productive conversations we had with new and returning lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans. We look forward to working with them to solve important policy and regulatory issues in the coming year.”
Spurlock said the day reinforced to him the important work NCGA and state corn grower associations do in Washington, but he also emphasized the importance of farmers getting involved.
“NCGA and state staff are critical to giving farmers a voice on Capitol Hill. But this is no substitute for elected officials hearing directly from farmers. Making government work better starts with each of us, working alongside our elected officials on common-sense solutions that move agriculture and our country forward.”
Pictured: NCGA First Vice President Kevin Skunes with Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)
CommonGround is a group of farmers connecting with consumers through conversations about science and research and personal stories about food and misinformation surrounding farming. Supported by the NCGA and state corn organizations.
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.
The Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) is a biennial event happening this June. Learn more.