A group of veteran farmer leaders from across the country met in Washington last week to take part in the second phase of the Advanced Leadership program co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and Syngenta. This program, now in its seventh year, offers high-level training for a select group of Leadership At Its Best alumni. During the program, participants visited numerous members of the Senate and House of Representatives and received an insider’s view of how lobbyists work on Capitol Hill.
“The Advanced Leadership program provides an exciting way to build upon the training offered by Leadership at Its Best,” said NCGA President Wesley Spurlock, himself a graduate of the program. Spurlock came to Washington to provide an update on NCGA’s issues and programs. “These farmers have stepped up as leaders, volunteering their time and talent on behalf of corn farmers and the entire agricultural community. They are passionate about farming. We aim to give them the knowledge and tools to harness that passion and effectively drive positive change.”
Notably, NCGA First Vice President Kevin Skunes provided an official welcome for the class.
The class underwent extensive media training and heard directly from consumers about their attitudes and perceptions of modern farming. They also received policy briefings from NCGA staff, examined information on America’s role in combating international hunger from the World Food Program USA, and spent an afternoon shadowing lobbyists.
The Advanced Leadership program held its first session last June in Minneapolis, Minn.
This year’s Advanced Leadership Academy class includes Daniel Cole (Ill.); Rodney Hahn (Colo.); Bob Hemesath (Iowa); Debra Keller (Iowa); and Gary Porter (Mo.).
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.