It is with mixed emotions that the National Corn Growers Association announces the retirement of Max Starbuck, Director of Market Development, after nearly 13 years of professional and dedicated service to the organization and to corn farmers nationwide.
During his tenure with NCGA Max wore many hats, from managing mycotoxin research efforts and the National Corn Yield Contest, to stewardship programs and most recently, focusing on key demand initiatives including building relationships with the livestock industry and building capacity in surface and river transportation.
“Max’s background in farming, working as a nutrition consultant and with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency provided him with a valuable skill set to advocate on behalf of farmers on a diverse set of issues,” said Amie Gianino, NCGA Vice President of Market Development. “NCGA owes him a debt of gratitude for the energy, dedication and expertise he brought to bear on behalf of all corn growers. We wish Max well in his well-deserved retirement.”
NCGA is taking a series of actions to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic fallout it is creating for corn farmers and our customers. Short term, this means instituting policies to protect the health and safety of our stakeholders and the broader communities we serve. Long term, we’re focused on creating solutions to help corn farmers and our customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis.
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.