This article and podcast are part of a series profiling candidates for the 2018 Corn Board.
Having already served nine years with the Missouri Corn Growers Association, Gary Porter feels ready to take on a new challenge. Given the knowledge he has gained and, also, bringing a positive, “why not’ attitude, he hopes to further his work on behalf of corn growers as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.
A gas station owner/operator who has promoted ethanol and a past Missouri Farm Bureau president, he brings the experience of a state association president as well as the knowledge gained through U.S. Grains Council Action Team leadership.
“A good leader needs the ability to work well with others and, at the same time, to make good decisions,” he said. “At the same time, a good leader must have the courage to stand their ground when they know it is the right thing to do.”
Should Porter be elected to the Corn Board, he sees his main objective as driving demand.
“I would work to increase the price of corn and make it more available to the rest of the world,” Porter explained.
A fifth-generation corn farmer who has grown corn on the same 120 acres of land as his ancestors, his family has built a reputation for honesty and stewardship of the land for over a century. In his efforts, he keeps the goals of preserving and improving his family’s farm for the future front and center.
If given the opportunity to serve on the Corn Board, Porter would have the support of five family members back home, thus allowing him to dedicate the time and energy necessary to serve in the fullest manner.
To listen to the full interview with Porter, click here.
The NCGA Corn Board election takes place at the July 19 Corn Congress session in Washington.
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