The National Corn Growers Association welcomed attendees to booth 1755 at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis where they learned about scholarship opportunities and teachers picked up curriculum provided by our state corn associations. Students, chaperones, and advisors also had the opportunity to become a grassroots advocate by joining our Stand Up for Corn campaign and to grab a photo with Captain Cornelius. NCGA representatives had many in-depth discussions on how NCGA membership benefits U.S. corn farmers and youth in agriculture.
“The National FFA convention provides an opportunity for NCGA, and its state affiliates, to interact with the next generation of agricultural leaders and help them understand the importance of active participation in commodity associations,” said Iowa Corn Growers Association District Field Manager Carrie Dodds, who worked in the booth along with Indiana and National Corn Growers Associations’ staff members. “We are excited to help them engage with our associations both now, as students, and as they move forward in their careers.”
Attendees and others can also learn more about NCGA’s Action App. The free mobile app provides supporters with tools and information to educate and inform others about corn and the top issues confronting our nation’s corn growers. It is available for both Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. To learn more, click here.
At the booth, attendees also learned exciting scholarship opportunities as well. These scholarships are available to NCGA members through a partnership with BASF Corporation. With the application period open until December 1, this program provides five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field during the 2018-19 school year.
Applicants for the NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program must be entering at least their second undergraduate year or any year of graduate study, and they or a parent or legal guardian must be an NCGA member. Scholarship applications must be postmarked on or before December 1, 2017. The complete rules and application can be found on our website at http://www.ncga.com/topics/education/college-scholarships.
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.