Members of the National Corn Growers Association’s Action Teams met last week to review programs, budgets and policies associated with the association’s work and explore topics critical to the future of the corn industry. While there, the teams met with representatives from across the value chain to explore upcoming challenges and opportunities.
Looking at a variety of issues, including how goals set out in NCGA’s strategic plan can be achieved, the teams used their in-depth knowledge of the subject matter to develop the nuanced, strategic suggestions needed to help the Corn Board guide NCGA policy effectively.
“Over my years working with both NCGA and the states, I have come to truly appreciate the magnitude of the many issues facing farmers today,” said NCGA President Kevin Skunes, a farmer from North Dakota. “By providing our Action Teams with specialization in major areas of opportunity and taking the time to analyze the issues in a critical, thorough manner, these farmer-leader teams provide effective, insightful input on how the Corn Board can shape NCGA policy, and, subsequently, maximize the effectiveness of farmer-funded activities to increase profitability.”
NCGA’s teams which met in St. Louis, Mo. include: the Consumer Engagement Action Team; the Engaging Members Committee; the Ethanol Action Team; the Food, Feed and Industrial Uses Action Team; the Freedom to Operate Action Team; the Market Access Action Team; and the Stewardship Action Team. These teams enjoyed a joint presentation on NCGA’s ongoing efforts to develop a unified sustainability platform moving forward over lunch on the final day.
The Risk Management Action Team met in Washington, DC.
The Corn Productivity and Quality Action Team will meet during the upcoming Ideation Workshop to be held March 28 through 30 in St. Louis.
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.