This article is part of a series profiling candidates for the 2019 Corn Board.
After more than a decade of involvement with the National Corn Growers Association, Dan Cole believes that the need for growers to stand up and be counted has never been greater. After serving on many teams led by fellow farmers for whom he has great respect, he hopes to grow his service also as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.
Cole decided to run for election to the Corn Board to help bring the diverse perspective he has gained over the years, both through the people that he has met and from his unique experience as a small farmer. A man who has truly never met a stranger, he focuses on developing a deep understanding of his fellow farmers’ situations and, through his ability to communicate, he brings a grassroots voice to board conversations while also working to foster unity and cooperation.
“NCGA’s greatest strength lies in its grassroots, federation structure. Directed by a common love for American agriculture and our carefully-crafted policies, NCGA brings together both the voices and funds of all of America’s farmers to achieve an impact far greater than any one part could alone.”
If elected, Cole will work to build relationships with the American consumer. Whether it is a California soccer mom, a Midwestern feed buyer or a Washington Congressman, they all need to understand the importance of American agriculture and the critical need of returning this industry to profitability. At the same time, he will maintain a laser-focus on also building the political and industry trust necessary to increase demand, be it through exports, ethanol or new uses.
Recently, NCGA’s Off the Cob podcast series sat down with Cole to discuss the most important topics, from what inspires such service to his goals for the organization and to gain his perspectives on leadership.
To listen to the full interview, click here.
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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.