This article is part of a series profiling candidates for the 2019 Corn Board.
Since her childhood, Deb Gangwish found a deep love for agriculture rooted in her experiences growing up on a farm. Having gained many experiences throughout her life in varied fields such as education and the military, as well as service on NCGA’s Action Teams and leadership training, she hopes to grow her service to her fellow farmers as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.
Gangwish decided to run for the Corn Board because when she thinks about growing corn without NCGA by her side, she sees a disaster. Knowing she sees NCGA as an integral advocate for the industry, she wants to serve and contribute. As a Corn Board member, she would strive to increase demand, be it through trade, ethanol, livestock or new uses, while also continuing NCGA’s proud tradition to act as an advocate for agriculture in the public sphere.
“I see NCGA as a highly-respected grassroots organization who, with stealth guidance from the Corn Board, is already charting the course to create and increase opportunities for corn growers. Given the importance of this mission, I wish to contribute actively to this incredible effort.”
As a member of the Corn Board, Gangwish brings a unique perspective and sees the unique experiences of board members as their greatest strength in trying circumstances. She would use her desire to truly listen to other grassroots members from across the country and empathize with their situations to help make sure all perspectives are considered in discussions.
Recently, NCGA’s Off the Cob podcast series sat down with Gangwish to discuss the most important topics, from what inspires such service to her goals for the organization and to gain her perspectives on leadership.
To listen to the full interview, click here.
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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.