This article is part of a series profiling candidates for the 2019 Corn Board.
Having worked with many types of boards, Dennis Maple gives his time, energy and leadership to find solutions for the good of the whole. Seeing the Corn Board as a melting pot of corn grower leaders coming together to help improve productivity, policy and profitability, he hopes to continue his service as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.
Maple would be honored to serve on the NCGA Corn Board, working with other men and women to promote the corn industry whether in the field with the local farmer or at the national level lobbying Congress.
“As a Corn Board member, I would work to promote the industry on local, state and national platforms,” said Maple. “Working with other board members, I would ensure that growers’ interests are the top priority. The Corn Board has had some great leaders that have set good examples of how to lead, and I would like an opportunity to set a similar example to other corn growers looking to get involved in the organization.”
If elected, Maple would make finding additional uses for corn his highest priority, whether they be in chemicals, livestock feed growth or increased demand for ethanol. He also sees nutrient management as important to grower profitability. Additionally, he would promote the importance of national policies, such as the farm bill, WOTUS and regulations, and work to foster public acceptance of how growers farm and constantly work to meet demand.
Recently, NCGA’s Off the Cob podcast series sat down with Maple 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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Also- stay tuned as NCGA will also feature detailed candidate profiles this week as growers prepare for the 2018 July Corn Congress in Washington, which will be held July 18 and 19.
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