This week, the National Corn Growers Association hosted a team of journalists and agriculturalists from Pakistan organized by Bayer for discussions on agricultural productivity, the farm economy, market development activities and policy advocacy. With participants who work in agriculture, government and media. These dignitaries brought insightful questions and a deep appreciation for the opportunity to the discussion.
NCGA Director of Market Development Jim Bauman walked the group through subject matter while fielding questions on many related topics. Team members expressed interest in the difficult economic situations facing corn farmers, NCGA’s work to grow additional corn markets and the ability of farmers globally to grow supplies in the future that maintain pace with the world’s incredible projected population growth.
“Interacting with teams such as this one benefits America’s farmers in many ways,” explained Bauman. “By having open, honest dialogue about important issues, like biotechnology, we can share real information and learn more about international perspectives. As we interact with an increasingly global marketplace, it is imperative that we openly share information if we hope to open markets and minds.”
This stop was only one of several that the team will make as they explore the broader agricultural industry.
NCGA staff members participating included Bauman, Senior Communications Manager Cathryn Wojcicki and Market Development Manager Sarah McKay.
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.