The National Corn Growers Association entered a new fiscal year today and seated the 2019 Corn Board with Lynn Chrisp of Hastings, Nebraska assuming the presidency. Off the Cob spoke with the new president to discuss his thoughts on the previous year, explore his views on what lies ahead for corn farmers in 2019 and his goals for his term.
Looking at what NCGA has done and will continue to do, Chrisp sees trade, the farm bill and ethanol as ongoing priorities for the association.
“We have a table full of work sitting here in front of us. It is a little bit more of the same because, unfortunately, we haven’t been able to wrap up some of the things that we have been working on to our satisfaction. We will continue to open doors and have conversations where ever we can on trade. We will carry the message of exactly how important trade is to us. It is more important by the day, as we face another big harvest here, and we see December corn prices sliding. We will continue to work on trade and give a voice to NCGA and America’s corn farmers in that regards.
“It seems like the farm bill is stuck in a quagmire of conference proceedings as well. We hope that gets done shortly. We can get an announcement on that at any point in time.
“Beyond that, there is the work around the Renewable Fuel Standard, the waivers which have been granted by EPA and the challenges surrounding that. We will need to hold EPA’s feet to the fire to make the RFS whole.
“I would like to say that I think that our chairman Kevin Skunes has done a remarkable job over the last year in carrying these messages on behalf of NCGA.”
Chrisp hopes that those considering becoming a part of NCGA will see the incredible benefits of that investment as he does.
“The first thing that an individual considering membership in NCGA needs to understand is that they need to make an investment where they see that an investment is going to make a difference. In my case, after 20-plus years of service to NCGA, I can look back at the dollars that I spent on memberships as minuscule in comparison to what has come about from that investment. The best investment that I have ever made in my entire life is to write a check each year for a few dollars for NCGA and see what NCGA has managed to do for my farming operation.”
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