The National Corn Growers Association proudly announces that Fred Stemme has been promoted to the office of Chief Operating Officer. Previously, the Vice President of Marketing and Development, he leads a nine-member team responsible for accounting, administration, diversity, facilities, fundraising, grassroots advocacy, human resources, IT, industry relations, leadership training, membership recruitment, retention and services, organizational meetings and state relations.
“Fred has provided more than a decade of distinguished service to our association and, over the years, his responsibilities have continually increased to better capitalize on his talents and enthusiasm for this work,” said NCGA CEO Jon Doggett. “Certainly, this promotion comes as a well-deserved recognition of the work that he already does. We are grateful for the work that he already does and feel confident that he will continue to serve farmers in even more impactful ways in years to come.”
During Stemme’s tenure at NCGA, the organization hit an all-time high of more than 42,000 members, the Commodity Classic event has grown to more than 9,700 attendees annually, and NCGA has received numerous awards from the National Agri-Marketing Association, American Society of Association Executives and other organizations.
Prior to joining NCGA as Vice President of Marketing in 2005, Stemme was on staff with the Missouri Corn Growers Association for nearly eight years, and as such he has more than 21 years of service to corn farmers. He also worked in sales with American Cyanamid Co. in Georgia, Iowa and Texas. Stemme has been an active member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting, serving as the Allied Industry chairman and representative on the NAFB Board of Directors in 2006 and he received the NAFB President’s Award in 2007. He is also a member of the National Agri-Marketing Association and St. Louis Agri-Business Club and served as Vice President of the St. Louis Society of Association Executives. Stemme earned the Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives in 2014.
Stemme grew up working on his family farm near Hermann, Missouri, where they raised registered Polled Hereford cattle and grew corn, as well as other crops and livestock. He has a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and he served as Missouri State FFA President while at Mizzou. A proud member of FarmHouse Fraternity, Stemme also served on the Missouri FarmHouse Foundation Board as Secretary from 1997-2006. He currently resides in St. Charles County, Missouri with his wife and their three children.
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.