This article is part of a series profiling candidates for the 2020 Corn Board.
A committed and energetic leader, Chris Edgington does the homework necessary to contribute deeply to his service as a volunteer farmer leader. Having already served his first term on the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board, he wishes to continue this valuable work through re-election to a second term.
Having worked for many years for the betterment of agriculture, he is passionate about continuing the full range of work that NCGA carries out to benefit all farmers across the country. From the promotion of the versatility and value of corn to work in the policy and regulatory arenas, he aims to help farmers maintain the tools, policy and market opportunities that they need to thrive in the future.
As a leader, he believes strongly in doing the due diligence and coming to discussions thoroughly prepared, whether that work is a board meeting, a conference call or talking about the issues with his fellow farmers in personal conversation.
“I pride myself on asking questions that provoke deep discussion of the topic at hand. By looking at an issue from every angle, I believe we find the best path forward. I work diligently to be a good listener so that I can play an active role in developing successful outcomes.”
As a member of the Corn Board, Chris comes to his work both informed and engaged with a dedication to leaving no stone unturned in the discussion. He sees NCGA as a leader both on the Hill and in rural America that successfully carries out work on public policy while also leading on soil health and water quality issues. If re-elected, he would continue his work for the American farmer both on federal policy and through boots-on-the-ground projects not only to improve production agriculture but also to help provide safe and affordable products for consumers.
Recently, NCGA’s Off the Cob podcast series sat down with Edgington to discuss the most important topics, from what inspires such service to his goals for the organization and to gain his perspectives on leadership.
Listen to the full interview, here.
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.
The Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) is a biennial event happening this June. Learn more.