This article is part of a series profiling candidates for the 2020 Corn Board.
After seeing the contributions of the Corn Board to the industry as a whole, Mike Lefever grew a deep respect for the work that these grower leaders do and what they accomplish for the industry as a whole. Currently chairing the Market Access Action Team, he hopes to grow his service as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.
Lefever decided to run for election to the Corn Board after his involvement with NCGA deepened his understanding of the importance of NCGA’s work to the well-being of the corn industry as a whole and the work it has done on his behalf over the years. As a Corn Board member, he would strive to be the eyes and ears of production, uses and world needs. An ambassador for the industry to both the government and the public, he would ensure that grassroots’ voices are taken into account in all NCGA’s actions regardless of the size and location of their farm.
“As a fire Lieutenant, I learned good leaders make heroes of others,” Lefever explained. “If elected, I would bring that attitude with me to the Board. I hope to inspire others to become more involved by sharing my heartfelt enthusiasm for NCGA’s work and American corn as a whole.”
As a member of the Corn Board, Lefever would work to benefit all farmers while stressing the importance of infrastructure to the industry. By seeking innovative funding sources and advocating for public-private partnerships, he would work to build infrastructure that contributes to agriculture’s success because when agriculture is successful, America is successful.
Recently, NCGA’s Off the Cob podcast series sat down with Lefever 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.
Also, stay tuned as NCGA will also feature detailed candidate profiles this week as growers prepare for the 2019 July Corn Congress in Washington, which will be held July 17 and 18.
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.
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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.