This article is part of a series profiling candidates for the 2020 Corn Board.
Having served one term on the National Corn Growers Association, Tom Haag is running for re-election to continue serving his fellow farmers. A team-oriented leader with the ability to find real solutions, he sees Corn Board service as an important way to contribute to his industry in a concrete manner.
As a Corn Board member, Haag brings an ability to collaborate well while also acting as a strong voice on the association’s behalf to members and external stakeholders. By carefully considering the many strengths and weaknesses of all possible approaches to multifaceted issues, he consistently shares well-reasoned insights and adds depth to important conversations.
“NCGA’s strength comes from a combination of its excellent grower leadership, dedicated staff and consistent reliance upon a grassroots approach. Looking forward, we must not only continue to draw upon these strengths but push ourselves even further to create the social, political, economic and regulatory landscape in which future generations of our families can continue to flourish on the farm.”
Haag places the highest priority on ethanol, while also valuing water quality and freedom-to-operate issues that ensure farmers maintain the ability to grow a safe, abundant crop and growing markets to support the financial future of U.S. corn.
Recently, NCGA’s Off the Cob podcast series sat down with Haag 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.
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.