As the fiscal year comes to an end, the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board prepares to seat new members and officers on October 1. When the 2019 Executive Committee steps down, NCGA President Lynn Chrisp, of Hastings, Nebraska, will move into the role of chairman, passing the role of president to current NCGA First Vice President Kevin Ross.
The Off the Cob podcast series caught up with Chrisp for a conversation about his perspective on his years in leadership, his insight into the future and how members can work together to make NCGA an even more effective advocate for farmers.
Reflecting upon his time as president, Chrisp discussed many of the programs and projects NCGA completed during his years of service that benefit farmers. From the development of new risk management tools in the Farm Bill to advocating for important trade agreements to protecting the RFS and growing ethanol markets, he sees how the work done and conversations had over many years culminate in real achievements that provide tangible outcomes for America’s corn farmers.
While NCGA’s work continues to provide opportunities for farmers, Chrisp urges members to take action and get involved as the actions of NCGA’s grassroots membership enabled past successes and will play a crucial role in achieving its goals in the future.
“On a fundamental basis, it really does not take much time to be involved, be counted and make a difference,” Chrisp said. “Farmers opportunities today provided by electronic communications to be involved, make their voices heard and make a difference whether it is by contacting the Administration, Congress or federal regulators. It is easy to do, and it only takes a few minutes. It doesn’t take much effort to be involved, be counted and be heard.”
To listen to the full interview, click here.
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.