The National Corn Growers Association entered a new fiscal year on October 1 and seated the 2020 Corn Board with John Linder of Edison, Ohio assuming the position of first vice president. Off the Cob spoke with him to delve into his views on what lies ahead for farmers in the upcoming years and his thoughts on the important role farmers play in NCGA as a grassroots organization.
Looking at the year ahead, Linder looks forward to working with the talented team already in place, in both the states and nationally, to maximize these human assets and tap into both the board and membership to maximize NCGA’s impact.
“It’s going to be a great year to explore the opportunity because that is what we are really out here looking for – opportunities for corn farmers,” said Linder. “I’m really looking forward to making the membership feel like they really have a place in our organization. With all of us together, we should be positioning for success.”
Over the coming years, he sees importance in both the near-term goals, such as full ratification of the U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade agreement and to long-term opportunities, such as continuing work to grow markets for ethanol.
Linder, notes that like so many leaders, engagement becomes a passion that is hard to turn off once you become engaged. For those looking to take the first step, he explains that every voice matters and taking action can be easier than it seems.
“I believe that every farmer believes in agriculture. So, we do need every farmer to find their voice. We are well prepared at NCGA to give them the tools to do exactly that and to find their voice.”
For those who want a simple, quick way to be involved, he strongly urges use of the NCGA app. Noting that everyone gets so busy in today’s world, he encourages farmers to try the app as it empowers them to make a difference in just about as much time as it would take to check the markets.
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“We need every corn farmer who is willing to pick up their phone, look at the app, get involved, because that is what we need to be successful. We need every farmer to join their voice with us.”
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.