The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board elected Chris Edgington to become the organization’s first vice president for the next fiscal year, which begins October 1.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be chosen by respected colleagues to help lead NCGA into the future,” said Edgington, who farms in Iowa. “The landscape facing farmers today is constantly evolving and presents new challenges and opportunities rapidly. Only by working collaboratively with our partners in industry, government, and the public can we grow markets for our growing crop. I am excited to be working with our leadership and our partners to develop new, effective ways to ensure a bright future for U.S. corn farmers.”
Edgington raises corn and soybeans along with his dad, brother and son. Chris and his wife, Vanessa, have two children, Alex and Elizabeth. In addition to his row crop operation, he gains insight into livestock through a small business run by his son.
“NCGA’s success has been deeply rooted in the men and women who have stepped forward and volunteered to take so much time away from their operations to serve as leaders for the good of all farmers. Today, the board voiced their faith that Chris will continue this proud tradition of excellence,” said NCGA President Kevin Ross. “His inquisitive nature and constant dedication will serve the organization well in this new leadership capacity.”
On the national level, Edgington chairs the Finance Committee.
On October 1, Ross, of Iowa, becomes chairman, and the current first vice president, John Linder of Ohio, becomes NCGA president. In October 2021, Linder becomes chairman, and Edgington becomes president.
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.