This article is part of a series profiling candidates for the 2021 Corn Board.
Balancing the specific needs of members with the broader perspective of factors influencing the industry to achieve the best possible future outcomes is why Iowa farmer Bob Hemesath is running for the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Board. Hemesath wants to help move NCGA’s portfolio of issues and programs forward to build a positive future for farmers.
Drawing upon his passion for both NCGA and the Iowa Corn Growers Association, his service is motivated by a desire to help the entire industry remain strong for the benefit of all members. As a member of the Corn Board, Hemesath will utilize the problem-solving skills he has honed through years of leadership experience and work collaboratively with corn grower members, state and national staff, and industry partners.
“NCGA is built on grassroots membership and grower leadership. I would bring passion and commitment to my service as a member of the Corn Board, continually striving to be of value to NCGA’s members across the country.”
If elected, Hemesath would push NCGA to ensure it continues to support current markets, such as ethanol and exports, while continually striving to find new uses and create opportunities for tomorrow. Evaluating the issues and programs, he will work tirelessly to advance policy priorities in the ethanol and export sectors that will drive the demand that corn farmers need.
Hemesath raises 2,700 acres of corn and runs a 40,000 head hog wean-to-finish and feeder-to-finish along with his brother and nephew.
You can view Hemesath’s Corn Board candidate video 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.