This article is part of a series profiling candidates for the 2021 Corn Board.
Working to positively impact the future of agriculture for fellow farmers is what drives Nebraska farmer Dan Wesely to run for the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Board. In past experiences, Wesely has come to realize how each one of us can truly make an impact. Both open-minded and oriented toward a big picture worldview, he remains willing to stand his ground for what he believes to be right for corn farmers.
“NCGA is well-respected as an organization both at home and abroad. This history of grassroots-driven success gives us the power to defend and advance the interests of the industry to build a better future for farmers.”
As a board member, Wesely will work to proactively find new uses for corn, building upon his previous work in this area, in a manner that is both concrete and results-oriented. Understanding the magnitude of the need to grow demand, he also will work simultaneously to maintain and create new trade partners to help increase markets for U.S. corn abroad.
Wesely currently serves as the Chair of the Market Development Action Team, where his interactions with government agencies and industry partners have opened the door for expanded uses of corn, which will greatly benefit corn farmers in the long-term.
Wesely and his wife Dee, farm both corn and soybeans, partnering with his neighbor, in eastern Nebraska, finding ways to work together and independently using modern technology.
You can view Wesely’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.