This article is part of a series profiling candidates for the 2021 Corn Board.
As the global marketplace continues to expand, Missouri farmer Gary Porter knows it is necessary to aggressively explore new strategies and new partners to move the industry forward. Given today’s growing pile of corn, Porter recognizes just how crucial of a time it is for corn growers.
Porter and his family own and manage a local fuel station offering E15 and other higher ethanol blends. This provides a unique perspective when Porter and his wife Lori testify at EPA hearings and other policy-related events. In addition to ethanol, he’s passionate about growing opportunities in export markets, also actively serving as a farmer leader for the U.S. Grains Council.
“NCGA works to promote and better the corn industry and the thousands of farmers it represents. I have personally seen the strength of strong grassroots. I was humbled when my fellow farmers elected me to the Corn Board. Now, I want to see the incredible work we have begun to reach its potential by continuing my service to all of America’s corn farmers.”
As a board member, Porter is ready to come prepared for the hard work and responsibility of the position. He is excited to continue serving to help improve the industry and the future for farmers as a part of the organization that has benefited farmers over the years.
Porter is a fifth-generation farmer raising corn, sorghum, soybeans, and Angus cattle alongside his three sons, nephew, and brother. His family has built a reputation for honesty and stewardship of the land over the years. In his efforts, Gary keeps the goal of preserving and improving his family’s farm for future generations front and center.
You can view Porter’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.