NCGA President Kevin Ross today joined Iowa and national agriculture leaders for an AgTalks virtual town hall to discuss the future of agriculture, with a focus on trade, supply chains and global competitiveness. The town hall gave panelists the opportunity to provide updates from their industries and take questions from conversation participants.
Ross discussed the challenges 2020 has presented for U.S. corn farmers and shared NCGA’s recovery plans to help growers navigate immediate challenges in the short term and expand market access in the long term.
“We’re thankful to have USMCA in force and Phase One deals with Japan and China,” Ross said. “But we have lost ground to our competitors, and it’s time to pivot to more aggressive expansion in our trade. NCGA will continue to push for trade agreements in Southeast Asia and other regions with strong demand potential.”
The AgTalks town hall series will help farmers learn and share their views with commodity association leaders at a time when most major in-person state agriculture events have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19. Today’s Iowa event was the first in the series, and future events will focus on Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.