NCGA and Leaders of American Agriculture

August 19, 2020

NCGA and Leaders of American Agriculture

Aug 19, 2020

Key Issues:Farm Policy

Author: Liz Friedlander

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Tuesday evening joined Leaders of American Agriculture (LAA) for a virtual symposium in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention (DNC). NCGA sponsored a pre-event welcome room, “Climate, Conservation, and Community.”


NCGA CEO Jon Doggett, NCGA Board Members Brandon Hunnicutt and Deb Gangwish, Ethanol Action Team Chair Mark Recker, Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and former USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie participated in the NCGA welcome room to discuss agriculture’s role in climate change policy, the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) and the environmental benefits of renewable fuels.


“The virtual symposium gave participants the opportunity to hear directly from corn farmers on the sustainable practices they’re using on their farms to leave it better for the next generation,” Doggett said. “We had great participation from the audience and especially appreciated the remarks from Rep. Spanberger on her bipartisan work on behalf of agriculture.


For thirty-two years, the Leaders of American Agriculture has organized a reception on the margins of the Democratic convention to hear from those who help make our nation a global leader in food and agriculture. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event was adjusted to a virtual format. The event agenda featured several welcome rooms, giving participants the opportunity to discuss agricultural-related issues important to Rural American voters, including civil rights, public health, climate

change, and global leadership.


“Rural America has a critical role to play in the 2020 election, and this was an excellent opportunity for corn farmers to share our positive story,” Doggett said.


NCGA’s participation in the event is part of the organization’s continued engagement in the 2020 election. A similar event, which NCGA is also sponsoring, originally scheduled to take place in conjunction with the Republican National Convention (RNC), has been postponed until October.