(Posted Tue. Sep 27th, 2011)
Sept. 27: The National Corn Growers Association mourns the loss of industry leader and past chairman David Meyers, who passed away this week. Meyer, who served as president of the National Corn Development Foundation, NCGA’s former research and education arm, leaves a rich legacy of service to his fellow farmer and a positive, energetic presence that will be truly missed.
“I remember David from even prior to my tenure at NCGA,” said NCGA Chief Executive Officer Rick Tolman. “From the start, he impressed me as an effective, engaged leader whose unpretentious, welcoming manner, coupled with his deep commitment to his fellow grower, set him apart. He worked tirelessly while remaining completely approachable. Here, and across the industry, he will be greatly missed.”
Meyer served in many capacities throughout his time in leadership. In 1990 and 1991 he served as the president of the National Corn Development Foundation, following many years in which he held positions including secretary and treasurer. At the national level, he also served on the board of directors of the U.S. Grains Council.
Meyer also served at the state and local levels, on the board of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and as president of the Bond County Farm Bureau from 1975 until 1984. Notably, Meyer was a member of Illinois’ original board, formed in 1983, and also held the position of secretary from 1983-1985.
In 2003, the Illinois Corn Growers Association recognized his distinguished career by presenting Meyer with the World of Corn Award, the highest honor the organization bestows. With this award, Illinois Corn recognized Meyer as a pacesetter in the industry who made a lifelong commitment to working on behalf of corn farmers in the U.S. and abroad.
The family asks that memorials be made in Meyer’s name to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1395 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.