(Posted Fri. Oct 21st, 2011)

Oct. 21: In an effort to increase agricultural understanding among the civic leaders of tomorrow, the National Corn Growers Association hosted a team of Coro Fellows today.  The visit, which concluded the team’s full week study of agriculture, included presentations on a number of areas designed to increase their understanding of NCGA as an organization, strategies for communicating NCGA messages to a variety of audiences, and the current state of corn production and use.


“In reaching an audience likely to influence the issues affecting corn farmers in the future, we build the connections and knowledge needed for a successful working relationship,” said NCGA Grower Services Action Team Chair Brandon Hunnicutt. “Educating tomorrow’s public affairs leaders is an investment in our future and provides us with an opportunity to work proactively for the benefit of the next generation of growers.”


Organized by Coro Fellows Program graduate and NCGA Marketing Manager Joe Hodes, lead staff from the Communication and Production and Utilization departments developed the team’s understanding of the myriad successes of modern corn farming while also educating them on the issues which farmers face due to potential regulation, legislation and the ongoing attacks from anti-agriculture activist groups.


In addition to visiting NCGA, the group spent time this week examining many elements of the soybean value chain and touring Monsanto’s Chesterfield research facility, where they learned about conservation practices in agriculture.


The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is an intensive, nine-month, full-time program that combines exposure to nonprofit, government, business, labor, and electoral politics with rigorous, hands-on training.  The program utilizes experiential learning, interviews with private, public, and non-profit decision-makers, and training in critical thinking, communication, and project management.