(Posted Wed. Jun 27th, 2012)
Fourth in a series profiling candidates for the 2013 Corn Board.
June 27: An advocate of grassroots activism, Kevin Skunes has decided to run for the NCGA Corn Board to help his fellow farmers as they work to make the future of agriculture a vibrant one.
“As NCGA is truly a grassroots organization, I believe that the leadership on the Corn Board bears a great responsibility that requires members listen carefully to the farmers that they serve,” he said. “For many, it is easier to assume that someone will take it upon themselves to work collaboratively toward a better future for our industry. I take a more active approach to service and wish to help build the roads that will get us there.”
Skunes sees the corn industry as an ever-evolving business with many facets, several of which he has become familiar with through prior service. As a member of the board, he would bring a level-headed, thoughtful perspective that values finding successful solutions over promoting personal viewpoints. He hopes to continue the organization’s work in advocating not just for corn growers but also for the industry as a whole.
“I am presently serving as chairman of the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council and as a member of the National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Committee,” he explained. “I graduated from the Syngenta Advanced Leadership Program in 2011 after completing their leadership training in 2007. In combination, I believe that my experience at both the state and national level would serve me well as a member of the Corn Board.”
Skunes’ priorities for service include ensuring the concerns of corn farmers are heard in farm bill deliberations and maintaining a focus on ethanol as a market. Additionally, he places great importance on using the current image campaign to educate the nation on food, fuel and fiber issues.
“A member of the Corn Board has to be willing to take on the challenges set forth by the association’s membership and to speak for the organization as a whole with thorough knowledge of the policies it espouses,” said Skunes.” I believe that NCGA is already in good hands, and I would like the opportunity to be a part of continuing this good work.”
Kevin Skunes, his wife, Betty, and their two sons farm 4,900 acres of corn and soybeans in Cass Country, N.D. If elected to the NCGA Corn Board, he would take pride in carrying on the great tradition of strong leadership within the agricultural industry for which he respects the organization today.
The NCGA Corn Board election takes place at the July 18 Corn Congress session in Washington.
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