(Posted Wed. Sep 26th, 2012)
Sept. 26: On Sunday, at the end of the National Corn Growers Association's fiscal year, Corn Board member Guy Davenport, of Creswell, N.C., will retire following several years of distinguished service.
In 2012, Davenport served as the Corn Board liaison to the NCGA Production and Stewardship Action Team. Previously, he served on the Corn Board’s Finance Committee, on NCGA’s CornPAC and as board liaison to the National Chicken Council. He has also held positions on NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team, Association Relations Committee and the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.
“I have always understood how important it is to give back to your industry,” Davenport explained while describing his motivation for such extensive service. “So often, people just assume someone else will take care of running the groups that work on their behalf, but, as NCGA remains a strong grassroots organization, it is essential that farmers step up to lead. In doing so, I have gained friends across the country and developed a deeper appreciation for the vast network of issues impacting agriculture today.”
Davenport has also served his fellow growers extensively at the state level, as president of the Corn Growers Association of North Carolina, which he continues to serve as a board member. His experience includes work in international marketing, as he currently acts as the North Carolina representative to the U.S. Grains Council and on USGC's Asia Advisory Team.
Davenport and his family raise corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton and produce. He also owns Newland Commodities, a grain dealership.