(Posted Tue. Mar 19th, 2013)
Mar. 19: Corn farmers from across the country traveled to Washington this week to take part in the second phase of an annual leadership development program co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and Syngenta. While in town, they visited numerous members of the Senate and House of Representatives and got an inside look at parliamentary procedure and how lobbying works on Capitol Hill.
“For more than a quarter of a century, Leadership at its Best has been an invaluable tool for helping corn growers become leaders at the state and national level,” said NCGA Chairman Garry Niemeyer, himself a graduate of the program. Niemeyer came to Washington to welcome the class and provide an update on NCGA’s issues and programs. “In Washington, we can see first-hand – and very quickly – how decisions made here impact us back on the farm. Having a strong voice here in the Capitol is very important for NCGA and its farmer members.”
This year’s class includes Ben Augustine (Wisc.), Jed Bower (Ohio), Andy Dupraz (S.D.), Jay Fischer (Mo.), Tom Haag (Minn.), Rod Hahn (Colo.), Jerome Hawkins (Ind.), Jeff Jarboe (Ill.), Casey Kelleher (Wisc.), Jason Kontz (S.D.), Lou Lamoreux (Ill.), John Linder (Ohio), Ray Allan Mackey (Ky.), Douglas Noem (S.D.), James Raben (Ill.), Mark Scott (Mo.), Daniel Wesely (Neb.), and Roger Zylstra (Iowa).
Phase one of Leadership at its Best takes place in August and includes media training, in-depth public speaking, business etiquette and meeting management. An Advanced Leadership Academy, provided for growers more established in leadership, is also co-sponsored by Syngenta.