(Posted Mon. Mar 18th, 2013)
Mar. 18: Last week, representatives from over a dozen agribusinesses gathered with National Corn Growers Association leadership in Washington for NCGA’s Agri-Industry Council’s biannual meeting. Over the course of two days, attendees received updates on key NCGA programs, heard from several outside speakers and discussed topics of special importance to the entire agricultural community right now, including issues impacting railroad shipping and the outlook for farm programs given the current political climate.
“The discussion in AIC meetings helps NCGA fulfill its mission of creating and maintaining opportunities for corn growers,” said NCGA Chairman and AIC Co-Chair Garry Niemeyer. “Only through sharing NCGA’s position throughout the industry will we make our voices loud enough to reach the best possible outcomes for growers as we face the challenging political landscape.”
Policy Analyst Sallie James of the CATO Institute provided attendees with a Libertarian economist’s perspective on farm programs during the first session. During that evening’s dinner program, participants delved into campaign strategy with former Obama for American Battleground States Director Mitch Stewart.
One major topic of conversation was how many acres of corn U.S. farmers would plant this season and how ongoing climate conditions would impact overall production. During a session, looking ahead at the 2013 crop year, NCGA Vice President of Production and Utilization Paul Bertels presented several possible trends and the probable outcomes should each be realized.
Following Bertels, NCGA Vice President of Public Policy Jon Doggett offered insight into agricultural legislations during the new congress. Stressing the massive impact the national debt will have upon every sector of government, Doggett explained the implications this larger situation could have for farmers in the coming years.
Representatives from the Center for Strategic and International Studies addressed the group on The Seven Revolutions, a fast-paced, multimedia look at 7 key factors and how they will impact the whole world by 2050. The key factors included: population; strategic resource management of food, water, and energy; technological innovation and diffusion; information and knowledge flow; economic integration; the nature and mode of security; and the challenge of governance.
The group will meet again in August.
NCGA’s AIC works to ensure stakeholders throughout the industry exchange information on key issues and work collectively to ensure fair and equitable policies that foster continued growth.