(Posted Thu. Mar 21st, 2013)
Mar. 21: Seven corn farmers who are leaders in the industry underwent an extensive session in advanced leadership training this week in Washington, as part of the National Corn Growers Association Advanced Leadership program, co-sponsored by Syngenta.
While in the nation’s capital they underwent extensive media training and discussions with NCGA Washington staff about current and emerging issues affecting corn farmers. They also joined in activities surrounding National Agriculture Day, including the National Celebration of Agriculture Dinner, featuring U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and key members of Congress.
“This has been a busy, but important, week in Washington,” said program participant Martin Barbre, an Illinois grower who serves as NCGA’s first vice president. “At a time when it is so important for our nation’s farmers to be active and engaged leaders, sessions such as these give us the opportunity to build our knowledge and experience and have meaningful conversations with policymakers and influencers, so they can understand and appreciate our perspective.”
Attending this Advanced Leadership session were, in addition to Barbre, Keith Alverson (S.D.), Joel Grams (Neb.), Paul Herringshaw (Ohio), Wesley Spurlock (Texas), Dean Taylor (Iowa), and H. Grant Troop (Pa.). Wrapping up its third year, this program aims to help develop top-notch state and national leadership that is empowered to share its skill sets within the industry and community. It builds upon the Leadership at Its Best Program that has helped develop corn industry leadership since 1986.