(Posted Fri. May 3rd, 2013)
May 3: This week, staff from the National Corn Growers Association and state corn associations across the country met in St. Louis to share insights gained over the past year and coordinate efforts for the next. With more than 130 attendees including state association executives, program directors and communicators, the conference also provided a forum to discuss pressing issues facing their farmer members.
“By working together, our state and national organizations magnify our effectiveness and, subsequently, our ability to create positive change for farmers,” said NCGA CEO Rick Tolman. “While each state organization faces unique opportunities and challenges resulting from their particular circumstances, America’s corn farmers share many common issues. Working collaboratively allows us to address these areas of commonality with the full force of our combined strengths while sharing insight and ideas that can be brought back to address unique issues in an innovative fashion.”
In addition to sharing experiences and ideas about key issues, attendees participated in sessions that focused on a wide variety of areas, such as improving agricultural literacy programs, discussions on major market changes, analysis of consumer attitudes, and new technology workshops. Using the chance to fine-tune skills, update knowledge of rapidly evolving issues and tools and further discuss broader situations with important implications, state and national staff alike worked diligently to improve skill sets and hold constructive conversations that will aide them in forming and implementing programs.
Following the meeting with state staff, NCGA staff met to discuss ongoing projects and opportunities to increase communication.