(Posted Mon. Jun 17th, 2013)
This article and podcast are the first in a series profiling candidates for the 2014 Corn Board.
June 17: An active listener who aims to find solutions that benefit all farmers, Ronnie Burleson volunteers long hours to the service of farmers in his home state of North Carolina. Now, after more than two decades of membership, he wishes to contribute his perspective, hard-work and insight by servicing as a member of the 2014 National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.
“A leader has to be a good listener who is able to look at the picture as a whole and not take a narrow sighted view,” said Burleson. “As a member of the Corn Board, you have to be a passionate person for what you believe in while being compassionate to how others are affected by your decisions.”
Burleson now serves as president of both the Corn Growers Association of North Carolina and of the North Carolina Cotton Producers Association. He also serves as a director on the boards of the North Carolina Farm Bureau, National Cotton Council and Southern Cotton Growers.
“As a leader, you have to be available and listen to all sides of how legislative and financial situations affect each and every crop. I have always had to be a listener and a negotiator to work through those sorts of situations,” explained Burleson. “My experience with these sorts of situations gives me an insight that might be different from many others. Everyone could listen to one another’s input and then come up with the solution that fits all of us as best as possible.”
Farming is his passion, and he wishes to pass it on to his son and grandsons. Through Corn Board service, he hopes to aid in NCGA’s fiscal and legislative activities for the benefit of not only his own family but for all of those involved in farming.
Ronnie Burleson farms 4,000 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton in North Carolina with his son, brother and nephew. Together, they also raise beef cattle and operate a family-owned cotton gin.
To listen to the full interview with Burleson, click here.
The NCGA Corn Board election takes place at the July 17 Corn Congress session in Washington.