(Posted Wed. Jun 19th, 2013)
This article and podcast are the third in a series profiling candidates for the 2014 Corn Board.
June 19: An experienced leader with broad perspective, David Howell brings a deep appreciation for the importance of forward-looking policy that benefits all American farmers to his work. Now, he wishes to serve his fellow farmers as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.
David is running for election to the Corn Board because he feels that agriculture and corn farming have been good to his family for generations. As he has been fortunate enough to have children that have the desire and ability to take over management of the family operation, he wants to devote time back to the service of that industry and use his accumulated experience and leadership skills to the fullest of his ability.
"I will strive to position the American corn producer to provide and improving a reliable level of nutrition for a rapidly growing world population," said Howell. "By working through science and technology, we can increase producing while acting as good stewards of the land. To reach that better tomorrow, we must work to break down constraints on world trade, provide the necessary risk management techniques and promote government policy that allows producers to survive the volatility inherent in commercial agriculture."
As a member of the Corn Board, Howell would work for the best interest of all U.S. corn growers, keeping their best interest in heart while pursuing the long-term wellbeing of American agriculture. He would aim to maintain the association's pragmatic approach to policy development while best utilizing the talented pool from which it draws leadership.
"I have worked for years at various organizations. While sometimes these roles have been on the fringe of politics, I have always represented agriculture and associated industries," explained Howell. "After serving on the 2012 project, I became interested in increasing my involvement in NCGA. I can bring experience, an ability to see the big picture, the time and the commitment to serve, and the ambition and energy to do it right to the Corn Board."
Currently, Howell serves on NCGA's Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team. He also serves on the board of directors of the U.S. Grains Council, Indiana Corn Growers Association and Indiana Corn Marketing Council.
Howell operates a first-generation family farm, which he founded with his wife in Middleton, Indiana. Along with their two sons, they grow corn and soybeans as well as processing tomatoes and pumpkins marketed to major retailers nationwide. Additionally, the family also has agricultural interests in Brazil that produce corn and soybeans.
To listen to the full interview with Howell, in which he discusses his vision for NCGA moving forward and his experiences with U.S. Grains Council, click here.
The NCGA Corn Board election takes place at the July 17 Corn Congress session in Washington.