(Posted Mon. Jun 24th, 2013)
This article and podcast are the fifth in a series profiling candidates for the 2014 Corn Board.
June 24: Already an experienced leader at both the state and national level, Gary Schmalshof brings a wealth of experience to a leadership position and now hopes to serve his fellow farmers across the country as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.
A careful listener who places the greater good of corn farmers across the country first, Schmalshof chose to run for the Corn Board after serving on his state’s board and traveling extensively on behalf of his fellow farmers for the U.S. Grains Council. He brings this experience, an international perspective and his dedication to service to the position.
“I am just finishing up nine years of service on the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, and I could bring a unique set of characteristics to the Corn Board,” said Schmalshof. “I am an avid listener, and I love to solve problems. I am ready to go to work for America’s corn farmers.”
Schmalshof’s priorities for service include helping to secure funding that would allow the organization to continue and expand its activities, aiding in the selection of a strong group of young leaders to take the organization forward and ensuring corn continues to play a leading role in the agricultural industry in the future.
“I see NCGA as the grassroots industry leader in all activities involving corn, including public policy, stewardship, ethanol expansion and farmer image promotion,” explained Schmalshof. “I would like to help make the decisions, on behalf of our membership, that will increase corn usage, support responsible legislation and regulation and shapes the next farm bill.”
Gary Schmalshof farms 5,100 acres with his wife, Theresa, and their two sons, with whom he also runs a trucking and seed business as well as a crop insurance agency. Schmalshof said he grew to understand the responsibilities of a Corn Board member when his wife served in that capacity for six years.
Previously, Schmalshof served NCGA as a member of the Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team. A current director for the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, he has held a term as chairman of that organization.
To listen to the full interview with Schmalshof, click here.
The NCGA Corn Board election takes place at the July 17 Corn Congress session in Washington.