(Posted Fri. Jun 27th, 2014)
This article and podcast are the fifth in a series profiling candidates for the 2015 Corn Board.
Bruce Rohwer has served his fellow farmers extensively at the state and national level. Now, he hopes to continue to do so in a new capacity as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.
Bruce is running for election to the Corn Board in the hopes of bringing local perspective to the national level while working to find solutions that take the broader perspective into account. By focusing on the future, he believes the organization will best be able to work through evolving situations and effectively grow markets for corn at home and abroad.
“In addition to the technical work of helping develop new uses for corn or better traits for corn production, NCGA must continue the political path of involvement to defend and promote scientific advancement in corn farming,” he said. “Whether that means influencing legislative or regulatory processes, we have to be involved beyond just everyday production.”
As a member of the Corn Board, Bruce would bring with him a firm grasp of the policy development process and the ability to articulate agricultural issues to a wider audience. A strong advocate of constructive team dynamics, he would facilitate consensus-building discussions with a results-driven focus.
“I can see issues from a multitude of perspectives because of my experience,” said Rohwer. “I have a diversified operation with livestock. So, I can see the livestock producer’s point of view. I have also had the privilege of serving on the board of a company that manufactures food. This provided me with another different perspective on the point of view held by another important corn market. I have a grasp of our customers’ perspective and knowledge of the political process in which we must be involved.”
Rohwer operates a corn and soybean farm along with his son and daughter, in addition to owning a drainage tillage business. Along with a neighbor, he also runs a sow farrow-to-finish operation.
Currently, Rohwer serves as the custodian of records for the NCGA CornPAC and as a member of the NCGA Research and Business Development Action Team and the U.S. Grain Council’s Middle East and Africa Action Team. At the state level, he is chair and past president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and chair of the ICGA CornPAC.
To listen to the full interview with Rohwer, click here.
The NCGA Corn Board election takes place during Corn Congress on July 16 in Washington.