(Posted Mon. Jun 30th, 2014)
This article and podcast are the sixth in a series profiling candidates for the 2015 Corn Board.
Kevin Skunes has dedicated his time and energy to leading as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board. With his current term nearly complete, he hopes gain reelection for a second term beginning in fiscal year 2015. If reelected to the NCGA Corn Board, he would take pride in carrying on the great tradition of strong leadership within the agricultural industry for which he respects the organization today.
Skunes sees the corn industry as an ever-evolving business with many facets, several of which he has become familiar with through prior service. As a member of the board, he brings a levelheaded, thoughtful perspective that values finding successful solutions over promoting personal viewpoints. He hopes to continue the organization’s work in advocating not just for corn growers but also for the industry as a whole.
“A member of the Corn Board has to be willing to take on the challenges set forth by the association’s membership and to speak for the organization as a whole with thorough knowledge of the policies it espouses. I believe that NCGA is already in good hands, and I would like the opportunity to continue contributing to this good work.”
Skunes’ priorities for service include maintaining the RFS, implementing a new farm bill and working to educate consumers about the benefits and safety of biotechnology. Additionally, he places great importance on using the current image campaigns to educate the nation on food, fuel and fiber issues.
“In this age of social media, there are so many attacks facing the corn industry,” he said. “We really need to be aware of where the problems are and address them as a priority. At the same time, it is imperative that we follow the priorities outlined and direction given by the states.”
Skunes, his wife, Betty, and their two sons farm 4,900 acres of corn and soybeans in Cass Country, N.D.
In his role on the Corn Board, Skunes serves as liaison to the Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team. He previously chaired both the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council and the North Dakota Farm Bureau.
To listen to the full interview with Skunes, click here.
The NCGA Corn Board election takes place during Corn Congress on July 16 in Washington.