(Posted Wed. Mar 4th, 2015)
Each year at the Commodity Classic convention and trade show, the National Corn Growers Association rewards recruiters and state affiliates for their terrific efforts in driving membership – in the case of 2014, that hard work included reaching a record of more than 42,000 in August.
“I am extremely proud of the efforts our state associations and individual growers take to build membership in our association,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a Maryland corn grower. “As a grassroots-led organization, we cannot hope to achieve very much without a large and active membership base, and our growth in 2014 was and will continue to be a sign of our success in helping farmers back home, and our effectiveness in our nation’s capital.”
The 2014 Marketing Awards presented at the NCGA Awards Banquet included two Top Association Recruitment Awards, presented to the two NCGA affiliates with the largest increase in membership, as a percentage or as a specific number. Recipients were the Indiana Corn Growers Association, which boosted its membership 53 percent; and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, which saw a 316-member increase. In addition, Missouri grower Jim Stuever became the 2014 inductee into the NCGA Walt Goeppinger Recruiter Hall of Fame, named for the organization’s founding farmer, for surpassing the 750-member threshold for recruitment.