(Posted Wed. Jul 29th, 2015)
The National Corn Growers Association announced the participants who will constitute the 30th class of NCGA’s Leadership at Its Best Program, which is co-sponsored by Syngenta. This year’s class includes 14 aspiring leaders from 9 states.
“We are excited to see such great interest in the program and strongly believe the quality of the applicants bodes well for the future of our industry,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “For decades now, Leadership at Its Best has helped train strong, confident volunteers who have shaped the industry through their subsequent work at the state and national level. As a graduate of Leadership At Its Best, I personally understand the importance role this program plays in helping develop the skills and build the relationships necessary to effectively lead such a dynamic grassroots organization.”
This year’s Leadership at Its Best Class includes: Aron Carlson (Ill.); Aaron Frank (Colo.); Jeremiah Freidel (S.D.); John Greer (Neb.); Lynn Greer (Neb.); Kirby Hettver (Minn.); Kurt Hora (Iowa); Shane Kinne (Mo.); Larry Klever (Iowa); Fred Miller (Ohio); Guy Mills Jr. (Neb.); Doug Rebout (Wis.); Dirk Rice (Ill.); and Keith Truckor (Ohio).
Open to all NCGA membership, Leadership at Its Best provides training to interested volunteers of all skill levels. The first session addresses personal communications skills, public speaking and association management. The second session addresses public policy issues, working with the Hill and parliamentary procedure. Through this program, participants build the skill set needed to become a more confident public speaker with a solid background in the procedures and processes used by NCGA and many state organizations.
Participants must be members of NCGA.
Since 1986, the National Corn Growers Association, the state corn associations and, most importantly, the U.S. corn industry, have benefited tremendously from the Syngenta- co-sponsored Leadership At Its Best Program. More than 560 growers have gained invaluable media, communications, association management and public policy knowledge and skills over the lifetime of the program.