(Posted Tue. Jan 19th, 2016)
The National Corn Growers Association’s annual Priority and Policy Conference, held last week in St. Louis, brought together a wide array of stakeholders for discussions on the direction of the organization and the potential implications of situations in the foreseeable future.
“This meeting consistently provides a chance for NCGA leadership to gain valuable insight from our state affiliates while fostering deep discussions that help all of us examine the issues more fully,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a grower from Newburg, Md. “This year, NCGA focused on finding new and innovative ways to foster discussion and deepen our exploration of the issues. The insight and ideas our attendees brought to discussions will provide us with sound guidance upon which to base effective, impactful plans for the upcoming years.”
The meeting includes chairs, presidents and executive directors of NCGA’s state organizations, as well as chairs and vice chairs of the organization’s action teams and committees. For two days, these leaders discussed organizational policy and their perspective on the relative importance of each issue facing the industry. As each party provided their own unique perspective, a clearer picture of the overall views held by corn farmers across the United States came into focus.
Again this year, as part of a collaborative initiative with the U.S. Grains Council, the Priority and Policy Conference also included leadership from that organization for a discussion of USGC priorities and trade issues.