(Posted Wed. Jul 27th, 2016)
The National Corn Growers Association is working to vigorously promote trade policies that benefit U.S. farm families, First Vice President Wesley Spurlock told corn state stakeholders at the U.S. Grains Council’s Annual Board of Delegates Meeting this week in Louisville, Ky.
Spurlock, a farmer from Texas, provided his update during the General Session on Tuesday as part of a series of updates from various commodity group leaders.
He began by describing how NCGA and the Council work together for the benefit of corn farmers. Delving into this idea, he explained the many synergies between the organizations in terms of goals listed in NCGA’s new strategic plan.
Turning to focus more specifically on trade agreements, Spurlock looked at how NCGA’s policy work intersects with the Council’s market building activities to increase demand for U.S. corn.
"What is one of the largest keys to meeting our mutual goals? Trade agreements," Spurlock said. "Looking at our strategic plan, it is clear NCGA, working with the U.S. Grains Council and other value chain stakeholders, aims to increase exports of corn and corn products by 25 percent by 2020. It is a big goal but, together, we must achieve it."
Spurlock delved into recent public polling on trade and its divergence from current political rhetoric. Focusing on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, he highlighted NCGA’s activities from trade school to social media to targeted campaigns, to push for Congressional approval of this important trade deal.
Spurlock’s address came as part of a longer series of meetings exploring a variety of issues related to corn and grain exports and the Council’s activities.
For more information on these meetings, click here.
To voice support for the TPP and the opportunities it will open for farmers, click here.