(Posted Fri. Dec 9th, 2011)
Dec. 9: This week, the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board, Action Teams and Committees convened in St. Louis to delve into the issues and opportunities that will affect corn farmers across the country during the coming year.
Gaining information from presentations by leaders from industry and government, the team members explored possible changes to team policies and activities that could help their respective programs improve efforts to create and maintain opportunities for growers.
“I was inspired by the energy that these volunteers bring to our organization and the dedicated passion to service they exhibit,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer. “By dividing the variety of issues facing our industry into subject areas, we allow growers to delve deeply a single area and gain more nuanced insight. Together, our leadership can then tackle each subject with a full understanding of its intricacies and the broader perspective our shared sessions offer.”
The NCGA’s six action teams and committees define, implement and measure program actions in their areas of expertise – trade policy and biotechnology, ethanol, public policy, production and stewardship, research and business development, and grower services. Each met separately to listen to speakers pertinent to their charge and to discuss recommendations for fine tuning of their policies which designated team liaisons will now report back to the Corn Board for consideration.