(Posted Thu. Jun 27th, 2013)
This article and podcast are the eighth and final installment in a series profiling candidates for the 2014 Corn Board.
Wesley Spurlock, a native Texan, brings a nuanced view on a variety of subjects to the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board. A strong proponent of balancing the wide array of unique situations farmers face across the country, he is seeking reelection and to continue his service in this capacity after his current term expires on October 1, 2013.
Spurlock would like to continue serving his fellow farmers as a member of the Corn Board because he sees NCGA’s role as a melting pot that brings together corn farmers from across the country to magnify the impact of their efforts for the betterment of the industry as a whole. A careful listener with significant experience in organizational finance, he hopes to continue sharing both the knowledge he has gained through his service and as well as gain a greater understanding of the broad spectrum of farmer perspective.
“Each member of the Corn Board brings a different perspective that is shaped by the experiences we have had serving at the local and state level,” Spurlock explained. “In bringing such a variety of viewpoints to our national service, the 15 members of the board are able to work together to find policies that are best for all corn farmers as we move forward.”
Spurlock sees NCGA as an organization with the ability to mold together a set of common national goals based upon the production concerns and differing political voices of producers from across the nation. Possessing a deep knowledge of both production farming and the financial industry, Spurlock contributes to board discussion from an informed perspective. Additionally, he is well-versed in political issues and brings a wealth of experience in working with legislators in the federal government to the position.
“I am an analytical thinker with strong listening, speaking and conflict management skills. By using these attributes properly, I will be able to help the board make decisions that forward organizational goals.”
In addition to serving on the Corn Board, Spurlock also chairs NCGA’s Finance Committee and sits on the board of both the Texas Corn Producers Board and Corn Producers Association of Texas.
Spurlock farms and manages 9,600 acres of irrigated corn, cotton, wheat and grain sorghum in the upper Texas panhandle while also running his own harvesting and spray company and equipment sales and welding shop.
To listen to the full interview with Spurlock, click here.
The NCGA Corn Board election takes place at the July 17 Corn Congress session in Washington.