(Posted Fri. Jul 29th, 2011)

July 29:  The National Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Growers Association, in partnership with the Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota and Nebraska corn growers associations, have launched the Corn Caucus Project to keep corn farmers informed and engaged in the political process during the 2012 presidential campaign. The Corn Caucus Project will track candidate views on corn policy issues and inform candidates about the issues facing farmers today.


“Simply, we are committed to knowing where the candidates stand and making sure that the candidates know where corn farmers stand on the issues as well,” said NCGA President Bart Schott. “While we do not endorse presidential candidates, we want to ensure a strong flow of information between our members and the candidates and their staffs.”


By forming a relationship with the major campaigns and discussing NCGA policy with key staff, the project promotes the consideration and subsequent incorporation of corn-friendly policy positions. The Corn Caucus Project also carries out evaluations of candidate positions on corn policy issues. These positions are communicated to growers and others prior to the Iowa Caucus in early 2012.


Project activities include a policy survey for candidates; media tracking; communication with campaigns on NCGA positions and priorities; and corn grower involvement in campaigns, including volunteering and attending candidate events. NCGA and the Corn Caucus Project do not endorse candidates for the presidency.


Once primaries and caucuses are scheduled in other corn states, the program will work with those associations and growers to educate and involve them in the relevant campaigns. The program continues informing growers about candidate positions and encouraging them to become involved through the party conventions and the general election in November 2012.


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