(Posted Tue. Jan 10th, 2012)
Jan. 10: The National Corn Growers Association’s annual Priority and Policy Conference takes place this week in St. Louis, bringing farmer leaders from many corn states to begin the discussion of state and national priorities for 2013 and NCGA’s policies on such subjects as trade, ethanol and biotechnology.
“This meeting is an important opportunity for us to learn from leaders in our state organizations about their concerns and work together on a consensus for moving forward in the months ahead,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer, a grower from Auburn, Ill. “It comes at an important time for our industry, with a new round of farm bill discussions on the horizon and presidential campaign underway. There’s much to discuss and much to take action on this week.”
The meeting is for chairs, presidents and executive directors of NCGA’s state organizations, as well chairs of the organization’s action teams and committees. It starts Tuesday evening with a visioning session during which the leaders will begin the process of creating a new strategic plan for the association.
This year, as part of a collaborative initiative with the U.S. Grains Council, the Priority and Policy Conference also includes leadership from that organization for a discussion of USGC priorities and trade issues.