(Posted Wed. Jul 13th, 2011)
July 13: In a meeting today in Washington, 124 delegates from the National Corn Growers Association’s 28 affiliated states elected five growers to the NCGA Corn Board for the 2012 fiscal year, which starts October 1. Elected were Chip Bowling of Maryland, Martin Barbre of Illinois, Lynn Chrisp of Nebraska, Bob Bowman of Iowa and Keith Alverson of South Dakota.
“With today’s election at our Corn Congress, we are going into 2012 with a very solid leadership team,” said NCGA President Bart Schott of North Dakota, who becomes chairman in October when Illinois grower Garry Niemeyer becomes president. “I am proud of the high level of commitment shown by our grower leaders who bring a great amount of diverse experience and expertise to our national organization.”
Also at the meeting, corn-state delegates unanimously ratified Pam Johnson of Iowa to serve as the next first vice president for the organization, on track to become president in October 2012. They also began to update the NCGA policy book, and received updates from the various volunteer action teams, as well as a briefing on NASCAR’s American Ethanol program from a driver’s perspective, provided by Nationwide Series veteran driver Kenny Wallace.
After visits to Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, the delegates will conclude their policy discussions Thursday afternoon before returning to their farms.
NCGA’s photo collection of Corn Congress week will be updated throughout the week. Click here.