(Posted Wed. Jul 8th, 2015)
This article and podcast are the sixth in a series profiling candidates for the 2016 Corn Board.
Jeff Sandborn has served his fellow farmers at both the state and national level. Now, he hopes to continue to do so in a new capacity as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.
Sandborn would like to serve on the Corn Board so that he can play a role in moving the farming industry while building on the tradition of excellence the board has established in the past. He holds a particular passion for NCGA leadership because he strongly believes in the effectiveness and strength in the association’s grassroots process of decision-making.
“I see one of NCGA’s greatest strengths as not in the budget we work with, but in the strength of the grassroots support that shapes its policy and direction at every level. As a member of the Corn Board, I will ask the hard questions and speak up on behalf of those who may not be able to do so. Taking direction from the grassroots, I will draw focus to the long-term direction of the organization at the board level.”
Currently, Sandborn chairs NCGA’s Ethanol Committee and the Michigan Corn Growers Association. A graduate of Leadership At its Best and NCGA’s Advanced Leadership Academy, he is a past chair of the Michigan Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer Committee.
“It is important for a leader to be able to listen and remain open minded to many different viewpoints without necessarily responding all of the time,” said Sandborn. “A leader should be able to sit back and try and understand another perspective before coming to a judgment on something.”
Sandborn farms 1,700 acres, with the bulk of his corn going to a local ethanol plant, along with soybeans and wheat for seed in south central Michigan. Along with his cousin, he works to custom farm an additional 600 acres.
To listen to the full interview with Sandborn, click here.
The NCGA Corn Board election takes place during Corn Congress on July 15 in Washington.