(Posted Thu. Mar 24th, 2016)
Corn farmers from across the country traveled to Washington this week to take part in the second phase of the annual leadership development programs co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and Syngenta. While in town, the group will visit numerous Congressional leaders and get an inside look at parliamentary procedure and how lobbying works on Capitol Hill.
“For more than a quarter of a century, Leadership At Its Best has been an invaluable tool for helping corn growers become leaders at the state and national level,” said Chip Bowling, NCGA’s current president and a LAIB graduate himself. “In Washington, our farmers can see first-hand how decisions made here impact us back on the farm. Having a strong voice here in the capital is very important for NCGA and its farmer members.”
The Leadership At Its Best class will receive briefings from NCGA staffers on the issues facing America’s farmers in the coming year followed by presentations from lobbyist and Hill staffer panels explaining how the lobbying process functions in the Capitol and how to get the best result from interaction with members of Congress and their staff. They then will have the opportunity to see the process in action during a series of visits with Congressional leaders. Additionally, the group will participate in parliamentary procedure training with NCGA Parliamentarian Chris Dickey.
This year’s Leadership at Its Best Class includes: Justin Durdan (Ill), Jeremiah Freidel (S.D.); John Greer (Neb.); Lynn Greer (Neb.); Kirby Hettver (Minn.); Kurt Hora (Iowa); Shane Kinne (Mo.); Larry Klever (Iowa); Fred Miller (Ohio); Doug Rebout (Wis.); Dirk Rice (Ill.); and Keith Truckor (Ohio).
Phase One of Leadership At Its Best took place in August and included sessions on media training, public speaking, business etiquette and meeting management.