(Posted Mon. Aug 21st, 2017)
National Corn Growers Association officers and senior staff gathered last week in Montana for the biannual NCGA Agri-Industry Council meeting. Here, representatives of 14 leading agribusinesses discussed vital issues facing agriculture, shared information on their companies and sectors, heard from recognized speakers and learned about NCGA’s current initiatives. Established in 2007, the Agri-Industry Council facilitates dialogue between agribusinesses and NCGA to collectively address issues of mutual concern.
“By providing growers with inventive technology, new seed varieties to better address ever-changing challenges and competitive financing that makes it all possible, U.S. agri-business improves farming,” said NCGA President Wesley Spurlock. “NCGA’s AIC plays a vital role in bringing key leaders from across the value chain together. Through open dialogue, we can all move forward with a more nuanced understanding of the big picture and collaborate to build a brighter future.”
Over the course of the meeting, attendees heard from NCGA officers and senior staff who provided updates on the association’s major projects, such as its efforts to improve awareness of the sustainability of corn, the 2017 corn crop outlook and the current political environment and how it will impact farmers.
Featured speakers shared a wide array of perspectives during the meeting. Barclays Corporate Finance and M&A Managing Director Sandeep Patel shared a look at “The Food Space” which focused on the ag and consumer outlook. More production-centric presentations were given by Paul Pittman of Farmland Partners, Inc. and Agrium Agricultural Specialties Marketing Manager Todd Latimer, who focused on the ag real estate outlook and fertilizer respectively.
During group discussions, attendees delved into the next farm bill.
NCGA’s AIC will meet next in March of 2018 in Washington.