(Posted Mon. Oct 3rd, 2011)
Oct. 3: The National Corn Growers Association reached a new record high number of members, 37,160, at the end of August. The previous record of 36,216 was set in August 2010.
“It is inspirational that so many growers want to personally support our programs and activities,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer, a grower from Auburn, Ill. “This increased level of grower involvement demonstrates the value members believe NCGA staff and grower leaders provide our industry.”
NCGA membership offers many benefits, including leadership opportunities, academic scholarships and discounts. Members play an active role in organizational leadership by shaping the direction of activities and influencing public policy that affects all farmers. Through the Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship program for college students studying agriculture, sponsored by BASF, NCGA fosters tomorrow’s leadership. Additionally, membership provides valuable discounts with companies such as Dell, Cabela’s, Ford and Enterprise, and now the association even offers special access to official NASCAR information, including discounted tickets and merchandise.
Also this year, a record number of growers entered the National Corn Yield Contest, which requires NCGA membership. An initial count indicates submission of approximately 8,422 entries, a significant increase from the prior record of 7,125 set in 2010.
In addition to representing individual members, NCGA works as a federation of the many state-level grower associations and checkoff boards. More than 300,000 growers contribute to state and national organizations through corn checkoff funds in their states.
“During this election cycle, the amount of influence asserted by large interest groups in government becomes obvious through the onslaught of advertisements and media messaging,” Niemeyer said. “To ensure that our legislators continue to value the vital role corn farmers play in our society, growers must work together through NCGA and state associations that leverage the industry’s collective strength. Together, growers voices are magnified in Washington to ensure agricultural interests are not unceremoniously pushed to the wayside.”
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