(Posted Tue. Dec 6th, 2011)
Dec. 6: Starting tomorrow, dozens of corn growers who are respected leaders in their industry and actively involved in the National Corn Growers Association will gather in St. Louis for a round of meetings to discuss the issues that will affect farmers heading into 2012. Many growers are braving difficult weather conditions and delaying preparation for the upcoming growing year to attend these meetings.
“The December action team meetings help the organization explore upcoming issues and begin developing policy recommendations while providing a face-to-face forum for grower leaders to share ideas and build relationships,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer, a grower from Auburn, Ill. “As team members meet for the first time, they cement the bonds that will help us move forward on a variety of issues and create cohesive leadership that draws upon the varied experiences inherent in a grassroots organization.”
The NCGA’s six action teams and committees define, implement and measure program actions in their areas of expertise – trade policy and biotechnology, ethanol, public policy, production and stewardship, research and business development, and grower services. By specializing in a particular subject area, the growers develop a more intricate and intimate understanding of the issues their teams cover. This deeper knowledge allows the team members to serve as both experts and advisors helping to guide the organization’s activities in a hands-on manner while maintaining the nuanced oversight that leads to success.