(Posted Mon. Jul 2nd, 2012)
July 2: The National Corn Growers Association reached a new record high number of members, 37,447, at the end of June. The previous record of 37,231 was set in March 2012.
“The support for our work that this record demonstrates is inspiring,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer, who farms near Auburn, Ill. “Increased membership makes it obvious that farmers value the activities and programs run by NCGA leadership and staff. Now, we need to turn that membership into grassroots action that gets us to where we want to be as an 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. Additionally, membership provides valuable discounts with companies such as Office Depot, Dell, Cabela’s, Ford and Enterprise, and special access to official NASCAR information, including discounted tickets and merchandise.
In addition to representing individual members, NCGA is part of a federation in cooperation with 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.
“As we face challenges in both maintaining support for renewable fuels and passing the farm bill legislation growers need to manage risk, the roll NCGA members play becomes vital to its effectiveness as an organization,” Niemeyer said. “To ensure that our legislators continue to value the critical role corn farmers play in our society, growers must work together through NCGA and state associations to leverage the industry’s collective strength. Together, growers’ voices are magnified in Washington to ensure agricultural interests are not unceremoniously pushed to the wayside.”