(Posted Fri. Aug 9th, 2013)
Aug. 9: On July 31, the National Corn Growers Association reached a major milestone as membership rolls surpassed the 40,000 mark, reaching a total of 40,157. Off the Cob sat down this week with NCGA Grower Services Action Team Chair Brandon Hunnicutt, a farmer from Nebraska, to discuss why the association continues to grow.
“There are many reasons that NCGA continues to grow its membership,” Hunnicutt explained. “First, we have a great stable of benefits, which is something that a lot of people look at when they consider joining an organization. More importantly, I think that we have a strong organization that is looking out for the best interests of America’s corn farmers. Farmers realize that this is something that we need to be a part of. We realize that we don’t have the resources some organizations do or that some of our opponents do, but we have something more important – we have the voices of America’s corn farmers.”
Looking at what makes the association unique, he cites the farmer-focused, grassroots foundation upon which NCGA has been built.
“One of the most exciting things that I see when I look at NCGA is that its policies and programs really start at the local level,” said Hunnicutt. “It’s not about a top down approach that is dictated by a board or a single spokesperson. It is about the corn farmer in rural Nebraska or rural Kansas who brings an idea or frustration to their local board. The idea can move up the chain to the state level and then to the national. It is truly grassroots because NCGA is about every day farmers who are able to have their voices heard on such a large scale because of the organization.”
To listen to the full interview, click here.
Founded in 1957, NCGA represents not only dues-paying farmer-members nationwide, but also the interests of more than 300,000 growers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 48 affiliated state associations and checkoff organizations work together to create and increase opportunities for their members and their industry.