(Posted Thu. Oct 18th, 2012)
Oct. 18: With the new fiscal year underway, Off the Cob had a chance to sit down with new FY 2013 National Corn Growers Association Corn Board Member Kevin Skunes. A farmer from Arthur, N.D., Skunes was seated on October 1 and has commenced his duties in earnest. Looking out at 2013, he echoes many others in leadership in stressing the importance of passing a new farm bill and of defending the Renewable Fuels Standard.
“We really need a concerted effort to get a farm bill passed before the end of the calendar year,” he explained. “The drought of 2012 made the need for a solid, nationwide crop insurance program evident. A good crop insurance program in the new farm bill is really one of the most important things on which the Corn Board can focus.”
Skunes went on to speak about why defending the Renewable Fuel Standard is important not only for the country but also for the nation.
“The RFS is so important to farmers because it has provided us with another market for corn,” he began. “The RFS is important to the nation though too as it decreases our dependence on foreign oil imports.”
Offering that the Corn Board wants farmers to know that they are working on their behalf, he looks forward to meeting these challenges and finding new opportunities for his fellow farmers.
To listen to the full interview, click here.