The National Corn Growers Association and DuPont are pleased to provide the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program. Up to two farming operations, represented by a couple or individual, per NCGA-affiliated state will be chosen to participate for a hands-on communications and leadership training program designed for corn growers who are just becoming active in their industry and are interested in strengthening their skills so they can better serve American agriculture.


Program Agenda


We are taking applications for the 2018-2019 class.  Applications are due April 27, 2018.


The program is implemented in three phases, with two plenary sessions. Between the sessions, participants will be expected to take part in communications or other programs at the state and national levels, such as attending state board meetings, participating in Common Ground or the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. Additionally, participants will take part in regularly scheduled policy and issue-specific webinars.


Session 1: In June, program participants will travel to Johnston, Iowa, for four days of initial communications training and background presentations on today’s top issues facing corn farmers, as well as an up-close look at DuPont Pioneer. This session is scheduled for June 18-21, 2018.


  • Course Outline: DiSC Personality / Leadership profile; Communications / Story-Telling workshop, Social Media Training, Advocacy workshops.  


Session 2: In the spring, participants will attend The Commodity Classic – America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused trade show. The 2019 Commodity Classic will be held in Orlando, Florida from February 27 – March 2, 2019.


  • Course Outline: NCGA issue briefing, media training, various learning center sessions; exploring the trade show.  


Washington, DC Session: Every other year, participants from the past two years will spend two days in Washington, DC in July to lobby their state’s federal legislators with members of their state’s corn association. Participants from the 2017 and 2018 class will go to DC in July 2019.



Program Participants


Participants must be at least 21 years of age, active in corn farming, NCGA members and not currently serving in a state affiliate board officer position. Participants also must be committed to attending all elements of the program. All program-related travel and lodging expenses for both the grower and spouse/partner participant will be covered, per NCGA policy and procedures.




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