Gary Porter, of Mercer, Missouri, serves as a member of the Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association, a farmer-led trade association with offices in St. Louis and Washington.
Porter is a fifth-generation farmer raising corn, soybeans, and Angus cattle alongside his three sons, nephew, and brother. In his efforts, Porter keeps the goal of preserving and improving his family’s farm for future generations front and center. Along with his family, he also owns and manages a local fuel station offering E15 and other higher ethanol blends.
On the national level, Porter serves as the board’s liaison to the Risk Management and Transportation Action Team. He also serves on the Commodity Classic Management Committee, which he co-chaired in 2022.
Previously, he has served as the Corn Board liaison to the Ethanol Action Team, Sustainable Ag Research Action Team and as the association’s representative to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
On the state level, Porter is a past president of the Missouri Corn Growers Association and past chairman of the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council. He is also a past president of the Mercer County Public Water Supply District.
Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents nearly 40,000 dues-paying corn growers and the interests of more than 300,000 farmers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 50 affiliated state associations and checkoff organizations work together to help protect and advance corn growers’ interests.