Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy

leadership academy

The goal of Leadership Academy is to bring together a diverse group of grower leaders to improve their ability to serve their state organization, enhance their communication skills, and instill in them the importance of advocacy, all to advance the priorities of our nations’ corn growers and build the next generation of industry leaders.


The program will focus on various aspects of leadership training and key agricultural issues in a world with ever-changing consumer and environmental concerns. Growers will gain a keener insight into association management and how different leadership styles can come together in building an efficient organization. Media training and effective advocacy communications play a key role in this program as our grower leaders take a more active role as spokespersons for their state and national corn organizations.


Launched in 2019, the Leadership Academy replaces the traditional Leadership At Its Best Program which has become NCGA’s advanced leadership program.


Hear what other corn growers have to say about NCGA Leadership Programs.

Who should attend?
  • Leadership Academy is open to all NCGA members interested in improving their personal leadership skills to advance the corn industry. 
  • State are encouraged to submit two individuals seeking leadership development from their growers association or checkoff board.  
  • Prior participants of Leadership Academy or Syngenta’s Leadership At Its Best program for another commodity group should not apply. 
Program Dates

Session 1: August 1 - 3, 2022 in St. Louis, Mo.

Course of study: Leadership Excellence, Meeting Facilitation, Conflict Resolution, Organizational Planning, Association Promotion, and Personal/Professional Branding.


Session 2: January 23 - 25 2023 in Washington, D.C.

Course of study: Media and Social Media Training, Grassroots advocacy,  working with Hill staff and lobbyists, and individual meetings with members of Congress.


Please complete the online application by June 30, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Gaylen Holloway.