(Posted Tue. Feb 7th, 2012)

Feb. 7:  Every two years, corn grower association staff members responsible for building and retaining farmer membership at the state and national level get together to learn from experts and share best practices  -- something crucially important for organizations that respect the value of grassroots involvement. This week in Florida, the National Corn Growers Association will host a meeting of dozens of membership staff from around the country.


“This is a great opportunity to celebrate success, talk about the value of membership and share stories about what works,” said Nebraska corn grower Brandon Hunnicutt, chairman of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team. “As we look at building membership, keeping them informed and involved is also important.”


To this end, the NCGA Membership Symposium will include presentations on connecting multiple generations of members and how to retain memberships over time.  In addition, NCGA will review its membership program and many membership programs with the states, including some new benefits to be rolled out in 2012.


Hunnicutt notes that NCGA membership is increasing, with a record high of 37,160 members from 48 states reached in August 2011.


“Our growing membership is a tribute to those who make our programs and services so valuable, whether they be state or national staff or agribusinesses that support our many programs,” Hunnicutt said. “As we enter a very important year for our industry, an informed and engaged grassroots membership is crucial at the statehouse as well as on Capitol Hill.”


Click here for information on NCGA membership. NCGA’s Membership Symposium and overall membership program are generously co-sponsored by Syngenta.