(Posted Wed. Aug 14th, 2013)

Aug. 14: National Corn Growers Association officers and senior staff have gathered with representatives of 14 leading agribusinesses for the biannual NCGA Agri-Industry Council meeting to discuss vital issues facing agriculture, share information on their companies and sectors, hear from recognized speakers and learn from NCGA about its current initiatives.  The Agri-Industry Council was established in 2007 to facilitate dialogue between agribusinesses and NCGA to collectively address issues of mutual concern.


“U.S. agri-business works hard to improve farming by providing growers with innovative technology and ever-improving seed varieties,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson. “Through meetings such as this one, we bring key leaders from across the value chain together so that we move forward with a better understanding of the big picture and can coordinate to build a brighter future.”


Over the course of the meeting, attendees are hearing from government relations professionals and NCGA’s Washington staff on the current legislative environment and how it will impact farmers.  NCGA officers, staff and consultants are providing updates on the association’s major projects and the crop outlook.


Featured speakers from outside of the agricultural community are providing input and insight into some of the issues facing farmers today.  Dr. Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak, both faculty members at the University of California at Davis, spoke yesterday on the subject of their highly acclaimed book, Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food. Ronald, a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center while also serving as the Director of Grass Genetics at the Joint Bioenergy Institute, provided a geneticists perspective on the issues which was balanced by that of Adamchak, who coordinates the university’s organic student farm.


Today, futurist Bob Treadway will facilitate a discussion on the future of the agricultural industry. Leading with a presentation, Treadway will work with the group as they strive to anticipate, prepare, strategize and develop ideas for acting on the factors which are beyond their control. This discussion will continue in a second session tomorrow.