(Posted Fri. Mar 7th, 2014)
The National Corn Growers Association reached a new membership milestone at the end of February, with 40,287 on the rolls. This membership record replaces the former record, of 40,244, set in August 2013.
“We’re thrilled to set yet another membership record at a time when the average membership in trade associations like ours is flat or declining,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “Not only do we offer a terrific set of member benefits, but our growers know the value NCGA offers in Washington and throughout the country and recognize that grassroots efforts have been the strength and driving force behind their organization.”
Barbre cited the recent effort by NCGA and its allies to demand the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rescind its proposal to cut corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard by 10 percent. In that effort, NCGA and its state affiliates drove more than 24,000 comments to the EPA, and additional thousands of calls to the White House.
NCGA has members across the contiguous United States and works in cooperation with grower associations and state corn checkoff boards from 28 states, representing the interests of its members and the more than 300,000 growers who contribute corn checkoff funds in their states.