(Posted Tue. Jun 24th, 2014)
This article and podcast are the second in a series profiling candidates for the 2015 Corn Board.
In addition to extensive experience, Lynn Chrisp brings an unwavering dedication to learning every aspect of multifaceted issues and a drive to delve into fellow farmers’ perspectives to his work in association leadership. As he completes a three year turn, he seeks to continue building a better future for America’s farmers and continue his service as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.
Over his years of service, Lynn developed a strong leadership philosophy. As he believes his operation demonstrates, he is a strong advocate for collective wisdom, teamwork and dedication. As a Corn Board member, he seeks to convey a professional image for the organization, maintain an approachable manner, communicate effectively and engage fellow members and others with differing views.
“I have always engaged with the understanding that there is more to farming than being on the farm,” he said. “If a person is interested in the health and opportunities of farming, there is much more to their job than operating a tractor or combine. I have the motivation and opportunity to serve. This has pushed me to take opportunities to play an active role in improving the industry.”
Over his three years on the Corn Board, Lynn has seen NCGA grow in amazing ways with outstanding efforts in its image and activism campaigns. As a member of the board, he strives to act as part of a team that elevates NCGA’s activities and influence for the sake of all of its membership by maximizing opportunities while limiting potentially detrimental conflict. He also actively advocates for high levels of accountability and a conservative approach toward funding usage.
“I enjoy delving into the finances of the organization and making sure that we are on strong, sound footing,” said Chrisp. “I believe that it is important to do your homework and deeply understand each issue facing farmers. It is crucial to effective leadership that one constantly prepares and is then able to thoughtfully participate in important conversations.”
Chrisp farms a highly productive irrigated operation in south central Nebraska consisting of 1,150 acres. With his son Brandon and part-time seasonal help, Lynn raises mostly corn with some soybeans. During harvest, Lynn works together with his neighbor to jointly harvest 2,900 acres annually.
Currently, Chrisp serves on the NCGA Corn Board and acts as its liaison to the Ethanol Committee. Additionally, he serves on both the Finance and CEO Search Committees. Previously, he has served as the Corn Board’s liaison to the Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team, chaired NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest and served on the Nebraska Corn Growers Association Executive Committee.
To listen to the full interview with Chrisp, click here.
The NCGA Corn Board election takes place during Corn Congress on July 16 in Washington.