(Posted Wed. Jul 6th, 2016)
This article and podcast are the sixth in a series profiling candidates for the 2017 Corn Board.
A committed and energetic leader, Chris Edgington does the homework necessary to contribute deeply to his service as a volunteer farmer leader. Having already served at many levels, he now wishes to help build a solid foundation for agriculture in the coming years as a member of the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board.
“I have always tried to give back to the community,” he said. “I really enjoy being involved with agriculture and agricultural commodity groups. NCGA is a fantastic organization, and they take on the tough challenges. That is the type of organization with which I want to be involved.”
As a member of the Corn Board, Edgington will be willing to step outside of his comfort zone to address the challenges facing agriculture. He prides himself on asking questions that provoke deep discussion, looking at every angle to find the best path forward.
“A good leader needs to be willing to step up,” he explained. “They need to be able to put forth the time and energy it takes to be involved, but they also need to listen to multiple sources. They need to be able to look at and understand all of the options and the many viewpoints involved. We are working for the good of the whole, not just the good of the one, in an organization with such a national, and international, scope.”
He would place a high priority on maintaining NCGA’s role as the leading advocate for the corn industry and bringing stakeholders together to find a strong voice advocating for issues such as ethanol, DDGS use and livestock exports as well as addressing consumer concerns. He would work to not only understand the issues but also to find innovative solutions that benefit both American agriculture and all of its consumers.
Edgington raises corn and soybeans along with his dad, brother and son. Vanessa and Chris have two children, Alex and Elizabeth. In addition to his row crop operation, he gains insight into livestock through a small business run by his son. He holds a bachelors of science degree in animal science from Iowa State University.
Currently, Edgington serves on NCGA’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team and chairs the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. Additionally, he serves on the board of Ag Ventures Alliance and holds the presidency of Rural Development Partners. Previously, he has chaired Golden Oval Eggs and co-chaired Corn Vision 2020.
To listen to the full interview with Edgington, click here.
The NCGA Corn Board election takes place during Corn Congress on July 20 in Washington.