(Posted Wed. Jul 2nd, 2014)
This article and podcast are the seventh in a series profiling candidates for the 2015 Corn Board.
Dean Taylor has served in numerous capacities of corn industry leadership at both the state and national level. Dedicated to his mission of building a better future for farmers, he now seeks to further his involvement as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.
Taylor is running for election to the Corn Board because he wants to contribute to the continuing success of American corn farmers as they face the regulatory and financial challenges of the 21st century. As an experienced leader having served at both the board and committee level, he has learned to work with his fellow leaders to build consensus in finding workable solutions. Additionally, he feels it is important for the Corn Board members to stay current on the variety of issues facing the industry and be open to input from all fellow corn growers.
"NCGA brings American corn farmers together to sort out the challenges we face in production, regulation and public image,” said Taylor. “As the representative of corn farmers, NCGA gives a voice to our concerns and creates a conversation that bridges the gap between farmers and the non-farming public. Farmers must play an active role to secure the future for their children and grandchildren who wish to continue their family farming traditions. If elected to the Corn Board, I would work diligently to advance this mission and serve my fellow growers."
If elected, Taylor would prioritize answering the challenges facing the ethanol market and addressing the rapidly expanding regulation of agriculture. Given the media-oriented nature of modern society, he would like to see the expansion of campaigns that promote the image of agriculture. It will be increasingly important to create a better understanding of farming among the vast majority of the public that is often many generations removed from the farm.
“We need to explain to people what we are doing, why we are doing it, and that it is often for their benefit as much as it is for ours,” he said. “Increasingly, we face challenges that make it necessary to support the image of agriculture. We have to worry about regulations no one had conceived of two generations ago. We have to keep people engaged and keep the passion for building a better future for farmers alive.”
Taylor operates a multigenerational corn and soybean farm in central Iowa with his brother. A seasoned leader with service experienced at the state, national and international levels, he views the next 10 years as a pivotal time for American agriculture.
Taylor currently serves as a member of NCGA’s Public Policy Action Team and on the U.S. Grains Council Western Hemisphere Action Team. He has previously chaired the NCGA Production and Stewardship Action Team and served as president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association.
To listen to the full interview with Dean Taylor, click here.
The NCGA Corn Board election takes place during Corn Congress on July 16 in Washington.