(Posted Sat. Jan 18th, 2014)

Jan. 17: The National Corn Growers Association’s annual Priority and Policy Conference wrapped up yesterday in St. Louis, concluding a series of discussions on state and national priorities for 2015, NCGA policies and a keynote panel presentation on the future of the ethanol industry. This in-depth discussion, which was moderated by NCGA CEO Rick Tolman, began with presentations from American Coalition for Ethanol Executive Vice President Brian Jennings, Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis and Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen.


“This meeting consistently provides a chance for NCGA leadership to gain valuable insight from our state affiliates while fostering deep discussions that help all of us examine the issues more fully,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre, a grower from Carmi, Ill. “The insight and ideas our attendees brought to discussions will provide us with sound guidance upon which to base effective, impactful plans for the upcoming years.”


The meeting includes chairs, presidents and executive directors of NCGA’s state organizations, as well chairs and vice chairs of the organization’s action teams and committees. For two days, these leaders discussed organizational policy and their perspective on the relative importance of each issue facing the industry. While each participant brought keen insight, it quickly became evident that all parties recognized the important of key legislation, including a farm bill and the Renewable Fuel Standard, to the future of the industry.


Again this year, as part of a collaborative initiative with the U.S. Grains Council, the Priority and Policy Conference also included leadership from that organization for a discussion of USGC priorities and trade issues.