Corn Growers Convene In Capital City

Farmers talk agriculture concerns with legislators.

Published on: Feb 15, 2013

Corn farmers, board members, industry representatives and guests from across the state gathered in Jefferson City, last week for the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) annual meeting and lobby day.

The morning kicked off at the Capitol Plaza Hotel with MCGA's annual business meeting where members approved the 2012 annual meeting minutes and a financial report.  Members also elected Scott Hays of Monroe City, to the MCGA board of directors to represent District 3 growers in northeast Missouri.  Three board members were also reelected:  Mike Moreland of District 4 in southwest Missouri; Jay Fischer of District 5 representing the central region; and Jim Stuever of District 7 in southeast Missouri.

Missouri corn producers from across the state took time away from the farm to visit with legislators at the State Capitol about the important role corn plays in Missouris economy during the Missouri Corn Growers Association annual meeting and lobby day. Photo Credit:  Missouri Corn Growers Association
Missouri corn producers from across the state took time away from the farm to visit with legislators at the State Capitol about the important role corn plays in Missouri's economy during the Missouri Corn Growers Association annual meeting and lobby day. Photo Credit: Missouri Corn Growers Association

Members also took the opportunity to recognize industry supporters for their contributions to the Missouri Corn Growers Association.  Award recipients included

Public Servant Award

Senator Kurt Schaefer

Friend of Corn Growers Award

Representative Casey Guernsey

Outstanding Partner Award

Marsha Stanton, Monsanto

Duane Simpson, Monsanto

Todd Sears, IntelliAir

Tony Stafford, Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority

Honorary Lifetime Award

Billy Thiel, Malta Bend

President's Award

Rob Korff, Norborne

"We have great friends and partners who work alongside us to pursue the best interests of the corn industry," said MCGA President Rob Korff, of Norborne.  "We are proud to recognize their efforts and thank them for their continued partnership."

Following the annual meeting and a luncheon, growers visited the State Capitol to talk with legislators on the important role Missouri corn and ethanol production play in the state's economy.  

"MCGA works hard to represent farmers' interests in the halls of the Capitol," said Korff.  "Every day decisions are made which could impact our farms so it is vital growers have a seat at the table.  We appreciate those growers who took the time away from the farm to visit with legislators and provide a farmer's perspective on issues affecting agriculture."