The Board of Directors of the National Corn Growers Association has elected Garry Niemeyer of Auburn as the next officer for the organization. Pending ratification at July's Corn Congress meeting, Niemeyer will become first vice president on Oct. 1 and NCGA president one year later.
"I'm grateful and excited about the opportunity to serve in this leadership position," Niemeyer says. "Our industry has many challenges ahead of it in the coming years and they will also be a time of great opportunity to advance both the image and impact of modern American agriculture. NCGA has terrific grower leaders, a talented staff and tens of thousands of dedicated American corn farmers who are doing their part to feed and fuel the world."
Niemeyer and his wife, Cheryl, farm corn and soybeans in Auburn, which is near Springfield. Niemeyer has been a farmer for 35 years and has been a member of NCGA since 1995. On the national level, he currently serves as the Corn Board liaison to NCGA's Joint Trade Policy A-Team. Niemeyer has served as a member of the Ethanol Committee and the Production and Stewardship Action Team and as the organization's liaison to the Food and Agricultural Exporters Alliance.
"Garry will be a great asset to growers and the organization as an NCGA officer," says NCGA President Darrin Ihnen, a grower from Hurley, S.D. Ihnen becomes NCGA chairman Oct. 1, and North Dakota grower Bart Schott, the current first vice president, becomes president.
In his home state, Niemeyer served as president of the Illinois Corn Growers Association in 2002. In 2000, he chaired the Illinois Corn Growers Association Legislative Team. Niemeyer was selected as a 2010 Prairie Farmer Master Farmer. Niemeyer received a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois. He and his wife have three children: Angela, Stephanie and Timothy.
Garry Niemeyer and his wife, Cheryl, farm corn and soybeans in Auburn.