The National Corn Growers Association's annual Priority and Policy Conference takes place this week in St. Louis, Mo., bringing farmer leaders from many corn states to begin the discussion of state and national priorities for 2014 and NCGA's policies on such subjects as ethanol, public policy and biotechnology.
"This meeting provides us with an important opportunity to hear from the leaders of our state affiliates about their concerns and to work together, building a consensus that will pave a path forward in the months ahead," said NCGA President Pam Johnson, a grower from Floyd, Iowa.
Johnson said the discussions come at a critical point for the industry, with another round of farm bill discussions on the horizon and renewed discussions of the future of our nation's energy policy and the role that biofuels will play.
"With so many issues that will impact the future of farming on the table, we will have a busy week, sharing knowledge and insight that will help form strong, forward-looking policy," Johnson added.
The meeting includes chairpersons, presidents and executive directors of NCGA's state organizations, as well chairs and vice chairs of the organization's action teams and committees.
Starting Wednesday afternoon, these leaders will discuss organizational policy and their perspective on the relative importance of each issue facing the industry. As part of a collaborative initiative with the U.S. Grains Council, the Priority and Policy Conference also includes leadership from that organization for a discussion of USGC priorities and trade issues.