Dozens of National Corn Growers Association members are gathering in St. Louis this week for a round of meetings to discuss the issues that will affect farmers heading into 2013. Many growers from states in the northern and western Corn Belt are braving difficult weather conditions and delaying preparation for the upcoming growing year to attend these meetings.
"The December action team meetings help our organization explore upcoming issues and begin developing policy recommendations while providing a face-to-face forum for grower leaders to share ideas and build relationships," said NCGA President Pam Johnson, a grower from Floyd, Iowa. "As team members meet, some for the first time, they cement the bonds that will help us move forward on a variety of issues and create cohesive leadership that draws upon the varied experiences inherent in a grassroots organization."
The NCGA's six action teams and committees define, implement and measure program actions in their areas of expertise – trade policy and biotechnology, ethanol, public policy, production and stewardship, research and business development, and grower services.
By specializing in a particular subject area, the growers develop a more intricate and intimate understanding of the issues their teams cover. This deeper knowledge allows the team members to serve as advisors helping to guide the organization's activities in a hands-on manner.