Action teams and committees charged with in-depth analysis and consideration of the topics most relevant to corn farmers met in Washington as the initial phase of a full week of meetings held by the National Corn Growers Association. These farmer-led teams discussed changing situations, and the possible ramifications of these changes, in areas including public policy, ethanol, biotechnology, government regulation, trade and grower services in anticipation of NCGA Corn Congress and visits to Capitol Hill scheduled later this week.
“Through a careful analysis of each issue, NCGA’s action teams develop policies while maintaining the grassroots approach vital to the association’s success,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “These six smaller groups bring together grower-leaders from our member states to cultivate a deep knowledge of specialized areas and collaborate on solutions that help NCGA create opportunities and grow market demand for our members.”
Many of the team meetings included presentations from special guests. In the Ethanol Committee meeting, senior leadership from the American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association each addressed the team. Additionally, the group received updates on a wide array of market development efforts.
Each team delved into its respective issues with a full slate of presentations from association and affiliated organization staff, industry experts and agribusiness representatives.
In the Research and Business Development Action Team, members explored how to use open innovation to find new uses with Denys Resnick and Nick Kacsandi, both from Nine Sigma. In the Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team, Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, discussed the importance of the Trans Pacific Partnership to farmers and provided insight into how the Brexit will impact the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Action team and committee meetings conclude today, with Corn Congress convening early on Wednesday and running through Thursday late morning. During this meeting, delegates will consider proposed policy changes and will elect leadership to the Corn Board for the 2017 fiscal year beginning October 1.