Corn farmers from across the country traveled to Washington this week to take part in the second phase of the Advanced Leadership program co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and Syngenta. This program, now in its sixth year, offers high-level training for a select group of Leadership At Its Best alumni. While in town, participants visited numerous members of the Senate and House of Representatives, met with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and received an insider’s view of how lobbyists work on Capitol Hill.
“The Advanced Leadership program offers an exciting way to build upon the training offered by Leadership at Its Best,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, himself a graduate of the program. “These farmers have stepped up as leaders, volunteering their time and talent on behalf of corn farmers and the entire agricultural community. They are passionate about farming. Our goal is to give them the knowledge and tools to harness that passion and drive positive change.”
The Advanced Leadership Academy class underwent extensive media training and heard directly from consumers about their attitudes and perceptions of modern farming. The participants delved into the workings of government agencies during a visit to the U.S. Department of Agriculture where they met with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
The Advanced Leadership Academy class includes Chris Edgington (Iowa), Tom Haag (Minn.), Gail Lierer (Ohio), and Rachel Vonderhaar (Ohio).
The Advanced Leadership program held its first session in September in Greensboro, N.C. Applications for Leadership At Its Best and for Advanced Leadership will be available this fall from state and national offices.