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Industry Innovator: National Corn Growers Association
Leadership for Corn and Ethanol
by Contributed by Ken Colombini

Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents 35,000 dues-paying corn farmers nationwide and the interests of more than 300,000 growers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 48 affiliated state associations and checkoff organizations work together to create and increase opportunities for corn growers.

NCGA is the largest trade organization in the United States representing corn growers. Since its inception the NCGA has successfully represented corn growers, with industry, the U.S. government, and consumers and throughout the world. The work of NCGA is overseen by a board composed of 15 full-time growers elected by 127 delegates from the member states.

Today, NCGA and its state member associations and checkoff organizations are working with elected leaders to increase ethanol demand. NCGA is working to develop new uses for corn through research and business development programs. It is also the leading voice for corn growers in support of new production tools, including biotechnology to U.S. and international government leaders. NCGA and its affiliates are committed to supporting farm policy to ensure government policy is fair so our growers can compete in a global economy. And NCGA and the state associations also work to open new markets through trade and work on providing access to these new markets by improving our transportation systems.

NCGA and ethanol

NCGA and our state organizations have long recognized the potential of ethanol as an expanding market for its members, and many of them have not only been suppliers, but investors in the industry and vocal advocates for its expansion. We recognize the great potential of ethanol as an environmentally friendly, renewable domestic fuel that will help provide energy security and independence and support our nation’s economy, especially in Rural America.

We have been strong supporters of policies to help the ethanol industry grow, such as the 2007 energy bill with its expanded Renewable Fuel Standard and the “green jobs” waiver request now being considered by the EPA to increase the allowable ethanol blend rate. In addition, our policy work supports the importance of tax credits and other incentives to help this crucial industry grow in an atmosphere where the larger competitor has enjoyed its share of government support.

At the same time as we work to protect these polices, we at NCGA have worked tirelessly and aggressively to counter critics who attack corn ethanol on false charges, such as raising food prices and taking acreage away from sensitive environments or other important crops. The fact that corn growers are today producing more corn at higher yields disproves these myths. Just consider – in 2009 U.S. farmers grew more corn than in 2007, and did so on 7 million fewer acres.

Looking to the future

NCGA, which recently operated with a “15-by-15-by-15” vision of producing 15 billion bushels of corn and 15 billion gallons of ethanol by 2015, has updated its strategic plan to look forward to 2020. We are well on the way to meet our 2015 goal, and we expect that increased corn yields mean we can reach 17 billion bushels of corn by 2020, from which 17.2 billion gallons can be produced.

We’re committed to producing sufficient corn for all markets – food, feed and fuel – and protecting and growing these markets as much as possible.

Contact Information:

The National Corn Growers Association

Chesterfield, MO and Washington, DC

(636) 733-9004 and (202) 628-7001

Key Contacts:

Darrin Ihnen, President

Bob Dickey, Chairman

Bart Schott, First Vice President

Rick Tolman, Chief Executive Officer

Ken Colombini, Director of Communications

(636) 733-9004, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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