Nebraska Corn Growers attend leadership program in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fifteen corn growers from across
the state of Nebraska attended the Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA)
annual leadership program in Washington, D.C., February 3-6. Attendees were:
Duane Keller, Aurora; Nathan Jacobitz, Kenesaw; Vaughn Gross Rhode, North Bend;
Gary Krenke, Scribner; Daniel Wesely, Morse Bluff; Chad Reddish, Lincoln; Dustin
Schwenka, Minden; Dan Nerud, Dorchester; Jesse Carman, Shelton; Gary Behrendt,
Ravenna; Judy Eggleston, Cozad; Matt Habrock, Lincoln; Carl Sousek, Prague;
Brandon Hunnicutt, Giltner; Steve Ebke, Daykin.
The program provides an opportunity for corn growers to meet with Congressional
delegations, a number of regulatory and trade officials and numerous allied
industry organizations that have offices in Washington.
The group met with representatives from the Renewable Fuels Association to be
updated on issues in Washington that may influence biofuels during the coming
year. A meeting with the Fertilizer Institute provided insight into factors
influence crop input prices and supplies.
Washington-based staff of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) discussed
the latest details in various legislative issues. This included infrastructure
funding that would support upgrading inland waterways, initiatives NCGA is
undertaking to expand the use of biofuels and other assorted regulatory items
that are important to corn growers.
Similar updates were provided by the American Farm Bureau Federation, the U.S.
Grains Council and other allied industry organizations.
“Initiatives like this are important as it allows corn growers to learn more
about issues that impact them on a daily basis. Growers can ask questions and
give their own input to Congressional representatives and others involved in the
decision-making process,” said NeCGA President, Brandon Hunnicutt. “This helps
prepare growers for taking on leadership roles within state and national
organizations and build connections between the corn industry and legislators.”
The leadership program was supported by the Nebraska Corn Board and Farm Credit
Services of America.
NeCGA is a grassroots commodity organization that works to enhance the
profitability of corn producers. Now in its 36th year of service to its members,
NeCGA has more than 2,000 dues paying members in Nebraska. NeCGA is affiliated
with the NCGA, which has more than 35,000 dues paying members nationwide.