Several members and staff from the National Corn Growers Association spent time with media, farmers, industry partners and academics during the 2016 Farm Progress Show to share the organization’s key priorities and messages.
The clear intent of our effort is to communicate the economic challenges farmers are facing and leverage NCGA’s position as a thought leader to raise awareness and drive solutions,” said Wesley Spurlock, NCGA’s incoming president. “We are working on everything from developing new fuel infrastructure for greater consumer access to ethanol, to trade issues, to combating regulatory barriers, and virtually all of our issues come back to the same thing…demand. The quickest and best way to address the looming economic crisis is increasing demand and grinding corn.”
As Spurlock noted, tens of thousands of farmers, representatives in related industries and dozens of ag media outlets attend the Farm Progress Show each year. So, it provides a unique opportunity to discuss issues and potential solutions as well as relay messages to farmers across the nation not in attendance.
“Farmers, industry and government all have a responsibility to come together to solve this economic challenge. I think our efforts to rebuild research and development capabilities, engage consumers and address our eroding infrastructure represent a big step in the right direction,” Spurlock added. “But, we must all share this commitment and pull in the same direction for us to be successful.”
Listen to an interview with Spurlock and NCGA incoming First Vice President Kevin Skunes here: Interview with NCGA Officers Wesley Spurlock and Kevin Skunes