Nebraska Corn Growers Association touts leadership mission
Earlier this month, young leaders from across the state took part in the Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) 31st Annual Washington D.C. Leadership Mission.
From March 11-15, 20 producers, along with five grower leaders, got a firsthand experience of Washington D.C. and the legislative process.
The leadership mission trip to Washington D.C. is a great way for Nebraska corn farmers to engage with key contacts and help put a face on Nebraska agriculture. The participants had a full slate of meetings over three days. This included meeting with the Nebraska congressional delegation as well as important industry partners. The participants were able to talk with a wide variety of people and organizations who have a great deal of influence over their farms back in Nebraska.
Deanna Finke, from Gothenburg, and her husband, Adam, were first time attendees. Deanna had the opportunity to sit in on a meeting at the White House with Ambassador Gregg Doud and a meeting at the Mexico Embassy.
“Getting a chance to sit in on a meeting at the White House was a once in a life opportunity. This trip opened my eyes to all the work that is going on behind the scenes. I am so glad I decided to participate in this program,” Finke said.
“The DC Leadership Mission is a chance for new leaders to gain a better understanding of the legislative process and the current issues that face Nebraska’s corn farmers. It is our hope that they will take this knowledge and enthusiasm back with them to their local organizations. This trip is the place where many of our current leaders got their start,” said Dan Nerud, president of NeCGA.
This leadership mission trip would not be possible without support from association sponsors, the Nebraska Corn Board and Farm Credit Services of America, the NeCGA stated in its release.
The Nebraska Corn Growers Association is a grassroots commodity organization that works to enhance the profitability of corn producers. Now in its 45th year of service to its members, the Association has more than 2,500 dues paying members in Nebraska. It is affiliated with the National Corn Growers Association, which has more than 40,000 dues paying members nationwide. More information can be found at www.necga.org.