NCGA provides insight into building healthy relationships between farmers, government


This week, NCGA met with a team of government officials and farm group leaders from Argentina to explain the role of agricultural associations in the United States and to discuss how American farmers maintain a positive relationship with their government. NCGA staff also addressed the current supply, demand and production forecasts.

“As the global population continues to grow at an exponential rate, farmers across the world will have to work together to meet soaring demand,” said NCGA Vice President of Production and Utilization Paul Bertels. “A healthy international grain supply promotes security and, in that way, benefits all of us as global citizens.”

With an estimated global population of 9 billion by 2050, farmers face massive demand increases that they will have to meet on roughly the same amount of land while simultaneously decreasing farm inputs and emissions.  In Argentina, productivity has been negatively impacted by difficulties in the relationship as farmers expressed discontent with government imposed export restrictions.  Looking to NCGA as a model, they hope to improve those relations and, subsequently, the situation for Argentine growers.

Following the formal presentations at NCGA’s suburban St. Louis headquarters, NCGA staff answered questions from the team on subjects of interest including common production practices, farm programs such as crop insurance and on the market for specialty varieties of corn.

While here, delegates participating in the team, organized by the U.S. State Department at the request of the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, also met with representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Monsanto and toured farms in Iowa.

Source: National Corn Growers Association