Pam Johnson first woman to lead NCGA, ND Schott hands off the gavel


The National Corn Growers Association Corn Board yesterday elected Pam Johnson of Iowa to become the organization’s first vice president for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. When she becomes NCGA president in October 2012, Johnson will be the first woman to lead NCGA.

“It is an honor to be elected an officer for the National Corn Growers Association,” Johnson said. “This is an organization whose farmer leaders and staff members are supremely dedicated to an industry vitally important to our country and our world. I look forward to working with farmer members, state leaders and many partners as NCGA continues its mission as the leading national voice for corn farmers, and as a thought leader when it comes to growing opportunities for American agriculture.”

Johnson farms with her husband and two sons, raises corn and soybeans on a 2,700-acre farm in Floyd, Iowa. They also manage a seed business and are members in value-added businesses such as ethanol and biodiesel. Johnson is the board liaison to the NCGA Grower Services Action Team and has served on the Finance Committee and has chaired both the Bylaws Committee and the NCGA Research and Business Development Action Team.

In her home state, Johnson is a director of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and former chairwoman of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. Johnson’s election is scheduled for a ratification vote by delegates at the July 13 Corn Congress meeting in Washington.

“NCGA has a long history of strong leadership, and we had several outstanding candidates from which to choose. I thank all of them for their desire to serve and their dedication to our organization,” said NCGA President Bart Schott. “As someone who has long been working hard on behalf of corn farmers at the state and national level, Pam will be a welcome addition to the leadership team this fall and I am sure she will make an excellent president the following year.”

On Oct. 1, Schott of North Dakota becomes chairman and the current first vice president, Garry Niemeyer of Illinois, becomes NCGA president. Schott and his family raise no-till corn, soybeans and wheat in Kulm, N.D., and he also runs a seed business including both sales and small-grain seed. Niemeyer farms with his wife in Auburn, Ill., where he is a third-generation farmer growing corn and soybeans.