Growers are gathering this week in Washington for the second session of the National Corn Growers Association’s Leadership Academy, sponsored by Syngenta. Upon completion, the participants will join more than 500 colleagues who have graduated from this program in the past 25 years.
At the meeting, participants got an up-close look at NCGA from Chairman Bart Schott, also a Leadership Academy alumnus. NCGA staff in Washington also provided briefings on current issues facing corn farmers on Capitol Hill.
The training also includes panels designed to explain how lobbying works and the role lobbyists play in the federal government. Finally, the group will have a chance to implement their knowledge, along with the skills honed during the first session in August, as they visit with their representatives in Congress.
“As a Leadership Academy graduate, I have a deep appreciation for the expertise attendees develop in such a short time, and of the ability of Syngenta and other presenters to hone in on what is most needed,” Schott said. “I am proud that so many promising leaders choose to get involved and attend the program. When these volunteers come together, you can feel their passion for the industry. It is heartening to know that such strong leaders will carry on our mission well into the future.”
This year’s class includes Darren Armstrong (N.C.), Cathy Arthur (Ind.), Ryan Buck (Minn.), Dan Cole (Ill.), Steve Duwe (Wis.), Chris Erlandson (N.D.), Lori Feltis (Minn.), Larry Hasheider (Ill.), Gary Hudson (Ill.), Carson Klosterman (N.D.), Travis Mockler (S.D.), Mike Moreland (Mo.), Bruce Peterson (Minn.), Jim Reed (Ill.), Jason Reiners (Neb.), Kevin Rempp (Iowa), Michael Reskovac (Pa.), Bruce Rohwer (Iowa), Kevin Ross (Iowa), Tim Scheer (Neb.), and Greg Schneider (Mo.).
In addition to Leadership Academy, NCGA continues its more personalized advanced leadership training program in September, also sponsored by Syngenta. Advanced Leadership Academy, a two-part program with classes in September and March, provides intensive leadership training to a handful of well-qualified applicants.