Each year, the National Corn Growers Association recognizes the hard work of grower members who recruit colleagues into the association. At a time when many associations have seen membership decline, NCGA continues to enjoy record membership, in large part because of the excellent job recruiters do in helping farmers understand the work done on their behalf. Another strong effort helped NCGA set a new membership record of 37,160 in August.
“NCGA’s continued growth clearly demonstrates the value that members see in the organization,” said Brandon Hunnicutt, chairman of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team. “Through our efforts in the industry, in government and with the public, NCGA works tirelessly to defend corn farmers and create new opportunities for them to flourish. Programs such as Leadership at Its Best, the National Corn Yield Contest and scholarship opportunities allow growers to benefit from membership in a personal way while growers across the country benefit from the association’s activities promoting positive changes.”
For 2011, NCGA recognized three Hall of Fame top recruiters, based on the number of growers each one recruited and the number of points earned for recruitment and retention. Notably, only those already inducted into the NCGA recruiter Hall of Fame are eligible for this award: Leslie Roach, Wheatland, N.D. (403 members, 1,386 points); Douglas Toreen, Bird Island, Minn. (209 members, 1,135 points); and Roger Bonham, Washington Court House, Ohio (209 members, 716 points).
Additionally, a special honor was conferred as Missouri recruiter Billy Thiel entered this elite group with his induction into NCGA’s Walter Goeppinger Recruiter Hall of Fame. Winning first place in the top recruiter category in 2011, compiled with his strong efforts over many years, culminated in eligibility for this recognition of his dedicated service to and hard work on behalf of NCGA. Thiel’s induction brings the number of elite Hall of Fame recruiters to 18.
The top three standard recruiters, based on the number of growers each one recruited and the number of points earned for recruitment and retention in 2011 are Billy Thiel, Marshall, Mo. (811 members, 2,286 points); Kevin Deiter, Faulkton, S.D. (195 members, 875 points); and Connie Mulder, Renville, Minn. (95 members, 515 points).
These winners were all honored at the NCGA Awards Banquet, March 2 in Nashville, Tenn. The 2011 Membership Program was sponsored by Syngenta.