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Aspiring Farmer-Leaders Encouraged to Apply for National Program


The application deadline for the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) DuPont New Leaders program is quickly approaching.

The program targets farming couples and individuals who are interested in growing their industry participation or who are considering agricultural board leadership.  The all-expenses-paid program begins June 18-21, 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa. During this four-day session, participants will receive communications training, learn about prominent policy topics and network with other farmers.

JR Roesner, farmer from Ferdinand, Ind. and graduate of the NCGA DuPont New leaders program, notes that the program was key in preparing him for his work as an Indiana Corn Marketing Council director.

“Serving in agricultural leadership roles requires strong communication skills, a knowledge of the issues facing the industry and an understanding of one’s personal strengths and weaknesses,” Roesner said. “The NCGA DuPont New Leaders program was a great starting point to acquire the tools I needed to begin my work as a farmer-leader in Indiana.”

Throughout the course of the program, farmers will also participate in online activities to communicate with other participants and program leaders to hone their communication and leadership skills. The program concludes in February 2019 at Commodity Classic where participants will attend an issues briefing, Corn Congress, and a banquet where they will be recognized.

“ICMC is committed to engaging young farmers through programs, so they are ready to lead our industry with the skills and knowledge to advocate for agriculture in their communities, state and our nation, said David Ring, ICMC Governance Chair and farmer from Huntingburg, Ind. Our future rests on the rising generation of farmers, and we want to prepare them to lead and engage the industry. The NCGA DuPont New Leaders program offers farmers a chance to do just that.”

To apply for the program, participants must be at least 21 years of age and a member of the NCGA.  Participants cannot be serving on a NCGA affiliated board or Corn Congress.  Participants must commit to attending all elements of the program listed below.  All program-related travel and lodging expenses for both the grower and spouse/partner participant will be covered, per NCGA policy and procedures.

Session 1: Des Moines, IA – June 18-21, 2018

Session 2: At Commodity Classic in Orlando, FL – February, 28 – March 2, 2019

Applications are due March 30, 2018 and they are available at https://ncga.formstack.com/forms/new_leader_application. For more information, visit www.ncga.org/nlp or contact Hannah Vorsilak, Indiana Corn Marketing Council Education and Training director at hvorsilak@indianacorn.org or 317-644-2791.