The National Corn Growers Association reached a new record high number of members, 37,231, at the end of March. The previous record of 37,160 was set in August 2011.
“It is inspiring to see the level of support for our programs and activities that this new membership record suggests,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer, who farms near Auburn, Ill. “This increased level of involvement makes obvious the value members believe NCGA staff and grower leaders provide to them and to the industry as a whole.”
NCGA membership offers many benefits, including leadership opportunities, academic scholarships and discounts. Members play an active role in organizational leadership by shaping the direction of activities and influencing public policy that affects all farmers. Additionally, membership provides valuable discounts with companies such as Office Depot, Dell, Cabela’s, Ford and Enterprise, and special access to official NASCAR information, including discounted tickets and merchandise.
In addition to representing individual members, NCGA is part of a federation in cooperation with the many state-level grower associations and checkoff boards. More than 300,000 growers contribute to state and national organizations through corn checkoff funds in their states.
“During this election cycle, the amount of influence asserted by large interest groups in government becomes obvious through the onslaught of advertisements and media messaging,” Niemeyer said. “To ensure that our legislators continue to value the vital role corn farmers play in our society, growers must work together through NCGA and state associations that leverage the industry’s collective strength. Together, growers voices are magnified in Washington to ensure agricultural interests are not unceremoniously pushed to the wayside.”