Delegates attending the 2018 National Corn Congress re-elected Bruce Rohwer from O’Brien County to the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Board for a three-year term. Rohwer will join NCGA Directors Chris Edgington of Mitchell County and Kevin Ross of Pottawatomie County on the Corn Board. Ross will serve as first vice president-elect for Fiscal Year 2019.
"NCGA is unique in that it brings together corn farmers from across the country to create a cohesive, unified voice in dealing with their shared issues," said Rohwer. "I look forward to the opportunity to serve on the Corn Board to offer my views but, more importantly, to assist the board in its efforts to guide NCGA as a positive force for our nation's corn farmers."
Rohwer, of Paullina, Iowa is past chair and president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and is Corn Board liaison to the Risk Management Action Team. Rohwer operates a corn and soybean farm, along with his son and daughter, in addition to owning a drainage tillage business. Along with a neighbor, he also owns a sow farrow farrow-to-finish operation.
Bruce places a high priority on maintaining NCGA's role as the leading advocate for the corn industry and bringing stakeholders together to find a strong voice advocating for issues such as trade, ethanol, and livestock exports as well as addressing consumer concerns. Rohwer said that corn farmers have several opportunities to be farmer-advocates:
· before government regulators with a new crop insurance program to help protect farmers;
· for the Farm Bill before Congressional Committees;
· as ambassadors for our crop with international buyers;
· as partners with our fellow farmers in other associations such as the US Grains Council and U.S. Meat Export Federation
“These “opportunities” to affect things from policy to economics, come to us as members of NCGA and it is incumbent upon each of us to do that advocacy for agriculture,” stated Rohwer.
The NCGA Corn Board represents the organization on all matters while directing both policy and supervising day-to-day operations. Board members represent the federation of state organizations, supervise the affairs and activities of NCGA in partnership with the chief executive officer and implement NCGA policy established by the Corn Congress. Members also act as spokesmen for the NCGA and enhance the organization’s public standing on all organizational and policy issues.
The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) works to develop and defend markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and corn products. The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a membership organization lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its 7,800 farmer members. Both organizations work on the joint mission to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability.