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Corn grower nominations open for Leadership at Its Best


The NCGA Leadership Academy, part of Syngenta’s Leadership at Its Best Program, is looking for the next class of confident corn growers.

“Since it began in 1986, Leadership at Its Best has trained strong, confident volunteers who have helped shape the industry through their subsequent work at the state and national level,” said NCGA President Wesley Spurlock. “Having met so many farmers who feel similarly, I know that the desire to give back to their peers motivates an incredible number of farmers to look for service opportunities. NCGA depends upon this grassroots leadership, and I can personally attest that the time and effort dedicated are repaid in full through the incredible relationships built with like-minded individuals.”

Open to all NCGA membership, Leadership at Its Best provides training to interested volunteers of all skill levels. The first session, held in August in Minneapolis, Minnesota, addresses personal communications skills, public speaking, and association management. The second session, which will be held January 2018, addresses public policy issues, working with the Hill, and parliamentary procedure. Through this program, participants build the skill set needed to become a more confident public speaker with a solid background in the procedures and processes used by NCGA and many state organizations.

For more than three decades, NCGA, state corn associations, and most importantly, the U.S. corn industry, have benefited tremendously from the Syngenta co-sponsored Leadership at Its Best Program. More than 600 growers have gained invaluable knowledge and skills in media, communications, association management, and public policy over the lifetime of the program.

Nominated by their state corn association for either program, corn growers have until the end of May to turn in completed applications in to state offices.

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