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Missouri Corn Growers Association recognizes industry supporters

Work to set record straight on food prices


Corn growers, political leaders and other industry officials converged on the Capital City yesterday to participate in the Missouri Corn Growers Association annual meeting and lobby day.

During the business portion of the annual meeting, Missouri corn growers re-elected Kenny McNamar of Gorin, Mo., and Paul Gross of Corder, Mo., to the MCGA board of directors. Members also elected Morris Heitman of Mound City, Mo., Gary Porter of Mercer, Mo., and Greg Schneider of Warrenton, Mo., to the board. Heitman takes the place of retiring board member B.J. Bailey from Oregon, Mo., Porter replaces John Quinn of Chillicothe, Mo., and Schneider replaces Jayne Glosemeyer of Marthasville, Mo. All three retiring board members who served the maximum of nine years on the farmer-led board of directors were honored yesterday with appreciation awards.

"We must thank these three dedicated leaders for the time that they have spent away from their families and farms to volunteer their efforts to increase the value of Missouri corn production," said Geske. "During their tenure, these leaders witnessed the establishment of Missouri's farmer-owned ethanol industry from the first 15 million gallon plant in 2000 to the 265 million gallons produced by our six plants today. The mission of Missouri Corn is to develop and expand corn markets to increase the profitability of corn production. I would say these three have been an instrumental part of today's successes."

MCGA leaders also presented honors to deserving individuals and entities who have contributed to the success of the association and the corn industry. Award winners included:

--C2 President's Award, Gov. Jay Nixon.

--Outstanding Partner Award, Missouri Renewable Fuels Association.

--Environmental Stewardship Award, Neil Strong, Syngenta.

--Farm Broadcaster of the Year, Brian Sowers, KMMO in Marshall, Mo.

--Friend of Corn Growers Award: Sen. Frank Barnitz, Sen. Dan Clemens, Sen. Rob Mayer, Sen. Charlie Shields, Sen. Wes Shoemyer, Sen. Bill Stouffer, Rep. Joe Aull, Rep. Steve Hobbs, Rep. Mike McGhee, Rep. Brian Munzlinger, Rep. Paul Quinn, Rep. Ron Richard, Rep. Martin Rucker, Rep. Tom Shively, Rep. Mike Thomson, Rep. Terry Witte and Rep. Billy Pat Wright.

Following the annual meeting, corn growers took to the Capitol to shine light on the true impact of commodity prices in grocery aisles. Armed with over 200 boxes of cornflakes, growers informed legislators and key staffers that only 19 cents of every food dollar goes to the farmer.

"Handing out these boxes of cornflakes allowed us to get our foot in the door and really talk about the issues important to corn growers," Geske said. "A simple tool such as a box of cereal easily demonstrated what a small portion of the food dollar the farmer is actually receiving. Many legislators were surprised to learn that the price of the cornflakes was $2.18 yet the corn farmer's share was only 3 pennies."

The Missouri Corn Growers Association was formed to protect the rights of its members, build new markets for corn and increase opportunities for Missouri farmers.

To learn more about Missouri's corn industry, call 800-827-4181 or visit Missouri Corn at www.mocorn.org.

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