Each year, the National Corn Growers Association recognizes the hard work of grower members who recruit colleagues into the association. At a time when the industry is breaking production records, membership in NCGA is an important tool for growers. Strong recruitment and retention work in 2010 helped NCGA set a new membership record of 36,216 in August.
"While many organizations have seen their membership decrease as people had to find ways to cut back, the fact that our roles continue to grow is a testament to how vital our members feel their investment in NCGA is to corn farming," said Brandon Hunnicutt, chairman of NCGA's Grower Services Action Team. "Through our efforts on Capitol Hill, in the industry and with the public, NCGA works tirelessly to defend corn farmers and create new opportunities for them to flourish. Programs such as Leadership at Its Best, the National Corn Yield Contest and scholarship opportunities allow growers to benefit from membership in a personal way while growers across the country benefit from the positive force for change the association acts as throughout the industry."
For 2010, NCGA recognized the top three recruiters, based on the number of growers each one recruited and the number of points earned for recruitment and retention: Keith Alverson, Chester, S.D., with 325 members and 1,177 points; Connie Mulder, Renville, Minn., with 84 members and 440 points; and Robert Nelsen, Westbrook, Minn., with 85 members and 415 points.
NCGA also honors states for their recruitment achievements through two awards. In 2010, Georgia showed the greatest percentage of increase in NCGA membership with 50 percent growth. Missouri experienced the greatest national numeric increase with 253 more members than 2009. Both these states and the top recruiters will be honored during Commodity Classic at the NCGA Awards Banquet.
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