State's ag interests to be represented well on national action teams
The state of Kansas will have strong representation on national agriculture leadership committees in the coming year. Three Kansas Corn leaders have been selected to serve on National Corn Growers Association action teams, which offer an opportunity to gather direct member input on issues that impact the corn industry.
Bob Timmons, Fredonia, was reappointed to the Research and Business Development action team. Timmons was first appointed to this committee in fall 2010, making this appointment his fourth year on the committee.
Dennis McNinch, Utica, was selected to serve on the Ethanol Committee. This is his first NCGA appointment as well as his first year as a Kansas Corn Commissioner from the northwest region.
Ken McCauley, White Cloud, was appointed President of CornPac. McCauley is a past president of NCGA and has served on CornPac for several years.
Kansas Corn Growers Association Director of Communications Sue Schulte said Timmons, McNinch and McCauley will offer strong leadership on the national level.
"Any member of the corn growers can apply to serve on these teams, and that provides NCGA with strong grassroots leadership," Schulte said. "We are lucky to have these three Kansas growers to lead on the national level. I'd like to remind our corn growers that we would be happy to talk to them about opportunities to become involved on the state and national levels."
NCGA members can apply to serve on an action team, with a fiscal year beginning in October for each term. Action teams provide growers an opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future of the corn industry and to become a part of the national agricultural leadership community. Committees range from production and stewardship, research and business development, public policy, grower services, ethanol committee, trade policy, biotechnology and the national political action committee.
"As a grassroots organization, NCGA relies on its members to step forward and take an active role in developing the policies that will lead our industry forward," NCGA First Vice President Pam Johnson said. "We have opportunities in all of the areas the organization touches, thus allowing members to take their involvement to the next level while exploring in great depth the areas that interest them the most."
The Kansas Corn Commission administers the half-cent per bushel corn checkoff in the areas of market development, research, promotion and education.