Getting the Word Out from Classic

In Audio, Commodity Classic, Media by Cindy

By all accounts, the 2013 Commodity Classic was a record setter. The semi-final numbers are amazing at 6,180 attendees, 3,024 of which were growers and 1,024 first time attendees. “There are more new people interested in coming to Commodity Classic,” said Ken Colombini, Communications Director for the National Corn Growers Association. But not every farmer can make it to the …

Tornado Warning at Commodity Classic

In Commodity Classic, Video by Cindy

For those few in the crop farming world who did not attend the 2012 Commodity Classic, you missed a very interesting event – a serious tornado warning that resulted in herding thousands of people in the Gaylord Opryland Hotel into a basement ballroom. We have to give credit to the Opryland staff for their caution and diligence in looking out …

NCGA’s Missouri Corn Membership Machine

In Commodity Classic, State Groups by Cindy

Missouri Corn Growers president Billy Thiel is a membership machine for the National Corn Growers Association. During the NCGA Awards banquet at the 2012 Commodity Classic, Thiel became the 17th member of the Walter Goeppinger Recruiter Hall of Fame, an honor which comes with a classy new blazer. Thiel led the way in recruiting new members for NCGA in 2011, …

2012 Commodity Classic is a Barn Buster

In Audio, Commodity Classic, USFRA by Cindy

The 2012 Commodity Classic was a major record-breaker. Final attendance figures totaled over 6,000 – a full 25% more than the previous record of 4800 set last year. It was an indication of the optimism in the agriculture industry right now as commodity prices are good and spring planting season is just around the corner. “Right now, if the recent …

Corn Growers Gathering in Nashville

In Commodity Classic by Cindy

National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer of Illinois is looking forward to a great, big Commodity Classic this year – with registration already at a record level. “We have 5,400 people showing up for this – the largest by almost 25% that we’ve ever had,” Niemeyer said during a pre-convention interview on Tuesday. And that’s just pre-registration! Actual numbers …

NCGA President Receives Agribusiness Leader of the Year Award

In Audio, Commodity Classic by Chuck

Today the St. Louis Agribusiness Club presented its annual Agribusiness Leader of the Year Award to Rick Tolman, CEO, National Corn Growers Association. Here’s Rick with his award which was presented by past St. Louis Ag Club President Stephanie Regagnon, Solutia, Inc. I spoke with Rick right after he received his award. He says that he’s “very moved and surprised …

Standing up for Women in Agriculture

In Audio, Commodity Classic, Farming, General by Cindy

Not too long ago, Iowa farmer and National Corn Growers Association board member Pam Johnson took issue with an Environmental Working Group article on the industry’s CommonGround program featuring women in agriculture. The EWG article attacked the CommonGround program as a PR campaign for “Big Ag” that obscures “the reality … that women really have almost no voice on the …

Commodity Classic Sets New Records

In Commodity Classic, Farming by Cindy

The 2011 Commodity Classic is one for the record books. Attendance at the annual meeting of corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers shattered previous records. Total attendance was more than 4826, breaking the previous record at Nashville three years ago by almost 300. Total number of growers was over 1600, compared to the previous record of 1513 in 2009 in …

NCGA President On Stage At Commodity Classic

In Audio, Commodity Classic by Chuck

At Commodity Classic in Tampa, FL, the leaders of all the participating organizations took to the stage during the general session. Included is the President of the National Corn Growers Association, Bart Schott (pictured second from right). Also on stage were Alan Kemper, ASA, Gerald Simonsen, NAWG and Jerry McReynolds, NSP and moderator Mark Mayfield. Mark asked each of them …

Future Corn Industry Leaders

In Audio, Commodity Classic, Education by Cindy

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA)and BASF Crop Protection announced the winners of six scholarships during the 2011 Commodity Classic on in Tampa. This is the fourth year for the NCGA Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program which awards five $1,000 scholarships to college students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field. The winners are Hayley Bunselmeyer, a junior at …