LINCOLN – As the Nebraska Corn Growers Association moves through the halfway point of the calendar, they continue to reflect on the past 50 years while looking ahead on behalf of their membership base.
According to a release from the Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA), the grassroots association was created by a simple phone call in 1972 requesting assistance that set the foundation for who NeCGA is today.
The 50th Anniversary Banquet, scheduled for August 19, will culminate this year of celebration.
For 50 years, NeCGA has stood with growers and members of the agriculture community to create and increase opportunities for Nebraska’s corn farmers through advocacy, education, partnership and leadership development.
Andy Jobman, farmer from Gothenburg and NeCGA president said, “this is a key milestone for our grassroots membership and our association. It is time to recognize past leaders, reflect back on successful resolution to issues – but just as importantly look ahead on how the association will play a key role in challenges and opportunities over the next 50 years.”
As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration, NeCGA created a video that includes interviews with early founders, current leaders and highlights key issues that the association took a leadership role in.
Jobman added, “the goal is to leave the industry better than we found it, whether its ethanol policy, crop insurance policy, trade biotechnology development or the technology we use on our farms. Making sure our growers have the tools in front of them that allow them to operate successfully and help make sure that they are profitable and can pass that farm from one generation to the next.”
As NeCGA continues to be at the forefront of issues like fertilizer tariffs, EPA rulings and property taxes, opportunities for grower members to voice their opinions continue to grow.
Mike Bergen, Hamilton County Corn Growers Association’s president mentioned, “I’m very excited about the next 50 years with the Nebraska Corn Growers. I think we are going to see corn farmers come together and unite with one voice to promote agriculture.”
The Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) is a grassroots commodity organization that works to enhance the profitability of corn producers. NeCGA has more than 2,500 dues-paying members in Nebraska. NeCGA is affiliated with the National Corn Growers Association, which has more than 40,000 dues-paying members nationwide.