Big picture conversations about the future of corn farming with Jon Doggett, the CEO of the National Corn Growers Association.
Join Jon every month as he travels the nation on a mission to advocate for America’s corn farmers. From the fields of the Corn Belt to the DC Beltway, we’ll make sure that the growers who feed America have a say in issues that are important to them with key leaders who are shaping the future of agriculture.
Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents nearly 40,000 dues-paying corn farmers nationwide and the interests of more than 300,000 growers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states.
NCGA and its 50 affiliated state organizations work together to create and increase opportunities for corn growers, with a vision of sustainably feeding and fueling a growing world.
A Wild Ride: Outgoing NCGA President Kevin Ross on his Eventful Term in Office
The NCGA’s outgoing President Kevin Ross had a term in office unlike any other. From a Twitter battle with the world’s largest beer brewer, to a public speech with President Donald Trump, to the NCGA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, his year at the helm was anything but boring.
In this episode, NCGA CEO Jon Doggett asks the Iowa grower to unpack all the highlights from his term and look to the future of the industry. And, in spite of all the uncertainty, Kevin shares his reasons for optimism and a love of farming that's stronger than ever.
Applying a Military Strategic Mindset to the Corn Demand Dilemma, with Col. Mark Purdy
Even before the onset of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, this had been a tough decade for corn growers. It turns out our members have gotten REALLY GOOD at growing corn, and demand just hasn’t kept up with supply.
NCGA’s efforts to spur corn demand have made great strides toward big-picture, far-horizon initiatives that will grow corn consumption in the future. But with the extra hit to corn demand posed by the pandemic, farmers could use a little extra help this harvest season.
And so the NCGA is partnering with Aimpoint Research, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in applying a military tactical mindset to solving business problems. In this episode, Jon discusses the issues with Aimpoint Senior Vice President Mark Purdy, a former Army Colonel who graduated from West Point Academy. He served as Director of War Games at the U.S. Army War College, and his experience ranges from leading combat units to managing multi-billion dollar security assistance portfolios. He traces his roots back to a family farm in Ohio where he grew up raising sheep, corn soybeans and hay.
They’re also joined by Jim Bauman, NCGA’s Vice President of Market Development.
Broadband a Big Challenge for Small Towns During COVID-19, with Elsie Wetzel
The poor quality of internet access in rural America has been an issue for a long time. The lack of reliable broadband has impacted farms, communities and the rural economy, and that was BEFORE the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now that kids in farm country are headed back to school, some virtually and some in-person, broadband access is a bigger issue than ever before.
In this episode, Jon talks with Elsie Wetzel--a school administrator, teacher, mother, farmer and Common Ground volunteer from North Texas--about how they’re making it work in these unprecedented times. Together, they explore the need to connect our rural communities, discuss the pandemic's impact on kids, families and rural schools, and share some important advice for staying grounded in the midst of all this uncertainty.
Corn’s Place at the Table in Global Trade Policy, with Amb. Darci Vetter and Ryan LeGrand
While the USMCA trade agreement was a big win for corn growers in the U.S., the industry is still reeling amid the larger trade war that has embroiled the U.S. and its strategic partners.
Since America’s retreat into protectionist economic policies, the U.S. corn industry has lost significant influence in global trade talks. Strong leadership and consistent trade policy are needed to right the industry’s economic course and secure an export market for America’s corn crop.
In this episode, NCGA CEO Jon Doggett talks to a pair of the world’s foremost experts in global agricultural trade about what comes next for U.S. ag trade policy.
Ambassador Darci Vetter is the Former USTR Chief Agricultural Negotiator and USDA Deputy Under Secretary, and currently works as a consultant at Edelman. And Ryan LeGrand is the CEO of the U.S. Grains Council.
Gold Medal Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee on Urban Farming and Common Ground
The so-called “Urban-Rural Divide” has played a growing role in American life, politics and social issues recently. But it doesn’t need to be that way.
In this episode, NCGA CEO Jon Doggett has a candid discussion with three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee about her experience growing up in East St. Louis, the issues facing residents of the inner city, and her accomplishments as a world-class athlete.
She also talks about the JJK Foundation’s efforts to educate city kids on the art of urban farming, including corn and soybeans, and the valuable life lessons they take away from the experience.
And together, Jackie and Jon agree that there’s more to unite us than divide us.
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Creating Corn Demand with Biobased Materials, with CRA’s John Bode and Iowa State’s Dr. Brent Shanks
When new materials can increase demand for corn, offer low-cost alternatives to traditional plastics AND benefit the environment, everybody wins.
And, backed by organizations like Iowa State’s Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) and the Corn Refiners Association (CRA), researchers in the heartland are pioneering new uses for corn that could reinvent the future of manufacturing.
In this episode, NCGA CEO Jon Doggett explores the possibilities with CRA CEO John Bode, CBiRC Director Dr. Brent Shanks, BioCognito Principal Nathan Danielson, and NCGA Director for Market Development Sarah McKay.