The 2014 Indiana Corn Growers Association officer team includes (from left) Treasurer George Morton of Lebanon, President Herb Ringel of Wabash, Vice President Mike Nichols of Rockport and Secretary David Gottbrath of Pekin.
INDIANAPOLIS — Herb Ringel of Wabash was re-elected
president of the Indiana Corn Growers Association by the board at its meeting in
Also elected were: Vice President Mike Nichols of Rockport,
Treasurer George Morton of Lebanon and Secretary David Gottbrath of
The association board works to develop sound policies that
protect and promote the interest of Indiana corn farmers and consists of
farmer-directors from across the state.
“With the challenges to the Renewable Fuel Standard and lack
of movement on the farm bill, it is critical for our lawmakers to hear from
Indiana corn farmers on policy that affects how we raise our crops, how we can
compete in a global economy and how we build new markets for our corn crop,”
said Ringel, who is in his second term as president.
“As we move into 2014, our main focus is to defend the RFS
as the Environmental Protection Agency seeks to drastically cut the amount of
ethanol that petroleum companies are required to use. This has a direct effect
on each and every corn farmer as we have seen corn prices drop below the cost of
production since the announcement,” he said.
The association is asking Indiana corn farmers to let EPA
know that its decision to lower the corn ethanol requirement under the RFS is
hurting their farms, as well as rural communities across Indiana that have seen
growth because of the ethanol industry.
More information and directions on how to submit comments
can be found at www.ncga.com/rfs.