WASHINGTON — A new program to develop corn farmers for
agricultural leadership opportunities was announced by DuPont and the National Corn Growers Association.
With more focus on food than ever, the NCGA DuPont New
Leader Program will help to empower growers to share their story of their farms
and the benefits of a robust agriculture system with key audiences, including
consumers, media and decision-makers.
“We’re very excited to kick off this new program, sponsored
by DuPont, at a time when farmers are critically needed for today’s growing
conversation about farming and food,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson. “Our
family farmers are a trusted voice and have a great story to tell, and
communications support is especially important for those preparing to get more
involved in leadership.”
“These next generations of family farmers are critical to
feeding a growing world population,” said Susan Bunz, leader of policy and
outreach for the advanced seed business of DuPont Pioneer. “We are excited for
the opportunity to work with NCGA to prepare these new farmers to be advocates
for agriculture and leaders in agriculture policy at the state and national
The NCGA DuPont New Leader Program will bring farmers from
each affiliated state to two sessions to develop and hone their communications
and leadership skills. The first session will be held in November at the DuPont
Pioneer facilities in Johnston, Iowa.
The second session will take place in Washington, D.C., in
July 2014. In between the two sessions, those farm couples involved will be
encouraged to be actively participating and honing their skills in state and
“The time between the two sessions is important for those
involved, because there are a number of ways they can and should engage — such
as Commodity Classic, state association board meetings and events, and programs
like CommonGround and the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance,” Johnson said.
“NCGA and its state affiliates are actively looking for farming men and women
who want to get involved, and this is the perfect opportunity to do so.”
Applications for the inaugural class will be available later