Each July, the Nebraska Corn Board invites up to 10 young leaders to join our nation’s corn growers and congressional leaders during the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) annual Corn Congress. The event takes place in Washington D.C. and provides participants with the opportunity to advance their personal and professional leadership development and understanding of agricultural policy.
During the visit to our nation’s capital, meeting participants will attend:
- NCGA’s Corn Congress where attendees will gain an understanding of policy development of a national association, along with hearing updates from various action teams, committees and staff
- NCGA’s Action Team/Committee Meetings which provide attendees greater discussion on issues such as ethanol, research and business development, transportation, production and stewardship and biotech
- Capitol Hill Visits which provide attendees direct access to Nebraska’s congressional delegation where we outline our policy priorities
- Industry and Agency Visits with key staff who provide an update on issues of importance to agriculture
- Other meetings may include the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Embassy, U.S. Grains Council, and other ag associations
The program includes airfare, lodging, registration, transportation and most meals. Participants join leaders and staff from the Nebraska Corn Board in addition to the Nebraska Corn Growers Association during the multi-day trip. The series of meetings, dinners and breaks will allow those chosen to interact with nearly 200 farmers from all across the U.S., agribusiness leaders from some of the leading agribusiness companies and other leaders from various state college and leadership development programs.