September 16, 2011

Podcast: NCGA leadership academy helps develop strong grassroots leaders

In this podcast, Jay Reiners, a farmer from Juniata and member of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, talks about the first session of the National Corn Growers Association's Leadership Academy he attended in August in Minneapolis, Minn.

He noted that corn grower groups like the Nebraska Corn Growers and National Corn Growers are grassroots-driven organizations with growers comprising the board of directors.

The Leadership Academy, sponsored by Syngenta, is one way the national organization can help ensure it develops strong grassroots leadership year after year, but it also benefits state organizations by helping growers gain new skills that will be useful at the state level, Reiners said.

In January the group will go to DC for the second and final session. There, they will focus on public policy, providing the ins and outs of politics and how things work in DC. "This includes each attendee scheduling his or her own visit to the Hill to visit with their Representatives and Senators. A challenge, for sure, but a skill we all can develop," he said.

For those who have successfully completed the leadership academy, NCGA has launched an advanced leadership program that puts a much smaller group through a more rigorous program. The first six students graduated last year and another six got their start this week.

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