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Former NCGA president reflects on tenure

Kevin Ross. Photo courtesy of the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA)

A changing of the guard has taken place at the National Corn Growers Association.

John Linder, of Edison, Ohio, today began his duties as president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). Kevin Ross, of Minden, Iowa, previously assumed such role. He now serves as chairman of the Association.

Reflecting on his time as president, Ross says, “It’s certainly been an interesting year.” However, he chooses to focus on “the good,” which occurred during his tenure.

“It’s been a busy year on the legislative front. One of our main priorities toward the tail end of 2019 was passage of USMCA. Getting that done was a big win for us and all of agriculture. Other trade agreements we got done (were) with Japan and China.”

“Certainly had a lot of things going with the Administration when it comes to small refinery exemptions. I wouldn’t necessarily say it was all positive, but they heard our voices as farmers and on behalf of our industry, more in the last couple of years on this issue and others as well,” Ross says.

Ross says, “Certainly was a privilege to represent farmers across the U.S.” Some highlights from his term include: Representing United States agriculture at White House events, as well as meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

The National Corn Growers Association will continue to focus on renewable fuels, trade agreements, as well as research under Linder’s reign.

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