On October 1st, there was a leadership change at the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). Minden, Iowa farmer Kevin Ross took over as President of the NCGA. We had a chance to chat about the challenges he sees for the coming term of his presidency, and some of his goals as well.
Audio: Interview with NCGA President Kevin Ross
Kevin talked about the challenges coming this year. He talked about growing demand as a top priority, whether that is at home or abroad. With the amount of corn we are producing, Ross says we need to buckle down and get it moving.
On ethanol, President Ross says dealing with the small refinery exemptions (SRE’s) and reallocation is a priority, but he is also looking beyond the current strife to the future of the fuel. He says we need to support getting higher blends out to the public.
Ross says reinforcing partnerships with animal agriculture is important groups because their consumption of corn is another source of demand.
Amid the current distractions in D.C., Ross says it is important both for groups like the NCGA and farmers to remind their lawmakers of the work which still must be done.
President Ross says he is ready to take on the challenge of supporting corn farmers all across the United States.