The National Corn Growers Association has new leadership. Recently named CEO Jon Doggett tells RRFN his vision for the future of the organization is getting back to the basics. “We need to do fewer programs and fewer activities, but do the ones that we do very well. It’s being a little bit more measured in efficiently using the resources we have and using them in the more basic fashion. Secondly, we need to be listening to our growers, our grower leaders and we certainly need to be listening more and more to our our state affiliates.” Policy priorities include trade and the farm bill. Doggett says there are still some farmers in a tight situation due to the trade scenario. He’s also monitoring the certainty of the farm bill, which may not be completed by September 30. The holdup on the bill is still primarily SNAP. Doggett is currently based in Washington D.C. He will spend most of his time in St. Louis. Doggett doesn’t plan to relocate at this time and is actively interviewing a replacement for his former role leading the Washington D.C. NCGA office.
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