Kansas Represented at Corn Congress in D.C.

Six Kansas Corn Growers represented the state at Corn Congress this week in Washington, D.C. The Corn Congress delegates included Ken McCauley, White Cloud; Brian Baalman, Menlo; Charles Foltz, Garnett; Roger Pine, Lawrence; David Studer, Atwood and Bob Timmons, Fredonia.

Identifying what policy corn growers need to supply a world with a growing demand for food and energy makes Corn Congress an effective use of time. Corn Congress is a semi-annual event where 124 corn farmers from 28 states gather for delegate sessions to determine policy that guides the National Corn Growers Association. In addition, many growers participate in action team and committee meetings. The delegates also elect the new members of the NCGA Corn Board. Another session of Corn Congress is held during the Commodity Classic, the national convention of the corn, soybean, grain sorghum and wheat associations.

The Kansas delegates are conducting visits with each member of the Kansas Congressional delegation while in Washington DC.

“While NCGA has a Washington DC staff that deals with policy issues, the presence of real farmers on Capitol Hill is very powerful. Lawmakers want to hear directly from farmers about policies and regulations that have real implications on the farm,” according to KCGA Executive Director Jere White.

KCGA President Bob Timmons is a member of the NCGA Research and Business Development Action Team, which met earlier this week. The Kansas group also includes two past presidents of the National Corn Growers Association: Roger Pine of Lawrence and Ken McCauley of White Cloud. Kansas Corn Commissioner Terry Vinduska is also at Corn Congress in his role as chairman of the US Grains Council.

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