NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program Enters Sophmore Season

The National Corn Growers Association and DuPont are pleased to announce the second year of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program. The program is designed for corn growers who are newly active in agriculture and have expressed interest in building upon their skills so they can better serve local, state and national stakeholders.

“It’s important that farmers become strong leaders and spokespersons for American agriculture,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre, a corn grower from Illinois. “We’re grateful to DuPont for its support, and we’re proud of the men and women who joined this program for the first class, and we’ve already seen them doing some great things. Now, we’re actively looking for more couples and individuals to get involved in this dynamic new program.”

Ideal participants will be farming couples or individuals from NCGA’s affiliated states, or may be considering a board position. Those interested must be at least 21 years of age, active in corn farming, NCGA members and not currently serving in a state affiliate board officer position or as a Corn Congress delegate or alternate.

“We are proud to sponsor the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program,” said Jim Hay, regional business director, North America, DuPont Crop Protection. “These participants symbolize the future of agriculture in the United States and this program will teach them skills to benefit their careers and help feed our growing population.”

One couple or up to two single persons per NCGA-affiliated state will be chosen to participate in this hands-on communications and leadership training. The program will be implemented in three phases, with two plenary sessions: Iowa, January 2015; Washington July 2015, respectively.

The application deadline is 5 pm CST, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Applications will be reviewed by the NCGA and forwarded to the appropriate state affiliate association for approval. Participants accepted for the program will be notified in Nov. 2014. All program-related travel and lodging expenses will be paid for, per NCGA policy and procedures. For further information and/or to register, visit


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