DuPont and the National Corn Growers Association Thursday announced a new leadership program tailored for U.S. corn growers interested in sharing their story of the agriculture industry with consumers, the media and decision-makers.
The NCGA DuPont New Leader Program will bring farmers from each affiliated state to two sessions to develop and hone their communications and leadership skills. The first session will be held in November at the DuPont Pioneer facilities in Johnston, Iowa. The second session will take place in Washington in July 2014.
Applications for the inaugural class will be available later this summer.
Those chosen for the program are encouraged to build their communications skill set by participation in state and national programs.
"The time between the two sessions is important for those involved because there are a number of ways they can and should engage – such as Commodity Classic, state association board meetings and events, and programs like CommonGround and the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance," said NCGA President Pam Johnson.
"NCGA and its state affiliates are actively looking for farming men and women who want to get involved, and this is the perfect opportunity to do so," she added."Farmers are critically needed for today's growing conversation about farming and food."
Susan Bunz, leader of Policy and Outreach for the advanced seed business of DuPont Pioneer, said the next generations of family farmers are critical to feeding a growing world population.
"We are excited for the opportunity to work with NCGA to prepare these new farmers to be advocates for agriculture and leaders in agriculture policy at the state and national levels," she said.