The National Corn Growers Association fought the good fight in 2007, standing up for corn growers who themselves rose to meet the challenges of a marketplace that saw record demand for corn. Everyone said corn growers would need to expand acres in response to this record demand fueled by the expanding ethanol sector and a strong global appetite for U.S. corn. NCGA predicted that corn producers would respond and did they ever—planting some 93.6 million acres of corn, the most since 1944. With harvest complete, growers brought in a bin-busting crop, the largest in history. This more than met demand: Grain stocks actually increased, easing concerns raised by the many industries that depend on corn. In this annual report, we review our successes in fighting for the corn and ethanol industries, and our achievements in other areas, from the farm bill to passage of the Water Resources Development Act to advancing the corn genome to defending global markets.

2007 was a success on many fronts, yet NCGA knows that it must stay in the ring on behalf of its 32,400 members. NCGA and its grower-led action teams, committees and working groups are well prepared for the next round and have their eye on the prize: Helping ensure success for corn growers and defending them against dubious headline seekers whose soundbites are more noise than fact.

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Corn growers had much to celebrate in 2007, a year of high yields on the farm and high-fives on Capitol Hill for getting our voices heard. We responded to market demands with a record crop, setting the stage for record net-farm income. Maybe our good fortune is the reason we were attacked by pests far worse than corn rootworm. When you think about it, this is understandable. Punches get thrown at leaders, not followers. Ethanol provides a good example here. Supporters of our work have been plentiful and we have been very successful. Ethanol production jumped, corn producers responded and once again our customers’ demands for supply were met. Even with support in the trenches to this very day, instead of cheers for expanding ethanol production, improving the environment, bringing investment to rural communities, reducing this country’s dependence on petroleum and meeting global demands, we continue to face the same criticism—although it is a smaller group than previously experienced. Our vision of 15 billion bushels of corn and 15 billion gallons of ethanol by 2015 is getting closer each year. Also in Washington, NCGA was deeply involved in discussions on the new farm bill, setting the stage for the future. A major success was getting our revenue counter cyclical program, an innovative program designed to help both growers and taxpayers by saving money and targeting assistance, adopted in key legislative text. Our success was the result of a major change in thinking on the Hill, and we should be proud of our work and thankful to members of Congress who supported change. All of you who journeyed to Washington or wrote letters should also be commended. Change is not easy, but the future is brighter for it. Lastly, I must thank you all for your great work on WRDA, the Water Resources Development Act. Your persistence helped get it passed by Congress twice in 2007—no small accomplishment. The need for new locks and dams and other waterway infrastructure is too critical to ever throw in the towel. In the end, it was a great and challenging year, and I’m proud to have helped lead the organization on these important issues.

Our corner met challenges head on,
Fortunately, corn producers—through state associations, checkoff boards, partner organizations and NCGA—fought back. You worked with the media, wrote letters and opinion pieces and supported good research. You kept up the pressure on Capitol Hill and challenged those who repeated mistruths. You pointed out the absurdities leveled at corn producers, striving to remind folks why the ethanol industry was developed in the first place. NCGA’s growers led the way in promoting an increased renewable fuel standard to promote energy security and a cleaner environment. We should remember, though, that our work is never done. We must continue to tell our story, to remain positive and keep our mission, “To create and increase opportunities for corn growers,” clearly and sharply in focus. You are part of a strong, grassroots organization. You should be proud of your success and always looking forward to the future. Sincerely,

Ken McCauley President (2007)


making 2007 a championship year.

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NCGA’s vision on the future of corn ethanol is unwavering. There were some ROUND challenges in 2007, but nothing that will detract us from our 15 x15 x15 goal: Producing 15 billion bushels of corn and 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol by 2015. We know we can achieve this without affecting other markets. This vision is achievable, sustainable and defendable. work seemed to pay off. As the year progressed the focus turned towards other items—like high energy prices and supply and demand—that have a greater impact on food prices than the price of corn. For the ethanol coproduct distillers dried grains (DDGS), NCGA collaborated with groups to develop and release standard recommended methods to analyze its nutrient value. This is important for distillers grains buyers and sellers who, by following the testing standards, are more likely to come up with the same values for crude protein, fat, fiber and moisture. We also reached out to the livestock industry, including becoming a leader on a consortium organized by the National Pork Board. The aim is to pool research dollars to help swine better utilize ethanol coproducts. NCGA believes it is important to keep farmers involved on the ownership side of the renewable fuels industry. With more outside money moving into the Corn Belt, NCGA evaluated what it can do to help farmers keep their foot in the door. One of the answers may be NCGA’s renewable energy investment fund, which is still under development. The fund will invest in a whole host of renewable energy technologies when it is launched.


Bruce Noel
Leslie, MI – Chairman, Ethanol Committee

We’ll look back at 2007 as a tremendous year of growth for the ethanol industry— and remember the fact that corn producers rose to the challenge to meet all demands. While we produced a record crop to meet food, feed and fuel needs and provided a nice cushion heading into 2008, we’ll also remember how corn growers and NCGA responded to attacks on the ethanol and corn industries. I am proud of the work we have done and our success in growing the ethanol industry.

NCGA and our members support policy that backs this vision. The federal energy legislation that was signed into law in 2007 contains a renewable fuels standard (RFS) that perfectly matches our vision and requires that 15 billion gallons of ethanol come from corn by 2015 and 36 billion gallons total (21 billion from cellulose sources) by 2022. NCGA helped ensure this legislation’s passage, pounding a lot of pavement on the Hill in the process. When it comes to using a food crop such as corn to make fuel, NCGA has worked tirelessly to debunk misinformation spread intentionally by some and unknowingly by others. Staying positive and making available facts that demonstrate the many benefits of corn ethanol—and the truth about the so-called food versus fuel issue—were key to defending the industry. In addition to countless interviews with the media around the world and testimony before Congress, NCGA produced white papers, brochures and other communications for the general public and to arm our members and allies with the truth. When NCGA sees an editorial with the same, tired arguments, we view it as an opportunity to speak with the author and tell the full story. Our hard

A strong counterpunch
■ As interest in DDGS grew, NCGA and others released the final recommendations for standard test methods for analysis of DDGS. The guidelines were officially released at the RFA conference Feb. 21, and NCGA heavily promoted the guidelines to the agriculture media at Commodity Classic in Tampa, Fla. The report marked the culmination of a yearlong laboratory effort to determine the test methods that have the greatest efficacy and applicability for analysis of moisture, crude protein, crude fat and crude fiber. NCGA believes widespread voluntary adoption of recommended test methods will reduce market confusion and add more structure to the DDGS marketplace.


For the third year in a row, the percentage of U.S. corn acres planted to biotech ROUND hybrids exceeded the amount planted to non-biotech hybrids. More and more growers recognize the value of this technology, and NCGA fully supports them— especially because biotech hybrids can increase yields, reduce pesticide and herbicide needs and improve the bottom line. It’s a tremendous combination. NCGA knows that a vast majority of growers are complying with the Insect Resistant Management (IRM) requirements as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency. However, since IRM is important for growers in order to maintain the use of new technologies, NCGA worked with technology companies to develop new ways to make sure farmers are maintaining compliance levels. As part of these efforts, NCGA will launch a new communications plan to remind growers they are obligated to plant a refuge when planting Bt hybrids. You can look for “Respect the Refuge” materials in 2008.
Martin Barbre
Carmi, IL – Chairman, Biotech Working Group


When it was time to plant the 2007 crop, NCGA felt it was important to oppose the release of Agrisure RW (MIR 604) technology because it did not yet have approvals in most export markets, specifically Japan. When Syngenta (the producer of this particular event) decided to go ahead and release the technology, NCGA worked with the company and the grain trade to develop a plan to make sure it would not be disruptive to the export market come harvest time. NCGA discussed the issue with Japanese buyers and worked continuously to educate growers, alerting them to their need to develop marketing plans to ensure this grain stayed out of unapproved markets. Fortunately, Japanese approval came just before harvest, yet many in the market are still asking that the grain be properly channeled. Now that it has Japanese approvals, Agrisure RW (MIR 604) technology will be part of the Market Choices® program in 2008. Market Choices alerts farmers that grain from these traits are approved in many export markets, but still lack European Union approval, and must be channeled away from facilities that serve the EU.

Insect Resistant Management (IRM) requirements are important for all corn growers to follow. Although high corn prices can tempt growers to sway from IRM requirements, we know if they aren’t followed we run the risk of losing the technology altogether. That’s why we’ve worked with technology providers and the Agricultural Biotechnology Stewardship Technical Committee to develop a plan that will further raise awareness of refuge requirements with growers. The Biotech Working Group also works with the NCGA Trade Team to support challenging the European Union’s lagging approval process for biotech hybrids. We continue to monitor that World Trade Organization case.

Corn growers understand that with technology comes responsibility. When it comes to communications, when it comes to market plans, when it comes to trade partners, NCGA works hard to help growers achieve maximum production and maximum success.

is a winning strategy.
■ In 2007, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that corn growers planted 73 percent, or nearly 68 million acres, of their acres with biotech seed varieties, up 12 percent from 2006. ■ NCGA continues to work with other commodity groups and researchers to develop tools for weed resistance management. Growers need to properly handle all herbicide technology to ensure weeds do not develop glyphosate resistance. Growers can learn more about weed resistance management at ■ The Know Before You Grow program is an important resource for growers, helping to keep up with the regulatory approval status on all available biotech traits. This helps growers select and plant hybrids with the full knowledge of whether the number is conventional, approved for export to Japan, the European Union or not yet approved for EU export. It is available at

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At a time of high production and high visibility, NCGA’s Production and ROUND Stewardship Action Team was braced for action when it came to sustainability, transportation and other key challenges —and they were scoring knockouts. the Agriculture Drainage Management Coalition will lead to better ways to control runoff and retain more water on fields. NCGA is also involved with the Conservation Technology Information Center, where providing reliable, profitable solutions to improve the relationship between agriculture and the environment are researched and analyzed. Making the Clean Water Act understandable was the focus of a total maximum daily load (TMDL) desktop guide. The guide, developed in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency, simplifies the Act and encourages farmers to become involved. Proposed changes to the Clean Water Act—to remove the term “navigable waters”—took NCGA to the Hill for office visits. Removing those two words would put agricultural production practices at risk and create additional economic burdens on corn producers. In essence, removing those two words would expand the scope of areas and activities covered by the Act to virtually all wet areas in the United States.


Bill Chase
Wolsey, SD – Chairman, Production & Stewardship Action Team

Example: For nearly two decades, NCGA’s grassroots have tenaciously battled for lock and dam modernization on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Disappointment when Congress ran out of time in late 2006 turned to satisfaction when Congress passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) in 2007—and easily overrode a veto. Over the years, NCGA worked with many groups and coalitions to keep this bill on the front burner. Many members of Congress had personal contact with corn growers, and that made a difference. Now the focus becomes securing funding to make sure WRDA is implemented in the bipartisan spirit in which it was passed. Railroad issues were also front and center, with NCGA involved in Congressional and Surface Transportation Board (STB) hearings, and holding meetings with the majority of Class I railroads. NCGA focused on the need for rail capacity improvements, the high cost of shipping grains and needed transparency in fuel surcharges. NCGA helped shape the conservation title in the farm bill, making sure the outcome would be workable and, hopefully, more simplified for growers. The commitment by corn growers to conservation and environmental issues is unwavering. In fact, participating in projects with

This was an exciting year, with the long-journeyed but successful passage of the Water Resources Development Act. We also continue to be involved in the livestock arena, assisting with environmental issues and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) regulations. A meeting with livestock producers in April focused on corn supplies, ethanol and distillers grains. It is important to counter some of the mistruths and misconceptions in these areas —while continuing to increase opportunities for farmers through livestock production.

Corn producers are
■ NCGA was involved in several Congressional and Surface Transportation Board (STB) hearings to discuss rail and other transportation issues. To help keep corn grower concerns on the front burner, NCGA was successful in getting one of its board members, Daryl Haack, on the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee, which operates within STB. ■ Meetings with the majority of the Class I railroads allowed NCGA to discuss everything from corn to ethanol. Shipping ethanol is creating some interesting challenges that corn growers need to monitor. Class I railroad BNSF is starting an advisory group on agriculture commodities, and NCGA will have an active role. ■ NCGA state organizations have developed outstanding relationships with livestock producers and groups in individual states. These important efforts are expanding nationally, as well, as NCGA participates in discussions with national groups involved in the livestock and poultry, renewable energy and feed industries.


In 2007, there was no greater evidence of NCGA’s forward-looking approach as our ROUND organization’s position on farm policy, developing ideas that meet the needs of 21st-century growers and promoting ways to better protect farmers as well as the interests of taxpayers. We fought hard for our proposals as the 2007 farm bill debate heated up—and will go the distance no matter how many rounds it takes. The RCCP was developed after more than three years of gathering ideas, options and analysis. It is a fundamental change in thinking and would replace more costly programs that have numerous holes in coverage. In short, it’s better for farmers and taxpayers. More than a dozen trips to Capitol Hill to testify and support NCGA’s proposals resulted in the House farm bill including an RCCP—for the first time. This significant change in thinking was due largely to NCGA’s efforts. Although still in flux at the end of the fiscal year, the Senate bill included an optional RCCP, also for the first time. These are significant accomplishments, especially when there were considerable odds against such proposed reforms. In addition to success in incorporating ideas of reform developed by corn growers into farm bill proposals, NCGA was able to use the same grassroots support to defeat measures that would have been harmful to or not in the best interest of producers. Simply put, NCGA has fought and will continue to fight for a farm bill that will strengthen the agricultural safety net, reduce federal budget deficits and create job and growth opportunities for rural America.


NCGA’s National Farm Security Act was designed to provide for a revenue-based program focused on a more effective safety net for producers while not costing the government additional dollars. It would assist producers in areas of low yields and those with low individual crop yield, compensate producers when markets experience steep declines and avoid inequities when low prices were accompanied by high crop yields. In its proposed reform to the commodity title, NCGA looked to integrate this Revenue Counter Cyclical Payment (RCCP) program with federal crop insurance, which would reduce crop insurance premiums and offer farmers higher levels of coverage at a lower cost.

Steve Pigg
Bushnell, IL – Chairman, Public Policy Action Team

Our major focus, by far, this year was the farm bill and all of the complex components and nuances that go along with it. We have been successful in moving the bar and incorporating reform into several versions and will continue fighting for change as the bill progresses. There has been an incredible shift in agriculture, and the industry is more dynamic than it was a decade ago. This makes reforming crop safety net and risk management tools important to current and future corn growers.

prepared to go the distance.
■ NCGA supports a state-based revenue protection program so producers would have access to higher levels of farm level crop insurance coverage at a lower cost. In an era of increased demand for corn and other feed grains, revenue-based programs target support more efficiently than current programs. ■ Numerous visits to Capitol Hill by NCGA members and staff helped turn the tide and build support for NCGA’s proposals, many of which were adopted in drafts throughout several components of the farm bill.

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The future of corn growing is one of reduced fertilizer use, increased drought ROUND tolerance, increased ethanol production, improved nutritional quality and built-in insect and disease tolerance. The future of corn, therefore, is written in the plant’s genetic code. Understanding that code, and how to use that knowledge, requires research if we are ever to take advantage of all the inherent possibilities of corn. Other potential lies within corn processing technologies. NCGA supports more research on advanced corn processing, which could allow corn to be processed into new, industrial products. NCGA is developing technologies to make chemicals from corn, including petroleum-replacing esters, amines, glycoethers and epoxides. NCGA hailed the first shipments of a corn-based polymer, Bio-PDO, from a joint venture between DuPont and Tate & Lyle in Tennessee. Meanwhile, Metabolix and ADM are building a commercial facility in Iowa to manufacture corn-based Natural Plastic beginning in 2008 and NatureWorks LLC in Nebraska has seen great success marketing


Pam Johnson
Floyd, IA – Chairwoman, Research & Business Development Action Team

NCGA supports this important research, with the ultimate goal to identify all the genes and biological mechanisms in the corn plant that can have a major impact on how corn is grown and used. This is why NCGA supported genome research a decade ago, helping create the National Plant Genome Initiative in 1998. The corn genome sequence is now more than two-thirds complete, and has led to the kind of data corn researchers need to develop new technologies, including drought-tolerant and nitrogen-efficient corn. It is important to create a pipeline between basic research, like sequencing the corn genome, and product development. NCGA supports efforts to promote a phenotypic “library,” a guide to how each gene’s characteristics are expressed in the corn plant, which can help achieve this goal. A key, of course, is funding, which is why NCGA fought to strengthen the research title in the 2007 farm bill and raise research dollars through the National Plant Genome Initiative. It’s also vital to keep funding focused on key agriculture crops.

We are committed and diligent in our work, cooperating with public and private researchers to find ways to further advance corn production and corn products. Whether it's a search for aflatoxin resistant hybrids, petroleum replacements or uncovering the secrets of the corn genome, research remains an integral component in the future of our industry.

corn-based PLA. All of these products expand the use of corn and serve as raw materials for a variety of products, many of which replace comparable petroleum-based products.

In this fight, there is
■ NCGA partners with researchers looking for ways to reduce aflatoxin in corn. The Southeast Regional Aflatoxin Test program is a multi-organization, multi-state evaluation of the most promising germplasm from several research groups. Some genetic strains show lower levels of contamination—but the most promising research areas include inoculating corn with a strain of aflatoxin that does not produce harmful toxins. ■ NCGA is working with the Department of Energy and Land Grant institutions to develop the next generation of biobased products. These products serve the public by offering petrochemical replacements, reduced greenhouse gasses and diverse revenue streams for the growing ethanol industry. ■ In 2008, sequencing of the corn genome will be complete. This marks a major milestone in understanding corn genetics and accelerating new products for producers and consumers. NCGA’s goal is to keep this momentum going by encouraging robust research programs aimed at understanding the function of all genes in corn, unlocking new potential for what has become the primary domestic food, feed and fuel crop.

Trade issues directly affect many corn growers’ priorities. Knowing this, NCGA ROUND makes certain corn growers are in the ring when policymakers discuss not only global trade, but our trade interests and their implications for biotechnology, farm policy, transportation and technical barriers to trade. NCGA’s Joint Trade Policy A-Team, which includes representatives from the U.S. Grains Council, works to increase congressional support for our trade agenda and educate growers about export markets. While the cases seem to have been brought to influence the U.S.’s final agricultural offer in the ongoing Doha Round of WTO negotiations or the 2007 farm bill, it is doubtful that they will seriously impact either. NCGA continues monitoring the WTO Doha Round of trade talks. We remain supportive of continued efforts within the Round to achieve an important net gain for American farmers and ranchers. The current U.S. negotiating position reflects a $13 billion to $17 billion range on spending for domestic support. Work remains on issues such as the treatment of Sensitive Products, Special Products and the design of a Special Safeguard Mechanism. Further, NCGA has always supported free trade agreements with individual nations and entire geographic regions. Corn growers and NCGA supported the Peru Free Trade Agreement. Removing trade barriers between the United States and Peru will create new export opportunities for corn growers by allowing the United States to compete on a level playing field with Peru’s other trading partners. During the 2005-06 marketing year, the United States exported 250,000 metric tons of corn to Peru. The trade agreement reduces tariffs on United States corn and phases them out completely over 12 years. It also opens the market for distillers dried grains, as this value-added product faces no tariffs.


In 2007, Canada and Brazil began challenges at the World Trade Organization, alleging that the United States had exceeded limits for trade-distorting

Bob Bowman
DeWitt, IA – Chairman, Joint Trade Policy Action Team

In fiscal 2007, the Trade and Public Policy Action Teams worked together to examine issues surrounding trade and U.S. farm bill policy. Quite simply, we do not take our trade obligations lightly. We are committed to supporting farm policy that is first and foremost good for corn growers, but also continues to decrease the likelihood of a costly legal challenge in the WTO.

subsidies. Initially, Canada included a serious prejudice claim specifically against corn. NCGA disagreed with this claim and we were pleased that our northern neighbor re-evaluated that part of the claim. Our position is clear: The United States is in compliance with our WTO obligations. Although Brazil filed its request separately from Canada, the two cases will likely be combined.

no neutral corner.
■ Final approval of a Free Trade Agreement with Peru benefits U.S. corn growers directly through bulk corn exports and indirectly through increased meat exports. In fact, increased meat exports should increase the value of corn by one half-cent per bushel, while direct corn exports should increase the value 1 cent per bushel. ■ Many trade policy goals are still on the table, including agreements with Colombia, Panama and Korea. NCGA will continue its support for these bilateral agreements, which provide opportunities through increased exports of bulk corn, meat, distillers dried grains and other value-added corn products. ■ NCGA continues to monitor the WTO case being brought by Canada and Brazil against U.S. commodities, and stress that we believe the United States to be in full compliance with its trade commitments.

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In 2007, NCGA celebrated five decades of creating markets and expanding ROUND opportunities for its growers, and focused on expanding membership for the dynamic grassroots organization. That growth, from a few hundred growers in nine Midwestern states to a vibrant association of more than 32,000 corn producers in 48 states and Canada, continues today. In 2007, NCGA welcomed the Alabama Wheat and Feed Grains Commission as an affiliated checkoff organization. one year’s use of an E-85 flexible fuel vehicle along with other incentives. Winners will be announced in early 2008. Grants were offered to state organizations to help with recruiting functions. NCGA’s membership program is sponsored by the seed brands of Syngenta Seeds and Agrisure traits. The Grower Resource & Association Information Network System (GRAINS), a major undertaking that advances the online capabilities and services of NCGA for its members, is nearing completion. GRAINS is an all encompassing module that will allow members to take care of their memberships, register for meetings and other activities all online, while state associations can use it as a central depository to share membership materials and coordinate meetings.


Matt Gibson
Morocco, IN – Chairman, Grower Services Action Team

For a number of years, NCGA has posted annual membership totals above the association community’s average. This is critical since membership is the lifeblood upon which this farmer-led organization was founded, and a strong grassroots is what makes corn growers successful in each state and on Capitol Hill. A strong membership base keeps NCGA ahead of the pack. We won’t rest on our laurels. Instead, we will continue to adapt as agriculture changes and keep moving forward.

NCGA has recognized several individuals who were champs when it came to bringing new growers on board. The tireless efforts of Richard Harer of Ohio, Gayle Bergstrom of Minnesota and Barbara Fulcher-Reynolds of Kentucky were recognized at Commodity Classic in Tampa, Fla. All were named to the Recruiter Hall of Fame for their efforts in growing NCGA and spreading its message to hundreds of growers. To keep growing, NCGA launched its most aggressive membership drive ever during its 50th anniversary year. Growers, recruiters and state affiliate recruiters each had the opportunity to win

A tough combination to beat.
■ NCGA’s 50th anniversary quilt was displayed at meetings throughout the year and quickly became a popular attraction. Representing “all things corn” and bordered by each state organization, the quilt is displayed at NCGA’s national headquarters in St. Louis. A few surprise showings may occur throughout 2008, including at the 2008 Commodity Classic, where it will return due to popular demand. ■ The grassroots heritage that NCGA was founded upon is as evident today as it was 50 years ago. Membership is growing, the association continuously evolves and it holds true to founder Walter Goeppinger’s notion that NCGA should further the use of corn through research, market development and promotion. ■ NCGA told the powerful story of its members to the media in the form of letters, opinion pieces, radio broadcasts, news items, publications and white papers. We also continued to proudly promote “America’s Heartland,” a magazine-style television program airing on public television stations and RFD-TV. Sponsored by Monsanto and the American Farm Bureau, this worthwhile programming tells the stories of America’s agriculture producers.

Through state checkoff programs, corn growers are investing in themselves to ROUND maximize market opportunities and protect their future. NCGA recognizes the importance of its role as a steward of your checkoff dollars and is unwavering in its efforts to ensure that growers get the best return possible on their investment.

Administration 18%


We understand our responsibility in delivering value for corn growers and carefully leverage your contributions. NCGA’s checkoff-funded initiatives have stimulated significant advancements in ethanol, biotechnology, farm and rural development, research and business development, production and stewardship and trade. The future of the corn industry depends on your continued support of the checkoff program. As NCGA continues to grow, we will never lose sight of the fact that our strength comes from investing your checkoff contributions wisely.


Program Services

Research & Business Development Grower Services Production & Stewardship Communications

16% 14% 12% 10%


State Regulations/Meetings 1% Trade Resolutions/Policy/ Corn Congress NCGA Commodity Classic Biotech Working Group Ethanol Corn Board & Funding Public Policy 3% 5% 6% 7% 7% 10% 10%

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In 2007, corn growers drew all the attention of a championship bout. Amid the criticisms and concerns lobbed from several corners, growers stayed on message, defending ethanol and corn production, and delivered a crop that not only met demand but built stocks, too. At the same time, corn growers saw success in Washington, where they changed attitudes about the farm bill and helped pass the Water Resources Development Act. Favorable energy legislation followed. Corn grower visits to our nation’s capital and an active communications campaign are a powerful one-two grassroots punch. Future success, however, is not assured, which is why NCGA’s grower leaders continue their commitment and hard work. With their direction and your continued investment, we will be prepared for whatever lies ahead, helping ensure golden opportunities for every grower.

Industry Corn Yield Contest Membership Commodity Classic Interest Government Grants Checkoff Revenue 11% 7% 7% 3% 1% 2% 69%

Rick Tolman NCGA CEO

Continuing to fight the good fight.
■ State checkoff programs provide a majority of the funding that allows NCGA to stay in the ring, delivering results for corn growers. It is important, though, to acknowledge the agribusiness and industry partners in our corner. These groups provide generous support for programs and events that are valuable to all growers. Their backing helps NCGA stay focused on the mission at hand—creating and increasing opportunities for corn growers. ■ NCGA and its members would like to express our appreciation to all our agribusiness and industry partners. These organizations and individuals allowed the National Corn Yield Contest, membership programs, leadership training activities, Commodity Classic and other programs to triumph once again. Their investments, which go well beyond financial support, helped make 2007 a rousing success.


PRODUCTION & STEWARDSHIP ACTION TEAM David Ward, Chairman Steve Ebke, Vice Chairman Dave Nelson, Liaison Charles Alexander Art Bunting Gary Edwards Jeff Enger Doug Albin Warren Kemper Larry Nobis Tom Novak Wesley Spurlock James Thyen Betsy Atherton, State Staff Max Starbuck, NCGA Staff Lisa Kelley, NCGA Staff Melanie Gibson, NCGA Staff PUBLIC POLICY ACTION TEAM David Gillen, Chairman Keith Sexton, Vice Chairman Mark Schwiebert, Liaison Mike Clemens Mike Geske Gary Lamie Joe Reed Bob Timmons Steve Van Voorhis Lynn Chrisp Anthony Bush Tim Lenz Roger Zylstra Ashley McCarty, State Staff Sam Willett, NCGA Staff Maud Jenkins, NCGA Staff ETHANOL COMMITTEE Steve Ruh, Chairman Jon Holzfaster, Vice Chairman Darrin Ihnen, Liaison Brian Baalman Don Glenn Donna Jeschke Greg Larson Jerry Larson Mike Nichols Dave Sieck Billy Thiel Jimmy Wedel Kyle Phillips Shannon Textor, State Staff Geoff Cooper, NCGA Staff Emily Olson, NCGA Staff Melanie Gibson, NCGA Staff RESEARCH & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ACTION TEAM Pam Johnson, Chairwoman Wendell Shauman, Vice Chairman Cal Dalton, Liaison Gary Davis Dean Eppley Dennis Gengenbach Mark Gross Joseph Lauer Bruce Noel John Mages Ken McNamar Jerry Demmer Steve Wiese Kelly Brunkhorst, State Staff Richard Glass, NCGA Staff Nathan Fields, NCGA Staff DaNita Murray, NCGA Staff Sandra Wright, NCGA Staff GROWER SERVICES ACTION TEAM Matt Gibson, Chairman Tim Dolan, Vice Chairman Steven Yoder, Liaison Judy Bodholdt Jim Rapp Don Elsbernd Mark Klumb Don Rutledge Scott Stirling Randy Woodruff Mark Degler Bill Berg Ron Rockhold Ben Marshall, State Staff Tim Brackman, NCGA Staff Vickie Darland, NCGA Staff BIOTECHNOLOGY WORKING GROUP Martin Barbre, Chairman Rob Korff, Vice Chairman Daryl Haack, Liaison Chad Blindauer Steve Sodeman Tom Nathan Jay Nissen Gene Sandager Tim Siefert Gordon Wassenaar, USGC Representative Bob Bowman Greg Stone Tadd Nicholson, State Staff Paul Bertels, NCGA Staff DaNita Murray, NCGA Staff Cathy Durham, NCGA Staff Gretchen Flanley, USGC Staff JOINT TRADE POLICY A-TEAM Bill Hoffman, Corn Chairman Garry Niemeyer, Liaison, Ex-officio Gary Woodley Rob Elliott Gary Schmalshof George Morton Jere White, State Staff Leon Corzine, Ex-officio–APAC Ron Litterer, Ex-officio–ATAC DaNita Murray, NCGA Staff Maud Jenkins, NCGA Staff MYCOTOXIN COMMITTEE (October 1, 2007 – September 30, 2010) Scott Averhoff, Chairman Guy Davenport, Liaison Ken Hartman Danny Willingham Paul Gross Paul Bertels, NCGA Staff Lisa Kelley, NCGA Staff Cathy Durham, NCGA Staff

The National Corn Growers Association represents the interests of 32,400 dues-paying members from 48 states. NCGA also works on behalf of 25 state grower associations and more than 300,000 farmers who contribute to corn checkoff programs in 23 states.

FINANCE COMMITTEE Jamie Jamison, Chairman Bob Dickey Darrin Ihnen Guy Davenport Clark Gerstacker Rodger Mansfield, NCGA Staff ASSOCIATION RELATIONS COMMITTEE Bart Schott, Chairman Ken McCauley Garry Niemeyer Daryl Haack Fred Stemme, NCGA Staff NOMINATING COMMITTEE Ken McCauley, Chairman Gerald Tumbleson, Checkoff Member Jerry Griffith, Association Member Fred Yoder Jim Robbins Kathy Baker, NCGA Staff BYLAWS COMMITTEE Clark Gerstacker, Chairman Paul Taylor Curt Watson Lyle Pugh, Jr. Roger Pine Kathy Baker, NCGA Staff CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE Kathy Baker, Corporate Secretary, NCGA Staff

2008 COMMODITY CLASSIC COMMITTEE Co-chair Theresa Schmalshof Steven Yoder Cal Dalton Fred Stemme, NCGA Staff Tim Brackman, NCGA Staff Theresa Schmalshof–2009 Commodity Classic Grower Committee CORN PAC Mark Schwiebert, Corn Board Appointment Jim Reed, At Large Appointment Bob Timmons, PPAT Appointment Scott Wall, At Large Appointment Fred Yoder, State PAC Appointment Hugh David Scates, At Large Appointment TBD, GSAT Appointment Jon Doggett, Executive Director Rodger Mansfield, Treasurer Dwayne Siekman, Custodian of Records Danita Murray, Managing Director

2008 Corn Board
Front row, from left: Chairman Ken McCauley, Kan.; First Vice President Bob Dickey, Neb.; President Ron Litterer, Iowa; CEO Rick Tolman. Second row, from left: Dave Nelson, Iowa; Clark Gerstacker, Mich.; Daryl Haack, Iowa; Garry Niemeyer, Ill.; Theresa Schmalshof, Ill.; Secretary Kathy Baker; Charles “Jamie” Jamison, Md.; Steven Yoder, Tex. Back row, from left: Cal Dalton, Wisc.; Darrin Ihnen, S.D.; Mark Schwiebert, Ohio; Bart Schott, N.D.; Guy Davenport, N.C.; Treasurer Rodger Mansfield.

National Corn Growers Association Annual Report 2007


Responding to the challenge.

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is the largest national nonprofit organization representing the interests of U.S. corn growers. Through the checkoff investments of corn producers nationwide and the commitment of dedicated grower leaders, NCGA is redefining the role of corn in the world’s future through research, market development, public policy, production and education. You can join more than 32,000 corn growers involved in NCGA by connecting with one of the 48 state corn organizations across the nation. With your help, we can continue the remarkable achievements of America’s corn industry—and reenergize the future for U.S. corn growers. Visit for more details and updates on the corn industry.

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