Indiana Corn Looking for Applicants for National New Leaders Program
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 22, 2014) — From developing key leadership skills to networking with farmers from across the country, the National Corn Growers Association DuPont New Leaders program offers exciting opportunities for Hoosier corn growers.
Applications for the 2015 NCGA DuPont New Leaders program are due September 30, 2014. Indiana corn farmers interested in industry leadership development are encouraged to apply for this program.
The program’s target audience is farming couples or individuals who are new to active industry participation or who are considering agricultural board leadership. The 2015 program begins in January when participants will participate in communications training and forums on the top issues pertaining to the corn industry in Johnston, Iowa.
JR Roesner is a farmer from southern Indiana who participated in the 2014 program. Roesner, a graduate of Purdue University, planned on pursuing a career in mechanical engineering before returning to his family’s farm. He now manages the family’s corn, soybean and wheat operation along with his two brothers.
The NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program offered Roesner and his wife a unique opportunity to keep current with agricultural issues from a political and communications standpoint and network with farm couples like them.
“The program put us in touch with a large network of like-minded people,” Roesner said. “There seem to be fewer and fewer young farm families, and it was so refreshing to connect with a group of our peers.”
Throughout the spring and early summer, participants will attend various state and national events to hone their communication and leadership skills. Additionally, they will take part in online activities to communicate with other participants and program leaders. The program will conclude in July 2015 with a trip to DuPont’s facilities in Delaware and a visit to Washington D.C. where participants will take part in NCGA activities.
“The program gave us a voice,” he added. “We were trained on how to handle many of the controversial or “hot button” topics in the agriculture industry today. I think the most valuable lesson we learned is that even though we are only one family, we still have a powerful voice and we should use it.”
To apply for the program, participants must be at least 21 years of age and a member of the NCGA (and Indiana Corn Growers Association). Participants cannot be serving on a NCGA affiliated board or Corn Congress. Participants must commit to attending all elements of the program. All program-related travel and lodging expenses for both the grower and spouse/partner participant will be covered, per NCGA policy and procedures. Information about the program can be found at: www.ncga.com/nlp.
“The networking, camaraderie, and skill sets you will gain from this program are definitely a chance of a lifetime,” Roesner said, encouraging Indiana soybean farmers to apply for the program.
“Every aspect of the program is so well run and the opportunities that will open up for you are astounding,” he said. “If you want to learn how to ensure that your voice is heard and meet an amazing network of peers, this is a program you don’t want to miss.”
The Indiana Corn Growers Association, which works with the state and federal governments to develop and promote sound policies that benefit Indiana corn farmers, consists of 15 farmer-directors who provide leadership to the organization on behalf of the more than 600 ICGA members statewide. For more information, visit www.incorn.org.