There's a new incoming boss at the National Corn Growers Association and it's Chip Bowling a Maryland corn producer. He'll become first vice president in the next fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
Bowling is a third-generation farmer operating a 1,400-acre grain farm growing corn, soybeans, wheat, barley and grain sorghum about an hour's drive outside Washington, D.C.
He is a graduate of NCGA's First Advanced Leadership Academy class, and currently serves as board liaison to the Ethanol Committee and represents the association on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Committee. And Bowling also serves on NCGA's CornPAC Committee and Mycotoxin Task Force.
In the press statement announcing Bowling's position he notes that he realizes "farmers face many challenges right now as threats to the Renewable Fuel Standard abound and we continue operating without a new, five-year farm bill. I look forward to working with our grower leadership over the coming years to find innovative, impactful ways to deal with the situations at hand and those which will certainly arise in the future."
Pam Johnson, president, NCGA, comments that Bowling brings a "thoughtful nature" to his many committee duties and he has "clearly demonstrated his dedication to farmers and expertise in the field."
On Oct. 1, Johnson, of Iowa, becomes chairwoman and the current first vice president, Martin Barbre of Illinois, becomes NCGA president. In October 2014, Barbre becomes chairman and Bowling becomes president.