Two new directors have joined the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association (WCGA) Board, expanding to 11 the total number of directors serving the state’s leading grower association.
The two new board members – Brian Long, who farms near Waupaca and Crystal Romanowski, who farms in Taylor County – were elected during the WCGA annual meeting held recently in Wisconsin Dells. Long raises 1,000 acres of crops and feeds steers on his operation and is a University of Wisconsin-Platteville graduate. Romanowski is part of a family farming operation that covers 5,000 acres of grain, forages and custom hire work. In addition current WCGA President Tom Novak, Sullivan, was re-elected for another term along with incumbent director Tim McComish, a dairy and crop farmer from the Shullsburg area.
“Wisconsin corn growers are such a diverse group and acreage has expanded enough over the past few years that members felt it was in the organization’s best interest to increase representation,” explains Novak, who also is a corn and vegetable grower from the Sullivan area. “So many corn growers in Wisconsin are more than simply corn growers – the also raise livestock, forages and other crops. At the same time as leaders we’re all being called on to be more involved in state, regional and national issues that we recognized the need for additional directors to help follow these endeavors.”
During the WCGA annual meeting, which was held in conjunction with the annual Corn/Soy EXPO, the group endorsed a variety of resolutions. Most notably, resolutions applaud 25 successful years for the state’s corn checkoff; support Wisconsin legislation to use 25% renewable fuels by 2025; support ATCP 51, the state’s facility siting rule and research-based non-point rules; call to fully fund annual appropriations to improve locks on the Mississippi River System; recommend reassessment of the state indemnity fund to ensure it offers adequate protection for state farmers and; support Wisconsin’s Use Value Assessment and Right-to-Farm law.