All Wisconsin corn growers are urged to attend the joint annual meetings of the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association and Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board scheduled for noon, Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Cypress meeting room at the Kalahari Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells.
"Every corn grower in the state who sells corn in commercial channels – whether it is to the local coop, feed mill or ethanol plant – can have a say in how checkoff funds are spent," says David Adams, Lake Geneva corn grower and WCPB President. Our annual meeting is a prime opportunity for us to hear from people. We are especially interested in hearing how growers want their checkoff funds invested and what they think of our current promotions."
Corn growers will hear about national corn grower initiatives, such as the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, Corn Farmers Coalition, and American Ethanol activities from National Corn Growers Association President Bart Schott, a North Dakota farmer. Updates will be provided on other state-funded programs and there will be time for questions and input.
Members of the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association will hear updates on policy resolutions and vote for three director positions on the WCGA board of directors.
WCPB is a producer-elected group responsible for administering the state's corn checkoff funds, under guidelines provided by the state's marketing order. The primary objective of the corn marketing order is to maintain and expand sales of Wisconsin corn. This includes development of new products and markets; improving corn production, marketing and handling methods, and; educational programs for producers, handlers and consumers relating to the quality or nutritive value of corn and corn products.
WCGA is a membership organization that represents the interest of state corn growers in the growing and managing of corn grown both for on-farm feeding and commercial sale. WCGA works with other organizations in areas of mutual concern, including biotech issues, resistance management, pesticide issues, farmland taxation and valuation, conservation, and the environment. WCGA brings together corn growers to provide information and education at regional corn conferences and the annual Wisconsin Corn/Soy EXPO. As part of NCGA, WCGA represents corn grower interests nationally and internationally and also sponsors annual corn yield contests.
Admission to the WCPB and WCGA annual meeting is free, however registration is required to attend other Corn/Soy Expo educational programs, events and the trade show held concurrently. Corn/Soy Expo registration information is available online at www.CornSoyExpo.org or by calling the Wisconsin Corn Program Office at 262-495-2232 or via E-mail at [email protected] .Source: Wisconsin Corn Growers