The National Corn Growers Association's Corn Board has elected Rob Elliott of Cameron, Illinois, to become the organization's first vice president for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. Rob is a past president of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, serving in that capacity in 2009.
"I am honored that my colleagues on the board placed their trust in my ability and dedication to leading our association forward in its mission of creating greater opportunities for corn growers across the country," said Elliott. "I realize that farmers face many challenges right now as threats to the Renewable Fuel Standard abound and misinformation about our industry permeates public perception. I know that we have much to do, but I look forward to working with our grower leadership over the coming years to find innovative, impactful ways to not only meet these challenges but also seize the opportunities certain to come."
Elliott, along with his brothers Rick and Dan, his 91-year-old father, his four grown children and their families and a nephew, farms corn and soybeans in Warren County, Illinois while running a growing seed business. He began farming 36 years ago. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Illinois State University in Normal. He and his wife, Stephanie, have four children: Erik, Jared, Robbie and Gina.
On the national level, Elliott co-chaired the Commodity Classic Committee for 2014, serves as vice chair of the NASCAR Advisory Committee and as NCGA's alternate representation to 25x'25. Previously, he served as the organizational representative to the Waterways Council.
"A large part of NCGA's success can be attributed to the quality of farmers who have stepped forward to lead the organization, and we strongly believe that Rob will continue this fine tradition," said NCGA President Martin Barbre. "Our Corn Board appreciates the energy he brings to our work and the thoughtful insights he contributes to our discussions. As evidenced by his long list of activities at the state and national level, Rob continually demonstrates his dedication to farmers and his willingness to work tirelessly on their behalf."
On Oct. 1, Barbre, of Illinois, becomes chairman and the current first vice president, Chip Bowling of Maryland, becomes NCGA president. In October 2015, Bowling becomes chairman and Elliott becomes president.