Corn Congress a Success and Vilsack to Speak at Commodity Classic
Delegates across the nation proposed, debated and voted on around 30 proposals brought forth for discussion at this year’s Corn Congress meeting.
Delegates from corn states across the nation tuned in virtually to discuss desired changes to the National Corn Growers Association’s policy book which guides NCGA in its advocacy efforts in Washington D.C.
The number of delegates per state is determined by the number of members and the amount of check off funding which is based off yield. After debate and discussion, delegates vote on whether a proposal is included in the policy book.
Nearly 20 of the 30 proposals were submitted by the Illinois delegation. While many included updating word choice or expanding definitions, some key proposals addressed higher blends of ethanol, climate change and internet infrastructure improvements.
The lengthiest debate surrounded higher blends on ethanol and which pathway forward is the best to continue to advocate for these products. A version of the 2020 policy book can be found here and the updated 2021 version will be shared when it is fully published.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to Give Keynote Address
In a typical year, Corn Congress takes place during Commodity Classic, a convention where farmers from across the country meet to discuss ideas, hear speakers and take in the floor of a large trade show.
Sessions typically held during Commodity Classic have moved online with the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack rounding out the digital convention with his keynote address on Friday, March 5.
It is not too late to hear Secretary Vilsack speak and registrations can be filled out at Commodity Classic’s website.