KIRBY NAMED MISSOURI CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT
(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.)—Kyle Kirby of Liberal, Mo., assumed the role of Missouri Corn Growers Associationpresident effective Oct. 1. Elected during the organization’s August board meeting, Kirby succeeded Gary Porter of Mercer, Mo.
Kirby previously served the state’s growers as Missouri Corn Merchandising Council chairman, vice chairman, secretary and treasurer as well as MCGA vice president and secretary/treasurer. Kirby has also represented corn farmers nationally, serving on the National Corn Growers Association Feed, Food and Industrial Action Team.
“I hope to serve corn growers as well as my predecessor Gary Porter and look forward to his leadership on the National Corn Board,” Kirby said. “We have a strong board and experienced staff. While our organization has been successful in the past, there is still a lot of work to be done. We need to continue strengthening trade policy and increasing trade opportunities. We need to continue working to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard and building ethanol demand. We need to make sure our elected officials understand the current landscape. With a large crop and low corn prices, every market is valuable.”
MCGA is a grassroots organization of more than 2,200 members committed to increasing the profitability of corn production through sound policies, continued market development and strong involvement in the political process. To learn more, visit www.mocorn.org.
NEW MISSOURI CORN OFFICERS TAKE THE WHEEL
(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.)–The Missouri Corn Merchandising Council and the Missouri Corn Growers Association have announced a new slate of officers, appointment of recently elected board members and national committee assignments.
The election of the 2017-18 MCMC officer team took place during an August board meeting held in Branson. The following MCMC leaders assumed their new roles Oct. 1:
New MCMC board member Dylan Rosier of Mound City was also appointed by the board of directors to serve growers in District 1. Rosier will be nominated to the MCGA board at the organization’s annual meeting in January.
MCMC is a longstanding partner with the U.S. Grains Council in working to enhance the value of corn, ethanol and distillers grains through strong international exports. Missouri Corn ex-officio director Jim Stuever of Dexter represents Missouri corn farmers on the USGC board of directors. Serving on USGC advisory teams are: Jay Schutte, Asia; Mark Scott, Middle East/Africa; Morris Heitman of Mound City, Value-Added; Jay Fischer, Ethanol; and Gary Porter, of Mercer, Western Hemisphere. Missouri Corn Director of Public Policy Shane Kinne will serve on the Trade Policy Team.
Several Missouri Corn leaders have also been appointed to serve on National Corn Growers Association action teams and committees. Morris Heitman was renamed to the Freedom to Operate Action Team; Mike Moreland will again serve on the Risk Management Action Team; Jay Schutte was named chairman of the Ethanol Action Team; Greg Schneider was reappointed to the Corn Productivity and Quality Action Team; Brian Lehman was named to the Consumer Engagement Action Team as well as the Resolutions Committee, and Mark Scott will again serve on the Resolutions Task Force. Missouri Corn Director of Grower Services Matt Amick will join the Freedom to Operate Action Team and Associate Director of Public Policy Samantha Davis will serve as a state staff member for the Market Access Action Team. Additionally, Gary Porter is currently a director on the National Corn Board.
The MCMC board of directors is comprised of 15 corn growers elected from across the state. This volunteer board was formed in 1984 with the passage of a corn checkoff and is dedicated to market development, research and education. MCGA is a grassroots organization of more than 2,200 members committed to increasing the profitability of corn production through sound policies, continued market development and strong involvement in the political process. To learn more, visit www.mocorn.org.