For immediate release:
February 26, 2018

For More Information Contact:
Morgan Wrich, Nebraska Corn Growers Association | (402) 438-6459

Nebraska Corn Growers Association Returns from Washington DC Leadership Mission

Lincoln, NE – Earlier this month young leaders from across the state took part in the Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) 30th Annual Washington D.C. Leadership Mission. From February 12th to February 16th, 13 producers, along with four grower leaders, got a firsthand experience of Washington D.C. and the legislative process.

The leadership mission trip to Washington D.C. is a great way for Nebraska corn farmers to engage with key contacts and help put a face on Nebraska agriculture. The participants had a full slate of meetings over three days. This included meeting with the Nebraska congressional delegation as well as important industry partners. The participants were able to talk with a wide variety of people and organizations who have a great deal of influence over their operations back in Nebraska.

“The DC Leadership Mission is a chance for new leaders to gain a better understanding of the legislative process and the current issues that face Nebraska’s corn farmers. It is our hope that they will take this knowledge and enthusiasm back with them to their local organizations. This trip is the place where many of our current leaders got their start” said Dan Wesely, president of NeCGA.

The groups met with the following industry partners:

Renewable Fuels Association
Corn Refiners Association
National Pork Producers Council
U.S. Grains Council
National Corn Growers Association
Animal Agriculture Alliance
CropLife America
Union Pacific
American Farm Bureau
Association of American Railroads
Growth Energy

This leadership mission trip would not be possible without support from our sponsors, the Nebraska Corn Board and Farm Credit Services of America.

The Nebraska Corn Growers Association is a grassroots commodity organization that works to enhance the profitability of corn producers. Now in its 45th year of service to its members, the Association has more than 2,400 dues paying members in Nebraska. It is affiliated with the National Corn Growers Association, which has more than 40,000 dues paying members nationwide. More information can be found at

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For immediate release
February 21, 2018

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Morgan Wrich,

LINCOLN, NEBR.- This year, 10 University of Nebraska-Lincoln students, as part of the 2018 Corn and Soy Collegiate Ambassador Program, are getting the chance to learn more about the agriculture industry.
The Nebraska Corn Growers Association and Nebraska Soybean Association launched the Corn and Soy Ambassador Program to give students a comprehensive understanding of the industry. The program’s goals are to educate the students about state and federal policy issues affecting agriculture, and about opportunities available by supporting industries like the Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Soybean Board and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Following the completion of the program students will be recognized at the annual meetings of the corn and soybean associations, and each will be presented a $500 scholarship to help them with school expenses. Funding for portions of the program is being provided by the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Soybean Board.
The 10 members of the 2018 class are:

 Claudia Dinardo – Auburn, IL
 Alyssa Ehler – Elkhorn, NE
 Ty Hadwiger – Riverdale, NE
 Vince Konecky – Wahoo, NE
 Bryce Lammers – Fordyce, NE
 Nathan Lundeen – Minden, NE
 Matthew Oswald – Aurora, NE
 Shelby Riggs – Mitchell, SD
 Elizabeth Ruskamp – North Bend, NE
 Jack Spilker – DeWitt, NE

During the year ambassadors will take part in four seminars. The first meeting covers state and federal policies affecting the corn and soybean industries. The second meeting will focus on the role of checkoff programs in promoting corn and soybeans.
This summer the students will partake in an ag industry bus tour. Stops will include different facets of the ag industry including, manufacturing, production, and processing. These stops will hopefully give students more insight into potential jobs and internships in the industry.

During the course of the program, students are asked to spend time to promoting the state’s corn and soybean grower associations and checkoffs at promotional events such as Husker Harvest Day and Soybean Management Field Days. Following the events, they are required to report on their experiences and what they’ve learned.

The Nebraska Corn Growers Association and Nebraska Soybean Association would like to congratulate the recently graduated 8 members of the 2017 Corn and Soy Ambassador class on a successful year.

For more information on the program, contact Morgan Wrich, Nebraska Corn Growers Association at 402-438-6459 ( or Lori Luebbe, Nebraska Soybean Association at 402-441-3239 (