Earlier this month young leaders from across the state took part in the Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) 31st Annual Washington D.C. Leadership Mission. From March 11th to March 15th, 20 producers, along with five 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 farms back in Nebraska.

Deanna Finke, from Gothenburg, and her husband Adam, were first time attendees. Deanna had the opportunity to sit in on a meeting at the White House with Ambassador Gregg Doud and a meeting at the Mexico Embassy. “Getting a chance to sit in on a meeting at the White House was a once in a life opportunity. This trip opened my eyes to all the work that is going on behind the scenes. I am so glad I decided to participate in this program,” said Deanna.

“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 Nerud, president of NeCGA.

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

Group visit at the Mexico Embassy
Grassroots Leadership Training