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Corn growers converge on capital

Agriculture.com Staff 07/10/2006 @ 9:23am

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, July 12 and 13, more than 125 National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) delegates and members from across the country will converge on Washington, D.C., for the annual Corn Congress.

The delegation will take part in association business, set agendas for next year and meet with national decision-makers to discuss critical corn industry issues. Growers will also speak with their senators and representatives, as well as Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), encouraging them to bring the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) to the floor for a vote.

Gerald Tumbleson, NCGA president, said, "Growers will take to the Hill to continue raising awareness of the long-term value that corn growers and agriculture bring to the nation. Having a significant amount of growers come to Capitol Hill to participate in discussions with key legislators is also a crucial component of our grassroots' efforts," said Tumbleson. "We will have more than 125 growers on the Hill at various times during the week. You just can't overemphasize how important that is.

"Our growers will be blanketing the Senate, calling on their senators to continue to push Frist to bring WRDA to the floor now," Tumbleson said. "We are at a critical point, and we will not let up until we see this bill come to the Senate floor. It is an ideal time for growers to let Congress know that if WRDA is not passed this year, it could be years before Congress tackles the issue again and that will have a significantly negative impact on growers."

Also on the agenda, delegates will ratify Ron Litterer of Iowa as NCGA's next first vice president, elect new members to the NCGA Corn Board and present Representative Gil Gutknecht (R-MN) with the annual NCGA President's Award for his support of corn grower issues.

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, July 12 and 13, more than 125 National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) delegates and members from across the country will converge on Washington, D.C., for the annual Corn Congress.

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