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KayDee Gilkey New Leader Program for Corn Growers
by KayDee Gilkey, click here for bio

Program: Colorado Ag Today
Date: September 08, 2015

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The National Corn Growers Association and DuPont are pleased to announce the third year of their New Leaders Program which is designed for corn growers who are newly active or considering involvement in agriculture leadership, and are seeking to build communication and leadership skills by participating in this program.

Colorado Corn Communications Director Eric Brown says this program will provide powerful opportunities for up and coming leaders in the industry

Brown: “National Corn does a great job offering and teaming up with industry players for these leadership programs. You hear nothing but good things from our board members when they return from these. Speaking in public — a lot of our guys are small town guys. They are use to working in their fields by themselves. There are so many huge issues that lawmakers, the public needs to hear from farmers on so many critical issues. Public speaking and working with the media — so many thing like that that the DuPont program teaches them. It is so critical for them.”

Ideal participants will be farming couples or individuals from NCGA’s affiliated states, such as those considering a board position. Those interested must be at least 21 years of age, active in corn farming, NCGA members and not currently serving as an officer on their state affiliate board. 

One couple or up to two single persons per NCGA-affiliated state will be chosen to participate in this hands-on communications and leadership training. 

Applications are due Friday, Oct. 30, and will be reviewed by the NCGA and forwarded to the appropriate state affiliate association for approval.

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