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Russell Nemetz Doggett Named CEO of National Corn Growers Association
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Program: Land & Livestock Report
Date: September 20, 2018

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The National Corn Growers Association has named Jon Doggett as the organization's new chief executive officer. Doggett is the fifth CEO in the organization's 61-year history. The change is effective immediately.

Doggett has served in the capacity of NCGA interim CEO since August 1st and as NCGA executive vice president since late 2014. Prior to that, he served as vice president of public policy, and has continuously managed the organization's 11-person Washington, DC office and led its public policy efforts since joining NCGA in July of 2002.

"The Corn Board is thrilled to have Jon Doggett at the helm to lead the charge for Corn Growers and guide the organization forward," said NCGA President Kevin Skunes. "We have a lot of serious issues impacting America's corn farmers and rural communities right now. As such, Jon's experience and leadership in the broader American agricultural industry, as well as the epicenter of national and international policy in Washington D.C., are invaluable to our organization.

"His 'back to the basics' and focused approach will be of key importance when it comes to refining our vision, goals, strategies and tactics, with the laser-focused goal of bringing profitability back to growing corn on the farm - by creating and increasing profitable demand for corn, as well as promoting and defending our way of life and the tools that enable economical corn farming."

"None of these are short-term challenges," notes Skunes. "All of these - increased corn demand as well as cost-effective tools and technologies for corn growing - will take much time. And we can't really expect anyone to do it for us. Thus, as corn farmers, it is time to once again roll-up our collective sleeves like we have in past cycles of long-term commodity prices that are well below the cost of production."

Raised on his family's Montana ranch, Doggett has substantial knowledge of production agriculture and agribusiness, as well as more than 30 years of agricultural policy and leadership experience, after moving to Washington in the late 1980s.

Before joining NCGA, Doggett served 11 years at the American Farm Bureau Federation, where he was the Bureau's lead lobbyist on a number of public policy issues, including ethanol, climate change, land use, conservation, and endangered species.

While in Washington, Doggett also worked for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association/Public Lands Council and served on Capitol Hill as senior legislative assistant for the late Montana Congressman Ron Marlenee.

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