04-10-17 CO Corn: Board members travel to Washington, D.C., to make Hill visits, complete NCGA leadership programs

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CO Corn: Board members travel to Washington, D.C., to make Hill visits, complete NCGA leadership programs 

Colorado Corn Administrative Committee President Mike Lefever (pictured right) was in Washington, D.C., last week, where he completed the final phase of the National Corn Growers Association’s Leadership At Its Best Program, while Colorado Corn Growers Association Board Secretary Rod Hahn was also in the capital city, completing NCGA’s Advanced Leadership Program.

Throughout the week, Mike, Rod and their respective groups visited numerous Congressional leaders, with the conversations covering trade, ethanol and other issues. Additionally, the groups got inside looks at parliamentary procedure and how lobbying works on Capitol Hill. 

Mike, a Longmont-area farmer, was one of 19 people from across the U.S. who graduated with this Leadership At Its Best class, while Rod, a Yuma County corn producer, was one of five participants in his Advanced Leadership class.

During the entirety of the leadership programs, the groups covered media training, public speaking, business etiquette, meeting management and many other topics.

Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee. The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and agriculture in general. The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of corn produced in the state) are spent on research, market development, outreach, education and other various endeavors. See more about the work of the two organizations at www.coloradocorn.com.