SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI - The National Corn Growers Association's annual Priority and Policy Conference takes place this week in St. Louis, bringing farmer leaders from many corn states to begin the discussion of state and national priorities for 2012 and consider changes to NCGA's policies on subjects such as trade, ethanol and biotechnology.

"This meeting is an important opportunity for us to learn from leaders in our state organizations about their concerns and work together on a consensus for moving forward in the months ahead," said NCGA President Bart Schott, a grower from Kulm, N.D. "It comes at an important time for our industry, with a new Congress now seated and a new farm bill and presidential election on the horizon. There's much to discuss and much to take action on this week."

The meeting, which takes place all Wednesday and all morning Thursday, is for chairs, presidents and executive directors of NCGA's state organizations, as well chairs and vice chairs of the organization's action teams and committees. It starts with an economic analysis presentation from Dr. Bruce Scherr, chairman of the board and CEO of Informa Economics, who will talk about corn supply and demand and what drives overall commodity prices globally.

This year, as part of a collaborative initiative with the U.S. Grains Council, the Priority and Policy Conference also includes leadership from that organization for a discussion of USGC priorities and trade issues.

SOURCE: National Corn Growers Association