The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), St. Louis, announced Fred Stemme is joining its staff as vice president of marketing, while June Silverberg and Lisa Kelley are joining the association's public policy staff in Washington, D.C.

Stemme will oversee the association's marketing, communications, industry relations and membership programs, as well as Commodity Classic and other meetings. Prior to joining NCGA, Stemme served seven years as the marketing and communications director for the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA). Stemme, who was raised on a Missouri farm, previously was employed by American Cyanamid Company and spent time on the legislative staff of Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond (R-Mo.).

Kelley and Silverberg will serve as directors of public policy. Kelley will oversee lobbying efforts related to appropriations, conservation and transportation issues, while Silverberg will focus on trade, biotechnology and NCGA's political action committee.

Kelley most recently served on the staff of the ranking member of the House Committee on Agriculture. There she managed and directed numerous key legislative issues including food safety, pesticides, fruits and vegetables, energy, clean air, organic agriculture, nursery crops and forest management. Kelley also worked for former Rep. Charles Stenholm (D-Texas); was on the campaign staff of Loy Sneary for Congress; and was an intern for Rep. Ciro D. Rodriguez (D-Texas).

Silverberg comes to NCGA after nearly seven years with the National Association of Wheat Growers, where she was director of corporate relations and development and worked with the organization's biotech committee. She previously was employed by Altria and worked as a staff assistant to Rep. Jimmy Hayes (R-La.). Additionally, she has experience working on political campaigns on various gubernatorial, Senate and House races.

Source: Association Release