Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) is the featured speaker at the National Corn Growers Association trade school today.

The two-day Trade School seminar is being held March 30-31 in Johnston, Iowa, and has been developed to provide growers with core information on the ins and outs of trade policy and its future. The event is at the headquarters of Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a subsidiary of DuPont.

Grassley, Senate Finance Committee Chairman, is expected to address the attendees on a variety of issues, including current and future trade agreements, future world market opportunities and the World Trade Organization Doha Round negotiation.

"Having Senator Grassley speak to our group will be very informative and will give growers a different perspective on trade. There is virtually no policy that touches agriculture that has not been influenced -- and positively so -- by Senator Grassley," said Ken McCauley, NCGA vice president. "The senator has just returned from leading a congressional delegation to Brazil where they met with government officials and agriculture, business and industry groups and toured several agriculture facilities. We are looking forward to his thoughts on trade."

Attendees will learn basic fundamentals, trade education, future trade and farm policy preparation, plus have the opportunity to engage the speakers with questions that might pertain to their individual states.

Topics include: why trade matters to corn growers; how the United States develops its trade policy; the economic impact of trade on corn prices; what impact the farm bill has on the World Trade Organization; and what the status is on the current WTO Doha talks.

Trade School is sponsored by the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Kentucky Corn Growers Association, Iowa Corn Promotion Board and Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a subsidiary of DuPont. Registration fees for the event are $75. Attendees will stay at the Des Moines Marriott. Hotel rates are $109.

There will be on-site registration available. For more information, contact NCGA Director of Public Policy June Silverberg at 202-320-3180.