Chad Smith, NAFB News Service
National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Ross joined other national agricultural leaders for an AgTalks virtual town hall last week. Participants talked about the future of agriculture, with a focus on trade, supply chains, and competition on a global scale. The town hall allowed panelists to provide updates from their industries and answer questions. Ross talked about the many challenges facing corn producers in 2020 and shared the NCGA’s recovery plans to help growers navigate the immediate challenges in the short term and to expand market access in the long term. “We’re thankful to have USMCA in force and Phase One trade deals with both China and Japan,” Ross says. “But we have lost ground to our competitors, and it’s time to pivot to more aggressive expansion in our trade. NCGA will continue to push for trade agreements in Southeast Asia and many other regions that have strong demand potential.” The AgTalks town hall series will help farmers learn and share their views with commodity associations at a time when most of the major in-person state agricultural events have been canceled or postponed because of COVID-19. Last week’s event focused on Iowa, with future events scheduled to focus on Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.