JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — On March 15, I’ll step down from the day-to-day management of Missouri Corn for the first time in over 34 years. For me, it’s going to be an adjustment. The good news for corn farmers, you won’t notice much change. Bradley Schad will take over as chief executive officer, and the wonderful work by your corn staff and board will continue uninterrupted. I’ll continue to work behind the scenes for a month or so as we transition, but Bradley’s ready to go and will bring enthusiasm, passion, and expertise to the job.
As for me, I’m hoping to play more golf, do a little fishing, and spend more time with family. For 34 years, I’ve been on the road, in hotel rooms, and on airplanes to five continents, nearly 60 countries, and every state. Unbelievable for a guy growing up in the small town of Jamestown, a whopping 300 people strong!
Starting out in 1986, I could never have imagined working in one place this long or working for a better group of farmer-leaders. The passion, vision, and work ethic shared on your behalf should be a model for other organizations. I’ve also been blessed with a tremendous staff. Our accomplishments are notable and have made a huge difference for not just corn farmers but everyone engaged in production agriculture.
I’m proud of the work we’ve done and the milestones we’ve accomplished together. From biodegradable plastics, to ethanol, to exports, Missouri Corn led the way in developing new markets for corn. Six Missouri-made ethanol plants producing over 300 million gallons of clean-burning ethanol have been wildly successful, as has the legislation we helped draft that paved the way for value-added, new generation cooperatives. And who can forget Missouri Corn’s role in passing the two federal Renewable Fuel Standards and the Missouri Renewable Fuel Standard?
It wasn’t just building markets; it was defending crop protection products, like the triazines, for use in your toolbox to control weeds and other pests. Just keeping one product – atrazine – in the marketplace saves American corn farmers over $2 billion collectively each year! And we’ve protected it for over 25 years since EPA and others tried to ban the product.
Finally, let me say a special thanks to my wife and best friend Kim, daughter Kimberly and her family, daughter Melanie, and son Gatlin and his family for allowing me the opportunity to work for the best people and commodity organization in the world. Thanks to the board, who always provided the guidance and vision for success, and to the staff for making a small-town Missouri boy look like he knew what he was doing! Thanks everyone, and God bless!
— Gary Marshall, Missouri Corn
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