NEW ORLEANS — This week, farmers from across the country attended the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) biannual Corn Congress held in New Orleans. During this event, Nebraska corn farmers Deb Gangwish and Dan Wesely were elected to NCGA’s Corn Board. Gangwish is from Shelton and Wesely is from Morse Bluff.
“I am truly honored to have been selected as an NCGA Corn Board member,” said Wesely. “NCGA has cultivated a high level of trust and respect throughout the nation, and I look forward to helping advance the organization. I’m also looking forward to representing my fellow Nebraska farmers on key issues such as ethanol, sustainability and trade.”
Wesely and his wife farm both corn and soybeans in eastern Nebraska. He has a variety of leadership experience at the local, state and national levels. He has served as president of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA). He has been an active member of five different action teams within NCGA, currently serving the Production Technology Access action team.
While this will be Wesely’s first term serving on NCGA’s Corn Board, this latest election leads to a second term for Gangwish who was first elected to the board in July 2018.
“The corn industry changes so quickly, and our industry needs leaders who can adapt quickly and work collaboratively to address important issues,” said Gangwish. “I feel very fortunate and grateful to have served U.S. corn farmers over these last three years, and I look forward to another term to continue the positive work coming out of NCGA.”
On their farm, Gangwish and her husband grow seed corn, field corn, soybeans, grain sorghum, oats, alfalfa, hay and corn silage. They also background cattle and own a trucking company. Off the farm, she is actively involved in agriculture at the state, national and international levels through various organizations, such as NeCGA and the U.S. Grains Council.
Both terms for Wesely and Gangwish will begin on Oct. 1, 2021. The election took place Wednesday, July 14 during NCGA’s 2021 Corn Congress. The event is focused on shaping policy and setting priorities for the U.S. corn industry. Corn farmer delegates from across the country participated in the discussions and election.
The two farmers will join Brandon Hunnicutt, also a Nebraska farmer from Giltner, serving the 15-person Corn Board.
The Nebraska Corn Board is funded through a producer checkoff investment of ½-cent-per-bushel checkoff on all corn marketed in the state and is managed by nine farmer directors. The mission of the Nebraska Corn Board is to promote the value of corn by creating opportunities.
The Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) is a grassroots commodity organization that works to enhance the profitability of corn producers. NeCGA has more than 2,400 dues-paying members in Nebraska. NeCGA is affiliated with the National Corn Growers Association, which has more than 40,000 dues-paying members nationwide.
— Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Corn Growers Association
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