Corn farmers, industry representatives and guests from across the state gathered in Jefferson City, Mo., recently for the Missouri Corn Growers Association annual meeting and legislative day. 

The morning kicked off at the DoubleTree Hotel with MCGA’s annual meeting. 

Members reviewed financials, heard from industry leaders and elected four board members: Brent Hoerr of Palmyra to represent District 3 in northeast Missouri; Mike Moreland of Harrisonville in District 4 to serve the western region; Jay Fischer of Jefferson City to represent central Missouri growers in District 5; and Clint Stephens of Advance to represent District 7 in the southeast region.

Following the annual meeting and luncheon, growers visited the State Capitol to discuss  the importance of Missouri’s corn and ethanol industries with legislators, as well as the vital role livestock production plays in this state. 

Livestock are the top consumers of Missouri’s corn crop.

“Our success in policy matters is based largely on strong grassroots involvement,” noted MCGA President Mark Scott of Wentzville. 

“With farmers being such a small minority, it is vital we share our voice and put a face on agriculture. We thank all the growers for joining us in Jefferson City today, and our elected officials for taking the time to hear what issues matter to corn farmers across the state.”

Members also took the opportunity to honor industry supporters for their contributions to the corn and ethanol industries. Award recipients included:

Friend of Corn Growers Award -- Rep. John Wiemann

President’s Award -- Gary Porter, Mercer

Outstanding Partner Award -- Brent Boydston, Bayer

Honorary Lifetime Award -- Kyle Kirby, Liberal

Years of Service -- Morris Heitman, Mound City and Jim Stuever, Dexter

The Missouri Corn Growers Association is a membership organization of farmers dedicated to growing and defending the corn industry. MCGA works in the best interest of farmers on key agricultural issues and fights for pro-agriculture, pro-corn legislation.

To learn more about Missouri Corn, or to become a member, visit www.mocorn.org or call (800) 827-4181.