New Congress Won't Change Corn Growers' Strategies

NCGA says that their goals and lobbying strategies are the same with the new Democratic Congress as with the previous Republican majority.

Democrats now hold the majority of seats in the House of Representatives for the first time in 12 years, but National Corn Growers Association President Ken McCauley says it won't change the group's lobbying strategies. 

"The elections have changed the congressional climate, but NCGA will continue to work in a bipartisan fashion, just as we have in the past," McCauley says.

NCGA lobbies both parties for support on key issues. McCauley points out that agricultural policy tends to be more regional and commodity-based than partisan.

"NCGA has strong relationships with both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill," says NCGA vice president for public policy Jon Doggett. "We have and will continue to emphasize the need to work with all lawmakers to expand opportunities for agriculture."

"Our goals and our strategy will not change - working to develop good policy and programs that will further the future of agriculture and producers in the United States," McCauley says. Whatever stance the new Congress takes on issues, McCauley says agricultural policy will be high on next year's legislative agenda.

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