Corn growers recognize Dickey for service on national board

Bob Dickey

LINCOLN, NE – Nebraskan Bob Dickey’s term as chairman of the National Corn Growers Association comes to an end September 30 – ending a seven-year run on the grassroots organization’s board, where he served as president last year and vice president two years ago.

“I believe everyone should support and work to improve the industry in which he or she is making a living,” said Dickey, a farmer from Laurel. “Serving on the NCGA board has been a very rewarding experience and I have many fond memories.”

The Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Corn Growers Association said they appreciate Dickey’s efforts and long history of working on behalf of farmers both in Nebraska and across the country.

“Being involved in a national organization takes a great deal of time and commitment and we appreciate Bob’s tireless efforts on behalf of farmers in Nebraska and across the country,” said Alan Tiemann, chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board. “While Bob’s time on NCGA’s board is ending, he will continue to serve the farmers as part of the Nebraska Corn Board.”

Brandon Hunnicutt, president of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, said Dickey provided important leadership during his time on NCGA’s board. “We want to thank Bob and all farmers who volunteer to help their state and national organizations,” he said. “Their leadership is what keeps our industry moving forward and ensures that the positive work we do on the farm is recognized in Washington and elsewhere.”

Dickey said the strong working relationship between state associations and NCGA brings strength in numbers. He noted that NCGA and state grower associations together serve more than 300,000 corn producers.

“NCGA is a premier grassroots organization whose mission is to create and increase opportunities for corn growers. It is gratifying to know that while we as farmers are working hard, NCGA is working hard to promote and protect corn growers interest,” Dickey said.

In addition to his service with NCGA, Dickey previously served in leadership roles with the U.S. Grains Council, including as chairman of the organization. In fact, he is one of only two people to have served as chairman of both the NCGA and the Council.

Dickey previously served as a state senator in the Nebraska Legislature, and is a member of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association, Nebraska Pork Producers Association, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation and the American Legion. He is active in church, school and community affairs and is a past member of the Laurel-Concord School Board. He and his wife, Mary, are the parents of three children.

The Nebraska Corn Board is a self-help program, funded and managed by Nebraska corn farmers. Producers invest in the program at a rate of 1/4 of a cent per bushel of corn sold. Nebraska corn checkoff funds are invested in programs of market development, research and education. For more, go to www.NebraskaCorn.org.

The Nebraska Corn Growers Association is a grassroots commodity organization that works to enhance the profitability of corn producers. Now in its 37th year of service to its members, NeCGA has more than 2,000 dues paying members in Nebraska. NeCGA is affiliated with the NCGA, which has more than 35,000 dues paying members nationwide. More information can be found at www.NeCGA.org.

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NOTE: Audio cuts are available with this release.

CORN_Dickey_1.mp3 (16 seconds): Dickey talks about the importance of serving.

CORN_Dickey_2.mp3 (21 seconds): Dickey notes that NCGA is a premier grassroots organization.

CORN_Dickey_3.mp3 (2:03): A complete statement from Dickey.

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