If your attitude is “I'm too busy working to get involved in a professional organization,” a board member of the Illinois Corn Growers Association hopes you'll reconsider. Monticello farmer Jim Reed says a strong organization will help the future of farms. “We want people to be involved that have time to give,” says Reed.
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“We have to show them the value of being able to come in and move the organization (and) move their business forward. It's partly a legacy issue. Most of us want to be able to hand our farms down to our sons or our grandchildren.” Just doing that is challenge enough. “We really need to connect back with our consumers,” Reed adds, “and let them know that we’re working in their best interests. Without our consumers, we don't have a market.” Reed also chairs the corn growers’ public policy team at the national level.