NCGA Optimistic About New Administration

Cindy Zimmerman

NCGA president Wesley Spurlock and CEO Chris Novak at NAFB Trade Talk

NCGA president Wesley Spurlock and CEO Chris Novak at NAFB Trade Talk

The National Corn Growers Association is optimistic about what a Trump presidency can mean for agriculture.

“It is great to have the election behind us, and we really are watching and putting our names out, and working with them in order to get ag knowledge into the different areas of administration,” said NCGA President Wesley Spurlock during an interview at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting recent annual meeting. “They’ve got a tremendous amount of people to appoint, and the more ag knowledge that we have in there, the better we’ll be as we move forward into the future.”

Spurlock says they are hopeful the Trump administration will have a friendlier Environmental Protection Agency. “There’s too many lawsuits against EPA right now…and what they have done by not staying with statute on the Renewable Fuel Standard,” said Spurlock. “We look forward to having a fresh look coming out of EPA.”

Listen to more of Spurlock’s thoughts on a Trump Administration in this interview: Interview with Wesley Spurlock, NCGA

NCGA CEO Chris Novak is also optimistic about the future, believing that the new administration offers some major opportunities for American farmers who continue to produce record crops.

“We need a strong Renewable Fuel Standard, we need EPA to adhere to the law,” Novak said. “We know from this election season that reforming regulation means giving us access to the tools that allow us to continue to innovate, and that we need to bring science into policy. These are all themes we’ve heard from President-elect Trump, so there is an opportunity for farmers in this next administration.”

Listen to our full interview with Novak here: Interview with Chris Novak, NCGA

View and download photos from the event here: 2016 NAFB Convention

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