It’s a new year for the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) with new president John Linder of Edison, Ohio who took over the post on October 1.
Linder, along with his brother, Mike, and wife, Cheryl, run a fifth-generation farm raising corn, soybeans, soft red winter wheat and soybeans for seed in central Ohio. In addition to traditional row crop farming, he also has livestock experience. Previously, Linder served as the Corn Board liaison to the Market Access Action Team, on the Resolutions Committee and chaired the Finance and Engaging Members Committees. Additionally, he represented NCGA at the National Coalition for Food and Agriculture Research and the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center.
In a virtual press availability the day he took over as president, Linder took questions from the ag media, many of them pertaining to ethanol, the Renewable Fuel Standard, and EPA’s handling of small refinery waivers. Linder says he has already discussed the importance of implementing the Tenth Circuit Court decision on waivers with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and will be meeting with him again this week on a farm in Ohio. “It’s the law, it was in the original RFS and the Tenth Circuit Court agreed with us so that’s what we need to remind him everyday that we have to obey the law.”NCGA president John Linder press conference