WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — On Sept. 30, Bob Dickey’s term as chairman of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) comes to an end, the group said on Sept. 28. As he leaves the chairmanship, Dickey, a corn farmer in Laurel, Nebraska, U.S., concludes seven years of service on the grassroots organization’s board, where he served as president in 2009.

"Bob has served the public and agriculture for many years not only through NCGA but also as a state legislator," said NCGA President Darrin Ihnen. "He is committed to agriculture, truly understands the issues and works tirelessly on others behalf. I consider him a great personal friend to me and my family, and over the years he has become a true, loyal friend for corn growers across the country."

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.

"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."

Dickey 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.