CHESTERFIELD, MISSOURI, U.S. — After five years of service on the board of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and many years of other leadership roles prior to the board position, Rob Elliott first vice-president has decided to step down, effective Sept. 30.

“My last 15 years as an active ‘corn guy’ have been very rewarding for me,” Elliott said. “I am proud to have been a part of my corn organizations in Illinois and on the national level and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together.  I’ve worn a lot of hats throughout my career, but I've come to realize that the current environment makes it difficult for me to balance all the increasing obligations and expectations. After thoughtful deliberation it seems to be in the best interest of the association if I step aside.  I’ve had lots of fun – while working hard, too – and will be tracking all the great progress taking place within NCGA.”

With Elliott leaving the board, NCGA President Chip Bowling, of Maryland, U.S., and Chairman Martin Barbre, of Illinois, U.S., will retain their positions in the coming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. Wesley Spurlock, a corn grower from Texas, U.S., will become first vice-president.

“Rob has been a great leader for our organization over the years, and we are grateful for his hard work on several key NCGA programs, such as Commodity Classic and our American Ethanol partnership,” Bowling said. “NCGA has always benefitted from strong grower leaders who have volunteered their time and expertise to make us a respected grassroots organization. Going into another year, Martin, Wesley and I will continue the focus on building profitable corn demand for our members while sustainably feeding and fueling a growing world.”