The exchange between commodity producer leaders in the
Other program benefits are the continuing dialogue among American farmers, regardless of their crops or locations, and the creation of strong and lasting relationships between this nation’s current and future producer leaders.
The 2010 tour’s producer participants include: Steven Clay, a Carnegie, OK, cotton, corn and peanut producer who serves as a director of Cotton Incorporated and treasurer of the Oklahoma Cotton Council; Barry Evans, a Kress, TX, cotton and grain sorghum producer who is chairman and past president of Plains Cotton Growers and a director of the Cotton Board; Jim Massey, a Robstown, TX, cotton and grain sorghum producer who serves as a director of the South Texas Cotton & Grain Association and the Texas Grain Sorghum Producers; Robert Miller, a Wellington, KS, cotton, grain sorghum and soybean producer who serves as president of Kansas Cotton Growers and state chairman of the NCC’s American Cotton Producers (ACP); Paco Ollerton, a Casa Grande, AZ, cotton and small grains producer who serves as a vice president of the Arizona Cotton Growers Association and the ACP state co-chair; Jeff Posey, a Roby, TX, cotton wheat, grain sorghum and corn producer who is past chairman of the Rolling Plains Cotton Growers and serves as a Cotton Board director; Gary Respess, a Pantego, NC, cotton, corn and soybean producer who is president of the North Carolina Cotton Producers Association and is state ACP chairman; Doyle Schniers, a San Angelo, TX, cotton and wheat producer who is a director and past president of Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers, a vice president of Texas Cotton Producers, and is the ACP state co-chair; and Stacy Smith, a Wilson, TX, cotton, grain sorghum and wheat producer who serves on the Plains Cotton Growers’ executive and finance committees.
Also participating are Billy Carter, the North Carolina Cotton Producers executive vice president,
The participants’ tour will begin on September 13 at tour host Illinois Corn Growers Association’s office in
On the 15th, the Sunbelt contingent will tour Monsanto’s research facility in Monmouth and John Deere’s seeding plant in Moline. The tour concludes on the 16th with visits to the Illinois River Energy and Prairie Gold facility in Rochelle, the Utica Lock on the Illinois River, and to Donna Jeschke’s corn and soybean farm in Mazon. Jeschke is past chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board.
The Multi-Commodity Education Program was launched in 2006 when producers from the Midwest/Far West traveled to