Texas corn producer Wesley Spurlock was elected to the National Corn Growers Association’s board July 14 during the annual Corn Congress in D.C. Delegates elected Spurlock and three other growers to serve on the organization’s Corn Board, and ratified Garry Niemeyer of Ill. as the NCGA first vice president for the 2011 fiscal year.
Spurlock of Stratford, Texas, joins Bill Chase of S.D., Rob Elliott of Ill., and Jon Holzfaster of Neb. The new board members will begin serving three-year terms Oct. 1.
The NCGA Corn Board represents the organization on all matters while directing both policy and supervising day-to-day operations. Board members represent the federation of state organizations, supervise the affairs and activities of NCGA in partnership with the chief executive officer, and implement NCGA policy established by the Corn Congress. Members also act as spokespeople for the NCGA and enhance the organization’s public standing on all organizational and policy issues.
Spurlock and his wife Susie farm alongside his children, Walter and Jennie, in Sherman County, Texas. In addition to growing corn, he grows wheat, cotton, triticale and seed milo.
Spurlock serves as treasurer for the Texas Corn Producers Board and is a director for the Corn Producers Association of Texas. He is also on the NCGA Production Stewardship Action Team, the NCGA Mycotoxin Task Force, the USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service State Technical Committee, and is on the North Plains Ground Water District Board and other boards in his community.
“We are excited to have a Texas grower on the NCGA Corn Board,” CPAT Executive Director David Gibson said. “Wesley is a great leader in our state and a strong advocate for many causes pertinent to the Texas corn industry. This is a great opportunity for him, and it is beneficial for our state to have representation on such a powerful, national board.”
Fellow CPAT board members Scott Averhoff, Charles Ring, Dee Vaughan, Bruce Wetzel and Steve Yoder, as well as CPAT Executive Assistant Angie Martin, joined Spurlock and Gibson in D.C. for Corn Congress. The group took the opportunity to visit with Texas legislators about policy issues that are important to the state’s corn growers.