Attention all High School seniors and undergraduates. Looking for something to do over Christmas break? Apply for one of NDCGA’s 2021 scholarships!
NDCGA will award seven $1,000 scholarships to students in each of North Dakota’s seven corn districts. Up to three at-large winners may be chosen if there are highly-deserving additional applicants. To be eligible, students must submit: a completed application, career plans, at least two letters of recommendation from non-family members, a resume, and a copy of their most recent transcript.
Applicants are required to be a member of the North Dakota Corn Growers Association to win a scholarship. NDCGA offers three types of memberships: Grower one-year, Grower 3-year, and Student memberships. The Student memberships are available for high school and post-secondary students for $10 and can be registered online.
Completed applications must be postmarked by January 11, 2021. Mail applications to the office:
North Dakota Corn Growers Association
Attn: Kari Schiefelbein
4852 Rocking Horse Circle S
Fargo, ND 58104
To download the application form, visit our Scholarship page. Good luck to all applicants!
After careful consideration and discussion among their respective boards, the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council (NDCUC), the North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA), the North Dakota Soybean Council (NDSC), and the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association (NDSGA) have announced that their fourth annual Northern Corn and Soybean Expo will transition to a virtual format in 2021 due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions.
Join us on Zoom with NDCGA’s state and federal Legislative team, Lance Gaebe and Jim Callan, on Friday, November 20 at 1:00 p.m. They will discuss the implications on agriculture policy as per the recent election. What does it all mean for North Dakota agriculture, and, specifically, corn growers? Listen in exclusively to get the lay of the land and what the impacts could be at both the state and federal levels. Viewers will also be tuned in for a special sneak peek into what to expect for policy and funding considerations that will be made in Bismarck and Washington, D.C.
THIS IS A MEMBER’S ONLY EVENT! If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact Kari at or 701.566.9293. Not a member? Sign up now at https://www.ndcorn.org/corngrowers/membership/become-a-member/.
RSVP for the event here. The Zoom link will be emailed within one business day to all members who RSVP.
Board member Justin Halvorson gives his corn crop update on the 2020 growing/harvest season in Sheldon, ND.
Past NDCGA president and current board member Randy Melvin of Buffalo, ND shares about his 2020 corn harvest.
Mapleton, N.D. — Perfect golfing weather at the tail-end of summer couldn’t keep North Dakota corn supporters apart as hundreds attended the 18th annual BankNorth ND Corn Classic golf tournament on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
Ag companies and growers alike came out the Maple River Golf Club for the event hosted by North Dakota Corn Growers Association. NDCGA couldn’t have ordered better weather for the 4-person scramble, complete with pin games, door prizes, a cookout lunch, and delicious steak supper.
Golfers maintained their social distancing by staggering the tournament’s starting tee times per team. “We were still able to safely network with all the teams and keep the day flowing smoothly when the golfers arrived and finished their rounds,” said NDCGA Growers Services Specialist Kari Schiefelbein.
Despite understandable COVID-19 restrictions taking a few Corn Classic regulars out of the mix, the tournament still hit the triple-digit golfer mark, bringing in exactly 100 golfers.
“We’d like to thank all of our sponsors and everyone who came out to support the event and promote North Dakota corn,” said NDCGA President Rob Hanson as the 2020 winners were announced.
Congratulations the Nutrien Ag Solutions team for taking home the 2020 first place title. Second place went to the Channel Seed team, and third place to the Ellingson Companies team.
Another congrats goes out to our Pin Games winners: Reed Stock of Ellingson Companies, Nick Erickson of Advanced Grain Handling Systems, Gabe Kost of Titan Machinery, and Nicole Erickson of AgCountry Farm Credit Services.
“We are pleased to have been able to safely hold the event in light of the ongoing pandemic. Folks there expressed their appreciation as we all miss that in-person interaction, and it was a great way to support the association in our endeavor to strengthen North Dakota corn,” said NDCGA Executive director Brenda Elmer.
Check out our photo gallery from the tournament on the NDCGA Facebook page @ndcorn or on our website https://www.ndcorn.org/corngrowers/events/golf-tournament/.
On top of the many changes the world has seen these past few months, NDCGA has been busy with its own staffing transformation. Two new staff members were recently hired, filling the gaps in the Fargo office.
Taking on the role of Executive Director is Brenda Elmer, who joined the Association in April. Brenda oversees the effective operation of the Association and serves as the point of contact for state and national policy issues affecting North Dakota’s corn industry.
Brenda is a graduate of Hamline University Graduate School in St. Paul, MN, with a master’s degree in public administration, and Minnesota State University Moorhead where she got her undergraduate degrees in both mass communications and political science.
She has more than years of public policy experience at the federal, state, and local levels. She previously served as the North Dakota regional director for a national construction association, and she also worked for an international non-profit based in Fargo doing project management and government relations. She worked at the Minnesota legislature as a policy staffer, a regional director for a Minnesota member of Congress, and was a local elected city council member. Brenda grew up on a corn, soybean, and beef cattle farm in northeastern South Dakota.
“We are excited to have Ms. Elmer lead our Association. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise in management and in the advocacy arena and will no doubt put that to work promoting the corn industry in our state and in Washington, D.C.” stated North Dakota Corn Growers Association President Rob Hanson.
Completing the Association staff is Kari Schiefelbein. She started in June as the new Growers Services Specialist. Her responsibilities include overseeing and promoting membership, managing finances, and creating content for social media, the NDCGA website, and the CornTalk magazine.
Prior to joining the Association, Kari grew up on her family’s farm, Schiefelbein Farms, in central Minnesota where they raise Black Angus cattle. Kari moved to Fargo/Moorhead to attend Minnesota State University Moorhead from which she recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and mass communications.
President Hanson also noted, “Kari has hit the ground running in services to our growers, working hard on events and publications and membership in the first weeks on the job. She comes with a fresh perspective and experience in communications that will help take the Association to the next level.”