June 29: When Ohio farmer Anthony Bush reflects upon why he is running for NCGA’s Corn Board, he has to look no further than across the breakfast table to find an answer.
“Every morning when I wake up, I see my son come up from his room, and I see the future of agriculture,” said Bush. “When I look at his class of about 100 students who all come from my county, I realize that he is probably the only kid who will even have the opportunity to farm. If kids like him don’t want to farm, who is going to do it? I want to leave a him, and the other kids who are the future of the industry, with better policies and a better public perception of our industry. Looking at him, I realize how driven I am to fix some of our problems before he takes over.”
As a member of the Corn Board, Bush would serve as a passionate, dedicated ambassador for his industry. Keeping the big picture always in mind, he would strive to anticipate future needs and challenges to help NCGA remain a visionary leader in agriculture. Bush brings to this position a strong background in the unique and challenging environment influencing this farm bill, gained through his work on the Public Policy Action Team in the development of NCGA’s policy proposal.
“For about the last five years, I have absolutely lived and breathed the farm bill,” Bush explained. “During my first two years on the Public Policy Action Team, we worked on implementing the 2008 farm bill. Since I became chairman three years ago, we have spent all of our time analyzing and developing models that show the potential impact of proposals on farmers and their potential impacts on the national budget.”
Bush’s priorities for service include helping NCGA remain the most respected leader in the agricultural industry and continuing its role as a strong voice for the industry externally. He plans to learn from the past but embrace the possibilities that lie ahead while fostering a thoughtful, forward-facing strategic planning process.
“As a fifth-generation farmer, I have been privileged to follow in the footsteps of those who laid the foundation and sacrificed before me, providing the opportunities that would not have existed without their hard work. I want to carry on that tradition of dedication so that my son and future generations will have the same, if not more, opportunities that I now enjoy on my own farm.”
Anthony Bush farms 1,450 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat at the eastern edge of the Corn Belt in central Ohio, where he resides with his wife, Teresa, and four children.
The NCGA Corn Board election takes place at the July 18 Corn Congress session in Washington.
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