Corn Hybrid Evaluations, Management Research, & Overall Corn Extension Program- Wade Thomason

Corn hybrid evaluations will be conducted at seven statewide locations. The study will produce unbiased, multi-company information that Virginia producers can use to select their corn hybrids.

The Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

The program will teach youth about agriculture by providing 1,350 copies of The Tortilla Factory

National Corn Growers Association— National Corn Market Development Programs.

NCGA's implements its mission of creating and expanding opportunities for corn growers by:

Keeping farmers on the cutting edge of technology;

Providing innovative research to improve and increase market opportunities;

Reach mainstream audiences with positive messages about corn production;

Maintaining relationships with key markets, including livestock and poultry, processing for human consumption and foreign export markets.

U.S. Grains Council — For 2012, four priorities have been identified through the Council's strategic plan and global market analysis:

Trade policy engagement;

Developing markets, enabling trade;

Utilizing new capacities and new markets resulting from the Panama Canal expansion;

Providing transparent, quantifiable and consistent data-driven performance measurements for USGC's work;

Virginia FFA Foundation —Support for Agronomy CDE contest.

Funding to support the FFA's participation in the agronomy career development event during the State FFA Convention.

Virginia Grain Producers Association—Market Infrastructure, Media, Information Technology & Influence

Work with consumers and customers to help develop market infrastructure to increase and promote the use of Virginia Grains;

Utilize media to pro-actively present information to producers, consumers, the general public, and decision makers about the value of Virginia corn production, as well as promote key industry news and events to media outlets;

Develop internal and external information resources to effectively communicate with producers, industry, decision makers and other key interest groups;

Continue efforts to provide a voice for Virginia grain producers and associated industries by affecting a positive change within agencies and organizations that have a direct impact on Virginia's grain industry.