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The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board has elected Chip Bowling of Charles County to become the organization’s first vice president.

Bowling’s term begins Oct. 1. He will then advance to become the NCGA president in October 2014.

“I am honored that my colleagues on the board have placed their trust in my ability and dedication to moving our association’s mission forward and creating greater opportunities for corn growers across the country,” Bowling said in a Corn Board news release. “At the same time, I realize that farmers face many challenges right now as threats to the Renewable Fuel Standard abound and we continue operating without a new, five-year farm bill. I look forward to working with our grower leadership over the coming years to find innovative, impactful ways to deal with the situations at hand and those which will certainly arise in the future.”

Bowling is a third-generation farmer who operates a 1,400-acre grain farm growing corn, soybean, wheat, barley and grain sorghum in Newburg.

A graduate of NCGA’s first Advanced Leadership Academy class, Bowling currently serves as board liaison to the Ethanol Committee and represents NCGA on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Committee.

Bowling, a member of the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board, also has served at the state and local levels as president of the Maryland Grain Producers Association, Farm Service Agency committee chairman, and director for the Charles County Farm Bureau and the Charles County Economic Development Board.

“We are very proud to have a Maryland farmer serving at the national level,” MGPA President Kevin Anderson said in the release. “Chip brings a wealth of farm knowledge and leadership experience to the position. He will be a strong and effective leader not only for the farmers of our state, but that of the nation.”

The board represents the NCGA organization on all matters while directing NCGA policy established by the federation of state organizations, and supervising day-to-day operations in partnership with the chief executive officer. Members also act as spokespeople for the NCGA and enhance the organization’s public standing on all organizational and policy issues.