Mercer Farmer Named Missouri Corn President

Posted on: October 2, 2016

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.)–Gary Porter, of Mercer, Mo., has been elected president of the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA). Porter assumes his new role Oct. 1, succeeding Morris Heitman of Mound City, Mo.

Porter previously served the state’s growers as Missouri Corn Merchandising Council (MCMC) chairman, secretary, treasurer and vice chairman as well as MCGA vice president, secretary and treasurer. Porter also works on behalf of corn farmers nationally with his service as the team leader for the U.S. Grains Council Western Hemisphere Advisory Team.

“It is truly an honor to be working for Missouri corn farmers,” said Porter. “We have both opportunities and challenges in the year ahead. Despite low corn prices and thin profit margins, we have the opportunity to build up exports and feed more livestock. The MCGA board and staff will continue working to protect corn farmers and the issues that affect growers’ bottom lines.”

The Missouri Corn Growers Association is a grassroots organization of more than 2,500 members committed to increasing the profitability of corn production through sound policies, continued market development and strong involvement in the political process. To learn more, visit

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