CHESTERFIELD, Mo. — Neil Caskey, a long-time professional in the agricultural arena, has been tapped to lead the National Corn Growers Association as its new CEO, according to the organization’s board of directors.
NCGA board members say they are pleased to name someone of Caskey’s caliber to the top job. He was set to assume the role on Feb. 27.
“Neil’s experience in agriculture is extensive, and he is well known as someone who gets the job done well,” said NCGA President Tom Haag. “The board and I are certain that Neil will usher in new ideas and take the organization to new heights.”
Caskey has served as NCGA’s vice president of communications and industry relations for over four years and spent over a decade promoting agricultural issues as executive vice president at OBP Agency, a leading advertising and public relations firm.
His professional background also includes work for the American Soybean Association and as a legislative aide for a U.S. member of Congress.
Caskey said he is looking forward to leading the organization.
“It is quite an honor to lead an organization that I care so much about,” he said. “We have a great team in place, and I look forward to forging full-speed ahead and pushing for wins on some of our top issues, like the Next Generation Fuels Act, fighting Mexico’s ban on genetically modified corn and securing reauthorization of the farm bill. NCGA is on the move.”
As vice president of NCGA, Caskey has been at the forefront of some of the organization’s top issues. Most recently, he has played a leading role in challenging Mexico on its efforts to ban genetically modified corn.
Caskey holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s degree in business administration from Webster University.