Southwestern Community College freshman Evann Farrens, of Lenox, is one of 23 Iowa college students who have been named to the Iowa Corn Collegiate Advisory Team (CAT) for 2016-17.

The CAT, comprised of Iowa students pursuing degrees in agriculture, assists the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board in developing target programs to enhance the organizations’ relationships with individuals pursuing careers in agriculture production and allied industries. CAT achieves this by fostering the knowledge and skills of these future leaders and providing them the tools to advocate for Iowa Corn and other commodity organizations’ roles in the success of Iowa agriculture.

“The future of Iowa’s corn farmers depends our ability to offer relevant programming, advocacy, and services to new professionals entering Iowa’s agricultural sector, “said Iowa Corn Promotion Board Director Larry Buss, a farmer from Logan who chairs the committee overseeing the team. “We are excited to work with these 23 bright students on ways we can cultivate and promote our organization and the corn industry.”

The Iowa Corn Promotion Board works to develop and defend markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and corn products. The Iowa Corn Growers Association is an 8,000-member strong grassroots-driven organization, headquartered in Johnston and serving members across the state, and lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its farmer members to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability.