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(Posted Fri. Aug 28th, 2015)

Keywords: Production Conservation

Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction against the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, postponing implementation of the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule.   Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association and a farmer from Newburg, Maryland, issued the following statement:   “We support the judge’s decision in North Dakota, which should give …

Farmer Attempts World Record Boat Run on American Ethanol

(Posted Fri. Aug 28th, 2015)

Top boat racers and boating fans have been congregating at the Lake of the Ozarks all week but the real action will take place tomorrow, Saturday, August 29, as a central Illinois farmer puts American Ethanol on center stage in the annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout.   Don Onken, and his team, will be taking a shot at the world record in a bright yellow Mystic boat, and …

(Posted Thu. Aug 27th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association and DuPont are pleased to announce the third year of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program.  The program is designed for corn growers who are newly active or considering involvement in agriculture leadership, and seek to build their communications skills so they can better serve their peers.   “American agriculture needs farmers who are strong spokespersons for our way of life,” said NCGA President Chip …

(Posted Wed. Aug 26th, 2015)

Monday is the deadline for the National Corn Growers Association’s Good Steward Recognition nominations. State affiliates, as well as industry and organizational partners, are urged to submit qualified growers dedicated to production standards that deliver high sustainable yields with extraordinary conservation and environmental benefits.     “Practical solutions are what drive the adoption of best practices on the farm,” said Don Glenn, chairman of NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team. …

(Posted Tue. Aug 25th, 2015)

In an effort supported by the National Corn Growers Association, the Monsanto Insect Management Knowledge Program awarded Dr. Phillip Zamore, from University of Massachusetts Medical School, a grant for the proposal entitled “Why Does Western Corn Rootworm Sample Double Stranded RNAi in Its Environment?”     NCGA believes farmers should have as many options as possible to control pests. RNAi represents a new mode of action for corn rootworm control and potentially …

(Posted Mon. Aug 24th, 2015)

While the percent of corn acres having reached the dented stage appears to be near the five-year average, actual crop progress has already been and may be further delayed due to unseasonably cool weather. According to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 39 percent of corn acres had reached the dented stage as of August 23, only four points behind the five-year average for this time. …

(Posted Fri. Aug 21st, 2015)

National Corn Growers Association officers and senior staff gathered this week in Rhode Island for the biannual NCGA Agri-Industry Council meeting. Here, representatives of 16 leading agribusinesses discussed vital issues facing agriculture, shared information on their companies and sectors, heard from recognized speakers and learned about NCGA’s current initiatives. Established in 2007, the Agri-Industry Council facilitates dialogue between agribusinesses and NCGA to collectively address issues of mutual concern.   “NCGA’s AIC …

(Posted Thu. Aug 20th, 2015)

As farmers across the country prepare for harvest, the National Corn Growers Association reminds photographers to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the first annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA hopes to capture high-resolution photos of corn growth at every stage from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. Interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, …

(Posted Thu. Aug 20th, 2015)

Keywords: Research

In an effort supported by the National Corn Growers Association, the Monsanto Insect Management Knowledge Program awarded Dr. Felicia Wu, from Michigan State University, a grant for the proposal entitled “An Agent Based Model of Insect Adaptation to Transgenic Insecticidal Corn”.      NCGA believes farmers should have as many options as possible to control pests. This project will develop a model to factors impacting the effectiveness of Bt corn that …

(Posted Wed. Aug 19th, 2015)

A Food Dialogues event held last week in Minneapolis by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance focused on the need to bridge the gap between consumer concerns and food production and sourcing decisions.   From environmental sustainability to GMO safety and animal welfare, consumers increasingly want to know if the methods used to grow and raise food are impacting their long-term health or that of the planet.   At the …