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(Posted Fri. Jan 12th, 2018)

America’s corn farmers are projected to produce a larger corn crop than previously expected according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released today. The increased production forecast is the result of increased yield projections, with the national average now projected at 176.6 bushels per acre. This new record-high yield projection accompanies record yield projections from major corn-producing states such as Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio.   "While the range of prices …

(Posted Thu. Jan 11th, 2018)

With a trade show featuring more than 360 exhibitors commanding nearly 2,000 booth spaces, Commodity Classic attendees are strongly encouraged to wear comfortable shoes!   The 2018 Commodity Classic, the nation's largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, will be held Feb. 27-March 1 in Anaheim, Calif.  The trade show is open all three days.   "The farmers who attend Commodity Classic are aggressively pursuing in making their farms even …

(Posted Wed. Jan 10th, 2018)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Southern corn growers will pull their planters out of the shed and into the field in only a few short weeks. Bt corn will be planted on millions of acres across the South, protecting plants from damaging insects like corn borer and corn earworm. But to ensure that the technology remains effective, farmers in cotton-growing areas must plant a structured refuge alongside their Bt corn.   “Planting a refuge is …

(Posted Wed. Jan 10th, 2018)

Time is running out to take advantage of early registration discounts for the 2018 Commodity Classic to be held Tuesday, February 27 through March 1, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Thursday, January 11, 2018, is the last day for early registration discounts.  Lesser registration discounts are available through January 29.   Registration fees vary depending on the number of days attended. Members of the sponsoring commodity associations receive additional discounts on registration.  …

(Posted Tue. Jan 9th, 2018)

For more than seven years, CommonGround volunteers have served as resources for consumers who have questions about how their food is grown. In a newly-released video, CommonGround Iowa volunteer Sara Ross shares her perspective on plant breeding innovation with the help of a fellow mom – and plant breeder – Jessie Alt.   “Plant breeding innovation will help us continue to be sustainable and improve on our sustainability so …

(Posted Mon. Jan 8th, 2018)

Education is a hallmark of Commodity Classic and this year’s schedule is one of the most robust in recent memory.   The 2018 Commodity Classic will be held Feb. 27-March 1 in Anaheim, Calif.  Attendees can register for all three days or register for one day only.    Gerry Hayden, a Kentucky farmer and co-chair of the 2018 Commodity Classic, said that every educational session was selected by farmers, for …

(Posted Wed. Jan 3rd, 2018)

As we prepare to ring in 2018, “getting healthy” will be a common New Year’s Resolution among millions of people. But for farmers, the New Year is also an opportunity to set goals for getting their soil healthy, a practice taking on elevated importance for protecting natural resources, and helping farmers manage extreme weather, increase profitability and sequester carbon.   The Soil Health Partnership has developed the Top 5 Resolutions for …

(Posted Wed. Jan 3rd, 2018)

Only a few days remain to take advantage of early registration discounts for the 2018 Commodity Classic to be held Tuesday, February 27 through March 1, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Thursday, January 11, 2018, is the last day for early registration discounts.  Lesser registration discounts are available through January 29.   Registration fees vary depending on the number of days attended. Members of the sponsoring commodity associations receive additional discounts on …

(Posted Wed. Dec 20th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association welcomes Katharine Emerson as Director of Public Policy and Political Strategy and Colleen Willard as Director of Public Policy to their DC team.  Emerson leads NCGA’s political strategy development and PAC duties while also heading lobbying efforts on conservation and domestic biotech issues. Willard will be handling water quality and ag chemical issues.    “In adding both Katharine and Colleen to our team, NCGA gains …

(Posted Tue. Dec 19th, 2017)

Ten years ago today, Dec. 19, President George W. Bush signed into law the Energy Independence and Security Act, greatly expanding the scope and impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In the decade since passage, significant progress has been made towards greater energy security, cleaner air and boosting local economies, according to a new analysis by the Renewable Fuels Association, “The RFS2: Then and Now.”   The RFS requires oil …