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(Posted Mon. Jul 21st, 2014)

The percentage of corn acres having reached the silking stage remained one point ahead of the five-year average last week, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. The report also indicates that the overall corn crop condition remained strong, with 76 percent of all corn acres rated in good or excellent condition.   “Again this week, we saw crop condition remain strong while maturity moved ahead pretty …

New Grower Leaders Complete Program's First Year

(Posted Mon. Jul 21st, 2014)

The inaugural class of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) DuPont New Leaders Program wrapped up last week with a flurry of activities in Washington, D.C., and the local area.   The program, which kicked off in Johnston, Iowa, in January, was designed by NCGA and DuPont to build the communications and leadership skills of growers just starting leadership positions in American agriculture, with a special focus on farming couples. …

(Posted Fri. Jul 18th, 2014)

Yesterday, corn growers and  others came together at the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress session came together to pay tribute to retiring CEO Rick Tolman, who has led the corn organization since 2000.   The recognition ceremony included remarks from Don Borgman, who recently retired as industry affairs lead for John Deere, past NCGA Presidents Ken McCauley and Garry Niemeyer, and retiring Nebraska Corn Board executive Don Hutchens, as …

(Posted Thu. Jul 17th, 2014)

The deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency addressed the concerns of attendees at the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress delegate session Thursday afternoon, regarding proposed rules for the Waters of the U.S. and the 2014 volume obligation of the Renewable Fuel Standard. “We greatly appreciate the deputy administrator’s willingness to participate in an open, well-considered conversation,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “While we certainly have concerns over …

NCGA's President's Award Presented to Rep. Shimkus

(Posted Wed. Jul 16th, 2014)

National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre today presented NCGA’s 2014 President’s Award to Representative John M. Shimkus, who represents the 15th District of Illinois.  The President’s Award is given annually at NCGA’s Corn Congress meeting in Washington to a leader who has worked to advance issues important to corn growers and agriculture.   “I was pleased to be able to honor Representative Shimkus by presenting him the NCGA President’s …