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(Posted Wed. May 24th, 2017)

Last weekend, farmers and consumers came together to enjoy corn-based spirits and conversations about sustainability at the Heartland Craft Spirits Festival. The Illinois Corn Marketing Board organized the event, held in Chicago, as a pilot project to test the learnings gained through the National Corn Growers Association’s corn reputation research. A number of state corn associations, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin, sponsored state-specific …

(Posted Tue. May 23rd, 2017)

Keywords: Farm Policy

  The White House today released its detailed proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The budget proposal includes the following: Cutting the federal crop insurance program by $28.56 billion over the 2018-2027 period Eliminating funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) ($200 million/year) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program ($34.5 million/year) Reducing conservation program funding by $5.8 billion over the 2018-2027 period   The following is a statement from the …

(Posted Mon. May 22nd, 2017)

Corn planting progress and emergence are within one percentage point of the five-year average according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 84 percent of total corn acres planted and 54 percent emerged by May 21, progress fell only one percentage point short of the five-year average in both categories. Notably, the percentage of acres planted at this point equaled progress in 2016 while the …

(Posted Fri. May 19th, 2017)

Keywords: livestock

National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) staff met with the U.S. Meat Export Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), and Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) this week to discuss trade, policy, and opportunities for collaboration in the future.   At USMEF topics covered included the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement to both meat and corn exports, current beef and pork export trends, challenges, and future opportunities for international trade. …

(Posted Thu. May 18th, 2017)

Keywords: Conservation

Agricultural and conservation leaders are amplifying the drum beat on the importance of soil health in 21st Century land management. The National Corn Growers Association showed its support for this effort today, participating in the Soil Health Institute’s unveiling of its new Soil Health Action Plan in Washington, D.C.   Speakers at the event said soil health must emerge as the cornerstone of land use management decisions, in part …

(Posted Thu. May 18th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico have quintupled since the ink dried on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) more than 20 years ago. And Mexico’s animal agriculture and feed manufacturing industries want to keep buying even more U.S. corn, sorghum, distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and other products, according to a team of Mexican grain buyers, livestock and feed processing representatives who traveled to Nebraska and Washington, D.C. …

(Posted Thu. May 18th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

Today U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer formally notified Congress of the Trump Administration’s plans to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico.   National Corn Growers Association President Wesley Spurlock urged Lighthizer to remember the interests of U.S. agriculture as they begin modernizing the agreement.   “The Trump Administration understands that NAFTA has been an unequivocal success story for American agriculture,” said Spurlock.   “Exports …

(Posted Wed. May 17th, 2017)

This week, the National Corn Growers Association continued its seventh season of Field Notes, a series that takes readers behind the farm gate to follow the year in the life of American farm families. While these growers come from diverse geographic areas and run unique operations, they share a common love for U.S. agriculture and the basic values that underpin life in farming communities.   Field Notes caught up with …

(Posted Wed. May 17th, 2017)

With another growing season underway across corn country, the National Corn Growers Association encourages farmers to complete a mental check list and assess your farming operation and any potential impact for pollinators like honey bees.   If you are using treated seed, remember to consider the following five basic steps for stewardship of treated seed during planting season:   Follow Directions: Follow directions on treated seed container labels for handling, storage, planting …

(Posted Tue. May 16th, 2017)

Keywords: Farm Policy

The National Corn Growers Association filed comments yesterday with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on ethanol and the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulations, following President Trump’s executive order, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.”   NCGA urged the EPA to use its authority to give drivers year-round access to higher blends of ethanol such as E15. EPA has previously issued a Reid Vapor Pressure waiver for 10 percent ethanol blends. …