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Commodity Classic Advance Registration Discount Ends January 28

(Posted Fri. Jan 18th, 2019)

Monday, January 28 is the last day to take advantage of the advance registration discount for Commodity Classic — America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience.   The 2019 Commodity Classic will be held Thursday, February 28 through Saturday, March 2 in Orlando, Fla. To register, reserve hotel rooms and sign up for email updates, visit CommodityClassic.com.  A complete schedule of events is also available on the website.   Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is unlike any other agriculture event, featuring a robust schedule of educational sessions, a huge trade show featuring the latest technology, equipment and innovation, top-notch entertainment, inspiring speakers and the opportunity to network with thousands of farmers from across the nation.   Commodity Classic is presented annually by the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the...

Weak Farm Economy Not Hampering Drive to Healthier Soils

(Posted Thu. Jan 17th, 2019)

This week’s Soil Health Summit 2019 with Soil Health Partnership was the largest ever—360 registered attendees made their way to St. Louis to learn and network. A diverse group including farmers, corporations, educators and environmental groups spent two days talking about soil health. The summit provided many takeaway messages and insights of interest. Here are just a few:   Enthusiasm for learning new sustainability practices and adopting new farm management tools to protect and improve soil is not being slowed by a prolonged downturn in the farm economy. Many farmers, landlords, and others are investing in the long game to assure more sustainable and profitable agriculture.   SHP outreach is building a diverse coalition of partners from farms all the way to consumers. The program and the network being created is growing rapidly.   The common interest of proving the latest farming techniques, building healthier soils, cleaner water while maintaining farmer...

Second Annual Soil Health Summit Awards Honor Best in Soil Health

(Posted Wed. Jan 16th, 2019)

Five dedicated leaders in soil health received “Seeds of Change” awards at the 2019 Soil Health Partnership Summit, Jan. 15-16 in St. Louis. These awards highlight those participants in the Soil Health Partnership who go above and beyond to promote soil health throughout the year.    “The Soil Health Partnership’s strength has its roots in our committed and supportive partners—especially the farmers and agronomists who play an important role in our ability to support research-based practices,” said Dr. Shefali Mehta, executive director of the Soil Health Partnership. “These five individuals exemplify the very best of our dedicated partners, and we thank them for their great work.”   The five award recipients are:   Super Sprout: Brian Ryberg, Buffalo Lake, Minnesota. As a first-year member of the partnership, Ryberg has jumped right into active involvement with activities that included holding a field day. Ryberg values collaboration, according to SHP staff, and has worked...

Look Down, You Are Standing on Our Future

(Posted Tue. Jan 15th, 2019)

How do we feed a growing population and meet additional, related demand from other sectors for crops (like corn) while also addressing farmers and consumers desire for continuous improvement, healthier soils and cleaner water? Enter the Soil Health Partnership.   Today and tomorrow, SHP is hosting a meeting with national significance called the Soil Health Summit 2019 in St. Louis, Mo.  SHP Executive Director Shefali Mehta says the diverse partnership is “a gathering of unlikely partners” that includes farmers, agronomists, environmental groups, and partners from throughout the value chain from the farm all the way to finished consumer products.   Mehta, notes a key thing that sets SHP apart is supporters moved beyond “just talking” quickly, and the “unlikely partners” rallied around their shared desire to help farmers improve soil health while maintaining and improving profitability. The result is a boots-on-the-ground effort that is turning farmers fields into a research...

NCGA Communications Shine at NAMA Region II Awards

(Posted Fri. Jan 11th, 2019)

Yesterday, the National Corn Growers Association and its CommonGround were recognized for excellence at the National Agri-Marketing Association’s Region II Awards Ceremony. NCGA’s World of Corn Publication, which is sponsored by Bayer, took the first-place award for Company Publications- Annual Report. CommonGround, one of the programs managed by NCGA’s Consumer Engagement Action Team, won the first-place award for Social Media Campaigns Directed to Consumers for its series of carpool moments videos.   See these videos by clicking here.   To see the World of Corn, click here.   “Consumers have many questions about how farmers and ranchers grow and raise food. It is understandable given their desire to raise healthy, happy families,’ said NCGA Consumer Engagement Action Team Chair Ted Mottaz. “Through programs such as CommonGround, NCGA works to bridge the gap from farm to plate so that families who buy the foods we raise can feel confident in their choices.   “When farmers...

Unique Soil Health Summit Launches in St. Louis This Week

(Posted Fri. Jan 11th, 2019)

It’s count-down time for the one-of-a-kind, Jan. 15-16, 2019 Soil Health Summit.  So, if you have an interest in improving soil for future generations, cleaner water and more profitable farming, you’ll definitely want to meet us in St. Louis at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch.   “Farmers, agronomists, environmental groups, consumer companies, Soil Health Partnership field staff and other partners,” will be attending so the networking opportunities are ripe for the picking,” said Nathan Fields, National Corn Growers Association’s vice president of production and sustainability. “No two fields are alike, so no two farm management plans are alike. But the people and information at this summit can definitely provide data and real-world examples to significantly accelerate farm planning to reach the next level of sustainability and profitability.”   And, for the first time, the Summit is also open to the public. The Summit fosters making soil health research relevant to operational...

NCGA Recognizes NAFTA Benefits

(Posted Thu. Jan 10th, 2019)

NCGA is committed to creating new market opportunities for U.S. corn. This includes expanding market access for U.S. corn around the globe and securing our most important markets by injecting certainty back into our relationships with Mexico and Canada.   The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been an unequivocal success for American corn farmers. Since 1994, U.S. corn exports to these regional partners have increased 300 percent and Mexico is now the top export destination for U.S. corn.   Corn exports to Mexico were up nearly 13 percent for 2017/2018 from the previous year, reaching a record high of 15.7 million tons or 618 million bushels.   In 2016 alone, more than 17.3 million metric tons of corn and corn co-products were exported to Mexico and Canada, valued at $3.2 billion. These exports produced $4.1 billion in economic activity as well as supported 25,000 jobs and 300,000 farms.   Now, as Congress looks to consider the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement,...

Download Now! The NCGA app has resources for you.

(Posted Tue. Jan 8th, 2019)

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Now is a great time to download the NCGA app. From either the Apple App Store or the Google Play store, search for “NCGA Action” to download our free app. Alternatively, you can find download instructions on our website, http://ncga.com/app.   While our app has many key features, we want to highlight three that you might find extremely useful.   One, you can find out more about your new legislators or find out the committee assignments of your representative and senators. Click on the “Legislative Resources” to browse for your state and federal legislators. You can either browse by state, enter your address or by standing in your front yard and click the “Use my location” button.   Two, by clicking the “National Issues” button, you can find talking points on key policies affecting corn growers. You’ll always be prepared for that meeting, interview or coffee shop discussion.   Three, sometimes it is necessary to tell our legislators how we feel about an issue. You...

Commodity Classic Early Registration Discount Ends January 10

(Posted Mon. Jan 7th, 2019)

Thursday, January 10th is the deadline for the early registration discount for Commodity Classic—America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience.   The 2019 Commodity Classic will be held Thursday, February 28 through Saturday, March 2 in Orlando, Fla. To register, reserve hotel rooms and sign up for email updates, visit CommodityClassic.com.  A complete schedule of events is also available on the website.   Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is unlike any other agriculture event, featuring a robust schedule of educational sessions, a huge trade show featuring the latest technology, equipment and innovation, top-notch entertainment, inspiring speakers and the opportunity to network with thousands of farmers from across the nation.   To learn more, click here.

NCGA Recognizes Senator Pat Roberts

(Posted Fri. Jan 4th, 2019)

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts, today announced his decision not to seek reelection in 2020. Roberts was first elected to Kansas’s First Congressional District in 1980 before his election to the U.S. Senate in 1996.   Roberts has been an outspoken advocate for farmers and agriculture. He is the first member of Congress in history to have chaired both the House Agriculture Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee. He has also served as the ranking member of each committee.    “Senator Roberts’ influence on agriculture, from his leadership roles on both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, is unmatched,” said NCGA CEO Jon Doggett. “He has been a steadfast advocate for farmers on a host of issues important to American agriculture. While we will miss his leadership in the Senate, we look forward to working with him during the 116th Congress and wish him and his family the best.”   "I can't think of a lawmaker who is more in touch...