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(Posted Fri. Jun 24th, 2016)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association thanked a bipartisan group of 39 Senators who sent a letter today urging the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that the final blending targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2017 “promote[s] growth in the U.S. biofuel sector and capture economic opportunity rather than drive investment overseas.”   The letter follows the EPA 2017 proposal calling upon refiners to blend 14.8 billion gallons of conventional …

(Posted Fri. Jun 24th, 2016)

Keywords: Production

Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency signaled this week that they intend to extend until October 4 the public comment period on the preliminary Ecological Risk Assessment for the herbicide atrazine. The National Corn Growers Association was among several organizations requesting extension of the comment period.   If EPA’s draft recommendation stands, atrazine use would likely be banned in most U.S. farming areas. NCGA urged farmers to submit their comments …

(Posted Fri. Jun 24th, 2016)

Members of the National Corn Growers Association who also served in the U.S. military have a special savings opportunity now through July 5, 2016. By combining the special NCGA member pricing plan with Ford’s Military Appreciation Bonus Cash, veteran members are eligible for even greater savings on new Ford or Lincoln vehicles.   To take advantage of both offers, visit www.fordsalutesthosewhoserve.com for more information and to generate a certificate …

(Posted Fri. Jun 24th, 2016)

With only one month remaining, the deadline for the National Corn Growers Association’s Good Steward Recognition nominations is quickly approaching. 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 Brent Hostetler, chairman of …

(Posted Thu. Jun 23rd, 2016)

Keywords: GMO Labeling

The National Corn Growers Association today thanked Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan for their work to put forth the agreement announced today that will address the growing threat of a patchwork of state labeling laws. NCGA strongly urges that the Senate and House both act as swiftly as possible to pass this important legislation.   “The introduction of this solution comes at …

(Posted Thu. Jun 23rd, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers to register now for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest and take advantage of the chance to save big on entry fees. Until June 30, fees are reduced to $75. A small time investment now saves money later this summer.   “We are excited to offer a discount to those who enter the contest early,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Brent Hostetler. …

(Posted Wed. Jun 22nd, 2016)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) yesterday announced its final rule governing commercial uses of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones.   “We’re pleased that the FAA recognizes the important commercial applications for UAS technology, and has created rules that will put the technology in farmers’ hands,” said Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, President of National Corn Growers Association.   “As with any technology, unmanned aerial systems can make farms …

(Posted Tue. Jun 21st, 2016)

The National Agricultural Genotyping Center officially opens its doors today with representatives from government and industry on hand for the grand opening of the new facility. Together North Dakota Ag Commissioner Goehring, Fargo Mayor Mahoney, legislative staff and agricultural association leadership discussed the center’s possibilities while touring the state-of-the-art laboratories.   “This facility is the first of its kind for a farmer-led association, giving growers more influence on research agendas,” …

(Posted Mon. Jun 20th, 2016)

Keywords: Sustainability

June 20-27, 2016 is Pollinator Week.  The Honey Bee Health Coalition hopes to draw attention to the importance of honey bees to many agricultural crops and the increased stresses that have been reducing populations in overwintering bees over the last decade.   The National Corn Growers Association is one of nearly 40 organizations involved in the Honey Bee Health Coalition trying to achieve a healthy population of honey bees and …

(Posted Fri. Jun 17th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board has elected Kevin Skunes of North Dakota to become the organization's first vice president for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.   “I am deeply honored that my colleagues on the board chose to place their trust in my capability and commitment to leading our association forward as we work to create greater opportunities for corn growers across the country,” said …