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(Posted Fri. Mar 24th, 2017)

  Corn farmers from across the country traveled to Washington this week to take part in the second phase of the annual leadership development programs co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and Syngenta. While in town, the group visited numerous Congressional leaders and got an inside look at parliamentary procedure and how lobbying works on Capitol Hill.   “Leadership At Its Best has been a vital tool for helping …

(Posted Thu. Mar 23rd, 2017)

Today the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Sonny Perdue as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The following is a statement from the National Corn Growers Association:   “The National Corn Growers Association reiterates our support for Governor Perdue as the next Secretary of Agriculture, and we urge the Senate to move quickly to confirm him.   “Today, Governor Perdue promised to be a ‘strong and tenacious …

Get to know the Ethanol CEO – ACE’s Brian Jennings

(Posted Thu. Mar 23rd, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

NCGA joined ethanol producers and supporters this week in Washington, D.C. for the American Coalition for Ethanol’s (ACE) annual fly-in. ACE Executive Vice President Brian Jennings led a group of farmers, ethanol producers, fuel retailers and other business leaders on the “Biofuels Beltway March” to Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of the ethanol industry. A fourth generation South Dakota rancher and farmer himself, Brian knows first-hand the importance of …

We Are All in This Together

(Posted Thu. Mar 23rd, 2017)

When disaster strikes in rural America, you can always count on a neighbor to pitch in and lend a helping hand.  It is who we are and it is part of our tradition and heritage.  In times of large-scale devastation, all of us working in U.S. agriculture feel the effect because we know that our lives and our futures are inextricably linked.   American agriculture has been dealt a heavy …

(Posted Wed. Mar 22nd, 2017)

Keywords: Conservation

World Water Day is March 22, a good time to recognize the strides farmers are making to adopt practices that enhance water quality for everyone.   I’m a sixth-generation family farmer. My wife, Sara, and I grow corn, soybeans, alfalfa and run a 140-head cow/calf operation. We grow corn almost exclusively using no-till methods, and hope to someday pass the farm on to our four young sons. We also began …

(Posted Tue. Mar 21st, 2017)

NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DAY, 2017 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION   America's farmers and ranchers help feed the world, fuel our Nation's economy, and lead global markets in output and productivity.  The efficiency of American agriculture has provided this country with abundance our ancestors could not have imagined.   The agriculture sector of the United States is endlessly …

(Posted Fri. Mar 17th, 2017)

This week, the National Corn Growers Association kicked off 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.   To begin a new …

Commodity Classic Brings Farmers Together to Share Ideas and Experiences

(Posted Thu. Mar 16th, 2017)

Commodity Classic offers farmers across the country a chance to get together, learn about new technologies and explore innovative ways to improve their own farming operations. While this opportunity is open to all farmers, a special set had the chance to share their unique experiences as 12 of the National Corn Growers Association’s past presidents were on hand to help the association celebrate membership, conservation and excellence in production at …

(Posted Wed. Mar 15th, 2017)

In spite of challenging times in the farm economy, thousands of growers and agricultural advocates opted to “Farmer Up!” and attend the 2017 Commodity Classic March 2-4 in San Antonio, Texas, in huge numbers.    “Commodity Classic continued in its tradition of excellence this year, demonstrating the enthusiasm America’s farmers have for continuous learning and improvement,” said Commodity Classic Co-Chair Kevin Ross, an Iowa farmer.  “From the exhibit halls to the …

(Posted Tue. Mar 14th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association put out a call for photographers to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the fourth annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA captures high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. While the contest opened recently, interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2017.   Open to …