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(Posted Thu. Sep 29th, 2016)

As the fiscal year comes to an end, the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board prepares to seat new members and officers on October 1.  When the 2016 Executive Committee steps down, NCGA Chairman Martin Barbre will complete his term, passing the role of chairman to current president Chip Bowling.   The Off the Cob podcast series caught up with Barbre, who paused at his local elevator to share his thoughts. During …

(Posted Thu. Sep 29th, 2016)

Keywords: Transportation

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5303, the Water Resources and Development Act of 2016 (WRDA 2016), late Wednesday, by a vote of 399-25. The National Corn Growers Association thanks the House for making the bill a priority during the short September legislative session.   “Farmers and ranchers need to be able to get their products to market quickly and safely, and inland waterways are a critical part of …

(Posted Wed. Sep 28th, 2016)

The National Corn Grower Association is asking farmers to express their support for the herbicide atrazine at www.ncga.com/atz before the Oct. 5, 2016 deadline.   “Atrazine is a safe and effective crop management tool, and EPA should base their decisions on sound science,” said National Corn Growers Production and Stewardship Action Team Chairman Brent Hostetler, a farmer from Plain City, Ohio.  “That’s why I’m urging farmers to contact the …

(Posted Tue. Sep 27th, 2016)

After 40 events in eight states, the Soil Health Partnership field days are coming to an end for this growing season. Hosted mostly by farmers enrolled in the program, and often cooperating with local groups, these field days have spread the word about cover crops, reduced tillage and advanced nutrient management to more than 1,500 attendees this year.   “I’m so encouraged to see the interest from farmers taking …

(Posted Mon. Sep 26th, 2016)

In a huge victory for American agriculture retailers and farmers, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violated the law when it changed its interpretation of regulations affecting agricultural retail facilities that supply anhydrous ammonia.   In July 2015, OSHA issued an enforcement memorandum that redefined the retail facility exemption to the Process Safety Management Standard. These changes would have …

(Posted Fri. Sep 23rd, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association announced the slate of new and returning farmer leaders who will serve their industry as members of the action teams and committees in the next fiscal year, which begins Thursday, October 1. These volunteer farmers will actively shape the future of their industry by guiding programs and carrying out the policies and priorities that guide NCGA.   “The year ahead will certainly offer many challenges …

(Posted Thu. Sep 22nd, 2016)

Keywords: Soil Health Partnership; SHP Sustainability

Top 5 Things Farmers Need to Know About Roots and Tiles   As cover crop acres increase throughout the Midwest, some farmers have questions about possible unintended consequences. Last spring, a few growers in Central Indiana reported tile blockages due to roots (See article).   Some assumed that cover crop roots were the culprit. Yet cover crop acres have increased the past five years, and almost no issues were …

(Posted Wed. Sep 21st, 2016)

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released a report Tuesday detailing examples of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts to expand their jurisdiction over U.S. waters beyond Congressional intent. The report is the result of the majority staff’s investigation into how EPA and the Corps are interpreting and implementing their authority under the Clean Water Act. …

(Posted Wed. Sep 21st, 2016)

Keywords: Trade

To date, 6,325 corn farmers from across the country have written letters to Members of Congress, urging them to take up and pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in 2016. The National Corn Growers Association will be delivering them to Capitol Hill starting today.   “America’s farmers and ranchers need Congress to step up and pass TPP now,” said Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association and a farmer …

(Posted Wed. Sep 21st, 2016)

With some parts of the country reporting extremely dry conditions this harvest, the National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers to carefully follow proper safety procedures that minimize the possibility of a combine or tractor fire. Even if the weather has not been warm and dry, fuel sources such as leaves, stalks, husks, dust, oil and fuel come into constant contact with potential sources of ignition …