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(Posted Fri. Jan 20th, 2017)

Last week, the National Corn Growers Association was recognized for excellence at the Region 2 National Agri-Marketing Association Awards Ceremony. The association’s 2016 World of Corn publication took first place for the region in the Company Publications – Annual Reports category. Additionally, NCGA’s joint program with the United Soybean Board, CommonGround, took both first place and the merit prize in the Social Media Campaign Directed at Consumers category for the …

(Posted Thu. Jan 19th, 2017)

National Corn Growers Association President and Texas farmer Wesley Spurlock today congratulated former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue on his nomination to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.   “The National Corn Growers Association congratulates Governor Perdue on his nomination to lead USDA. We look forward to his confirmation hearing, and learning more about his positions on issues important to corn farmers and the entire agriculture industry.   “Agriculture …

(Posted Wed. Jan 18th, 2017)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published documents today addressing the pre-market regulatory oversight of biotechnology-based agricultural tools. The National Corn Growers Association is pleased that the agency has included input given by NCGA and others throughout the rule-making process while focusing on the importance of science-based regulations.   Corn farmers have a strong interest in the availability of new technologies to enhance the …

(Posted Tue. Jan 17th, 2017)

At Commodity Classic, the early bird catches some great education thanks to a great line-up of Early Riser Sessions.   Early Riser sessions begin each day at 7:00 a.m. They are eye-opening presentations on market trends, ag issues and other important topics.     Early Riser Sessions kick off the morning of Thursday, March 2 with “The Great 2017 Grain Marketing Debate” sponsored by Corn+Soybean Digest and Farm Futures Magazine, Penton …

(Posted Thu. Jan 12th, 2017)

Corn ethanol achieves a 43 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when compared to the 2005 baseline for gasoline, according to a new analysis released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Based on current trends in crop production and ethanol production efficiency, the study projected that by 2022, corn-based ethanol will achieve a 50 percent reduction in GHG emissions compared to the gasoline baseline. The study was …

(Posted Wed. Jan 11th, 2017)

Only one day remains to take advantage of early registration discounts for the 2017 Commodity Classic to be held March 2-4, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas. Thursday, January 12, 2017, is the last day the discounts will be in effect.   Registration fees vary depending on the number of days attended. Full registration covers all three days of the event, and one-day registrations are also available.  Members of the sponsoring …

(Posted Tue. Jan 10th, 2017)

Last week at CES, the largest consumer electronics show in the world, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance introduced a new communications concept, called SMART Farm, aimed at bridging the gap between the acceptance of innovation that's a part of consumers' everyday lives with the science and technology happening on today's farms and ranches.    "Science and technology are embraced by consumers in all aspects of their lives," said Brad …

(Posted Mon. Jan 9th, 2017)

The schedule of Learning Center Sessions has been announced for the 2017 Commodity Classic, March 2-4, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas. Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show.   Education is a hallmark of Commodity Classic—and Learning Centers are just one of the many educational opportunities during the event.  Learning Centers are in-depth discussions of current issues and topics that have a direct impact on a …

(Posted Mon. Jan 9th, 2017)

Last weekend, CommonGround volunteer Dawn Caldwell, who farms and ranches in Edgar, Neb., spoke about how the program addresses consumers concerns about food, farming and ranching as part of a panel at the annual meeting of the State and Ag Rural Leaders. SARL, which fosters cooperation, leadership and educational opportunities among and for state and provincial legislators, brought together this panel and focus group to help attendees better understand consumer …

NCGA Welcomes 115th Congress

(Posted Thu. Jan 5th, 2017)

National Corn Growers Association President Wesley Spurlock, First Vice President Kevin Skunes and staff from NCGA’s DC office spent Tuesday on Capitol Hill, welcoming the 115th Congress to Washington and discussing issues important to corn farmers and the agriculture industry.   “The National Corn Growers Association welcomes the new Congress. We hope they are ready to roll up their sleeves and work with the incoming Administration to make government work …