NEWS STORIES

JULY 2011

(Posted Fri. Jul 29th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

July 29: Working with a coalition of renewable energy and agriculture advocates, the National Corn Growers Association signed a letter sent to all members of the House of Representatives this week, urging opposition to amendments that would weaken efforts to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and cost U.S. jobs.  In addition to NCGA, the letter was signed by Growth Energy, Advanced Ethanol Council, American Coalition for Ethanol, …

(Posted Fri. Jul 29th, 2011)

July 29:  The National Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Growers Association, in partnership with the Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota and Nebraska corn growers associations, have launched the Corn Caucus Project to keep corn farmers informed and engaged in the political process during the 2012 presidential campaign. The Corn Caucus Project will track candidate views on corn policy issues and inform candidates about the issues facing farmers today.  “Simply, …

(Posted Fri. Jul 29th, 2011)

July 29:  The "Field Notes” podcast series opened the farm gate this spring and provided followers with an inside look at the activities of several farmers from a variety of geographical areas. Today, this series caught up with Maryland farmer Chip Bowling following a hiatus during which he conducted a successful campaign for a seat on the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board.  In the interview recorded Thursday, Bowling …

(Posted Thu. Jul 28th, 2011)

Keywords: Conservation Farm Policy

July 28: During testimony before an Environmental Protection Agency Scientific Advisory Panel evaluating the effects of atrazine on human health, NCGA Director of Public Policy Sarah Gallo explained the importance of the product to combat weeds effectively and affordably. She also discussed how farmers have been safely applying atrazine for more than a half century.  Click here for her testimony.  “The United States is the world’s …

(Posted Thu. Jul 28th, 2011)

July 28: America’s Heartland, the award-winning national television series celebrating American agriculture, begins its seventh season on public television and the RFD-TV cable and satellite channel the week of September 5. This season, America’s Heartland continues its coverage of informative, in-depth stories about issues important to viewers in both urban areas and rural communities. The National Corn Growers Association provides promotional support for the program.  “America’s Heartland offers a …

(Posted Wed. Jul 27th, 2011)

Keywords: Conservation Ethanol

July 27:  A study published in the July 2011 Biomass and Bioenergy Journal on indirect land use change (ILUC) due to biofuels production indicates that the real impact of U.S. biofuels production on ILUC domestically and internationally is negligible or nonexistent.  The study, “Indirect land use change for biofuels: Testing predictions and improving analytical methodologies” was coauthored by Drs. Seungdo Kim and Bruce E. Dale of Michigan State University. …

(Posted Wed. Jul 27th, 2011)

Keywords: Conservation

July 27: Last week, staff for the National Corn Growers Association participated in an aerial crop tour of the Corn Belt taken by Water Street Solutions. Covering eight states over the course of two days the group surveyed growing conditions across the Midwest to gather data and develop an assessment of the current condition of the U.S. corn crop. This is the second of three aerial surveys the company …

(Posted Tue. Jul 26th, 2011)

Keywords: Conservation Farm Policy

July 26: In comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency today on the draft guidance that identifies which waters are protected under the Clean Water Act, the National Corn Growers Association outlined concerns including the new proposal could expand EPA’s authority over isolated waters such as ditches and farm ponds.  Click here for the letter.  The draft guidance, which was announced in April, was developed to …

(Posted Tue. Jul 26th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

July 26:  The maturity of the U.S. corn crop is still on track in most areas according to the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture crop progress report. Additionally, with only spotty exception, the majority of the crop is of comparable condition as that of 2009, when U.S. corn growers set the current production record.  “While its doubtful yields will set records this year, corn growers are still projected …

(Posted Mon. Jul 25th, 2011)

July 25: Last week, growers from across the Corn Belt met in St. Louis to share ideas and practice effective communications techniques.  This group, which included female farmers and association staff from 10 states, listened to presentations by industry experts and participated in workshops designed to improve presentation skills and social media presence.  Sponsored by the CommonGround program, a joint activity conducted by the National Corn Growers Association and …

(Posted Fri. Jul 22nd, 2011)

July 22: As part of its first phase of activity, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance is seeking individual farmer and rancher input and involvement. Growers are urged to visit the USFRA website, provide comments on what they want the American public to know about farming, and take a short survey about their operation by July 29. The National Corn Growers Association is one of dozens of …

(Posted Thu. Jul 21st, 2011)

Keywords: Research

July 21: Today, Off the Cob speaks with Carolyn Lawrence, a research geneticist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. Coming from the understanding that growers need the results of research such as the Maize Genome Sequencing Project to result in technology that produces real world results, the National Corn Growers Association will fund a functional genomic data base coordinator. This project will incorporate needed software tools into the Maize …

(Posted Thu. Jul 21st, 2011)

July 21: Today, women are gathering from across the Corn Belt in St. Louis to share their experiences and ideas at the CommonGround Shared Voices Summit in St. Louis, Mo. This summit, hosted by the National Corn Growers Association and United Soybean Board, will provide veteran participants the opportunity to share their experiences and hone their social media skills while introducing new volunteers to the program.  Beginning today and …

(Posted Wed. Jul 20th, 2011)

Keywords: Research

July 20: Keeping research at the forefront of our national agenda is always a challenge. However, the research done today has a direct impact on the technologies available for farmers to utilize ten and fifteen years from now. NCGA understands this situation, and will fund a functional genomics data utilization project that will incorporate needed software tools into the Maize Genetics and Genomics Database (MaizeGDB).  “Congress is talking about …

(Posted Wed. Jul 20th, 2011)

July 20: With only days to register remaining, the time to sign up for the National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest is now. Growers can utilize a quick and easy online application or download a traditional paper entry form. To qualify for the contest, entries must be postmarked no later than Monday, July 25.  “The National Corn Yield Contest remains one of our most popular programs year …

(Posted Tue. Jul 19th, 2011)

Keywords: Production Trade

July 19: The Chicago Mercantile Exchange has added a new product to their portfolio. Contracts for urea, urea ammonium nitrate (UAN), and di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) began trading last week on the New York trading floor and are cleared through CME ClearPort.  These new fertilizer contracts provide opportunities for fertilizer companies and farmers to manage their risk. Ideally, the option to manage risk will make contracts between fertilizer retailers …

(Posted Tue. Jul 19th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol Livestock

July 19: According to reports released by the USDA this month and data supplied by PRX, domestic and international livestock continues to be the No. 1 use for U.S. corn, totaling approximately 7.7 billion bushels per year. An estimated 1.5 billion bushels of corn, or 80 percent of projected U.S. corn exports, is used for feed overseas in the past year. Additionally, U.S. livestock consume totals 6.2 billion bushels, …

(Posted Mon. Jul 18th, 2011)

July 18: While farmers across the United States join the National Corn Growers Association for a variety of reasons, most members value the representation the organization provides in Washington. Legislation and regulation that supports agriculture is essential to the long-term success of the agricultural industry but, with less than 1.5 percent of the population engaged in agriculture, these issues often fall to the wayside.  This is especially true given …

(Posted Wed. Jul 13th, 2011)

July 13:  In a meeting today in Washington, 124 delegates from the National Corn Growers Association’s 28 affiliated states elected five growers to the NCGA Corn Board for the 2012 fiscal year, which starts October 1. Elected were Chip Bowling of Maryland, Martin Barbre of Illinois, Lynn Chrisp of Nebraska, Bob Bowman of Iowa and Keith Alverson of South Dakota.  “With today’s election at our Corn Congress, we are …

(Posted Wed. Jul 13th, 2011)

July 13: National Corn Growers Association President Bart Schott today presented the President’s Award to Senator Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) during NCGA’s Corn Congress events in Washington. The President’s Award is given annually to a leader who has worked to advance issues important to corn growers and agriculture.  “I have had the privilege of working with Senator Conrad for several years both on the state and national levels,” NCGA President …

(Posted Mon. Jul 11th, 2011)

July 11:  Action teams and committees of corn growers began meetings in Washington today talk about farm-related issues in anticipation of Corn Congress and visits to Capitol Hill scheduled for later this week.  "Action teams play a vital role in our organization," said National Corn Growers Association President Bart Schott. "They allow small groups of grower-leaders from our various states to develop deep knowledge of specialized areas and then …

(Posted Fri. Jul 8th, 2011)

Next week, delegates attending the National Corn Growers Association Corn Congress in Washington will elect five farmers to serve on the organization’s Corn Board. Taking office in fiscal year 2012, the leaders selected will help shape the policies that guide the organization and will best serve corn farmers across the United States.  Corn Board Candidates for 2012 are Keith Alverson, Chester, S.D.; Martin Barbre, Carmi, Ill.; Chip Bowling, Newburg, …

(Posted Fri. Jul 8th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees held mock mark-ups Thursday of the pending free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama. The National Corn Growers Association is encouraged that both committees reported all draft implementing language out favorably without any amendments. The White House will now prepare final implementing bills to be sent to Congress for an up or down vote.  “NCGA is pleased members of both …

(Posted Thu. Jul 7th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

National Corn Growers Association President Bart Schott released the following statement in response to today’s announcement of a bipartisan compromise on ethanol tax incentives. Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have tirelessly led efforts on behalf of the ethanol industry for the past several weeks.  “NCGA is grateful to Senators Thune and Klobuchar for the hard work and dedication they have put in to reaching a final …

(Posted Thu. Jul 7th, 2011)

With Corn Congress fast approaching, corn farmers across the country are turning their attention to Washington, where delegates from their home states will convene to determine the policies and leadership that will guide the National Corn Growers Association into fiscal year 2012. Today, Off the Cob spoke with NCGA First Vice President-Elect Pam Johnson about her recent election to the post, the vice presidential ratification vote that will occur …

(Posted Wed. Jul 6th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

July 6: If you were a Congressional subcommittee and you were going to hold a hearing "Examining the Science Behind E15," whom would you invite to testify? Would you invite some of the researchers that looked into how E15 and other mid-level blends work in automotive engines? Would you invite the ethanol industry to explain why they asked for a waiver so gas stations could offer E15 blends and …

(Posted Wed. Jul 6th, 2011)

Information on America’s family farmers and the positive contribution they make to the nation’s economy is now just a click away as the 2011 edition of the Corn Farmers Coalition’s Corn Fact Book is now available online.  The educational publication, funded by corn checkoff programs in 14 states, is being widely distributed in Washington in support of a major educational campaign that includes print, radio, online and large scale …

(Posted Wed. Jul 6th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

The National Corn Growers Association today applauded the House of Representative’s Ways and Means Committee announcement of a meeting to consider draft implementing language for the pending free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama. The committee, chaired by Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), is planning to consider the draft implementing bills on Thursday.  “We’re happy to see movement toward the ratification of the pending FTAs,” NCGA President Bart Schott …

(Posted Tue. Jul 5th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol Livestock

July 5: As the debate over ethanol policy continues in Washington, reviewing recent research on the subject of ethanol and corn prices may prove insightful especially when one set of ethanol opponents blames the biofuel as the leading cause of higher livestock and poultry feed prices.  “There is a lot of false rhetoric out there about the impact of ethanol policy on corn prices and by extension the price …

(Posted Fri. Jul 1st, 2011)

This is the seventh installment of a series featuring interviews with executives from organizations representing corn growers at the state level on the specific issues affecting their growers.    Today, Off the Cob speaks with Iowa Corn Growers Association CEO Craig Floss for a look at the organizations efforts to reach consumers with serious messages about corn through entertainment channels they already enjoy. With campaigns featuring an Indy car …