NEWS STORIES

AUGUST 2011

(Posted Wed. Aug 31st, 2011)

Aug. 31: The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance today announced that Monsanto is joining its movement to answer Americans' questions about how their food is raised. USFRA is a coalition of more than 50 national, regional and state agricultural groups, including the National Corn Growers Association, and their partners, committed to continuously improving how they grow and raise food that provides healthy choices for people everywhere.  NCGA President Bart Schott…

(Posted Tue. Aug 30th, 2011)

Aug. 30: To aid any members still considering applying to serve on a National Corn Growers Association action team or committee in 2012, Off the Cob spoke with Growers Services Action Team Chair Brandon Hunnicutt about how he became involved with NCGA, what these positions entail and why he dedicates his time and effort to leadership.  “Initially, I was involved in Corn Congress as a delegate for my state, but…

(Posted Tue. Aug 30th, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Aug. 30: The National Corn Growers Association held a news conference with Congressman Bobby Schilling (Rep.- Ill.) at the Farm Progress Show today n Decatur, Ill., highlighting preparations for the 2012 farm bill in light of the looming debt crisis. NCGA also focused on the top priorities for corn farmers regarding the need for a substantive safety net in today’s volatile economic environment.  “The Farm Progress Show is an awesome…

(Posted Mon. Aug 29th, 2011)

Aug.29: With only days left, the National Corn Growers Association reminds members it is still seeking applications from those interested in working on an NCGA action team or committee in the 2012 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. This service provides growers an opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future of their industry and to become a part of the national agricultural leadership community.  “As a grassroots…

(Posted Mon. Aug 29th, 2011)

Aug. 29: The National Corn Growers Association sends its collective prayers to farmers affected by Hurricane Irene this weekend, which devastated many farms along the East Coast just as harvest begins. With some growers experiencing more than 20 inches of rain in an extremely brief period, the storm highlights the unpredictable role that the weather plays on farms every day.  “We extend our heartfelt prayers to everyone affected,” said NCGA…

(Posted Fri. Aug 26th, 2011)

Aug. 26: The summer may be winding down, but things are heating up for the National Corn Growers Association’s National Corn Yield Contest this August. While entries are still processing, preliminary reports indicate that members submitted approximately 8,300 valid entries forms this year. If this proves accurate, the 2010 contest would break the previous entry record set in 2010 with 7,125 entries.  While in its 47th year, participation in the…

(Posted Thu. Aug 25th, 2011)

Aug. 25: National Corn Growers Association President Bart Schott yesterday presented on NCGA Initiatives in NASCAR, advocacy and policy to the American Coalition for Ethanol’s “Rooted in America: 24th Annual Ethanol Conference” in Des Moines, Iowa. During his presentation, Schott explained the incredible media attention that NCGA and its American Ethanol alliance partners, have drawn to both the importance and performance of this renewable, domestic biofuel.  Schott began with a…

(Posted Wed. Aug 24th, 2011)

Aug. 24: While summer winds down, growers are ramping up their efforts to become the most effective leaders possible through the National Corn Growers Association’s Advanced Leadership Training Program, co-sponsored by Syngenta. Today, NCGA announced the second class, which will meet this September in Greensboro, N.C., to hone their leadership skills and prepare to lead the industry forward.  “As a graduate of the NCGA Leadership Academy, I understand the important…

(Posted Tue. Aug 23rd, 2011)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Aug. 23: As demand for corn and other crops continues to grow, farmers are meeting the challenge through the use of biotech crop varieties. Producing higher yields and alleviating stressors, the scientifically designed crops are growing in popularity the world over as farmers see firsthand their many advantages.  “Biotechnology has helped me produce more corn more consistently,” said South Dakota farmer Chad Blindauer, chair of the National Corn Growers Association’s…

(Posted Mon. Aug 22nd, 2011)

Aug. 22: National Corn Growers Association officers and senior staff recently gathered with representatives of 12 leading agribusinesses for the biannual NCGA Agri-Industry Council meeting to discuss vital issues facing agriculture, share information on their companies and sectors, hear from recognized speakers and learn from NCGA about its current initiatives. The Agri-Industry Council was established in 2007 to facilitate dialogue between agribusinesses and NCGA to collectively address issues of mutual…

(Posted Fri. Aug 19th, 2011)

Aug. 19: Yesterday, the National Corn Growers Association’s 2011 Social Media Training Program hosted a webinar offering participants a comprehensive view of how to create an effective, successful blog. The program is generously supported by Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont Business, and is the eighth of 12 free hour-long online learning sessions underway monthly through 2011.  “Each time we hold another webinar, I reaffirm my strong belief that social media can…

(Posted Thu. Aug 18th, 2011)

Aug. 18: Field Notes 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 innovative series brings Chip Bowling from the shores of Maryland and Tom Martin from central Illinois together to share their perspectives on the crop condition in their respective areas and on the preparations underway for harvest.  While Martin finally…

(Posted Wed. Aug 17th, 2011)

Aug. 17: Following a successful campaign in June and July, the Corn Farmers Coalition announced it will extend its summer campaign to educate policy makers in Washington, DC. In its third year, CFC continues to bring messages to Capitol Hill about the U.S. family farmers who produce corn, our nation’s top crop. It is estimated that the total 2011 campaign will reach an extremely targeted audience with more than 40…

(Posted Tue. Aug 16th, 2011)

Aug. 16: With more Americans growing up in urban and suburban areas, miles from farm life, there is an increasing disconnect between consumers and the people who grow their food. Last week, three Ohio farm women worked to reverse this trend by sharing their personal stories and experiences about farming and food at the state’s CommonGround launch event.  “The lack of knowledge about America’s agricultural system has caused confusion and…

(Posted Mon. Aug 15th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Aug. 15: Culminating years of U.S. Grains Council efforts, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has added corn gluten feed and distillers dried grains with solubles to its import feed ingredient subsidy list, creating a strong incentive for sales of these important ethanol coproducts.  The new list establishes a subsidy for 31 specified imported feed ingredients, which is to be passed down the supply chain to keep feed input costs low…

(Posted Mon. Aug 15th, 2011)

Aug. 15: The National Corn Growers Association is seeking applications from members interested in working on an NCGA action team or committee in the 2012 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. This service provides growers an opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future of their industry and to become a part of the national agricultural leadership community.  “As a grassroots organization, NCGA relies on its members to…

(Posted Fri. Aug 12th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

A recent update to the Department of Energy’s Billion Ton Study, which was first conducted in 2005, reaffirms that America has the biomass resources needed to meet oil and other fossil fuel replacement goals outlined in the 2007 Energy Bill’s Renewable Fuel Standard 2.  For a full copy of the DOE analysis, click here.  Stating that there are sufficient biomass feedstocks to meet expanded renewable fuel standard, the study…

(Posted Fri. Aug 12th, 2011)

Aug. 12: The National Corn Growers Association’s 2011 Social Media Training Program will feature a webinar next week that will offer a comprehensive view of how to create an effective, successful blog. The program is generously supported by Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont Business, and is the eighth of 12 free hour-long online learning sessions underway monthly through 2011.  “Blogs have become a mainstream source of information over the past decade,”…

(Posted Thu. Aug 11th, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Aug. 11: One week after NCGA President Bart Schott sent a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration outlining concerns on the proposed guidance for operators of farm vehicles and off-road agricultural equipment, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released a statement saying no further regulations would be placed on the transport of agricultural products. Secretary LaHood also mentioned that more than 1,700 comments from agricultural organizations and…

(Posted Thu. Aug 11th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

U.S. corn farmers are still on track to produce the third largest crop on record despite difficult growing conditions that have plagued much of the Corn Belt since planting according to USDA reports released today. Projected at 12.9 billion bushels, the total 2011 U.S. corn crop will only be 1.3 percent, or 177 million bushels, below the record set in 2009.  “This report confirms again that U.S. farmers continue…

(Posted Wed. Aug 10th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Aug. 10: Today, Off the Cob spoke with National Corn Growers Association Director of Public Policy Sarah Gallo, who assists NCGA’s grower-led Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team, about the importance of free trade agreements to farmers and U.S. ag exports as a whole. In this interview, Gallo addressed pending FTAs with Colombia, Panama and Korea, as well as what farmers and their allies can do to promote passage over…

(Posted Wed. Aug 10th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Aug. 10: The National Corn Growers Association today expressed its disagreement with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission’s decision to raise the daily trading limit on corn. Under the CME Group plan approved by the U.S. futures regulator, the trading limit will rise from 30 cents per bushel to 40 cents per bushel, beginning August 22. NCGA believes that this will not aid price discovery and that, ultimately, growers will bear…

(Posted Tue. Aug 9th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

Aug. 9: NASCAR drove ethanol into the spotlight again last weekend at the Iowa Speedway as Nationwide series drivers raced to victory powered by Sunoco Green E15, a 15 percent ethanol blend, during the U.S. Cellular 250 in Newton, Iowa, presented by Enlist Weed Control. American Ethanol and Iowa Corn took the spotlight during these festivities as Kenny Wallace’s No. 09 car featured unique artwork promoting the organizations.  “Kenny is…

(Posted Mon. Aug 8th, 2011)

Aug. 8: Because it is a grassroots-driven organization with growers comprising the board of directors and the larger body of policy delegates, the National Corn Growers Association offers a pair of programs aimed at helping members become leaders, passing along important skills in the area of communications, parliamentary procedure, public policy and even professional etiquette.  “Building a strong grassroots leadership is an important part of growing a respected and professional…

(Posted Fri. Aug 5th, 2011)

Aug. 5: The National Corn Growers Association’s “Field Notes” podcast series this week visits with Maryland grower Chip Bowling, Kentucky grower Sam Hancock, Illinois grower Tom Martin and Minnesota grower DeVonna Zeug to get an on-the-ground assessment of the crop condition in comparison with the crop condition estimates released by the USDA in a report earlier this week.  Beginning in the east and heading westward, the farmers presented their views…

(Posted Fri. Aug 5th, 2011)

Aug. 5: Today, National Corn Growers Association Past President Fred Yoder was inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Association Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed by the Ohio Agricultural Council. Yoder shared this prestigious honor with three other inductees also being recognized for committing their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s farm community.  “We congratulate Fred with a strong sense of appreciation for the tireless work he has…

(Posted Fri. Aug 5th, 2011)

Keywords: Livestock

Aug. 5: Economic conditions have improved for beef and dairy farmers since the implementation of the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard in 2007, according to a new study by Texas A&M University and Doane Advisory Services.  “For years, corn farmers have understood that we have the ability to supply both growing ethanol and livestock producers simultaneously without negatively impacting these valued customers,” said NCGA President Bart Schott. “With advances in both…

(Posted Thu. Aug 4th, 2011)

Aug. 4: Today, the National Corn Growers Association’s “Off the Cob” podcast series speaks with Dr. Jack Gardiner, the biologist selected to manage the NCGA-sponsored project developing software tools to be incorporated into the Maize Genetics and Genomics Database. In this position, Gardiner will work with software engineers and scientists to develop a tool that allows researchers to easily isolate and examine manageable data sets, thus decreasing the time and…

(Posted Wed. Aug 3rd, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Aug. 3:  The National Corn Growers Association this week submitted comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regarding proposed guidance for operators of farm vehicles and off-road agricultural equipment.  NCGA President Bart Schott identified several areas of concern that could impact growers, including whether grain being transported from the farm to the local elevator should defined as “interstate commerce.”  “When it comes to the shipment of agricultural commodities, in…

(Posted Wed. Aug 3rd, 2011)

Keywords: Corn Sugar Farm Policy

Aug. 3: National Corn Growers Association CEO Rick Tolman today highlighted the ways in which the farm bill impacts U.S. corn growers as he addressed the 28th Annual International Sweetener Symposium in Stowe, Vt.  The program focused on overall farm policy while allowing attendees to explore related topics such as the U.S. and world supply and demand outlook and the effect of trade agreements on world sugar policies and U.S.…

(Posted Tue. Aug 2nd, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Aug. 2: The new White House Rural Council, established by President Obama this summer, is the first entity of its kind to focus on policy initiatives for rural Americans. The National Corn Growers Association hopes that it will help residents in rural areas to see improved programs and services that provide the maximum benefit possible, thus creating vibrant communities that will help attract the next generation of farmers back to…

(Posted Tue. Aug 2nd, 2011)

Aug. 2: The National Corn Growers Association is seeking applications from members interested in working on an NCGA action team or committee in the 2012 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. This service provides growers an opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future of their industry and to become a part of the national agricultural leadership community.  “As a grassroots organization, NCGA relies on its members to…

(Posted Mon. Aug 1st, 2011)

Aug. 1: Growers are gathering today in Minneapolis in anticipation of the first session of the National Corn Growers Association’s Leadership Academy, sponsored by Syngenta. Upon completion of the program in January, the participants will join more than 500 colleagues who have graduated from this program in the past 25 years.  At the meeting, participants will get up-close look at NCGA from President Bart Schott and First Vice President Garry…

(Posted Mon. Aug 1st, 2011)

Aug. 1: At the U.S. Grains Council’s 51st Annual Board of Delegates Meeting in San Francisco last week, the Council delegate body elected its 2011/2012 leadership to serve on the Council’s Board of Directors.  “We congratulate the new officers of the U.S. Grains Council and look forward to working with them to increase export opportunities for U.S. corn farmers,” said National Corn Growers Association President Bart Schott. “NCGA and the…