NEWS STORIES

OCTOBER 2011

(Posted Mon. Oct 31st, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

Oct. 31: American Ethanol raced into the spotlight again this weekend at the Martinsville Speedway as last week’s winner, American Ethanol spokesman Clint Bowyer, was presented with the Green Flag Restart Award, which he won last week in addition to the first-place trophy. This prize, also sponsored by American Ethanol, goes to the driver recording the fastest average speed on restarts and finishing the race in the lead lap. The awards ceremony took place just before the Sprint Cup race in front of more than 100,000 fans.  Bowyer’s No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet race car also featured a special-edition American Ethanol paint scheme. Millions of TV viewers saw the American Ethanol brand, as the sporty black, silver and green paint design was on-track all weekend. Sunday, an in-car broadcast camera accompanied Bowyer during the race. This valuable coverage yet again amplified the strong point that NASCAR drivers trust American ethanol to protect their valuable cars while...

(Posted Fri. Oct 28th, 2011)

Oct. 28: 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. With corn harvest nearly complete on his farm, we caught up with Maryland grower and National Corn Growers Association Corn Board Member Chip Bowling to review this year’s growing season and discuss what he plans to do this winter.  With only 30 acres of corn left to harvest, Bowling first reflected on the events that impacted farmers in the Mid-Atlantic this year.  “It was a crazy year for Maryland farmers,” he assessed. “We had a hurricane in late August, followed only 10 days later by a tropical storm that dumped 32 inches of rain on us in a 10-day period. On top of that, it has been an interesting, interesting harvest.”  He noted that the weather earlier in the season also impacted the crop which he is now harvesting.  “Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic, for the most part, had another hot, dry summer,”...

(Posted Thu. Oct 27th, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

In a letter to Roll Call published today, the National Corn Growers Association, American Farmland Trust and the National Farmers Union explain why maintaining a strong safety net for growers remains important even as farm programs face reform.  The authors note that, while farmers support reform that will help our nation during these difficult economic circumstances, government support of a farm safety net is necessary if American agriculture is to remain robust.  “Failure to adequately assist farmers and ranchers in managing risks they have no other option to protect themselves from will, at best, invite dramatic consolidation of farms and, at worst, make American citizens dependent upon foreign countries for food just as we depend on others for oil,” the joint letter notes. “For nearly a hundred years, American public policy has believed that the health of agriculture is important and affects our national security — especially if we want to feed and clothe...

(Posted Wed. Oct 26th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

Oct. 26: The American Ethanol coalition announced today that the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet race car will feature a special-edition American Ethanol paint scheme at this weekend’s Martinsville Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. This car will be driven by American Ethanol spokesman and recent Talladega race winner, Clint Bowyer. Millions of TV viewers will be seeing the American Ethanol brand, as the sporty black, silver and green paint design will be on-track all weekend and will be accompanied with a broadcast in-car camera on Sunday.  Through its partnership with NASCAR, which is using Sunoco Green E-15 racing fuel this season, American Ethanol is promoting the nation’s homegrown, clean-burning alternative fuel to millions of brand-loyal NASCAR racing fans. NASCAR has made a seamless transition to the new fuel by developing and implementing flawless distribution at the track, where many racing teams report an increase in horsepower.  In fact, in a detailed...

(Posted Tue. Oct 25th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

Oct. 25: Harvest is progressing quickly this year with 65 percent of acres already complete, a full 14 points over the five-year trend, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Monday afternoon.  Corn condition overall remains stable as the season nears an end, with 54 percent of the crop rated good or excellent.   “Farmers relied on a strong, deeply engrained work ethic this season that allowed them to grow an abundant crop despite difficult conditions across much of the Corn Belt,” said National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer.  “Now, they are reaping the benefits of their labors as harvest moves along quickly in most areas.  Farmers should take pride in their accomplishments and the greater public, as beneficiaries of their work, should examine the importance of the technologies and practices that made this achievement possible.”  These accomplishments come in spite of areas which, due to adverse weather conditions, continue to lag in...

(Posted Tue. Oct 25th, 2011)

Keywords: Biotechnology Conservation Trade

Oct. 25: Last week, staff from the National Corn Growers Association took to the fields of South Dakota taping video footage to be used in updates of the group’s online Insect Resistance Module . This footage, which features NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair Chad Blindauer of Mitchell, S.D., will be used along with interviews taped late this summer to create a module that helps to explain insect resistance management in an accessible manner and features actual explanations from real farmers about the practices implemented on their farms.  “The IRM calculator and module have been a great help to growers and, through the improvements underway, NCGA hopes to make them an even more effective tool,” said Blindauer. “Insect resistance management is incredibly important as it allows traits to function at the best level possible until improved varieties are made available. We hope that, by explaining this in a manner that is both clearly applicable and accessible, we...

(Posted Mon. Oct 24th, 2011)

Keywords: Livestock

Oct. 24: Cattle in U.S. feedlots has risen to 11.3 million head, a five percent increase since this time last year, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released last week. Additionally, the number of cattle placed on feed rose slightly from 2010 also. Texas, the state with the largest feedlot industry, in particular saw inventories rise to 2.95 million head, a 12 percent increase over Oct. 1, 2010.  In the near future, this increased demand for feed will boost demand for corn. The initial rise in demand is not likely to be sustained, however, as the cattle cycle as a whole continues to contract. This influx of cattle into feedlots and subsequent contraction of the overall cattle industry are some of the lingering ill effects of the devastating drought that set into the southern Plains last fall. Currently, these drought conditions persist without sign of imminent relief.  “This year, farmers and ranchers alike have faced weather-related challenges,” said...

(Posted Mon. Oct 24th, 2011)

Oct. 24: Kansas native and American Ethanol spokesman, Clint Bowyer, won his first race of the year in dramatic fashion at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday as he raced to the front in the last lap to claim victory in the Good Sam Club 500. This also marks Bowyer’s first race win since becoming spokesman for American Ethanol, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member.  “We are all incredibly proud of Bowyer and elated to congratulate him on this important victory,” said NCGA NASCAR Advisory Committee Chair Martin Barbre. “This win is also important for American ethanol. While every winner in every race this season won using a 15 percent ethanol blend, it puts ethanol in the spotlight as a high-performance, sustainable, domestic fuel source.”  In addition to his trip to Victory Lane, Bowyer also won the American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award in Talladega. He will receive the award during the seventh race in the season-ending Chase championship next...

(Posted Fri. Oct 21st, 2011)

Oct. 21: In an effort to increase agricultural understanding among the civic leaders of tomorrow, the National Corn Growers Association hosted a team of Coro Fellows today.  The visit, which concluded the team’s full week study of agriculture, included presentations on a number of areas designed to increase their understanding of NCGA as an organization, strategies for communicating NCGA messages to a variety of audiences, and the current state of corn production and use.  “In reaching an audience likely to influence the issues affecting corn farmers in the future, we build the connections and knowledge needed for a successful working relationship,” said NCGA Grower Services Action Team Chair Brandon Hunnicutt. “Educating tomorrow’s public affairs leaders is an investment in our future and provides us with an opportunity to work proactively for the benefit of the next generation of growers.”  Organized by Coro Fellows Program graduate and NCGA Marketing Manager Joe Hodes, lead...

(Posted Fri. Oct 21st, 2011)

Oct. 21: President Obama signed three free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama into law today, after their passage by Congress last week. These important agreements will allow our nation’s farm exports to remain competitive while supporting tens of thousands of jobs in the United States, the National Corn Growers Association said while applauding the president’s actions in signing these key pieces of legislation.  “During NCGA’s testimony to the House Agricultural Committee in May on these three agreements, we stressed that our nation’s farmers gain equal access to growing markets with the ratification of these agreements,” NCGA President Garry Niemeyer said. “This still holds true. We appreciate the efforts made by both the executive and legislative branches of our federal government to increase meaningful and achievable access to foreign markets. U.S. corn farmers stand ready to meet the growing global demand for corn.”  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom...

(Posted Thu. Oct 20th, 2011)

With harvest well underway or even complete in many areas, the National Corn Growers Association reminds entrants for the 2011 National Corn Yield Contest to submit harvest forms prior to the Dec. 1 deadline.  With online forms available, entrants should remember that submitting these forms in a timely fashion is not only crucial to determining contest winners, but also helps supply NCGA with valuable information on production practices that can be used to benefit corn farmers across the country.  “This harvest, we invite contest applicants to submit as early as possible to NCGA staff time to thoroughly review each form,” said Brandon Hunnicutt, chair of NCGA’s Growers Services Action Team. “The contest plays a significant role in recognizing excellence and finding new, more productive techniques. By seeing their entry through and submitting their completed harvest data forms, farmers can show their support for the contest and their fellow growers.”  The National Corn Yield...

(Posted Wed. Oct 19th, 2011)

Oct. 19: Along with welcoming a new Corn Board this October, the National Corn Growers Association also seated action team and committee leadership for the 2012 Fiscal Year. These new chairs and vice chairs will guide the members of their teams and committees as they actively shape the future of their industry by developing the policies and priorities which will guide NCGA.  “Yet again, NCGA has been blessed with an abundance of high-caliber volunteers who have stepped forward to give their time and hard work to benefit farmers across the country,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer. “Our continued ability to attract strong leadership is a testament to our organization in that it demonstrates the value growers place upon our work and also is crucial to our mission as we rely on this sort of activism to maintain our grassroots nature.”  Half of NCGA’s six action teams and committees seated new chairs this year with Dean Taylor of Prairie City, Iowa now heading the Production and...

(Posted Tue. Oct 18th, 2011)

Oct. 18: With many areas across the Corn Belt harvesting under dry, windy conditions, 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 from farm equipment, such as exhaust, bearings and electrical wiring presenting an ever present fire risk.   “Equipment fires are not only dangerous but are often extremely costly for farmers,” said NCGA Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Dean Taylor. “During this busy season, a fire can halt harvest work in an instant causing property damage and consuming valuable time. Building risk management practices into your harvest schedule could end up saving both time and money.”  First, keep farm equipment clean, particularly the engine compartment as 75 percent of...

(Posted Mon. Oct 17th, 2011)

Oct. 17: The National Corn Growers Association’s 2011 Social Media Training Program will feature a webinar this week that will offer a look at the latest developments in the world of social media, including recent changes to Facebook and Google+, and how they affect users. The program is generously supported by Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont Business, and is the 10th of 12 free hour-long online learning sessions underway monthly through 2011.  “I have been an avid Facebook and Twitter user for years now and have experienced first-hand many improvements and changes to these platforms,” said Grower Services Action Team Chair Brandon Hunnicutt. “As farmers, we understand that to do the best job possible you must continually keep abreast of the latest technology. This webinar provides an opportunity to learn how to keep ahead of the social media pack and make sure that you get the maximum impact possible from the time you invest.”  In light of the constant evolution of social media,...

(Posted Mon. Oct 17th, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Oct. 17:  National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the House and Senate Agriculture Committees’ proposed reductions in farm bill spending:  “NCGA appreciates the bipartisan work of the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Ag Committees to reach an agreement on farm bill spending reductions.  Our farmers have previously stated we are willing to do our part to help reduce the deficit.  “The highest priority for NCGA is securing a strong crop insurance program.  In addition, we support revenue-based risk management programs that address gaps not covered by crop insurance.  This type of program would deliver assistance only when it is needed. Everyone must play a part to help with our nation’s financial situation. America’s corn farmers are pleased to see that the House and Senate Ag Committee leaders are taking responsible steps to meet that...

(Posted Fri. Oct 14th, 2011)

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. With harvest well underway this week, we caught up with Minnesota grower DeVonna Zeug to review this year’s growing season on her farm and to take a look at pictures she took this harvest.  For Zeug, an uncharacteristically wet spring delayed planting.  She did manage to get the crop into the ground, albeit behind schedule, but the wet weather persisted.   “After such a wet spring and a late planting, it would have really helped the crop if conditions improved,” she said.  “But the spring storms seemed to stretch into summer.  Then, the rain wasn’t our only issue as these stronger bouts brought hail, straight-line winds and a few green snaps.   Finally, during the pollination phase, the rains stopped.  Yet, hopes for more ideal conditions were soon dashed as a regional drought felt across many parts of the United...

(Posted Thu. Oct 13th, 2011)

Oct. 13: The National Corn Growers Association Nominating Committee is now accepting applications from members for the 2013 Corn Board.  Through the Corn Board, members can become an integral part of the organization’s leadership. Click here for the application, which provides complete information on requirements, responsibilities and deadlines.  The NCGA Corn Board represents the organization on all matters while directing both policy and supervising day-to-day operations.  Board members serve the organization in a variety of ways.  They represent the federation of state organizations, supervise the affairs and activities of NCGA in partnership with the chief executive officer and implement NCGA policy established by the Corn Congress. Members also act as spokespeople for the NCGA and enhance the organization’s public standing on all organizational and policy issues.  Applications are due Friday, Jan. 13. Nominated candidates will be introduced at the March 2012 Corn...

(Posted Thu. Oct 13th, 2011)

Keywords: Production Trade

Oct. 13: National Corn Growers Association Corn Board member Mike Geske answered questions on what farmers will need to maximize productivity and profitability over the next five to ten years at the World Food Prize’s Truth About Trade and Technology 2011 Global Farm Roundtable, held this week in Des Moines.  Responding to inquires from an international panel, Geske stressed the myriad of benefits that biotech crops provide growers, the need for a streamlined approval process for new traits and the importance of trade associations to American farmers.  He noted that participants found information on NCGA efforts to educate farmers on the uses and applications of social media especially interesting.  “While there are certainly challenges specific to farming different crops in many geographical areas, events such as this clearly show that we face many common challenges as growers,” said Geske, a corn grower in Missouri. “While sharing our common experiences is inspiring, working...

(Posted Wed. Oct 12th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

Oct. 12: U.S. corn supplies have eased with larger projected ending stocks for both the 2010 and 2011 marketing years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported today. Ending stocks for 2010, reported on Sept. 30, remain at more than 1.1 billion bushels, up more than 200 million bushels since the Sept. 12 WASDE estimate, and ending stocks for 2011 were increased nearly 200 million bushels to 866 million bushels.  While 2011 acres planted and harvested were decreased slightly, a consistent yield projection has brought 2011 production down 1 percent to 12.4 billion bushels.  “The hard work and dedication of U.S farmers yet again provides an abundant corn crop in 2011 even in the face of some of the worst growing conditions in recent memory,” said National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer. “As always, U.S. farmers are ready and able to meet all demands for food, feed, fiber and fuel proving media reports of shortages inaccurate and providing for our neighbors, be...

(Posted Wed. Oct 12th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Oct. 12:  National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives’ passage of the free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama:  “NCGA applauds the House of Representatives for its swift passage of the pending free trade agreements a mere week after being transmitted. In May, NCGA testified before the House Agriculture Committee and outlined the importance of FTAs to America’s corn farmers.  During the testimony, NCGA reiterated that our nation’s corn farmers have much to gain when the FTAs are ratified.  This statement remains true today.  Farmers will see security of current export markets, increased exports of distillers grains and a significant increase in demand for corn co-products.   “Korea is currently the United States’ third largest corn market.  With passage of the FTA, imports of U.S. corn for feed are guaranteed to enter duty free immediately.  It will also provide immediate...

(Posted Wed. Oct 12th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Oct. 12:  National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the Senate’s passage of the pending free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama:  “NCGA is encouraged to see the U.S. Senate act swiftly following House passage of these FTAs. The strong bipartisan vote shows senators understand the importance and potential benefits to America’s corn farmers of free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama.   “Earlier this year, NCGA provided testimony to the Senate Finance Committee citing Panama as an example of lost market share.  Corn exports to the country peaked in 2008 and have since dropped 20 percent.  This market erosion was due in part to a lack of progress on the Panama FTA.  As a farmer, it has been frustrating to see other nations achieve access to markets over U.S. corn and corn products.  We are pleased to see action was taken today on Panama, as well and Korea and...

(Posted Thu. Oct 6th, 2011)

Oct. 6: Mississippi native Elizabeth Jones has joined the National Corn Growers Association as the new director of public policy for energy and transportation, bringing years of experience in farm organizations and federal agencies to NCGA’s Washington office.  “Elizabeth is going to be a great asset to our organization in some of our highest-priority areas,” NCGA Vice President of Public Policy Jon Doggett said. “NCGA is committed to ethanol policy that supports and grows the industry and a modern transportation infrastructure that gets our farmers’ grain to market more efficiently. Elizabeth has already jumped in and will help move these programs forward quickly.”  Jones grew up on her family’s diversified crop and livestock farm in Mississippi and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and her Masters of Arts in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University. She worked in various positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the 1990s,...

(Posted Thu. Oct 6th, 2011)

Oct. 6: The Corn Farmers Coalition, a program from the National Corn Growers Association and several of its state affiliates designed to educate Washington policymakers about corn and the family farmers who grow it, concluded its 2011 effort with an “Innovation is Growing” reception Wednesday evening at the U.S. Capitol that included the viewing of a new documentary video about corn growers.  Click here to view a short version of the video on YouTube.   “The Corn Farmers Coalition exists to tell the story of the revolution going on in modern farming and the significant role family farmers have had in this success,” NCGA President Garry Niemeyer told a group of dozens gathered at the Capitol Visitors Center. “Corn farmers from across the United States came together through their organizations to found the effort with a simple but clear mission: Tell the story of how American farmers - through innovation, technology and hard work - have become the most productive farmers the world...

(Posted Wed. Oct 5th, 2011)

Oct. 5: With the October 1 dawn of fiscal year 2012, the National Corn Growers Association's Corn Board welcomed four new members, Keith Alverson, Chip Bowling, Bob Bowman and Lynn Chrisp, as well as Martin Barbre who was reelected for another term. The Off the Cob podcast series caught up with each of these members as they prepared for their terms to discuss what they see on the horizon for corn growers in 2012, their priorities as Corn Board members and their views on leadership. Today, the series airs the first set of these interviews which includes discussions with Keith Alverson, Martin Barbre and Chip Bowling.  First, Off the Cob spoke with Keith Alverson, a farmer from Chester, S.D. Together with his wife, Kari, his parents and his aunt and uncle, he operates a sixth-generation grain farm growing 2,600 acres of corn and soybeans. In addition to his role on the Corn Board proper, Alverson will also serve on NCGA’s Finance Committee and as the organization’s liaison to the...

(Posted Wed. Oct 5th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

Oct. 5: The National Corn Growers Association today urged members of Congress to oppose legislation introduced by Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Jim Costa (D-CA) that would significantly weaken the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).  “The U.S. ethanol industry is an integral part of job creation and economic opportunity throughout rural America,” NCGA President Garry Niemeyer said. “This legislation would put progress made by the ethanol industry in jeopardy and we are asking members of Congress to oppose its passage.”  The RFS came into effect in 2005 and was reauthorized and expanded with strong bipartisan support in 2007. Since that time, the RFS has provided America an avenue to produce a home-grown renewable fuel that provides an alternative to foreign petroleum. The RFS allowed for expansion of the America ethanol industry and created market certainty.  In today’s environment, the ethanol industry creates distillers grains, an important corn co-product used as a high protein...

(Posted Tue. Oct 4th, 2011)

Oct. 4: Southern farmers Marie Bolt, Caci Nance and Jennifer Wimberly successfully launched the CommonGround program in South Carolina last week as they hosted a dinner at the South Carolina State Farmer’s Market. The event brought dozens of farmers, members of the media, academics and government officials to the table for dinner and a discussion about food and today’s farming.  The guests received an invitation not only to a meal but also to open a dialogue. Noting that consumers are not currently getting the real story about American agriculture, the farm women explained that they planned to change through the creation of the CommonGround movement. Designed to bridge the gap between the women who grow food and the women who buy it, the volunteers invited the attendees to join the conversation and help rebuild trust in our nation’s remarkable food system and the people behind it.  To further encourage exchanges on food, volunteers milled about, helping their guests select an...

(Posted Tue. Oct 4th, 2011)

Oct. 4: On October 1, the National Corn Growers Association sat its fiscal year 2012 Corn Board and, at that time, Floyd, Iowa, farmer Pam Johnson became the organization’s first vice president. To find out more about Johnson’s views, Off the Cob sat down with her to discuss where she sees the industry heading and her overall priorities for the board over the coming year.  Johnson noted that it is of the utmost importance that growers have strong advocates in leadership roles right now as they face the drafting of a new farm bill during a time when budgets are being slashed in an effort to reduce the national debt. She said that, through the work of NCGA’s dedicated grower leaders, corn farmers across the nation will receive strong representation in these debates.  “I feel like we are ahead of the game as our Public Policy Action Team has been working on programs and concepts for a while now,” said Johnson. “They have thoroughly vetted these ideas and performed detailed economic...

(Posted Mon. Oct 3rd, 2011)

Oct. 3: The National Corn Growers Association reached a new record high number of members, 37,160, at the end of August. The previous record of 36,216 was set in August 2010.  “It is inspirational that so many growers want to personally support our programs and activities,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer, a grower from Auburn, Ill. “This increased level of grower involvement demonstrates the value members believe NCGA staff and grower leaders provide our industry.”  NCGA membership offers many benefits, including leadership opportunities, academic scholarships and discounts. Members play an active role in organizational leadership by shaping the direction of activities and influencing public policy that affects all farmers. Through the Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship program for college students studying agriculture, sponsored by BASF, NCGA fosters tomorrow’s leadership. Additionally, membership provides valuable discounts with companies such as Dell,...

(Posted Mon. Oct 3rd, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Oct. 3: The National Corn Growers Association today applauded President Obama for sending the pending Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Korea, Colombia and Panama to Congress for consideration.   “NCGA strongly supports the pending FTAs with Korea, Colombia and Panama, and we are pleased to see President Obama understands the importance of expanding trade,” NCGA President Garry Niemeyer said.  “The United States is the largest producer and exporter of corn in the world, exporting over 50 million metric tons of corn worldwide in the 2009-10 marketing year.  These pacts represent significant markets for our nation’s corn and corn co-products as well as opportunities for our customers in the livestock industry.”  Korea is the United States’ third largest corn market and potentially an important market for distillers’ grains.  Colombia has traditionally been one of the top 10 export markets, but is currently importing corn from U.S. competitors because of an import duty preference....

(Posted Mon. Oct 3rd, 2011)

Oct. 3: On October 1, the National Corn Growers Association entered a new fiscal year and, subsequently, seated the 2012 Corn Board with Garry Niemeyer of Auburn, Ill., assuming the presidency. Off the Cob spoke with the new president to explore his views on what lies ahead for corn farmers in 2012, the challenges he expects the board to face, and some of the programs he is excited to see coming to fruition.  Beginning by thanking former and current board officers for their service, Niemeyer noted that 2012 is likely to be a tumultuous year as the government drafts a new farm bill in a climate that values economic austerity.  “I expect to see a turbulent year this next year as our government makes spending cuts and budgetary decisions,” he said. “A long-term, comprehensive solution that reduces federal deficits must be found to help ensure our nation’s fiscal integrity and economic strength. With that said, we have a strong organization, and we will be prepared to meet the...