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. …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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, …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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.  …

(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 …

(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 …

(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.  …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …