NEWS STORIES

NOVEMBER 2011

(Posted Wed. Nov 30th, 2011)

Nov. 30: The National Corn Growers Association announced the sessions to be featured at the 2012 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference. The biennual event will be held June 4-6 in Indianapolis. With a theme of “Back to the Grind,” CUTC will feature the cutting-edge technologies and new uses that continually improve and dynamically change the corn industry.  “We are proud of CUTC’s position as the premier corn technology conference in…

(Posted Wed. Nov 30th, 2011)

By Garry Niemeyer  NCGA President  Back in August, the Green Scissors Project identified ways the federal government could shave $380 billion from the federal budget over five years. But their $380 billion in proposed cuts included a major error that accounts for more that 10 percent of their suggested cuts — $38.8 billion that they argued the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit would otherwise cost between 2012 and 2016. They…

(Posted Tue. Nov 29th, 2011)

Nov.29: As the deadline quickly approaches, the National Corn Growers Association reminds members that it, along with the BASF Corporation, will again award five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field during the 2012-13 school year.  “This program is important for candidates as it helps fund their ongoing education, but it is also important for the industry as a whole,” said Brandon Hunnicutt,…

(Posted Tue. Nov 29th, 2011)

Nov. 29: As campaigns for the 2012 elections heat up, the National Corn Growers Association joined a well-timed effort to let candidates know that farmers and their allies are paying attention to their positions on funding for essential lock and dam improvements along the Mississippi River. To determine how to best structure a strategic educational campaign on the issue, NCGA President Garry Niemeyer, NCGA staff and key industry stakeholders met…

(Posted Mon. Nov 28th, 2011)

Nov. 28: With a final deadline submission deadline of Thursday, December 1, the National Corn Growers Association reminds entrants for the 2011 National Corn Yield Contest to submit harvest forms. Harvest forms, which are available online, not only complete yield contest entry but also supply NCGA with valuable information on production practices that can be used to benefit corn farmers across the country.  “With only days left, it is crucial…

(Posted Mon. Nov 28th, 2011)

Nov. 28: The National Corn Growers Association today praised the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement that crop insurance premiums for corn will be rerated for the 2012 crop year.  “NCGA has been working on this issue for more than eight years,” NCGA President Garry Niemeyer, a corn farmer from Auburn, Ill., said. “We are pleased to hear our farmers will no longer be facing the continued widening gap between the…

(Posted Wed. Nov 23rd, 2011)

Nov. 23: The National Corn Growers Association is moving along plans to develop a National Agricultural Genotyping Center that will translate scientific discoveries, such as the information from the maize genome project, into solutions for production agriculture, food safety, functional foods, bioenergy and national security. The center, being formed through a partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, will benefit growers through the development…

(Posted Wed. Nov 23rd, 2011)

By Garry Niemeyer, NCGA President  Nov. 23: An Associated Press story today discusses how certain members of the meat industry want to see changes made to our nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard, for the sole purpose of giving them access to cheaper corn. That’s what it’s really all about for them.  Corn growers support ethanol because it is good for our farmers, to be sure, and for other reasons as well.…

(Posted Tue. Nov 22nd, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Nov. 22: U.S. farmers achieved an important trade milestone today as the Korean National Assembly ratified the U.S.-Korea free trade agreement. With a vote of 151 to 7, the assembly approved all 14 implementation bills accompanying the agreement as well. The National Corn Growers Association, along with many others in the U.S. and Korean business communities, applauded this announcement which they have championed since the first announcement of the FTA…

(Posted Tue. Nov 22nd, 2011)

Keywords: Biotechnology Research

Nov. 22: The National Corn Growers Association actively defended the importance of publicly funded research into corn last week to a panel of industry stakeholders tasked with discussing the future of federally funded agricultural research programs. Noting that corn is not only the largest crop in the United States but also a major export product, NCGA staff defended against calls to kill public funding for corn research, stressing the importance…

(Posted Mon. Nov 21st, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol

Nov. 21: Last week, representatives of the National Corn Growers Association attended the NASCAR Green Summit in Miami Beach, Fla. The day-long meeting, held in advance of the season-finale races at Homestead-Miami Speedway, highlighted the sport’s environmentally responsible efforts, and brought together the stakeholders to share ideas on furthering this green movement.  NCGA played an integral role, through the American Ethanol partnership, in NASCAR’s most visible green initiative this season,…

(Posted Mon. Nov 21st, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Nov. 21: National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction’s failure to produce a deficit reduction plan:  “We’re disappointed the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction did not agree on a plan to reduce our federal deficit. We appreciate the hard work of the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Ag Committees to meet…

(Posted Thu. Nov 17th, 2011)

Nov. 17: The National Corn Growers Association hosted a webinar today that helped agvocates already using social media explore new strategies and tools to maximize the impact of their efforts. This session, the eleventh in a year-long series co-sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont Business, presented attendees with the latest research data on what makes some social media users more effective than others and offered simple tips that yield real…

(Posted Wed. Nov 16th, 2011)

Keywords: Transportation

Nov. 16: National Corn Growers Association representatives last week traveled to the Panama Canal to explore improvements currently underway with a group of agricultural leaders organized by Informa Economics. During this investigative tour, the group looked at efficiencies in the Panama Canal improvements, particularly those to the locks system, in an attempt to find successful approaches that could be emulated in the United States.  Focusing on the critical need for…

(Posted Wed. Nov 16th, 2011)

Keywords: Conservation

Nov. 16: Last week, representatives of the National Corn Growers Association attended a National Initiative for Sustainable Agriculture (NISA) workshop in Chicago to discuss the future of the project with representatives from dozens of other agricultural organizations, food companies, retailers and conservation groups. During the two-day meeting, participants reviewed existing sustainability initiatives and gathered perspectives from various sectors about the need for a national umbrella organization that brings farmer voices…

(Posted Tue. Nov 15th, 2011)

Keywords: Biotechnology Conservation Trade

Nov. 15: Last week, the National Corn Growers Association met with Dr. Saturnina Halos, a senior agriculture science consultant at the Philippines Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Agricultural Research, to discuss biotechnology usage in the United States. NCGA staff emphasized the practices in place to ensure safe and responsible use of these improved varieties, also providing information on structured refuge, new refuge-in-a-bag options and farmer attitudes toward compliance.  Marketing staff…

(Posted Tue. Nov 15th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol Trade

Nov. 15: This week, the National Corn Growers Association participated in a roundtable that brought experts from various areas within agriculture to Kansas City for a discussion of upcoming issues that will impact agriculture. Focusing on issues such as the sustainability of utilizing corn stover as a biofuels feed stock, increasing grain exports from the Black Sea region and the future of ethanol, these discussions helped both the host and…

(Posted Mon. Nov 14th, 2011)

Nov. 14: Ten times this year, the National Corn Growers Association has provided free online training seminars to its members and others to help them learn more about social media and build their skills and impact as public advocates for today’s agriculture. This series continues Thursday, Nov. 17, with an hour-long program that provides a “deeper dive” into using social media to truly engage with a variety of audiences.  “The…

(Posted Mon. Nov 14th, 2011)

Nov. 14: The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance is partnering with Discovery Networks to continue to help Americans learn more about how food is grown and raised. Discovery will air short videos featuring real farmers and ranchers answering real consumers’ questions about the role farmers and ranchers play in providing healthy choices for people everywhere.  Click here for the videos.  “This is a terrific partnership with a high-profile…

(Posted Fri. Nov 11th, 2011)

Nov. 10: This week, National Corn Growers Association Corn Board officers met with members of the mainstream and agriculture media in Kansas City where they talked about topics ranging from sustainability to the upcoming farm bill legislation to the 2011 harvest, a subject of particular interest following U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released Wednesday.  On Wednesday, NCGA hosted the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention’s Welcome Reception. During this well…

(Posted Thu. Nov 10th, 2011)

This weekend 1,000 green American Ethanol flags will fly over the campgrounds as NASCAR comes to Phoenix, Arizona as part of a large promotion targeting some of the sport’s biggest fans. These flags, like those that have been used to start every NASCAR race in the 2011 season, will draw even greater attention to ethanol and NASCAR’s move to an E15 blend this season.  “NASCAR’s conversion to Sunoco Green E15…

(Posted Wed. Nov 9th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

Nov. 9: Despite slightly lower corn harvest estimates for 2011, growers are still pulling in the fourth-largest U.S. corn crop ever to meet all needs for food, feed and fuel, the National Corn Growers Association said Wednesday upon release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly report on supply and demand.  “Even in light of slightly lowered estimates, U.S. corn farmers remain on track to produce an abundant crop that…

(Posted Tue. Nov 8th, 2011)

Keywords: Biotechnology Trade

Today, the National Corn Growers Association hosted a group of Brazilian dignitaries, including World Food Prize winner Alysson Paolinelli, who was key in transforming the country’s infertile high plains region, Cerrado, into highly productive crop land. Now the CEO of the Brazilian Corn Growers Association, Paolinelli, along with colleagues from his organization, the food processing industry, agribusiness and an environmental consulting group, met with NCGA marketing and biotechnology staff to…

(Posted Tue. Nov 8th, 2011)

Nov. 8: The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance is holding committee meetings, a board meeting and its annual meeting for all affiliates this week in Kansas City. The National Corn Growers Association is represented by NCGA Chairman and USFRA Board of Directors Executive Committee Vice Chairman Bart Schott, NCGA and USFRA Advisory Committee CEO Rick Tolman and NCGA Communications Director Ken Colombini, a member of the USFRA Communications Advisory Committee. …

(Posted Mon. Nov 7th, 2011)

Nov. 7: An exclusive performance at the Grand Ole Opry awaits those attending the Evening of Entertainment at the 2012 Commodity Classic, March 3 in Nashville, Tennessee. Commodity Classic is the nation's largest farmer-led, farmer-focused conference and trade show, presented annually by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers.  “The Grand Ole Opry has launched country music careers and hosted…

(Posted Mon. Nov 7th, 2011)

Nov. 7: The National Corn Growers Association welcomed Molly O’Connor, the organization’s new Legislative Assistant for the Washington, DC office, this week. O’Connor will be responsible for maintaining the front desk operations for the DC office in addition to assisting with the overall flow of the DC office.  “We welcome Molly to our staff enthusiastically, knowing that she will be an asset to our team,” Jon Doggett said. “Molly comes from…

(Posted Fri. Nov 4th, 2011)

Nov. 4: 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 complete on his farm, we caught up with Illinois grower Tom Martin to review this year’s growing season and discuss what he plans to do this winter.  Martin assessed the year and decided that, overall, his corn crop…

(Posted Fri. Nov 4th, 2011)

Nov. 4: National Corn Growers Association Vice President of Production and Utilization Paul Bertels spoke today to the Agriculture Future of American Alliance Forum on the global forces impacting the U.S. corn market. Held this year in Kansas City, the forum provided more than 50 young members of agribusiness an overview of international marketing trends and opportunities, along with a look at global factors impacting major U.S. agricultural commodities.  “In…

(Posted Thu. Nov 3rd, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy Production

Nov. 3: The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers and their allies to submit comments opposing a petition filed with the Environmental Protection Agency that would ban atrazine use and production before the public comment period closes on November 14. The petition, originally submitted this spring by an activist organization named Save the Frogs, asks for both further review of this proven herbicide and regulatory changes. The EPA posted this…

(Posted Thu. Nov 3rd, 2011)

Keywords: Conservation Farm Policy

Nov. 3: Today, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry held a hearing on the EPA’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Chesapeake Bay watershed. TMDLs are a common pollution control mechanism established by the Clean Water Act. The TMDL for the Chesapeake Bay watershed sets a firm limit on the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment that can be discharged in six states and the District…

(Posted Wed. Nov 2nd, 2011)

Keywords: Conservation

Nov. 2: The National Corn Growers Association welcomed a high-level delegation from Argentina exploring how new technology improves yields and conserves resources when used in conjunction with other agronomic practices.  Designed to foster a farmer-to-farmer conversation across the Americas, delegates expressed particular interest in how U.S. growers have improved their sustainability.  “Fostering interaction between corn farmers across the hemisphere benefits both parties,” said NCGA CEO Rick Tolman. “Working together, we…

(Posted Wed. Nov 2nd, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Nov. 2: Last week, National Corn Growers Association CEO Rick Tolman joined U.S. Grains Council leadership and others on a mission to China during which they assured Chinese leaders of the United States’ ability and commitment to being a reliable corn supplier to their market. Speaking at several meetings on U.S. corn production and marketing systems, the delegation followed up on contacts made during the agricultural tour to the United…

(Posted Tue. Nov 1st, 2011)

Nov. 1: As the deadline steadily approaches, the National Corn Growers Association reminds members that it, along with the BASF Corporation, will again award five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field during the 2012-13 school year.  “As schedules become increasingly busy over the holidays and finals season, interested candidates should make time soon for NCGA scholarship applications to make sure that they…

(Posted Tue. Nov 1st, 2011)

Nov. 1: The National Corn Growers Association expressed disappointment in the Senate's failure to act on legislation that would have clarified federal permits are not required when applying pesticides according to their EPA-approved label.  “NCGA is disappointed the Senate did not approve H.R. 872 prior to the October 31 deadline when the NPDES pesticide permitting program takes effect,” NCGA President Garry Niemeyer, an Illinois corn farmer, said. “Despite broad bipartisan…