NEWS STORIES

JANUARY 2012

(Posted Tue. Jan 31st, 2012)

Jan. 31: Some of Nashville’s top talent will take the stage at the Grand Ole Opry for Commodity Classic’s closeout Evening of Entertainment, an exclusive event for Commodity Classic attendees on Saturday, March 3, sponsored by Monsanto. The roster of stars includes:  -Darryl Worley, who has sold nearly two million albums, earned nominations for five major ACM and CMA awards, including Song of the Year and Single of the …

(Posted Mon. Jan 30th, 2012)

Keywords: Corn Sugar

Jan. 30:  Problems with recent reports attacking high fructose corn syrup demonstrate the need for clarity and caution on the part of research scientists, the National Corn Growers Association said Monday.  Even though researchers may acknowledge specific limitations, the mainstream media does not always act so prudently as they report the news.  “Even peer-reviewed research has limitations and caveats that need to be clearly stated by the authors and …

(Posted Fri. Jan 27th, 2012)

Keywords: Research

Jan. 27:  The National Corn Growers Association’s Research and Business Development Action Team investigated plant nitrogen use efficiency at its meeting this week in Fresno, Calif. Team members toured Biagro Western, where they saw several varieties of citrus crops, and heard a presentation on nitrogen efficiency in plants.  Biagro is commercializing a metabolite, developed by Pat Unkefer of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Bioscience Division, that modifies a plant’s metabolism …

(Posted Fri. Jan 27th, 2012)

Jan. 27:  Now in its 55th year of operation and going strong, the National Corn Growers Association continues its role in creating and increasing opportunities for its farmer members, and a new series of interviews with current and former grower leaders demonstrates this success.  From the introduction to the series:  Corn growers have increasingly stepped beyond the farm itself to influence changes that affect their ability to operate. One …

(Posted Thu. Jan 26th, 2012)

Keywords: Conservation Production

Jan. 26: The National Corn Growers Association’s Production and Stewardship Action Team traveled to Fresno, Calif., this week to tackle issues related to sustainability, water quality and other conservation and environmental concerns.  At the meeting, Gary Edwards and Ken McCauley, who serve as NCGA organizational appointees on two sustainability initiatives, spoke to growers about sustainability efforts in the agricultural industry.  McCauley, an NCGA past president who farms in eastern …

(Posted Wed. Jan 25th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Jan. 25:  National Corn Growers Association Chairman Bart Schott released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, where the president called for an “all-of-the-above” policy to promote domestic energy.  “The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to hear President Obama’s continued commitment to the nation’s energy independence during his State of the Union address. Corn farmers and the American ethanol industry …

(Posted Wed. Jan 25th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology Trade

Jan. 25:  The National Corn Growers Association’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team convened today in Orlando, Fla., to review the organization’s policy and recommendations coming out of the Priority and Policy Conference held earlier in January. Additionally, team members will meet with representatives from government and industry to explore current challenges and opportunities in the areas of trade and biotechnology.   Looking at a variety of issues including how …

Growers Get Taste of Leadership

(Posted Tue. Jan 24th, 2012)

Jan. 24: Growers are gathering this week in Washington for the second session of the National Corn Growers Association’s Leadership Academy, sponsored by Syngenta. Upon completion, the participants will join more than 500 colleagues who have graduated from this program in the past 25 years.  At the meeting, participants got an up-close look at NCGA from Chairman Bart Schott, also a Leadership Academy alumnus. NCGA staff in Washington also …

Racing Partnerships to Promote Ethanol

(Posted Mon. Jan 23rd, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Jan. 23: In a nod to its commitment to the sport, the American Ethanol partnership, which includes the National Corn Growers Association, on Saturday announced that it will continue relationships with Richard Childress Racing and RAB Racing for the 2012 season.  Austin Dillon, 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion, will drive the No. 3 Chevrolet during the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season with American Ethanol serving as the …

(Posted Thu. Jan 19th, 2012)

Keywords: Livestock

Jan. 19: Corn’s second-largest livestock market is set for a rebound, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released earlier this week. With poultry forecast to consume more than 1.2 billion bushels of corn in the 2011-2012 marketing year, the significant recovery in broiler production since its September low benefits poultry producers and corn farmers alike.  “Corn farmers have always understood the importance of strong livestock markets to support …

(Posted Thu. Jan 19th, 2012)

Jan. 19: Ongoing media coverage on corn usage tends to sensationalize trends by pitting demand from the ethanol industry against that from livestock, but Corn Board member Wesley Spurlock, a Texas farmer, has been speaking to groups across the Midwest on why this so-called “feed versus fuel” debate is based in fallacy. Explaining how U.S. corn farmers continue to grow a crop abundant enough to meet all growing demands, …

(Posted Wed. Jan 18th, 2012)

Jan. 18: Recently, former National Corn Growers Association Corn Board member Jamie Jameson enjoyed a unique honor when he presented an address on the past and future of corn production in Maryland during the Talbot County Corn Club’s 60th Anniversary Dinner. Reportedly the oldest organization of its kind in the nation, the club members looked to NCGA as a resource for an analysis of the production and use trends …

(Posted Tue. Jan 17th, 2012)

Jan. 17:  Members of the National Corn Growers Association’s top leadership departed on a mission to Brazil and Argentina today, where they will work with agricultural officials to discuss how the three corn exporting nations can work together to help meet the growing global demand for food, feed and fuel.  Along with representatives from the U.S. Grains Council, NCGA President Garry Niemeyer, First Vice President Pam Johnson and CEO …

(Posted Tue. Jan 17th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Jan. 17:  As auto makers retool engines to maximize gas mileage while minimizing emissions to meet future Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards, a new study reveals that ethanol provides the higher-octane these high-efficiency engines require while remaining both affordable and environmentally friendly.   The study, conducted by AVL, a global leader in the development of powertrain engines with internal combustion systems, was funded in part by the National Corn …

(Posted Fri. Jan 13th, 2012)

Jan. 13:  Commodity Classic is less than two months away, and growers are encouraged to take advantage of the lowest rate by registering before the early discount deadline of midnight, January 20. Registering early will save attendees up to $50. To take advantage of the early registration discount, register now at www.CommodityClassic.com.  Corn, soybean wheat and sorghum growers attending Commodity Classic March 1-3 in Nashville will benefit from …

(Posted Thu. Jan 12th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Jan 12: In its annual report on crop production released this morning, the U.S. Department of Agricultural slightly increased its previous estimates of corn production and average yield, now reporting a crop of 12.4 billion bushels harvested on 84 million acres, for a yield of 147.2 bushels per acre. This demonstrates the resilience of corn and corn growers despite significant weather challenges throughout the growing season, the National Corn …

(Posted Tue. Jan 10th, 2012)

Jan. 10: The National Corn Growers Association’s annual Priority and Policy Conference takes place this week in St. Louis, bringing farmer leaders from many corn states to begin the discussion of state and national priorities for 2013 and NCGA’s policies on such subjects as trade, ethanol and biotechnology.  “This meeting is an important opportunity for us to learn from leaders in our state organizations about their concerns and work …

(Posted Mon. Jan 9th, 2012)

Jan. 9: The National Corn Growers Association welcomes Rachel Jungermann as the new Corn Yield Contest Manager. Jungermann, who has experience in agronomy data support and collection, enters this role with a strong background in many areas crucial to the success of the continually growing National Corn Yield Contest.  “Rachel will be a valuable addition to our team and play a key role in ensuring the continued success of …

(Posted Mon. Jan 9th, 2012)

Jan. 9: The Kansas State University Lady Wildcats may have shot better hoops than the University of Kansas Lady Jayhawks Saturday night, but the real winners were the farm women who started a conversation about food at Allen Fieldhouse prior to the game. Teresa Brandenburg, Kara James and LaVell Winsor hosted dinner to launch the Kansas arm of the CommonGroundTM program, a national grassroots movement designed to bridge the …

(Posted Fri. Jan 6th, 2012)

Jan. 6: As growers prepare to travel to St. Louis for the annual National Corn Growers Association Priority and Policy Conference, Off the Cob revisits conversations held with some members of the Corn Board following the organization’s Action Team and Committee Meetings in December. During these interviews, the attendees offer information on a variety of subjects covered that they feel to be of particular interest to farmers.  First, Off …

(Posted Thu. Jan 5th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology Trade

Jan. 5: The National Corn Growers Association’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team was created in 2010 by the unification of two existing action teams. Seeing that trade issues facing the corn industry most often involved a biotechnology component, leadership saw it prudent to create a single group to explore these issues and develop an in-depth understanding of the nuanced areas of overlap involved.  In 2012, the team, along …

(Posted Wed. Jan 4th, 2012)

Jan. 4: With the Iowa Caucus complete, the National Corn Growers Association continues its push to help keep farmers informed of candidate views and engaged in the presidential primary process as the race for the Republican nomination continues. NCGA will continue to update the original Corn Caucus Project report card, offer expanded and updated information on the positions of the remaining Republican contestants and provide links to the caucus …

(Posted Wed. Jan 4th, 2012)

Jan. 4: The National Corn Growers Association’s Grower Services Action Team focuses on three areas for the organization: membership, leadership and communications. In each of these areas, 2012 will prove to be an important year for the group of 14 growers who, along with state and national staff assistance, keep a sharp eye on program efforts in these three areas.  “With membership setting records and a deeper level of …

(Posted Tue. Jan 3rd, 2012)

Jan. 3: Today, Off the Cob spoke with National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer on his outlook for corn growers in the new year. Emphasizing the importance of cooperation and making changes on the horizon into opportunities for farmers, Niemeyer offered an optimistic outlook for agriculture should the industry take an active role in the many potential movements that could impact various pieces of the value chain.  “I …

(Posted Tue. Jan 3rd, 2012)

Jan. 3: The National Corn Growers Association Fiscal Year 2011 Annual Report is now available online. A printed copy of the report, which highlights the association’s achievements over the previous year and features current financial information, will also be sent to all active members.  The 2011 annual report is now available for download here.  “As the nation’s leading trade association representing corn growers, we’re proud of …