NEWS STORIES

MARCH 2012

(Posted Fri. Mar 30th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Mar. 30:  American farmers expect to plant nearly four million more acres of corn in 2012, a four percent increase from 2011, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings report released today.   If realized, it will be the highest corn planting in the United States since 1937, when 97.2 million acres were planted.  In recent years, the record corn planting was in the spring of 2007 when U.S. growers…

(Posted Fri. Mar 30th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Mar. 30:  As Congress prepared to depart Washington for a two-week recess, Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) introduced a new farm bill proposal, the Revenue Loss Assistance and Crop Insurance Enhancement Act of 2012.  The legislation would include a farm-level revenue-based program, a narrower band of coverage and a reduced percentage of planted acres eligible for payments.  “The National Corn Growers Association has advocated…

(Posted Thu. Mar 29th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology Research

Today, the National Corn Growers Association launches a new series featuring information on the scientific topics relevant to farming, food, biofuels and agriculture as a whole.    What Do Chemical, Organic, Synthetic and Natural Really Mean?  By Dr. Pam Keck, NCGA Director of Biofuels Programs and Business Development  Would you vote to ban a substance with the following characteristics?  Recent scientific evidence has shown the substance hydrogen oxide to pose…

(Posted Thu. Mar 29th, 2012)

Keywords: Transportation

Mar. 29: With a wide variety of pressing issues facing the federal government over the coming months, funding for desperately needed lock and dam improvements remains a high priority for the nation’s corn farmers according to the National Corn Growers Association.  With the country’s inland navigation system moving more than a billion bushels of grain per year, about 60 percent of all grain exports, farmers understand the importance of a…

(Posted Wed. Mar 28th, 2012)

Mar. 28: Mark your calendar today for Commodity Classic 2013! Building upon record-breaking numbers in 2012, next year’s event, scheduled for February 28 through March 2 in sunny Kissimmee, Florida, promises to be a winner.  “There is already a great buzz building for next year’s trade show,” said 2013 Commodity Classic Co-Chair Mark Schwiebert.  “Last week, our committee traveled to Kissimmee to tour the facilities, which I can guarantee are…

(Posted Wed. Mar 28th, 2012)

Mar. 28: Last week, a key working group of the International Maritime Organization recommended approval of a U.S. proposal that corn gluten feed and corn gluten meal be reclassified in the official IMO code to make transport of these quality feed ingredients simpler, by eliminating a requirement that these cargoes be loaded on vessels with specialized fire suppression equipment.  The proposal was based on the results of tests organized by…

(Posted Tue. Mar 27th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Mar. 27:  The National Corn Growers Association has joined forces with biofuels organizations and renewable energy advocates to highlight the role the Renewable Fuel Standard plays in moderating gasoline prices, reducing foreign imports, and supporting the advanced and cellulosic biofuels sector.  In a letter sent to Congressional leaders today, NCGA, the American Coalition for Ethanol, Advanced Ethanol Council, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association, 25x’25 Alliance and Energy…

(Posted Tue. Mar 27th, 2012)

Mar. 27: Washington policy makers and influencers continue to hold family farmers in high regard, according to focus group research conducted for the National Corn Growers Association last week.  The Washington-based focus group participants provided valuable insight into federal legislative and regulatory perspectives that will guide improvements and updates made to the advertisements placed there this summer through the Corn Farmers Coalition program.  “Awareness of how much farmers contribute to…

(Posted Tue. Mar 27th, 2012)

Mar. 27: A resurgence in the U.S. poultry industry, and the subsequent increased demand for feed, drove corn demand higher in February according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released this week.  With broiler and young turkey slaughter up 3 and 7 percent over last year at this point respectively, the ProExporter Network estimates that U.S. poultry will consume more than 1.2 billion bushels of corn this marketing year,…

(Posted Mon. Mar 26th, 2012)

Mar. 26: The movement to raise the voices of America’s farmers and ranchers and facilitate the dialogue about today’s food is gaining momentum. The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, a unique organization that is a collaboration of more than 75 farmer- and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners, is creating new ways for farmers and ranchers from all types of agriculture to reach consumers – whether that’s in the national news…

(Posted Mon. Mar 26th, 2012)

Keywords: Corn Sugar

Mar. 26: Last week, a group of corn refiners asked a federal judge in Los Angeles to dismiss claims brought by the processed sugar industry based on statements made by the Corn Refiners Association, the companies’ trade association. An earlier version of these same claims was already dismissed by the court in October 2011.  “Through their work, the corn refiners aim to provide public information on one simple fact about…

(Posted Fri. Mar 23rd, 2012)

Mar. 23:  The National Corn Growers Association announced has extended the early registration period for 2012 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference has been extended by one week and will now close on Friday, April 6.  The biennial event, which will be held June 4-6 in Indianapolis, now offers a greater window for savings in addition to a greater selection of topics to be covered. With a theme of “Back to…

(Posted Thu. Mar 22nd, 2012)

Mar. 22: Milk production in the United States continues to expand, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture milk production estimate released earlier this week.   With February 2012 milk production estimated to be eight percent higher than in that month last year, the industry is benefitting from both a one percent expansion in the dairy cow herd and, more importantly, a seven percent productivity increase, as measured by milk produced…

(Posted Wed. Mar 21st, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Mar. 21:  With gas prices again on the rise throughout the United States, many consumers are driving less or switching to cars and trucks that use less fuel. And gas is certainly on the rise for some time to come, with the U.S. Energy Information Agency estimating the average retail cost of gasoline to be $3.79 per gallon in 2012 and $3.72 per gallon in 2013. Some areas of the…

(Posted Wed. Mar 21st, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Mar. 21: The release of U.S. Department of Agriculture reports on crop production plays an increasingly large role in the movement of volatile commodity markets according to its own data.  In a report released earlier this month through the department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service titled “Price Reactions after USDA Crop Reports”, the impact of data on corn prices has magnified since 2006, with monthly and annual production data releases, and…

(Posted Tue. Mar 20th, 2012)

Mar. 20: Across the country, public interest in food production continues to grow.  And that’s why the Kentucky Corn Growers Association, in conjunction with the Kentucky Soybean Growers Association, hosted a dinner through their state’s CommonGround program, bringing a broad spectrum of area thought leaders -- from journalists to stay-at-home mothers -- to the table for a conversation with local farm women.   The 30 attendees included food bloggers, health professionals,…

(Posted Mon. Mar 19th, 2012)

Mar. 19: Last week, 22 representatives of 13 agribusinesses gathered with National Corn Growers Association leadership in Washington for NCGA’s Agri-Industry Council’s biannual meeting.  Over the course of two days, attendees received updates on key NCGA programs.  Additionally, they discussed topics of special importance to the entire agricultural community right now, including the importance of ag policy in meeting future demand, ways in which to include climate change projections into…

(Posted Fri. Mar 16th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology Production Trade

Mar. 16: Farmers looking for information about the approval status of U.S.-grown corn hybrids in certain export markets now have access to the most current data through the National Corn Growers Association’s Know Before Your Grow program.  Recently updated, Know Before Your Grow, featured on the association’s website, provides a comprehensive look at this vital information in an easily accessible format.  To learn more about this program, Off the Cob…

(Posted Thu. Mar 15th, 2012)

Mar. 15: The benefits of membership in the National Corn Growers Association continue to grow with the recent announcement of a new partnership with Enterprise Leasing.  Through the program, NCGA members and their immediate families are eligible to take advantage of reduced lease and purchase rates on cars and trucks from Enterprise’s extensive vehicle fleet.  The program also features flexible funding options and many additional perks.  “It is an exciting…

(Posted Thu. Mar 15th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

Mar. 15: After being passed by Congress last fall, the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement took effect this morning.  NCGA praises the full implementation of the FTA and thanks the two countries for working together on this achievement.     “NCGA greatly appreciates all the work put forth to fully implement the U.S./Korea FTA,” said Chad Blindauer, chair of NCGA’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team.  “Korea is an important market for…

(Posted Thu. Mar 15th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Mar. 15: Today, National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Pam Johnson testified before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.  Johnson participated in the final series of farm bill hearings focusing on the Commodity Title.  “NCGA has invested time and resources to develop and analyze concepts for a new farm bill that would help farmers in times of need and be a good investment of taxpayer dollars,” Johnson,…

(Posted Wed. Mar 14th, 2012)

Keywords: Research

Mar. 14:  The National Corn Growers Association announced today that the early registration period for 2012 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference has been extended by one week and will now close on Friday, April 6.  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…

(Posted Wed. Mar 14th, 2012)

Mar. 14: The National Corn Growers Association and several other agriculture industry groups today sent comments to the Federal Communications Commission on LightSquared’s conditional authorization.  The comments urged the FCC to withdraw the conditional waiver granted to LightSquared in 2011 and modify LightSquared’s satellite license to prohibit the building of a ground-based network.  “We urge the FCC to adopt both proposals because of the overwhelming evidence that LightSquared’s proposed ground-based…

(Posted Tue. Mar 13th, 2012)

Mar. 13: Through a new membership benefit recently added by the National Corn Growers Association, farmers belonging to NCGA can save on the office supplies they need to run an effective operation when they shop at Office Depot.  The Office Depot/NCGA Rewards Platinum Program offers members and affiliated state corn organizations unbeatable deals on more than 50 office essentials, great deals on virtually everything Office Depot sells and award-winning customer…

(Posted Mon. Mar 12th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Mar. 12: This weekend marked major milestones for both NASCAR driver Austin Dillon and the American Ethanol partnership as the 21-year-old sensation made his first Nationwide Series start at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway while sporting an American Ethanol paint out on his No. 3 Chevrolet Impala.  Born a racer, son of former driver and RCR general manager Mike Dillon and grandson of Richard Childress, Dillon shone a spotlight on his developing talent…

(Posted Mon. Mar 12th, 2012)

Mar. 12: As many growers prepare for planting, a select group channeled their energy into becoming the most effective leaders possible through the National Corn Growers Association Advanced Leadership program, sponsored by Syngenta.  The program’s second class completed the second and final phase of its training last week in Washington.  The session helped qualified and motivated candidates finely hone their leadership and lobbying skills and prepared them to lead the…

(Posted Fri. Mar 9th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Mar. 9: Last week at Commodity Classic, National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer had a chance to address the General Session during an interview with his fellow commodity association leaders on the issues he sees as key to farming in the coming years.  From his response to the address by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to the halls of the trade show, one sentiment was reiterated consistently when…

(Posted Thu. Mar 8th, 2012)

Keywords: Production Trade

Mar. 8: U.S. corn farmers harvested a high-quality crop in 2011, according to a report released by the U.S. Grains Council. With good test weights, low damage and relatively high protein concentrations, the crop will require little drying and store well.  The first report of this kind issued by the Council, this initial edition sets a baseline for subsequent annual updates while establishing credible criteria and processes through which to…

(Posted Wed. Mar 7th, 2012)

Keywords: Commodity Classic

Mar. 7: The 2012 Commodity Classic surpassed all previous turnout records with a total of 6,014 attendees. This represents a 25 percent increase from last year’s record of 4,826 attendees. Once again, farm families represented over half of the participants, with 3,505 growers, spouses and children attending.  “We broke records in every category,” said Commodity Classic Co-chair Martin Barbre. “However, the most exciting number was beating last year’s record of…

NCGA Recognizes Recruiting Excellence

(Posted Tue. Mar 6th, 2012)

Keywords: Commodity Classic

Mar. 6: Each year, the National Corn Growers Association recognizes the hard work of grower members who recruit colleagues into the association. At a time when many associations have seen membership decline, NCGA continues to enjoy record membership, in large part because of the excellent job recruiters do in helping farmers understand the work done on their behalf. Another strong effort helped NCGA set a new membership record of 37,160…

(Posted Mon. Mar 5th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology Production

Mar. 5:  As a preview to National Agriculture Day events in Washington this week, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance is holding a panel discussion on Capitol Hill that will be streamed live online, and is inviting questions from the public. While he is not a panelist, National Corn Growers Association Chairman Bart Schott, a North Dakota corn farmer, will be present in his role as Vice Chair of USFRA. …

(Posted Fri. Mar 2nd, 2012)

Keywords: Commodity Classic

Mar. 2: At the Commodity Classic General Session this morning, a packed house of Commodity Classic grower families and others took in informative presentations from sponsor Dow AgroSciences, commodity organization leaders and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.  The event provided insight into the broader political climate affecting farmers as well as inspirational messages to take into the upcoming planting season.  Repeat MC Mark Mayfield opened the presidents’ roundtable conducting…

(Posted Fri. Mar 2nd, 2012)

Keywords: Commodity Classic

Mar. 2: The National Corn Growers Association, in conjunction with sponsor BASF, honored recipients of the Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship this week at Commodity Classic 2012 in Nashville, Tenn.  This year, the scholarships, created to foster promising agricultural leaders for the future, provided five winners with $1,000 for use in pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field.  "This is the fifth year we've recognized students who are in a…

(Posted Thu. Mar 1st, 2012)

Keywords: Commodity Classic Farm Policy

Mar. 1:  The following statement on the 2012 farm bill was released today by National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer, a corn grower from Auburn, Ill.; National Association of Wheat Growers President Wayne Hurst, a wheat producer from Burley, Idaho; American Soybean Association President Steve Wellman, soybean farmer from Syracuse, Neb.; and National Sorghum Producers Chairman Terry Swanson, a sorghum grower from Walsh, Colo.  “Commodity Classic provides our organizations…

(Posted Thu. Mar 1st, 2012)

Keywords: Commodity Classic

Mar. 1:  The Commodity Classic Trade Show opened today, showcasing a record 250-plus displays of the latest farming products and innovations to a record audience of more than 5,800 attendees. With opening remarks by National Corn Growers Association Joint Venture Committee 2012 Co-Chair Martin Barbre launching the ribbon cutting ceremony along with his American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers Association counterparts and Jason Hoag,…