NEWS STORIES

MAY 2012

(Posted Thu. May 31st, 2012)

Keywords: Corn Sugar

May 31: The National Corn Growers Association supports the Corn Refiners Association as it questions the issues ignored by the Food and Drug Administration in their decision to deny the CRA petition seeking the ability to use the term “corn sugar” to describe high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).  “We support CRA’s efforts to help consumers make informed decisions,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer. “Clearly, HFCS has been targeted by …

(Posted Thu. May 31st, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

May 31:  A new report from the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute shows how a key farm bill program being considered by Congress treats crops like corn, soybeans, rice, wheat and peanuts equitably. This study comes at an important time, as the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, which was passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee on April 26, is expected to be considered on the …

(Posted Thu. May 31st, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

May 31: This week, the National Corn Growers Association brought together representation from state corn associations, members of its Ethanol Committee and various other stakeholders to discuss the importance of ethanol both to farmers and the country as a whole.   With a full day of presentations on upcoming events in the industry and expert analysis, participants discussed short-, intermediate- and long-term goals which will be used to help NCGA …

(Posted Wed. May 30th, 2012)

May 30: With reports of equipment fires cropping up in dry, windy areas across the Midwest, the National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers to carefully follow proper safety procedures that minimize the possibility of a farm machinery fire, much like those taken during last year’s harvest.  Even if the weather has not been warm and dry, fuel sources such as leaves, stalks, husks, dust, oil and fuel come into …

(Posted Tue. May 29th, 2012)

May 29:  In June, farmers and ranchers are headed to Los Angeles – the entertainment capital of the world – for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s second Food Dialogues event. Four separate discussions – being held over two days –will bring together entertainment movers and shakers, chefs, academics, large restaurant operators, journalists, local leaders, farmers and ranchers for an in-depth conversation about food.  All panel discussions will be …

(Posted Fri. May 25th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

May 25: Both the farmers and citizens of countries using biotechnology reap considerable economic and environmental benefits, according to a study released this week by PG Economics Limited.  Spanning 15 years, the report documents important gains in production, improved incomes and reduced risk for farmers.   “The environment in user countries is benefiting from farmers using more benign herbicides or replacing insecticide use with insect-resistant GM crops,” said Graham Brookes, …

(Posted Fri. May 25th, 2012)

May 25:   The National Corn Growers Association continues the second season of Field Notes, a series that takes readers behind the farm gate to follow the year in the life of American farm families. While these growers come from diverse geographic areas and run unique operations, they share a common love for U.S. agriculture and the basic values that underpin life in farming communities.      Today, Field Notes …

(Posted Fri. May 25th, 2012)

May 25: The settlement of a lawsuit against Syngenta related to the herbicide Atrazine ensures that corn farmers who depend on the important product continue to farm efficiently and safely, the National Corn Growers Association said.  While NCGA is concerned about the longer term impacts of unmerited class-action lawsuits against agricultural production, it is important that this case was resolved with an acknowledgement of the safety of atrazine.  “We’re …

(Posted Thu. May 24th, 2012)

May 24:  The nation’s top crop and the farm families who grow it will return to the U.S. capital this summer for the fourth year in a row as part of the Corn Farmers Coalition educational program that debuts June 1, at Union Station, an important venue for reaching policymakers inside “The Beltway.”  “Nine of the largest corn crops in U.S. history have been grown in the last decade …

Our View: A Winning Ethanol Program

(Posted Thu. May 24th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

By Garry Niemeyer, President, National Corn Growers Association:       May 24:  In late 2010, with our support, NASCAR announced it was switching to a 15 percent ethanol blend in all races starting with the 2011 season. We at the National Corn Growers Association and our allies in the ethanol industry saw a tremendous opportunity to spotlight the importance of ethanol and the E15 blend. With the second year of …

(Posted Wed. May 23rd, 2012)

Keywords: Production

May 23: Today, the National Corn Growers Association opened online entry for the 2012 National Corn Yield Contest.  This format allows farmers to quickly and easily submit all necessary entry forms while taking advantage of the special early entry discount available until June 15.  With fees reduced to $80 until that time, NCGA reminds growers that a small time investment now saves money later this summer.  “The online entry …

(Posted Wed. May 23rd, 2012)

May 23: The National Corn Growers Association continues the second season of Field Notes, a series that takes readers behind the farm gate to follow the year in the life of American farm families. While these growers come from diverse geographic areas and run unique operations, they share a common love for U.S. agriculture and the basic values that underpin life in farming communities.    Today, Field Notes meets …

(Posted Tue. May 22nd, 2012)

Keywords: Research

May 22: The National Corn Growers Association proudly launched a redesigned version of the National Agricultural Genotyping Center website.  The site, which features more intuitive navigation and a more pleasing visual layout, offers an abundance of information on the project, the partners involved in the center and many resources for those interested in its work.  “We believe strongly in the mission of the National Agricultural Genotyping Center and hope …

(Posted Tue. May 22nd, 2012)

May 22: In this article, the National Corn Growers Association continues the second season of Field Notes, a series that takes readers behind the farm gate to follow the year in the life of American farm families. While these growers come from diverse geographic areas and run unique operations, they share a common love for U.S. agriculture and the basic values that underpin life in farming communities.     Today, …

(Posted Mon. May 21st, 2012)

Keywords: Research

May 21: With the 2012 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference rapidly approaching, the National Corn Growers Association’s Off the Cob podcast series spoke with Indiana Corn Marketing Council Secretary Gary Lamie, one of the event’s platinum sponsors.  Lamie welcomed attendees to his home state and invited them to attend the Amazing Maize exhibit at the Indiana State Museum.   “Those of us on the boards of the Indiana Corn Growers …

(Posted Mon. May 21st, 2012)

Keywords: Production

May 21: The 2012 planting season is almost over, with 96 percent of U.S. corn acres already planted, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today.  In addition, the report indicated that the crop appears to be progressing well with 76 percent of corn acres emerged and 77 percent of the crop in good to excellent condition.   “This year, it seems that every week that passes brings …

(Posted Fri. May 18th, 2012)

Keywords: Corn Sugar Ethanol

By Rick Tolman, NCGA Chief Executive Officer:     May 18:  Two pieces of research that were dropped this week and then picked up in the mainstream  media clearly demonstrate that there’s something off in the way research is (1) conducted, (2) summarized, and (3) reported to the public. None of this surprises us; as an organization that often must deal with controversy, we’ve seen it all before and there …

(Posted Thu. May 17th, 2012)

Keywords: Research

Recent Purdue University research about growing efficiency in nitrogen use shows the importance of science in making modern production agriculture not only more efficient, but more sustainable in the long run, the National Corn Growers Association said.  “At a time when farmers need to work smarter and harder to grow their crops and maintain their farms for future farming generations, we’re especially looking for ways to reduce inputs and …

(Posted Thu. May 17th, 2012)

May 17: In this article, the National Corn Growers Association revisits the second season of Field Notes, a series that takes readers behind the farm gate to follow the year in the life of American farm families. While these growers come from diverse geographic areas and run unique operations, they share a common love for U.S. agriculture and the basic values that underpin life in farming communities.     Today, …

(Posted Wed. May 16th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

May 16:  In a letter to the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the National Corn Growers Association requested a 30-day public comment period before grain traders are allowed 22-hour-per-day electronic trading of grain and oilseed futures contracts. NCGA believes it is important for CFTC to take input and further analyze the proposals from the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and the CME Group.  “As currently formulated, both ICE’s plans …

(Posted Wed. May 16th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

May 16: Marking the first of a two day series, National Corn Growers Association Board Member Chip Bowling testified today before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Commodities and Risk Management on the 2012 farm bill.  Bowling, who also serves on the Public Policy Action Team, outlined NCGA’s priorities for a strong federal crop insurance program and a revenue-based, risk management tool.   “The ability to purchase federal crop insurance …

(Posted Tue. May 15th, 2012)

May 15:  The National Corn Growers Association celebrates and congratulates the United States Department of Agriculture today on its 150th Anniversary.  President Abraham Lincoln signed into law an Act of Congress establishing the department on this day in 1862.   “When President Lincoln established the USDA, I doubt he could have envisioned what agriculture has become today,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer.  “We have evolved from a time when corn …

(Posted Tue. May 15th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

May 15:  America’s growing use of domestically produced ethanol reduced wholesale gasoline prices by an average of $1.09 per gallon in 2011, according to updated research conducted by economics professors at the University of Wisconsin and Iowa State University.  The 2011 results, which are up from an average impact of $0.89 per gallon in 2010, were released today by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development. To our nation’s …

(Posted Tue. May 15th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

May 15: As the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement takes effect today, NCGA applauds implementation of the agreement and appreciates the work of U.S. trade negotiators and Congress to get the FTA across the finish line.  “NCGA is excited to see an additional FTA go into effect,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer.  “Colombia is traditionally one of the top ten export markets for U.S. corn, but we have seen a …

(Posted Mon. May 14th, 2012)

May 14:  The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance recently held its spring meetings in St. Louis, where significant growth in support of the organization was reported and the greater role farmers and ranchers are playing in our nation’s conversations about food was discussed. The National Corn Growers Association is a founder of USFRA, and NCGA Chairman Bart Schott, a North Dakota Corn Grower, serves as USFRA vice chairman.  “In …

(Posted Mon. May 14th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

May 14: As the House Agriculture Committee continues farm bill hearings this week, the National Corn Growers Association and several other agriculture groups today sent a letter to House Ag Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson on the importance of crop insurance.   “Federal crop insurance provides an effective risk management tool to farmers and ranchers when they are facing losses beyond their control,” the letter stated. “It …

(Posted Mon. May 14th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

May 14:  In its weekly crop progress report released today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that 87 percent of the nation’s corn is now planted. Based on the prospective plantings report of 95.9  million acres total, this means that 83.4 million acres planted, the National Corn Growers Association said, with all states currently ahead of their five-year average for planting.  “It’s been a great spring for planting, and …

(Posted Fri. May 11th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

May 11:  The U.S. Grains Council reports this week strong and growing overseas interest in importing some key corn products from the United States, great news for stateside corn farmers, especially looking at the crop now being planted that is expected to break many records.  For example, Japan's 2011 imports of dried distillers grains with solubles – a key ethanol coproduct – surged 31 percent ahead of 2010 levels. …

(Posted Fri. May 11th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Mar. 11: The National Corn Growers Association joined the American Farm Bureau Federation, The Fertilizer Institute, National Pork Producers Council and other farm groups this week to file a motion to intervene in the Gulf Restoration Network v. EPA lawsuit.  More than a dozen environmental groups are seeking to force the Environmental Protection Agency to establish strict water quality standards for nutrient runoff for all states in the Mississippi …

(Posted Thu. May 10th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

May 10: This week, Representatives John Shimkus (R-Ill.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) sent an email and fact sheet refuting allegations about corn ethanol made by several of their colleagues.  The National Corn Growers Association applauds their efforts to supply their colleagues with accurate information about the importance of both the Renewable Fuels Standard and corn ethanol to our nation.  “On behalf of NCGA’s more than 37,000 farmer-members, I thank …

(Posted Thu. May 10th, 2012)

May 10: U.S. corn farmers are on course to shatter production, yield and supply records according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released this morning.  Projecting a record production of 14.8 billion bushels with record average yields of 166 bushels per acre, the report provides an extremely positive initial assessment of the 2012 corn crop.  Additionally, the projected increases in harvest acres and expected yields put the country …

(Posted Wed. May 9th, 2012)

May 9: CommonGround, a volunteer group of farm women dedicated to creating conversations around farming and food, wants to help moms looking for information on some of the most common questions about food. To do so, the group, which was developed through a partnership between the National Corn Growers Association and the United Soybean Board, commissioned the Gate-to-Plate Survey to gain insights into how U.S. moms feel and think …

(Posted Tue. May 8th, 2012)

May 8: Dr. Michael Ladisch, director of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University, will deliver the keynote address to participants at the grand opening of the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Utilization and Technology Conference, June 4 in Indianapolis, Ind.  “Dr. Ladisch ’s work focuses on bringing biotech products to large numbers of people,” said  NCGA Research and Business …

(Posted Tue. May 8th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

May 8: A week after the Senate Agriculture Committee completed its work on the farm bill, the National Corn Growers Association and more than 120 agricultural and other organizations sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.  The letter advocated for floor consideration of the legislation as soon as possible to enhance prospects of completing the process this year instead of having to extend …

(Posted Mon. May 7th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

May 7: After the U.S. Department of Labor announced it would withdraw its proposed rule limiting farm children’s involvement in agricultural activities, the National Corn Growers Association sent a letter to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis applauding her decision.   “On behalf of the National Corn Growers Association, I commend you for your decision to withdraw the proposed child labor rule,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer.  “As a family farmer, there …

(Posted Mon. May 7th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

May 7: Last week, the Obama Administration released a National Bioeconomy Blueprint that outlines a comprehensive approach to drive the bioeconomy and guides federal agencies and the private sector to enhance economic growth and job creation.  The Bioeconomy Blueprint emerged as a priority not only for economic reasons, but also because it enables Americans to live healthier lives, develop new sources of bioenergy, address environmental challenges and increase the …

(Posted Mon. May 7th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

May 7: Corn planting is progressing well ahead of the five-year average across the vast majority of corn producing areas, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today.  As a whole, the report indicates that a full 71 percent of the nation’s corn crop had already been planted as of May 6,  24 points ahead of the five-year average at that time.  “What growers optimistically viewed as …

(Posted Fri. May 4th, 2012)

May 4: Tune in Saturday as Kenny Wallace races a special American Ethanol paint out at the Talledega Speedway. As a founding partner of American Ethanol, the National Corn Growers Association urges members (and all race fans!) to watch the race and see the power of ethanol for themselves.  “I have fielded a lot of questions about ethanol through my work with NCGA,” said NCGA NASCAR Advisory Committee Chairman …

(Posted Fri. May 4th, 2012)

May 4:  This week, the National Corn Growers Association launches the second season of Field Notes, a series that takes readers behind the farm gate to follow the year in the life of American farm families. While these growers come from diverse geographic areas and run unique operations, they share a common love for U.S. agriculture and the basic values that underpin life in farming communities.      Today, …

(Posted Fri. May 4th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

May 4: In a continued effort by the administration to support the biofuels industry, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has called on petroleum companies to increase the percentage of ethanol in America’s gas tanks by adopting E15.  The Environmental Protection Agency approved the blend as a fuel option for most vehicles in 2010, and once the blend becomes commercially available, it will support the ethanol industry’s efforts to help …

(Posted Thu. May 3rd, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

May 3:  As advertising budgets decline and competition increases, media outlets and food manufacturers alike find themselves needing to exploit any possible factor that could differentiate their product from the crowd.  In many ways, the increased attention both parties pay to the use of biotechnology in agriculture stems from this predicament.  Without solid, scientific claims against these products, news providers and food makers alike have found that exploiting the …

(Posted Thu. May 3rd, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

May 3:  As the E15 ethanol fuel blend prepares for its national debut, the National Corn Growers Association calls on students to channel their “inner Spielberg” and submit entries in the Ethanol Rocks video contest.  “Today, we’re distributing Ethanol Rocks video contest application and rules packets online and to FFA chapters and members of the National Science Teachers Association,” said Chad Willis, chairman of NCGA’s Ethanol Committee. “Statistics …

(Posted Wed. May 2nd, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

May 2: Today, the National Corn Growers Association’s “Off the Cob” podcast series speaks with Dr. Jack Gardiner, the curator of the Maize Genome and Genetics Database, where NCGA has funded activities that will add functional genomic software tools into the preexisting USDA ARS database.  When completed, these tools will allow researchers to easily isolate and examine manageable data sets, thus decreasing the time and effort needed to utilize …

(Posted Tue. May 1st, 2012)

May 1: As farmers across the country have gotten a jump on planting season this year, the National Corn Growers Association invites them to register for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest early too. Until June 15, growers can also take advantage of a special early entry discount.  With fees reduced to $80 until that time, NCGA reminds growers that a small time investment now saves money later this summer.  …