NEWS STORIES

JUNE 2012

(Posted Fri. Jun 29th, 2012)

June 29:  Record-breaking heat and dry conditions in much of the lower Midwest has caused a significant drop in overall corn crop condition, erasing a lot of the potential corn growers saw in spring as they planted their crops and looked forward to a season of plenty. While higher corn acreage, which originally was meant to help moderate corn prices, may serve to ensure demands are met, higher prices are expected into the future as farmers see their crops dry up.  “Our hearts go out to the many farming families who are suffering from this weather pattern that has settled over the Corn Belt, and is as welcome as an electric blanket on a warm summer night.  As farmers, we always want to grow the biggest and best crop possible; we want to do a good job, just like anyone else,” said NCGA...

(Posted Fri. Jun 29th, 2012)

Sixth and final in a series profiling candidates for the 2013 Corn Board.   June 29: When Ohio farmer Anthony Bush reflects upon why he is running for NCGA’s Corn Board, he has to look no further than across the breakfast table to find an answer.  “Every morning when I wake up, I see my son come up from his room, and I see the future of agriculture,” said Bush. “When I look at his class of about 100 students who all come from my county, I realize that he is probably the only kid who will even have the opportunity to farm.  If kids like him don’t want to farm, who is going to do it?  I want to leave a him, and the other kids who are the future of the industry, with better policies and a better public perception of our industry.  Looking at him, I...

(Posted Fri. Jun 29th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

This week, National Corn Growers Association Corn Board member Bob Bowman participated on a panel at the U.S. State Department National Foreign Affairs Training Center.  Bowman, who also serves as board liaison to the Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team, was the first agriculture producer invited to speak during the State Department's course.  The panel focused biotechnology and global challenges related to trade, food security, energy and climate change.  "Improved seeds give farmers new choices to cope with new challenges, such as plant diseases and difficult weather conditions, and help feed a rapidly growing global population in an environmentally sustainable way," Bowman said.  "Corn farmers have embraced modern biotechnology and, because of that, we have...

(Posted Thu. Jun 28th, 2012)

Fifth in a series profiling candidates for the 2013 Corn Board.   June 28: Speaking with current Corn Board member Mike Geske, it quickly becomes apparent that he has chosen to run for another term because he truly loves the work involved.  “It is a passion and love of the job,” said Geske.  “I started years ago when I first realized how important the decisions being made off of farms were to farmers. Someone had told me that if you aren’t making those decisions, then someone else is making them for you. So, I decided to get involved.  It is a big responsibility, but it is also such an enjoyable job. You get to see big results and realize that you are helping not only just yourself, but also many others.”  Geske has found working for the benefit of corn...

(Posted Thu. Jun 28th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

June 28: The National Corn Growers Association was pleased to hear the U.S. joined current Trans Pacific Partnership members in inviting Canada and Mexico to join negotiations. Canada made its official request to join TPP in March 2010. Mexico initiated its efforts to join in November 2011. Canada and Mexico’s participation in TPP is significant because it ensures all NAFTA partners have a seat at the negotiations.  “With both Mexico and Canada being in the top ten export markets for U.S. corn, this is a welcomed announcement,” Chad Blindauer, Chair of NCGA’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team said. “The USDA forecasts U.S. farm exports to reach $134.5 billion in FY 2012.  Broadening participation in TPP helps solidify market share in important export countries and expand...

(Posted Wed. Jun 27th, 2012)

Fourth in a series profiling candidates for the 2013 Corn Board.   June 27: An advocate of grassroots activism, Kevin Skunes has decided to run for the NCGA Corn Board to help his fellow farmers as they work to make the future of agriculture a vibrant one.  “As NCGA is truly a grassroots organization, I believe that the leadership on the Corn Board bears a great responsibility that requires members listen carefully to the farmers that they serve,” he said. “For many, it is easier to assume that someone will take it upon themselves to work collaboratively toward a better future for our industry.  I take a more active approach to service and wish to help build the roads that will get us there.”  Skunes sees the corn industry as an ever-evolving business with many...

(Posted Tue. Jun 26th, 2012)

June 26: The Environmental Protection Agency recently appointed Chip Bowling, a farmer from Newburg, MD and a member of the NCGA Corn Board, as a member of its Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Committee. The FRRCC is an independent agricultural advisory group that helps forge a partnership between the EPA and the agriculture community.  “The FRRCC is a great way to help bridge the gap between EPA staff and America’s farmers,” Bowling said.  “I believe being a part of this committee will be beneficial not only to producers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed but for other farmers around the country as they prepare for future EPA deliberations on the environment and clean water. I am privileged to have been selected for the advisory group and look forward to helping create an even better understanding at EPA...

(Posted Tue. Jun 26th, 2012)

Third in a series profiling candidates for the 2013 Corn Board.   June 26: A careful listener who places the greater good of corn farmers across the country first, Gary Schmalshof is running for the NCGA Corn Board after serving on his state’s checkoff board for more than a decade and traveling extensively on behalf of his fellow farmers for the U.S. Grains Council.  He brings this experience, an international perspective and his dedication to service to the position.  “I have always thought of myself as a participant,” Schmalshof explained. “Sometimes, you hear a lot of people complaining about how they don’t like this and they don’t like that. Instead, I roll up my sleeves and jump in to try and change things, not only for the betterment of myself but also for...

(Posted Mon. Jun 25th, 2012)

June 25: The new and improved online entry option for the National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest proved increasingly popular during the early registration period, with overall use increasing 20 percent since its launch last year.   At the conclusion of the early entry option on Friday, June 15, more than 1,000 contestants chose to submit their NCYC registration forms using the web-based system.   To use the quick, simple online entry forms, click here.   “Growers who decide to try out the online entry option are increasingly finding how simple and easy it can make contest registration,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Dean Taylor. “Farmers have long placed a high value on technologies that streamline processes, saving both time and extraneous effort. ...

(Posted Mon. Jun 25th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

June 25: Last week, the National Corn Growers Association took part in intensive discussions on the future of ethanol with key participants from groups representing the ethanol industry, the oil industry, auto emissions concerns, retailers and consumers during the Next Generation Engine and Fuels Forum.  Held in Washington, the conference looked at the future of a variety of fuels and the engines needed to move our nation forward.  “Leaving these discussions, I feel energized and hopeful that ethanol has a bright future that will better utilize its environmental and national energy independence benefits,” said NCGA Director of Biofuels Dr. Pam Keck. “I found many key stakeholders who support higher ethanol blends, and I hope that, by working together, we will make our...

(Posted Fri. Jun 22nd, 2012)

June 22:  The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, a broad-based coalition of nearly 80 farmer- and rancher-led organizations and their allies, held its second Food Dialogues event in Los Angeles this week, with four panel discussions over two days that brought together ag and food leaders from California and across the country. As a founding member of USFRA, the National Corn Growers Association was there to provide insight and build relationships.  “USFRA offered a terrific set of events that really demonstrated the optimism Americans should have about today’s farming,” said NCGA Chairman Bart Schott, a North Dakota corn farmer who is vice-chair of the USFRA board of directors. “I’m really excited about the passion of farmers and ranchers today, especially those coming back to...

(Posted Fri. Jun 22nd, 2012)

Second in a series profiling candidates for the 2013 Corn Board.       June 22: A consensus builder who values communication, Don Elsbernd has gained a nuanced understanding of the different regional issues affecting farmers across the country.  Now, he wishes to use this perspective to serve corn farmers as a member of the 2013 National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.  “I think that at NCGA we have been on an up trending line, and I would like to see that continue,” said Elsbernd.  “There is still plenty of room for improvement though.  I think that we have lofty goals, and I would like to see us continue working towards them.  At the same time, we need to increase the level of member participation and, then, leverage that engagement to help...

(Posted Fri. Jun 22nd, 2012)

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.  This week, Field Notes caught up with Donna Jeschke, who farms a short drive from Chicago.  An avid agvocate, Donna updates listeners on a recent group of Brazilian farmers who visited, reports on the crop condition and explains why a group touring her farm from China next week departs from the norm.  To listen to the audio interview, click here.  Field Notes also caught up with Don Rutledge, who farms in Colorado....

(Posted Thu. Jun 21st, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

June 21: The National Corn Growers Association today congratulates the Senate on passage of Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (2012 farm bill).  The legislation was agreed to by a vote of 64-35. NCGA also urges the House of Representatives to take action quickly.  “America’s farmers greatly appreciate the leadership and cooperative work by the Senate to pass the 2012 farm bill in a timely manner,” NCGA President Garry Niemeyer said.  “We would also like to thank Senators Stabenow and Roberts for their bipartisan efforts throughout the process. We have been calling on Congress to pass the new legislation before the current law expires on September 30. NCGA is pleased to see this significant hurdle has been overcome.”  NCGA has advocated for an affordable crop insurance...

(Posted Wed. Jun 20th, 2012)

  First in a series profiling candidates for the 2013 Corn Board.     June 20: A dynamic individual who embraces a spirit of cooperation and civic-mindedness, Keith Alverson volunteers long hours to the service of farmers across the country.  Now, he wishes to contribute his perspective, hard-work and insight by continuing his service as a member of the 2013 National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.  “I view every situation as an opportunity and look to find the possible positives in every case,” said Alverson. “NCGA has been successful in a variety of things, previous farm bills and renewable fuel legislation among others, and we really need to build upon those prior successes now.  At the same time, we need to also broaden our outlook and...

(Posted Wed. Jun 20th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

June 20: National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the Senate passing Chambliss amendment #2438:  “The National Corn Growers Association is very disappointed to see passage of Senator Saxby Chambliss’ conservation compliance for crop insurance amendment in the 2012 farm bill.  Our members have spent a significant amount of time discussing this issue and feel this addition to the farm bill would have a negative impact toward America’s farmers.  NCGA’s official policy states we oppose the coupling of conservation compliance to eligibility for federal crop insurance.” 

(Posted Mon. Jun 18th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

June 18:  Corn Growers and American Ethanol were out in force at Michigan International Speedway this weekend, with the American Ethanol Green Flag literally and figuratively flying high. Because growers and the American Ethanol team distributed 3,000 flags to campers prior to the races, it was impossible to miss the E15’s presence at during the weekend.  “It was a terrific weekend to be at the races,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer. “There was so much excitement on the part of the drivers and the fans, and you could not miss the involvement of our growers and others in spreading the word about America’s favorite renewable fuel.”  Family farmers hit the track Saturday, with Kenny Wallace driving a car acknowledging farmer’s contributions and linking their key role in providing ethanol to...

(Posted Mon. Jun 18th, 2012)

Keywords: Conservation

June 18: During an Environmental Protection Agency Scientific Advisory Panel hearing on atrazine, the National Corn Growers Association, along with state corn association representatives from Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Nebraska, urged the use of sound science and real-world evidence in its decision making. This was the final in a series of SAP hearings on this issue over the past three years.  “It is important that sound science and real world evidence serve as the basis for regulating atrazine and addressing any potential issues, rather than a scientifically unsound and unsupported proposed Aquatic Plant Level of Concern that is inconsistent with biological reality and any observed real world impacts,” NCGA Director of Public Policy Rod Snyder...

(Posted Fri. Jun 15th, 2012)

June 15: 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.     This week, Field Notes caught up with Donna Jeschke, who farms a short drive from Chicago.  While Donna waits for rain, she also prepares to host international delegations next week that will help open markets through dialogue.  To listen to the audio interview, click here.  Field Notes also met James Aarsvold, who farms in North Dakota.  The northernmost farmer featured this year, James...

(Posted Thu. Jun 14th, 2012)

June 14: Both American Ethanol drivers and spokesmen Kenny Wallace and Austin Dillon will be on the track at Michigan International Speedway this weekend. On Saturday, Kenny Wallace will run in the No. 99 Family Farmers car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.  In addition to running in the Nationwide Series, Austin Dillon will be busy throughout the weekend as he attempts to qualify for the Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday in the No. 33 American Ethanol Chevrolet.  Race attendees will see many innovative American Ethanol promotions at the track thanks to Michigan corn growers and the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan. Farmers will share the story of modern ag with fans at the track and in the campgrounds where they will reward fans for flying American...

(Posted Thu. Jun 14th, 2012)

June 14: With early registration for the National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest closing tomorrow, June 15, one week remains to enter for the reduced fee of $80. For those wishing to take advantage of this limited time savings opportunity, NCGA now offers a new way to save time too by entering online.  To use the quick, simple online entry forms, click here.   “With the early registration deadline approaching rapidly, it is the time for entrants to try out the new online submission system,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Dean Taylor. “The software streamlines the process, saving both time and money allows farmers to take advantage of early registration savings for one more day.”  The new software allows growers to enter the contest and join NCGA...

(Posted Wed. Jun 13th, 2012)

June 13: The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board has elected Martin Barbre of Illinois to become the organization's first vice president for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.  “This promises to be a very challenging year for corn growers on the policy front, with a new farm bill in hot debate in Washington and continued attacks on ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard,” said Martin Barbre. “I’m looking forward to working with my fellow officers and my colleagues on the board to move our association’s mission forward and take our growers to higher levels of opportunity.”  A farmer for more than three decades, Barbre joined NCGA in 1988. He is a partner in Chestin Farms in Carmi, Ill., with his son and son-in-law. On their farm, they grow corn,...

(Posted Tue. Jun 12th, 2012)

June 12: When the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance holds its Food Dialogues events in Los Angeles next week, June 20-21, four people who are experts in their fields will help lead four exciting discussions. The town hall event, themed “Lights, Camera, Food: Perceptions and Realities of Farming and Ranching in America,” will bring together entertainment movers and shakers, chefs, academics, large restaurant operators, journalists, local leaders and farmers and ranchers for in-depth conversations about food.   First, on  Wednesday, documentarian George Motz, who also hosts the Travel Channel's Made In America  and serves as director of the Food Film Festival, will moderate “Hollywood and ‘Vine’: The Intersection of Pop Culture and Food Production,” a discussion about...

(Posted Mon. Jun 11th, 2012)

June 11:  Last week, luminaries from agribusiness, academia and farming gathered in Indianapolis for the National Corn Growers Association’s 2012 Corn Utilization Technology Conference, where they examined the cutting-edge technologies and new uses that continually improve the corn industry.  The biennial event, which featured additional sessions on mycotoxin for the first time, helped share a knowledge base and build the relationships that play a vital role in maintaining a vibrant, innovative market for the most abundant crop grown in our nation.  The important work done here was made possible by a group of sponsors dedicated to the future of American agriculture, including platinum-level sponsor Monsanto.  NCGA’s Off the Cob podcast series caught up with...

(Posted Fri. Jun 8th, 2012)

June 8: With early registration for the National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest closing next Friday, June 15, one week remains to enter for the reduced fee of $80.   For those wishing to take advantage of this limited time savings opportunity, NCGA now offers a new way to save time too by entering online.  To use the quick, simple online entry forms, click here.   “With the early registration deadline approaching rapidly, it is a great time for entrants to try out the new online submission system,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Dean Taylor. “The software streamlines the process, saving both time and, for one more week, money.”  The new software allows growers to enter the contest and join NCGA and their state association. The web-based system...

(Posted Fri. Jun 8th, 2012)

June 8:  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 checks in with Billy Thiel, a farmer from Marshall, Missouri who plays an active role in both his state and national corn associations.  Taking a break from visits with Missouri government officials, Thiel explains how dry conditions have impacted the corn and soybean crops in mid-Missouri.  “Right now, if you are driving through corn fields in my area you can...

(Posted Thu. Jun 7th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

June 7:  National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the Senate voting in favor 90-8 to advance the 2012 farm bill to the Senate Floor:  “The overwhelmingly positive vote on the floor reaffirms that senators understand the importance of passing the 2012 farm bill this year.  The National Corn Growers Association cheers the strong bipartisan vote and appreciates the work of Sens. Stabenow and Roberts on this legislation.  "The 2012 farm bill creates the reforms needed to not only reduce the federal deficit but ensure a positive beginning for the next generation of America’s farmers.  We thank the Senate for their support and urge debate to begin quickly.”  

(Posted Thu. Jun 7th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

June 7: This week, the National Corn Growers Association helped attendees of an Ethanol Industry 101 workshop explore the history of national politics as they relate to ethanol. This session, which covered political discourse from the initial development of the first Renewable Fuel Standard through the expiration of the blender tax credit, provided attendees with the background necessary to fully grasp the impact of Washington politics on the ethanol industry.  The panel leading “Ethanol in Washington: The Policies and Players that Created the Road to Commercialization” included NCGA Director of Biofuels Pam Keck.  Keck brought the corn farmer’s perspective on ethanol to the table, from the history and basic composition of corn plus a...

(Posted Thu. Jun 7th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol Farm Policy

By Garry Niemeyer, NCGA President:   My fellow farmers,  Sometimes it is easy to become the victim of your own success.  I think our industry has more than a bit of that going on right now, and this has me terribly concerned.  Times are pretty good right now on the farm.  Prices are relatively high and we have seen significant increases in yields and reductions in chemical and fertilizer use.   Farmers are making money, and that is great.  But it wasn’t that many years ago that we were suffering from stagnant demand and excess production.   To get beyond those tough times, our organizations – NCGA and our state affiliates – led the way to some outstanding victories for the corn industry.  Probably most important among those was passage of the Renewable Fuel Standard – RFS I and then RFS II.  We...

(Posted Wed. Jun 6th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

June 6: The National Corn Growers Association hopes that members and ethanol agvocates alike will join in the festivities as the Illinois Corn Marketing Board partners with Growth Energy to promote awareness of American Ethanol at the newly announced American Ethanol 225.  This race, which will be held at the Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, July 21, is part of the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and represents the return of summer night racing to the track.  “NASCAR has become an important way in which our state and national corn organizations reach out to consumers with tangible proof of ethanol’s performance and viability,” said NCGA NASCAR Advisory Council Chair Martin Barbre, an Illinois corn grower.  “It is exciting to see Illinois,...

(Posted Wed. Jun 6th, 2012)

Keywords: Research

June 6: A successful Corn Utilization and Technology Conference concluded today with the presentation of awards recognizing the top poster contest entries this year.  “The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to lend our support and encouragement to young researchers,” said NCGA Director of Research and New Uses Dr. Richard Vierling. “Corn offers a variety of solutions for many of today’s problems, and we are honored to play a small role in recognizing the scholarly efforts that will help create entirely new ways to utilize this amazing resource.”  This year’s contest attracted more than 30 student entries, which is more than a third more than those submitted at the last event in 2010. A panel of industry and academic experts evaluated the posters on their relevance...

(Posted Wed. Jun 6th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

June 6:  As the Senate prepares to begin debate on the 2012 farm bill, the National Corn Growers Association participated in a news conference with Senate Ag Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Pat Roberts to stress the importance of the reformed legislation.   Lyle Pugh, a member of NCGA’s Public Policy Action Team and a farmer from Chesapeake, Va., participated in the event along with dairy farmers and fruit growers.  “Since I have been involved in agriculture, the industry has changed dramatically,” Pugh said during the press conference.  “Farmers have sent a strong message that direct payments are no longer defensible and do not provide assistance when it is most needed.  Instead, we want a program that will help lessen the blow when farmers are facing...

(Posted Tue. Jun 5th, 2012)

June 4:  With the generous support of the Nebraska Corn Board, two college students from the Cornhusker State are joining the National Corn Growers Association as interns this summer to learn more about the industry and provide valuable support to NCGA.  NCGA’s headquarters office in suburban St. Louis is hosting Sandra Kavan of Wahoo, Neb., as its first summer intern supported by a partnership between NCB and NCGA. Kavan will be a senior in agribusiness at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and is assisting NCGA with membership and communication programs, as well as participating in committee meetings. She started with NCGA on May 14.  Starting this week, the NCGA Washington office is hosting David Bresel of Lincoln, Neb., as its summer intern. Bresel is a student in at the University...

(Posted Tue. Jun 5th, 2012)

June 5:  At the 2012 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference, which began Monday evening in Indianapolis, researchers from around the country are talking about the versatility of corn and the importance of technology to make the most of our country’s No. 1 commodity crop.  “There’s a tremendous opportunity to hear about some of the new technology coming on board,” said National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer. “Innovation and technology have led us from a culture of scarcity to one of abundance. We need to share that with the world, and to do that, we need research.”  Kicking off the event with a keynote address was Dr. Michael Ladisch, director of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Biological...

(Posted Tue. Jun 5th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

June 5: National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filing for cloture on the 2012 farm bill:  “The National Corn Growers Association appreciates the actions taken today by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to move forward with Senate consideration of the 2012 farm bill this week.  We support this action and look forward to working with members of the Senate to pass this important legislation and urge action before the July 4th congressional recess.” 

(Posted Mon. Jun 4th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology Research

June 4: The research journal Nature Genetics published two manuscripts this week offering an unprecedented glimpse into the diversity of modern corn in their online edition.  Gathered through the U.S. Maize Diversity Project, the information in these studies provides important data that will aid breeders and geneticists in efforts to develop improved traits.  “The information in these studies has very exciting implications for corn farmers,” said National Corn Growers Association Research and Business Development Action Team Chair DeVonna Zeug.  “As research and development facilities across the country, such as the proposed National Agricultural Genotyping Center, apply this information to the development of new corn hybrids, farmers will see a wider selection of improved traits at a...

(Posted Fri. Jun 1st, 2012)

Keywords: Research

June 1:  The National Corn Growers Association is ramping up for the 2012 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference, which will opens June 4 in Indianapolis. With a theme of “Back to the Grind,” the biennial conference will feature the cutting-edge technologies and new uses that continually improve and dynamically change the corn industry.  This year, the conference debuts a third tier of presentation options offering participants the opportunity to hear the latest on mycotoxin research. This new offering has been added to complement the work of the Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence, which continues to emphasize the importance of developing methods to mitigate and control mycotoxin development in all phases of production and processing.    “Mycotoxins present a major obstacle for growers...

(Posted Fri. Jun 1st, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

June 1: The National Corn Growers Association urges members to tune in and show their support for American Ethanol as Austin Dillon races into the spotlight this weekend, making his first Nationwide Series start at Dover International Speedway.  Driving the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet, Dillon will again bring attention to NASCAR’s switch to E15 sporting a special paint out in the black and green colors of American Ethanol.   Attention on Dillon will remain high as he currently leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, with the highest rookie points ranking since 2007.  He also continues to hold third in the 2012 Nationwide Series driver championship point standings.  “Having Austin’s car feature the American Ethanol artwork in Dover...

(Posted Fri. Jun 1st, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

June 1: This week Dr. Carl Zulauf, an economist at the Ohio State University, published a Farm Bill study outlining the benefits of using a 5-year Olympic average of price.  He stated using this type of moving average would have provided sizable protection to all U.S. crop producers during the low price period of the late 1990s, the last multi-year low price period for the U.S. This rate is used by the Agricultural Risk Coverage Program, which is included in the Senate Agriculture Committee’s 2012 farm bill.   “NCGA is pleased to see this Farm Bill study as it will help put to rest concerns that have been raised about fairness between commodities under the proposed ARC Program,” NCGA President Garry Niemeyer said.  “Dr. Zulauf concludes ARC payments would have...