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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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,…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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,…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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. …

(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.  …

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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…

(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.  …

(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…