NEWS STORIES

JULY 2012

(Posted Tue. Jul 31st, 2012)

July 31: Documenting some of the corn industry’s contributions in addressing crop and animal production at national and grassroots levels, the National Corn Growers Association released a report on corn and livestock recently in Washington.    “Corn growers and livestock producers have long had a beneficial relationship, “said NCGA Production and Stewardship Chair Dean Taylor, a grower in Iowa. “Collectively, beef, poultry, pork and dairy producers represent corn growers’ No. 1 customer.  Both industries share common interests on agricultural issues and continue to need each other to be profitable and successful.”  The Corn & Livestock booklet highlights recent efforts in grain quality research, communication and outreach and distillers grains research conducted by NCGA and its state affiliates that impact the livestock industry.  Also contained in the booklet are tables of corn and livestock statistics from the 28 states that maintain member or checkoff organizations.  To...

(Posted Tue. Jul 31st, 2012)

July 31: Transportation, lock privatization, water quality issues and regulatory burdens were just of a few of the topics discussed at the National Corn Growers Association’s Production and Stewardship Action Team meetings July 16-17 in Washington. The team’s agenda also included current program updates on litigation activities, the National Corn Yield Contest, Field to Market, the National Initiative for Sustainable Agriculture and a best management practices project for water quality.  “The business of monitoring and developing programs for production and stewardship concerns covers a wide range of topics,” said NCGA Production and Stewardship Action Team Vice Chair Don Glenn, an Alabama corn grower. “This team investigates problems and searches for management remedies that cover not only the work of planting and harvesting corn, but all the inputs and resources need to grow the crop and the modes of transportation that get it to market. Although it’s often a challenge to...

(Posted Mon. Jul 30th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

July 30:  National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the drought and the call by some for the EPA to waive provisions of the Renewable Fuel Standard.  “NCGA stands firm in its support of the Renewable Fuel Standard and will strongly oppose legislation to alter or repeal the RFS. Likewise, we believe it is premature for a waiver of the RFS provisions at this point. With the crop still in the field, it is too early to determine this year’s final corn supply. In addition, the ethanol industry now has a significant surplus of ethanol and RFS  credits that can greatly offset ethanol’s impact on the corn supply.  “However, we recognize the severe impact of the drought on our farmers and our customers, here and abroad, with livestock, poultry, ethanol and other processing facilities, and we believe the flexibility of the RFS does work, and will work. NCGA also supports the waiver process that is embodied in the current...

(Posted Fri. Jul 27th, 2012)

Keywords: Research

July 27:  The National Corn Growers Association’s Research and Business Development Action Team met in Washington July 16-17 to discuss current programs and hear presentations from biotech providers on product pipeline research related to higher corn yield, the White House’s National Bioeconomy Blueprint, and potential research collaborators describing potential new uses and high throughput phenotyping.  “In looking back over this last year, the most significant accomplishment that the team has achieved is to develop a research portfolio that benefits farmers, not researchers,” said NCGA’s Research and Business Development Action Team Chair DeVonna Zeug, a grower from Walnut Grove, Minn. “While we understand the need for scientific discovery in all areas of our industry, the team felt that farmers needed to invest in research that has the most impact on their bottom-line.”  Current project updates were presented to the team on Texas A&M’s biorenewable, biodegradable corn protein...

(Posted Fri. Jul 27th, 2012)

July 27:  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 Don Rutledge, who farms in Colorado.  Facing dry, hot conditions, Don talks about how irrigation is saving his corn crop.    “We have been very lucky to have cool nights, so we haven’t seen any scorching in the fields,” Rutledge explained. “The irrigation has had a chance to soak in and help the plants catch up as the temperature has dipped back into the sixties most nights even though it has gotten up above 100 most days.”    When asked about the importance of irrigation in many parts of the Western Corn Belt, Rutledge clearly explains how irrigation plays...

(Posted Fri. Jul 27th, 2012)

July 27: As the drought continues throughout the country, National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack thanking him for his efforts.  The Secretary has communicated with the public about the drought and carefully explained potential impacts.  “NCGA thanks you for your calm and reasoned leadership during this time of drought,” Niemeyer stated in the letter.  “America’s corn farmers greatly appreciate your efforts to keep commodity markets stable, alleviate consumers’ concerns about food prices and aid farmers and livestock producers.”  Secretary Vilsack has participated in several high level meetings on this topic, including briefing President Obama. The Secretary has also been a committed supporter for American agriculture on this topic during recent interviews with CNBC and a press briefing at the White House. In addition, the Secretary called a special meeting of the White House Rural Council today to discuss...

(Posted Fri. Jul 27th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

July 27:  National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to a decision by the House of Representatives to take up a one-year extension of the farm bill:  “America’s farmers need a new farm bill that will allow them the ability to make sound business decisions for the next five years.  An extension of current law fails to provide the needed level of certainty.  The National Corn Growers Association has strongly advocated programs, such as direct payments, be reformed into more efficient farm policy that will be responsive to taxpayers.   “It is important to get to conference and pass a bill before the current law expires September 30.  Continuing outdated farm policies will negatively impact agriculture, the federal budget, consumers and the economy.” 

(Posted Thu. Jul 26th, 2012)

July 26: The summer may be too hot and dry for many farmers across the Midwest, but the National Corn Growers Association’s National Corn Yield Contest reports indicate that many growers remain engaged in the annual program, with near-record participation at the initial entry count.  While entries are still processing, preliminary reports indicate that members submitted approximately 8,071 valid entries forms this year.  If this proves accurate, the 2012 contest would approach the previous entry record set in 2011 of 8,425 entries, and far exceed the previous record set in 2010, of 7,125 entries.  “The ever increasing popularity of the contest astonishes me and is truly a testament to its reputation for excellence,” said Brandon Hunnicutt, chairman of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team. “Through its long history, this program has always provided growers a chance to celebrate success and explore better production methods. As we must continually increase yields to meet growing...

(Posted Thu. Jul 26th, 2012)

July 26:  At a meeting last week in Washington, the National Corn Growers Association’s Grower Services Action Team reviewed new membership benefits, NCGA communications efforts and the Leadership At Its Best program.  They also enjoyed a special presentation on social media by a communications official from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  “Our team has a great portfolio of responsibilities, and we’re very happy to see record membership and record investment in our programs by the state checkoff organizations,” said Brandon Hunnicutt, a Nebraska grower who chairs the Grower Services Action Team. “From member benefits to leadership development to our award-winning communications programs, NCGA and its state associations have helped create a grassroots association that is effective and respected nationwide.”  At its July 16-17 meeting, the team reviewed strategic plans for membership and communications for 2013. With more than 37,000 members and growing, NCGA is well on its...

(Posted Wed. Jul 25th, 2012)

July 25: The National Corn Growers Association’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team met last week in Washington for discussions and updates from government and industry experts.  The team addressed issues across biotechnology and trade in part looking at the multitude of situations in which biotechnology policies, regulations and approvals can impact trade.  “We were very impressed with the perspective the government experts offered into rapidly evolving situations that may affect trade,” said Chad Blindauer, team chair and South Dakota grower.  “Our team also appreciated the chance to interact with Argentine corn industry leadership and representation from technology providers. The in-depth look at each facet of the issues facing farmers allows us to form the most solid assessments possible heading into Corn Congress.”  Broadening their global perspective of the corn industry, the team met with representatives from MAIZAR, the Argentine trade association representing...

(Posted Tue. Jul 24th, 2012)

July 24:  At the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s recent Food Dialogues event in Los Angeles, the organization announced that it is looking for the “Faces of Farming and Ranching” to help put a real face, and even “heart,” on agriculture. A proud affiliate and board member of USFRA, the National Corn Growers urges interested farmers to consider this opportunity.  “I’ve met a lot of corn growers with inspiring stories to share about what they do and the passion that helps make their stories more meaningful,” said NCGA Chairman Bart Schott, a grower from North Dakota who also serves as USFRA vice-chair.  “This is a terrific opportunity to help them share their personal story with new, larger audiences while helping highlight agriculture’s continuous commitment to improvement. Now is the time to raise our voices and tell our real story.”  USFRA is looking for standout farmers and ranchers, farming-ranching couples and/or families who are proud of what they do, eager to...

(Posted Mon. Jul 23rd, 2012)

July 23: It was a great weekend of NASCAR action for corn growers at Chicagoland Speedway. From the American Ethanol NASCAR Camping Truck Series race on Friday to Kenny Wallace’s fourth place showing in Sunday’s Nationwide Series race, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, the National Corn Growers Association and the American Ethanol Alliance worked together to push consumer awareness efforts into overdrive.  Friday night, Illinois corn farmer Donna Jeschke signaled for the action to start as she waved the green flag for the American Ethanol 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. A current ICMB director, Jeschke noted that promotions such as the race, which included a special paint out on RAB driver John Wes Townley’s No. 9 Toyota Tundra, put farmers out in front of the public and create awareness of the amazing story of how America’s farmers put food on their tables.  Richard Childress, the RCR Racing team owner and a former driver himself, also voiced his support. “In...

(Posted Fri. Jul 20th, 2012)

July 20: This week, grower leaders and staff from state and national corn associations gathered in Washington D.C. for a series of team and committee meetings, Capitol Hill visits with lawmakers and the semi-annual Corn Congress, where grower-leaders from 28 states elected four new members of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.   During proceedings, Corn Congress delegates ratified Martin Barbre, an Illinois grower, to serve as the new first vice president elect for the 2013 fiscal year.  Additionally, the delegates elected Anthony Bush of Ohio, Don Elsbernd of Iowa and Kevin Skunes of North Dakota. Current board members Keith Alverson of South Dakota and Mike Geske of Missouri were re-elected.  “Each year, we have a terrific slate of candidates for the Corn Board, growers who have already had an impressive career of volunteer service for American agriculture,” NCGA Chairman Bart Schott, who chairs the nominating committee, said. “It’s inspiring to see such an...

(Posted Thu. Jul 19th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol Production

July 19:  National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to media coverage and Capitol briefings on the drought, food prices and the Renewable Fuel Standard.  “This is a time when farmers and ranchers are suffering the nation’s worst drought in years, covering nearly two-thirds of our country’s land mass. Like any crisis, it has led to numerous inaccuracies and exaggerations, especially when it comes to the impact on food supply and retail food prices.  “Yesterday at the White House, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack noted that farmers only receive a fraction – about 14 cents – of every dollar spent on food at the grocery store. Look at corn, for example, which even at its current price is an inexpensive food ingredient. The corn in a box of Corn Flakes only costs about a dime, and there’s just over a quarter’s worth of corn in a pound of beef.  “When it comes to the Renewable Fuel Standard for ethanol and other biofuels,...

(Posted Wed. Jul 18th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

July 18:  National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer today presented NCGA’s President’s Award to Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) during NCGA’s Corn Congress meeting in Washington. The President’s Award is given annually to a leader who has worked to advance issues important to corn growers and agriculture.  “It is my great pleasure to present the NCGA President’s Award to Senator Debbie Stabenow for her continued leadership and support for the agriculture community, especially during the current farm bill process,” Niemeyer said. “She has shown dedication and leadership throughout the 2012 farm bill process and we appreciate her efforts.”  Senator Stabenow was elected in 2000 to represent the state of Michigan in the United States Senate. She is respected for her ability to build coalitions to get things done for agriculture and our nation. As Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, she has a powerful and unique role to play in shaping our nation's...

(Posted Wed. Jul 18th, 2012)

July 18:  Delegates attending the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress in Washington this morning elected five farmers to serve on the organization’s Corn Board.  Taking office on Oct. 1, the start of NCGA’s 2013 fiscal year, are new board members Anthony Bush of Ohio, Don Elsbernd of Iowa and Kevin Skunes of North Dakota.  Current board members Keith Alverson of South Dakota and Mike Geske of Missouri were re-elected.  “Each year, we have a terrific slate of candidates for the Corn Board, growers who have already had an impressive career of volunteer service for American agriculture,” NCGA Chairman Bart Schott, who chairs the nominating committee, said. “It’s inspiring to see such an interest on the part of these growers, especially at a time when our industry faces so many challenges. They are all going to be a great addition to the board, and do great things for all farmers.”  Alverson, of Chester, S.D., is a former vice president of the South Dakota Corn...

(Posted Tue. Jul 17th, 2012)

Action teams and committees charged with in-depth analysis and consideration of the topics most relevant to corn farmers met in Washington as the initial phase of a full week of meetings held by the National Corn Growers Association.  These farmer-led teams discussed changing situations, and the possible ramifications of these changes, in areas including public policy, ethanol, biotechnology, government regulation, trade and grower services in anticipation of NCGA Corn Congress and visits to Capitol Hill scheduled later this week.  “The work of the action teams and committees plays a vital role in ensuring the association’s policies are developed with a careful analysis of each situation while maintaining the grassroots approach vital to its success,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer. “These small groups allow grower-leaders from our various member states to develop a deep knowledge of specialized areas and then collaborate on solutions that help NCGA create and increase...

(Posted Tue. Jul 17th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

July 17: The Senate Finance Committee will mark up legislation Wednesday to grant Russia permanent Most Favored Nation status.  In December 2012, Russia was invited to join the World Trade Organization.  However, if the United States does not take steps to lift the Jackson Vanik amendment and grant Russia MFN status, U.S. farmers will not be able to take advantage of Russia’s accession to the WTO.  NCGA urges Congress to take immediate action to repeal the Jackson Vanik amendment thereby allowing farmers to take advantage of a more open and level playing field.  “When Russia joins the WTO it must abide by stricter sanitary and phytosanitary obligations,” Chad Blindauer, Chair of NCGA’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team, said.  “This accountability will greatly help U.S. farmers and ranchers, including those with livestock.  We are encouraged that the legislation requires our trade representative to negotiate a bilateral agreement so Russia recognizes our sanitary...

(Posted Mon. Jul 16th, 2012)

July 16: Corn farmers from across the country have gathered in Washington for a series of action team and committee meetings, Capitol Hill visits with lawmakers and the semi-annual Corn Congress, where grower-leaders from 28 states will elect five new members of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.   “While coming to our nation’s capital to meet with our representatives in the federal government is always exciting, our work here comes at a critical period as the House considers the farm bill,” NCGA President Garry Niemeyer said. “I look forward to a series of productive, engaging discussions that will help us develop a forward-facing, insightful policy that carries growers into the future.”  The week begins today with action team and committee meetings running through the day Tuesday. NCGA’s action teams and committees, small groups of growers charged with defining and implementing programs under their jurisdiction, work in a variety of subject areas to further the...

(Posted Fri. Jul 13th, 2012)

July 13:  Next week, delegates attending the National Corn Growers Association Corn Congress in Washington will elect five farmers to serve on the organization’s Corn Board.  Taking office on Oct. 1, the start of NCGA’s 2013 fiscal year, the leaders selected will help shape the policies that guide the organization and will best serve corn farmers across the United States.  Corn Board Candidates for 2013 are Keith Alverson, Chester, S.D.; Anthony Bush, Mt. Gilead, Ohio; Don Elsbernd, Potsville, Iowa; Mike Geske, Matthews, Mo; Gary Schmalshof, Adair, Ill.; and Kevin Skunes, Arthur, N.D. The four new members receiving the most votes will serve three-year terms, while the candidate elected to the board receiving the fewest votes will serve a two-year term beginning the same day.  “NCGA has historically been blessed with a large pool of quality, skilled candidates willing to serve their fellow farmers by stepping into an active leadership role, and this year proves no exception,” said...

(Posted Thu. Jul 12th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

July 12:  National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the House Agriculture Committee’s 35-11 passage of the 2012 farm bill early Thursday morning:  “The National Corn Growers Association is disappointed the House Agriculture Committee’s passed version of the 2012 farm bill does not include a more viable market-oriented risk management program.  We support moving the legislative process forward and urge Speaker Boehner to schedule time for full House floor consideration before the August recess.   “However, we feel there needs to be significant changes made to the legislation. Our farmers will be working with members of the House of Representatives to ensure those changes are included in a final package.” 

(Posted Thu. Jul 12th, 2012)

July 12:  A new report on sustainability and today’s agriculture, released today by Field to Market: A Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, revealed that our nation’s corn farmers have a good story to tell, with improvement across all metrics.  “What makes the Field to Market tools appealing to farmers is their real-world application,” said Gary Edwards, a corn grower from Anamosa, Iowa, who serves as a National Corn Growers Association representative to Field to Market. “Because the metrics used were developed from discussions among the folks who would use them, they fit the nature and scope of the work being done. To make a profit, farmers need to sustain both the land and the business, and the exciting take-away from this report is that we now have the means to show you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.  Field to Market is a diverse alliance of stakeholders working to measure and promote continuous improvement for agriculture. Its updated report used a...

(Posted Wed. Jul 11th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

July 11: The efforts of American farmers to increase the corn supply have ensured that, despite extremely difficult growing conditions, they will be able to meet the nation’s corn needs according to U.S. Department of Agriculture report released earlier today.  Although estimates were revised to reflect the toll extreme heat and drought conditions have taken on much of the crop, the 4.5 million additional acres planted this year will still help farmers build our nation’s corn surplus to nearly 1.2 billion bushels.  “It is of the utmost importance that we remain calm at this point and recognize that falling temperatures and well-timed rain could still improve crop condition,” said National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer.  “Our staff, as well as farmers across the country, continually monitor weather and field information.  We know that markets will adjust, as the reports indicate, but also urge a calm, measured reaction.  No one truly knows how this crop will...

(Posted Wed. Jul 11th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

July 11: The National Corn Growers Association appreciates Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s announced improvements to natural disaster programs that will deliver faster and more flexible assistance to farmers. Vilsack announced three significant improvements today to the outdated USDA programs.  Improvements include finalizing a final rule that will allow for a faster process of declaring a Secretarial disaster area, reducing the emergency loan rate and reducing the cost of Conservation Reserve Program lands for emergency haying and grazing.  Previous to these changes, the current programs had been in place for more than two decades and regulations had not been significantly revised since 1988.  “It is no secret this has been a challenging growing season for our nation’s farmers and we are pleased to see Secretary Vilsack has taken a proactive stance in providing the appropriate assistance,” NCGA President Garry Niemeyer said.  “The announced changes improve the...

(Posted Tue. Jul 10th, 2012)

July 10: With Corn Congress fast approaching, corn farmers across the country are turning their attention to Washington, where delegates from their home states will convene to determine the policies and leadership that will guide the National Corn Growers Association into fiscal year 2013.  Today, Off the Cob spoke with NCGA First Vice President-Elect Martin Barbre about his recent election to the post, the vice presidential ratification vote that will occur during Corn Congress, and his views on where NCGA must lead the industry to ensure a bright future for farmers.   Selected June 13 by the Corn Board to serve as NCGA First Vice President in 2013, Barbre will take office on October 1.  Barbre brings to the position the insight gained through many years of service both at the national level, as a current Corn Board member and chair of the NASCAR Advisory Committee.  Previously, Barbre served as chair of Biotechnology Working Group, co-chair of the 2012 Commodity Classic...

(Posted Mon. Jul 9th, 2012)

July 9: With only one week to register remaining, now is the time to sign up for the National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest. Growers can utilize a quick and easy online application, or download and mail a traditional paper entry form.  To qualify for the contest, entries must be postmarked no later than Monday, July 16.  To use the quick, simple online entry forms, click here.   “The National Corn Yield Contest remains one of our most popular programs year after year,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Dean Taylor.  “By entering the contest growers not only have a chance to be recognized for their accomplishments, but also to benefit the industry as a whole by providing valuable knowledge that will continue to help us increase yields to meet ever growing demand.”  The new software, which was launched earlier this year, allows growers to enter the contest and join NCGA and their state association. The web-based system simplifies data...

(Posted Mon. Jul 9th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

July 9: As a follow-up to last week’s statement, the National Corn Growers Association today issued a joint letter to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson expressing the need to get a farm bill done this year.  Five other commodity organizations also signed on to the letter.  “We write to express our appreciation that the House Agriculture Committee is moving forward with the 2012 farm bill, as it is a critical step toward finishing this legislation prior to expiration of current law on September 30,” the letter stated.  “Our organizations look forward to working with the Committee as it brings its bill to mark-up and consideration by the full House before the August Congressional recess.”  NCGA has previously said its board is assessing similarities and differences between the legislation and its grower-developed policy while continuing to call on Congress to pass a new farm bill this year.  Click here for the...

(Posted Fri. Jul 6th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

July 6: 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.  As much of the Corn Belt continues to experience dry, hot conditions, Field Notes checked in with Missouri farmer Billy Thiel.  Thiel noted that, despite significant drought damage, farmers will still produce a corn crop this year.  Always positive, he also noted that input costs should decrease next year as plants take advantage of residual fertilizer.  For the audio interview, click here.  Next, Field Notes caught up with North Dakota farmer James Aarsvold.  Earlier in the day, Aarsvold's fields benefited from six-tenths of an inch of badly needed rain.  This moisture, although minimal,...

(Posted Thu. Jul 5th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

July 5: National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the House Agriculture Committee’s proposed 2012 farm bill:  “The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to see the House Agriculture Committee propose their version of the 2012 farm bill. Our board is assessing similarities and differences between the legislation and our grower-developed policy. NCGA continues to call on Congress to pass a new farm bill this year.” 

(Posted Thu. Jul 5th, 2012)

July 5:  Information on America’s family farmers and the positive contribution they make to the nation’s economy is now just a click away as the 2012 edition of the Corn Farmers Coalition’s Corn Fact Book is now available online.  The educational publication, funded by corn checkoff programs in 14 states, is being widely distributed in Washington in support of a major educational campaign that includes print, radio, online and large scale messages in public transit stations. It is now available to the general public.  “The Corn Fact Book provides the hard data about the corn industry not often presented to urban audiences, but it also gives real insight into the family farmers who make agriculture a thriving, vital part of our nation’s economy and culture,” said National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer. “This publication celebration the amazing advances farmers have made in growing more while using fewer resources and inputs. It is the modern-day success story...

(Posted Tue. Jul 3rd, 2012)

July 3: The National Corn Growers Association congratulates Thomas N. Sleight on his selection as the new president and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council. Previously the vice president of operations and membership, Sleight has a cumulative 18 years of service with the Council both in the Washington office and abroad.   “Having already had the chance to work with Tom for many years, we look forward to continuing our productive, collaborative relationship with him and the Council moving forward,” said NCGA President Gary Niemeyer. “Tom has shown his dedication to the American farmer and his skill in a wide array of capacities over the past two decades.  He is an asset to our industry and has already demonstrated that he gets results for U.S. farmers.”  Sleight initially joined the Council in 1983 and has served in multiple capacities, including successful assignments in program operations in the Washington office, international program direction in the field, communications,...

(Posted Mon. Jul 2nd, 2012)

July 2: The National Corn Growers Association reached a new record high number of members, 37,447, at the end of June.  The previous record of 37,231 was set in March 2012.  “The support for our work that this record demonstrates is inspiring,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer, who farms near Auburn, Ill. “Increased membership makes it obvious that farmers value the activities and programs run by NCGA leadership and staff.  Now, we need to turn that membership into grassroots action that gets us to where we want to be as an industry.”  NCGA membership offers many benefits, including leadership opportunities, academic scholarships and discounts.  Members play an active role in organizational leadership by shaping the direction of activities and influencing public policy that affects all farmers.  Additionally, membership provides valuable discounts with companies such as Office Depot, Dell, Cabela’s, Ford and Enterprise, and special access to official NASCAR information,...

(Posted Mon. Jul 2nd, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

July 2: Last weekend, American Ethanol raced into the Kentucky spotlight as spokesman Austin Dillon triumphed with a first-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Race.  Immediately following the victory, which pushed Dillon into first-place in the overall standings for the series, he thanked his sponsors for their support, mentioning American Ethanol by name.    “While it is always exciting to see how NASCAR fans are beginning to really embrace ethanol, this weekend was exceptional,” said National Corn Growers Association NASCAR Advisory Committee Chair Martin Barbre.  “Between Austin’s win and the American Ethanol hoopla in the campgrounds, the energy growing behind both ethanol and the corn farmers who make it possible was palpable.  Our work is really gaining momentum and, like the cars it sponsors, will soon bring home another win for rural America.”    While Dillon’s win put American Ethanol in the ears of NASCAR fans across the country, activities sponsored by NCGA,...