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’ …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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.  …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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, …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …

(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 …