NEWS STORIES

AUGUST 2012

(Posted Fri. Aug 31st, 2012)

Aug. 31: Now more than ever, Americans rely on the Internet and social media to learn about hot-button issues and connect with others who share similar social views. For moms, food production is an issue that is constantly top of mind. Hundreds of Colorado moms have taken to blogs to communicate how food impacts their lifestyles with readers around the globe. Colorado rancher Cindy Frasier, farmer Danell Kalcevic and …

(Posted Fri. Aug 31st, 2012)

Aug. 31: The National Corn Growers Association is seeking applications from members interested in working on an NCGA action team or committee in the 2013 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. This service provides growers an opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future of their industry and to become a part of the national agricultural leadership community. With a Sept. 4 deadline rapidly approaching, NCGA urges …

(Posted Fri. Aug 31st, 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 …

(Posted Fri. Aug 31st, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Aug 31: This week, Iowa farmer and NCGA Production & Stewardship Action Team member Jay Lynch participated in a briefing for EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs regarding the benefits of seed treatments.  Neonicotinoids, a seed treatment used on the vast majority of corn in the U.S., have come under increased activist pressure in recent months due to concerns that the products are contributing to Colony Collapse Disorder in honey …

(Posted Thu. Aug 30th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology Research

Aug. 30: The second edition of the National Corn Growers Association’s Research Glossary is now available online. This glossary, which covers the terms most frequently used in agricultural discussions of genomics, genetics and biotechnology, provides a simple, accessible resource for those looking to better understand and communicate on programs such as the corn genome sequence.     Click here for the online glossary. A pocket guide version is …

(Posted Thu. Aug 30th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Aug. 30: This week, the Environmental Protection Agency started the 30-day comment period on the waiver request of the Renewable Fuel Standard.  Today, NCGA President Garry Niemeyer sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson requesting an additional 30-day extension, citing harvest and the uncertainty of this year’s corn crop.  “Across the nation our members are beginning harvest, one of the busiest times of the year,” Niemeyer wrote.  “Given …

(Posted Wed. Aug 29th, 2012)

By Rick Tolman, NCGA Chief Executive Officer  The 19th Century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli has been credited with pointing out that there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. While no one knows for sure whether he really said this, what we do know for sure is that we are experiencing a devastating and widespread drought in the United States that has decimated our corn …

(Posted Tue. Aug 28th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

Aug. 28: Demand for distillers dried grain with solubles in China is growing at a robust pace according to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Reporting Service report. While use of the ethanol coproduct, widely considered a high quality feed ingredient, remains experimental, the agency expects to see a steady rise as China’s feed demand expands rapidly over the next 10 years.  “As the people of China continue …

(Posted Tue. Aug 28th, 2012)

Aug 28: As the Farm Progress Show kicked off today in Boone, Iowa, National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Pam Johnson participated in a Farm Bill Now press conference with six other commodity groups.  Today’s participants are part of the larger Farm Bill Now coalition that currently has 46 agricultural group and organization members.  “Agriculture is one of the few bright spots in the American economy,” Johnson said …

(Posted Mon. Aug 27th, 2012)

Aug. 27: Harvest is progressing more quickly than average this year. With six percent of acres already complete nationally, many states are progressing well ahead of schedule, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released this afternoon.  Corn condition overall remains stable as the growing season nears an end, with no significant changes evident since last week.   “Farmers have faced many difficulties this year, with a long, intense …

(Posted Fri. Aug 24th, 2012)

Aug. 24: This week, the National Corn Growers Association and the American Soybean Association brought together key industry stakeholders to continue a dialogue on ways to improve cooperation and communication on biotechnology and market access issues.  The meetings built upon prior discussions, during which representatives from a broad array of interests agreed that it would be beneficial for the industry to communicate more regularly and openly on such matters.  …

(Posted Fri. Aug 24th, 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 …

(Posted Thu. Aug 23rd, 2012)

Aug. 23:  The deadline is approaching for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s “Faces of Farming and Ranching” to help put a real face on agriculture and show its true spirit. 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 …

(Posted Thu. Aug 23rd, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

August 23:  In celebration of the agricultural industry’s annual migration to the Farm Progress Show next week in Boone, Iowa, the National Corn Growers Association is inviting show attendees to stop by the Iowa Corn Growers Association booth to learn about what NCGA and its state affiliate are doing for their members.  “With school starting, NCGA is taking this opportunity to reach out to high school and college students, …

(Posted Thu. Aug 23rd, 2012)

Aug. 23: The National Corn Growers Association appreciates the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s most recent decision to allow emergency haying and grazing of cover crops for livestock producers.  NCGA and the Iowa Corn Growers Association have worked on this issue with USDA’s Risk Management Agency as an additional drought resource for livestock producers.   According to the USDA, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack plans to file special provisions with the …

(Posted Wed. Aug 22nd, 2012)

Keywords: Transportation

Aug. 22: The National Corn Growers Association last week attended a series of meetings that underscored the need for significant changes to lock funding. The meetings looked at infrastructure repairs, transportation situations and ecosystem projects on the Upper Mississippi River. These events, which brought a broad array of stakeholders together to explore the future of this inland waterways system, were held just as drought conditions forced the closure of …

(Posted Wed. Aug 22nd, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Aug. 22:  The National Corn Growers Association has joined a coalition of 39 of the nation’s foremost agricultural organizations in an effort to raise public awareness of the need for Congress to pass a new, comprehensive, five-year farm bill before current farm programs expire in September.  The coalition, called Farm Bill Now, comprises associations and coalitions representing commodity crops, livestock, dairy, specialty crops, state and local governments, minor crops, …

(Posted Tue. Aug 21st, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Aug. 21: The National Corn Growers Association has supported a study that will be released this fall, reporting that supplementing cattle feed with corn stover actually decreases the amount of greenhouse gases created during corn ethanol production.  This study, by Life Cycle Associates, was designed to assess the impact on the carbon intensity, as measured by greenhouse gas emissions, of a corn ethanol pathway by taking into account the …

(Posted Mon. Aug 20th, 2012)

Aug. 20: National Corn Growers Association officers and senior staff recently gathered with representatives of 12 leading agribusinesses for the biannual NCGA Agri-Industry Council meeting to discuss vital issues facing agriculture, share information on their companies and sectors, hear from recognized speakers and learn from NCGA about its current initiatives.  The Agri-Industry Council was established in 2007 to facilitate dialogue between agribusinesses and NCGA to collectively address issues of …

(Posted Mon. Aug 20th, 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 …

(Posted Fri. Aug 17th, 2012)

Aug. 17: This week, volunteers from CommonGround Kentucky took their personal stories of America agriculture straight to the market, greeting grocery shoppers at a Louisville Kroger to discuss their questions about food.  Over the two-day event, dozens of interested consumers stopped to discuss how these farm women grow and raise the food in their carts.   “Having a conversation about food came so easy once ‘common ground’ was established,” said Jennifer …

(Posted Fri. Aug 17th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Aug. 17:  The U.S. Appeals Court ruled today to dismiss a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its approval of E15. The National Corn Growers Association is pleased with the decision and supports the use of E15 for vehicles of model year 2001 or newer.  The original suit was filed by petroleum, engine, and grocery trade associations claiming the new ethanol and gasoline blend would cause damage …

(Posted Fri. Aug 17th, 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 …

(Posted Thu. Aug 16th, 2012)

Aug. 16: As growers head to the fields to begin harvest, the National Corn Growers Association announces that harvest forms for the 2012 National Corn Yield Contest are now available online.  While the harvest information form deadline of Dec. 3 may seem distant, entrants are invited to report online at their earliest convenience to facilitate the expedient processing of information.   “As growers in many areas are already beginning final …

(Posted Thu. Aug 16th, 2012)

Aug. 16: The Corn Farmers Coalition is back in Washington to continue its mission of telling the story of the revolution going on in modern farming and the significant role family farmers have in this success.   After a brief absence, large format ads featuring real farm families and fact-based messages about America’s largest crop will return to …

(Posted Wed. Aug 15th, 2012)

Aug. 15: National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to formal petitions filed this week with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard.  “We are in the midst of a historic and devastating drought.  Its impact will be felt well beyond the farm sector.  We have great concern and empathy for not only our members who are …

(Posted Tue. Aug 14th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Aug. 14: This week, the U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, released an in-depth analysis of recent U.S. Department of Agriculture reports which revised corn production and market forecasts. Looking closely at the broader, international implications, the Council examines how natural market forces will stabilize corn markets and push corn users to find innovative ways to maximize efficiency and improve marketing …

(Posted Mon. Aug 13th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Aug. 13:  In its weekly crop progress update today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture rated 23% percent of the nation’s corn crop as good or excellent – the same rating as last week and an indication that corn quality has leveled off for the time being. Despite the challenges, the National Corn Growers Association reports, farmers have already begun harvesting crops in some areas. Expected production will still come …

(Posted Fri. Aug 10th, 2012)

National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released this morning which further decreased the estimated U.S. corn production in 2012.  “Farmers across the country are coming to grips with the full impact of this devastating drought. The August USDA crop report confirms our concerns that corn production may be several billion bushels less than previously anticipated, …

(Posted Fri. Aug 10th, 2012)

Aug. 10: This week, National Corn Growers Association CEO Rick Tolman shared the farmer’s perspective to the American Coalition for Ethanol’s conference while addressing the group on the 2012 corn crop, the drought and NCGA’s support for ethanol and all markets for U.S. corn.  Speaking on Friday morning, Tolman stressed the importance of withholding judgment on the final size of the total corn crop until more complete information is …

(Posted Thu. Aug 9th, 2012)

During a White House Rural Council meeting this week, President Obama outlined new disaster assistance efforts for those impacted by the drought.  Obama established the Rural Council in June 2011 to coordinate programs across government, to encourage public-private partnerships and to promote further economic prosperity and quality of life in rural communities nationwide.  It is chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.  According to a White House release, USDA …

(Posted Thu. Aug 9th, 2012)

Last week 154 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter that included inaccuracies to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson urging a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard.  Today, National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer sent a letter to every member of the House of Representatives setting the record straight.   “Unfortunately, the letter sent to EPA Administrator Jackson did not provide accurate information about the amount of corn …

(Posted Wed. Aug 8th, 2012)

Aug. 8: Growers are gathered today in Greensboro, N.C. for the first session of the NCGA Leadership Academy, co-sponsored by Syngenta. Upon completion of the program in January, the participants will join more than 500 colleagues who have graduated from this program in the past 26 years.  At the meeting, participants will get up-close look at NCGA from President Garry Niemeyer, who is also a Leadership Academy alumnus. Farmers …

(Posted Wed. Aug 8th, 2012)

Aug. 8: The benefits of membership in the National Corn Growers Association continue to grow with the recent announcement of a new benefit offering members the chance to save drastically on reservations at any hotel around the world, anywhere and at any time.  Through the program, NCGA members, their family and their friends have unlimited access to discounted hotel rates online or over the phone that can be used …

(Posted Tue. Aug 7th, 2012)

Aug. 7: During the U.S. Grains Council's 52nd Annual Board of Delegates meeting in Vancouver, Wash., members voted in a new slate of board of directors, selecting Don Fast as Chairman.  “We congratulate the new officers of the U.S. Grains Council and look forward to working with them to increase opportunities for U.S. corn farmers,” said National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer. “NCGA and the Council have historically …

(Posted Tue. Aug 7th, 2012)

Aug. 7: CommonGround, first created through a partnership among the National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board and their state affiliates, has grown into a movement of more than 50 women from a diverse group of farming operations.  These passionate volunteers give of their time and open their lives to start real conversations with moms about farming and food.  This week, CommonGround volunteer and Kansas farm mom LaVell …

(Posted Mon. Aug 6th, 2012)

Aug. 6: KVIE Public Television, producers of America’s Heartland, announced new consumer features, themed episodes, and new hosts as it premieres an unprecedented eighth season of the public television series celebrating U.S. agriculture starting the week of Sept. 10. The National Corn Growers Association is a proud promotional partner of this important effort to educate audiences about today’s agriculture.  During Season 8’s 22 new episodes, veteran reporters Jason Shoultz, …

(Posted Mon. Aug 6th, 2012)

Aug. 6: The National Corn Growers Association is seeking applications from members interested in working on an NCGA action team or committee in the 2013 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. This service provides growers an opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future of their industry and to become a part of the national agricultural leadership community.  “As a grassroots organization, NCGA relies on its members …

(Posted Fri. Aug 3rd, 2012)

Aug. 3:  The Wall Street Journal today published a letter to the editor from National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer, sent to the newspaper on July 27 in response to an opinion article by the CEO of Smithfield Foods, titled “The Ethanol Mandate is Worse than the Drought.” Here is the complete version of the letter, as submitted.  “To the editor: C. Larry Pope’s July 27 opinion article …

(Posted Fri. Aug 3rd, 2012)

Aug. 3: The July Corn Congress meeting in Washington, D.C. could not have come at a better time for the Public Policy Action Team.  As Congress continued consideration of the 2012 farm bill, the two-day meeting centered on the five-year farm bill and crop insurance during this historic drought.  “Our action team has spent a significant amount of time working on a new farm bill over the past two …

(Posted Thu. Aug 2nd, 2012)

Aug. 2: Membership at the National Corn Growers Association continues to climb. This July, NCGA’s membership hit an all-time record of 38,369 members. The previous record of 37,447 members was reached just the month before in June.   “NCGA’s record membership numbers are not only a testament to the popularity of our activities and member benefits but also a reflection of the growing interest of farmers to have a …

(Posted Thu. Aug 2nd, 2012)

Aug. 2:  Consumers across the Mid-Atlantic are looking at how farmers impact Chesapeake Bay water quality in a new way, thanks to the efforts of the CommonGround programs in Delaware and Maryland. Working with national staff, these women have developed a brochure which they are using to start conversations about this important issue in a variety of venues including state fairs and at baseball games. Stressing the important role …

(Posted Wed. Aug 1st, 2012)

Aug. 1: This week, Off the Cob caught up with Maize Genomics Database Curator Jack Gardiner to find out how the project has progressed over the past three months.  The MGD, which is supported by the USDA ARS, is a tool being developed, with assistance from the National Corn Growers Association that will help scientists efficiently apply the knowledge gained from the Maize Genome Sequencing project to develop varieties …

(Posted Wed. Aug 1st, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Aug. 1: Corn supply projections, research regarding the environmental impact of corn production as well as new efforts to expand uses for corn were topics for discussion when the National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Committee met in Washington recently.  While drought-reduced yields in the 2012 crop have gotten the attention of many elected officials in Washington, the longer-term vision of the Ethanol Committee reflected optimism for future corn production …

(Posted Wed. Aug 1st, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Aug. 1:  The undersigned farm organizations support finding a path forward to reaching agreement on a new five-year farm bill before current program authorities expire on Sept. 30.  We are disappointed that the House Republican leadership has decided to not move forward with the House Agriculture Committee’s bill before adjourning for the August recess. That bill would provide the disaster relief our farm and ranch families need at this …