NEWS STORIES

SEPTEMBER 2012

(Posted Fri. Sep 28th, 2012)

Sept. 28: As the fiscal year comes to an end, the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board gets ready to seat new members and officers Monday.  Among the changes: NCGA President Garry Niemeyer, of Illinois, will become Corn Board chairman, passing the role of president to current First Vice President Pam Johnson, of Iowa.  The Off the Cob podcast series sat down with Niemeyer to discuss the Corn Board’s accomplishments…

(Posted Fri. Sep 28th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Sept. 28:  The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported this morning that, as of Sept. 1, there were 988 million bushels of corn held over from 2011. This reflects a decrease of 193 million bushels from the USDA’s Sept. 12 supply-and-demand report, and represents a 12 percent drop from the same time last year, the National Corn Growers Association noted.  “While we were not expecting a decrease such as this, it…

(Posted Thu. Sep 27th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Sept. 27: The National Corn Growers Association joined forces with a large coalition of advanced and traditional renewable fuel stakeholders that launched today to defend America’s Renewable Fuel Standard and its benefits to our nation’s economy, domestic energy supply and national security. The new coalition, Fuels America, spans the full spectrum of agriculture, national security, renewable energy and other stakeholders.  “In joining Fuels America, NCGA joins a broad spectrum of…

(Posted Thu. Sep 27th, 2012)

Sept. 27: As fiscal year 2012 comes to a close, Off the Cob takes time to look ahead with the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board members moving into new leadership roles on October 1. Examining their views on membership, leadership and insight into the issues that will affect corn farmers over the year to come; these interviews provide a glimpse into the leadership which will guide NCGA during 2013. …

(Posted Wed. Sep 26th, 2012)

Sept. 26:  On Sunday, at the end of the National Corn Growers Association's fiscal year, Corn Board member Guy Davenport, of Creswell, N.C., will retire following several years of distinguished service.  In 2012, Davenport served as the Corn Board liaison to the NCGA Production and Stewardship Action Team.  Previously, he served on the Corn Board’s Finance Committee, on NCGA’s CornPAC and as board liaison to the National Chicken Council. He…

(Posted Wed. Sep 26th, 2012)

Sept. 26: As fiscal year 2012 comes to a close, Off the Cob takes time to look ahead with the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board members elected or reelected to their position during Corn Congress this July. Examining their views on membership, leadership and insight  into the issues which will affect corn farmers over the year to come, these interviews provide a glimpse into the leadership which will guide…

Our View: Ethanol Wins

(Posted Tue. Sep 25th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

By Garry Niemeyer, NCGA President -    Ethanol is a winner. This remarkable fuel, that happens to be made from corn, has been asked to be many things since it first emerged in the marketplace in the late 1970s. Remarkably, this domestically produced fuel has met all the challenges offered on every level.  Reduce our dependence on expensive foreign petroleum? Check! Improve air quality by reducing emissions of CO2 and…

(Posted Tue. Sep 25th, 2012)

Sept. 25: As fiscal year 2012 comes to a close, Off the Cob takes time to look ahead with the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board members elected or reelected to their position during Corn Congress this July. Examining their views on membership, leadership and insight  into the issues which will affect corn farmers over the year to come, these interviews provide a glimpse into the leadership which will guide…

(Posted Mon. Sep 24th, 2012)

Sept. 24: Farmers will complete corn harvest well ahead of schedule if conditions hold. Currently, nearly 40 percent of harvested acres have already been brought in, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. A full 26 points ahead of the five-year average and 13 points ahead of just the prior week, farmers across the country are working diligently to bring the crop in from the fields and get…

(Posted Fri. Sep 21st, 2012)

Keywords: Transportation

Sept. 21: Yesterday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on reauthorization of the Water Resources and Development Act.  Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) expressed support for moving a WRDA bill to the Senate floor during the lame duck session of Congress.  Members of the Committee expressed support for passing a bill as it authorizes a variety projects nationwide.  The hearing could…

(Posted Fri. Sep 21st, 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 Don…

(Posted Thu. Sep 20th, 2012)

Sept. 20: Although growing conditions may vary from year to year, U.S. grades and safety standards for grain remain stable. The U.S. grain marketing system ensures that domestic and export buyers receive safe cargoes of corn based on buyer-seller contract terms and the minimum requirements of U.S. grain grades and standards. The U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, closely monitors aflatoxin levels…

(Posted Thu. Sep 20th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Sept. 20: Yesterday, a group of primarily French researchers published a paper questioning the safety of Roundup Ready corn and glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup. The National Corn Growers Association, after reviewing this study, has concluded that the research is questionable, at best, and does not offer credible evidence that biotechnology in agriculture negatively impacts animal health.  “There has been a strong backlash against the validity of this study in…

(Posted Wed. Sep 19th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Sept. 19: As the Farm Bill Now message resonates throughout the country, state affiliates of the National Corn Growers Association are also doing their part.  During Husker Harvest Days, the Nebraska Corn Board created banners for visitors to sign, showing their support of Congress passing new farm bill legislation.  The banners were sent to Washington this week for delivery to the Nebraska delegation in the House of Representatives as a…

(Posted Tue. Sep 18th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Sept. 18:  Citing numerous concerns about a fundamentally flawed ballot measure, the National Corn Growers Association has joined a large and broad coalition to oppose California Proposition 37, which, if approved by voters in November, will require labeling of some food products sold in that state that contain genetically engineered ingredients.  “We have several good reasons to oppose Prop. 37,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer.  “First and foremost, while requiring…

(Posted Tue. Sep 18th, 2012)

By Garry Niemeyer, NCGA President  A few weeks ago, a longtime neighbor of ours here in central Illinois died in a farming accident. His death was a reminder to all of us was of how careful we need to be on the farm, or around farm equipment on the roads. With harvest underway, and as we observe National Farm Safety and Health Week, we all need to remember how…

(Posted Mon. Sep 17th, 2012)

Sept. 17: The National Corn Growers Association, as a member of the Ag Nutrient Policy Council, invites all interested members to participate in a webinar on nutrient management challenges in the wake of this year’s historic drought. The 90-minute session, offered by the American Society of Agronomy and the Certified Crop Advisors, is free to growers but does require advance registration to hold one of the 1,000 slots being offered…

(Posted Mon. Sep 17th, 2012)

Sept. 17: As harvest progresses and the fiscal year draws to a close, Off the Cob takes a moment to visit with the grower leaders departing and coming on to the Corn Board in fiscal year 2013. First, Corn Board member Clark Gerstacker, who will retire from Corn Board service this October, gives his thoughts on the accomplishments during his tenure and the importance of the organization moving forward.  “One…

(Posted Fri. Sep 14th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Sept. 14: This weekend, American Ethanol hits the track in Chicago to educate NASCAR attendees and viewers about the many benefits of E15. The National Corn Growers Association, the Illinois Corn Growers Association, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and Growth Energy will work together to promote the benefits of this sustainable, domestically-produced fuel blend through a display on the midway.  Here, consumers will learn more about ethanol and the importance…

(Posted Fri. Sep 14th, 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 Brian…

(Posted Fri. Sep 14th, 2012)

Sept. 14: Only a day after hundreds of America’s farmers participated in the Farm Bill Now rally on Capitol Hill, Representative Bruce Braley filed a petition to require the House of Representatives to vote on the 2012 farm bill before the fall recess.  To be successful, the petition requires 218 signatures are achieved.  “NCGA greatly appreciates Representative Braley’s action to begin the process of the discharge petition,” NCGA President Garry…

(Posted Thu. Sep 13th, 2012)

Sept. 13:  While harvest progresses throughout much of the Corn Belt, a select group of growers are ramping up their efforts to become the most effective leaders possible through a National Corn Growers Association training program.   NCGA’s Advanced Leadership Training Program, sponsored by Syngenta, launched its third class this week in Minneapolis, Minn.  The session helps qualified and motivated candidates fine-tune their leadership skills and prepare them to lead the…

(Posted Wed. Sep 12th, 2012)

Sept. 12: More U.S. corn will be available in 2012 and 2013 than previously anticipated, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released this morning.  Despite reductions to the corn production forecast, revised forecasts indicating higher projected carry-in increased overall supply estimates by 108 million bushels.  “The estimates released today illustrate how, even under such adverse conditions, U.S. corn farmers provide the corn that our nation needs,” said National…

(Posted Wed. Sep 12th, 2012)

Sept. 12: During a rally on Capitol Hill today, National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer called on Congress to do their job and pass a new, five-year farm bill.  Over 80 agriculture organizations and associations supported the rally today as part of the Farm Bill Now coalition.  The current bill is set to expire Sept. 30.  “Just like every other farmer here, I had to get off the combine…

(Posted Tue. Sep 11th, 2012)

Sept. 11:  In its weekly crop progress report issued yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that 15 percent of the nation’s corn has been harvested – triple the five-year average at this point in time. The reason is the impact of this year’s devastating drought and the recognition that farmers won’t gain much by delaying their corn harvest.  “Here in Illinois, one of the states whose corn farmers…

(Posted Tue. Sep 11th, 2012)

Sept. 11: The National Corn Growers Association applauds the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement, issued earlier today, that it will grant a 15-day extension of the comment period on the requests for a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard. This extension, which NCGA requested on August 30, will give farmers a chance to participate more fully in this important policy process and for a more accurate picture of the year’s final…

(Posted Mon. Sep 10th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Sept. 10:  As the entry deadline nears for the National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Rocks video contest, FFA Advisor Alaina Holdgrafer has what it takes to help Mediapolis, Iowa, high school students give their take on the advantages of corn ethanol. She is now the proud owner of an NCGA backpack filled with goodies, including a Sony HandyCam, and a lot of information about ethanol, which she won recently at…

(Posted Fri. Sep 7th, 2012)

Sept. 7: Several of the nation's leading corn refiners this week countersued The Sugar Association for deceiving consumers into believing that processed sugar is safer and more healthful than high fructose corn syrup, despite overwhelming scientific evidence that the two forms of sugar are nutritionally equivalent.  “The National Corn Growers Association supports honest discussions about food and farming,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer. “What consumers should understand in this…

(Posted Thu. Sep 6th, 2012)

Sept. 6: The Custer County Corn Growers Association, a local chapter of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, presented checks to three local fire departments last week. This donation funds a program allowing each department to purchase grain bin rescue equipment and to be trained in the proper use of the equipment.  Fire departments receiving the equipment are based in Ord, Broken Bow and Loup City.  “We were planning a corn…

(Posted Thu. Sep 6th, 2012)

Sept. 6: The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers of the importance of proper grain bin safety procedures this harvest. With farmers across the country hitting the fields in their combines, NCGA is again offering a video highlighting the importance of proper safety procedures and reviewing helpful guidelines.  To view the video, click here.  First released in 2011, this video remains relevant and illustrates the significant threat bin entrapment…

(Posted Wed. Sep 5th, 2012)

By Rick Tolman, NCGA Chief Executive Officer  Winston Churchill once said, “For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.” A decade from now—as we look back, how will we write the history of the Drought of 2012? I hope that I will look back and remember key lessons…

(Posted Wed. Sep 5th, 2012)

Sept. 5: The National Corn Growers Association recently submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signaling support for the agency’s June announcement that retains the existing standard for coarse particle pollution, known as PM10.  The announcement came after the EPA reviewed the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter.     “We believe the current standard is sufficiently protective of air quality in agricultural and rural communities,” NCGA President…

(Posted Tue. Sep 4th, 2012)

Sept. 4: Membership at the National Corn Growers Association continued to climb again last month, smashing the previous record set in July of 38,369. With 38,623 members at the close of August, NCGA set an all-time high membership record for the third consecutive month.  “While NCGA’s new membership record is partially attributable to  the ongoing popularity of its National Corn Yield Contest, it is of note that an overwhelming majority…

(Posted Tue. Sep 4th, 2012)

Sept. 4:  As the agriculture industry’s attention was drawn to Boone, Iowa, for last week’s annual Farm Progress Show, the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the National Corn Growers Association were on hand to join in the festivities and promote U.S. corn grower initiatives.  In addition to seeing agriculture’s latest tools and technology, NCGA First Vice President Pam Johnson and First Vice President-elect Martin Barbre took advantage of this occasion…