NEWS STORIES

OCTOBER 2012

(Posted Wed. Oct 31st, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Oct. 31: Revenge tillage may sound strange, overtly emotion or possibly even satisfying depending on one’s circumstance, but agronomists urge farmers to take a calculated look at the long-term situation on their own farm before hitting the fields.  In a recent article published by Purdue Agriculture News, Purdue Extension Agronomist Tony Vyn lays out guidelines that can help farmers determine if tillage would actually benefit their land or if the urge to do so would only prove emotionally satisfying in the short-term.  "I don't want farmers to overestimate the need for fall tillage just because of the 2012 drought and poor crops," he said. "It's important to adopt a tillage system that leaves topsoil uniformly in place to build up a whole field's resiliency in...

(Posted Wed. Oct 31st, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

Oct. 31: The National Corn Growers Association applauds the Panama Free Trade Agreement going into effect today.  NCGA testified before the Senate Finance Committee on the importance of the FTA to America’s farmers in May 2011 and remains committed to the development and maintenance of fair and open global trade policies. Congress passed the Panama FTA last October.   “We are very pleased to see the Panama FTA go into effect,” NCGA President Pam Johnson said.  “Every new trade opportunity increases the American farmer’s ability to participate in a growing global marketplace.  This is vital to producer income and helps our sector continue to be a bright spot in our economy.”  Panama is one of the fastest-growing economies in Latin America and a crucial building block in a strategy to advance free...

(Posted Tue. Oct 30th, 2012)

Oct. 30: What’s a better way to conclude Commodity Classic than with some classic rock? The Monsanto Evening of Entertainment at the 2013 Commodity Classic will feature World Classic Rockers, a group of standout performers from legendary rock bands. Commodity Classic is the nation's largest farmer-led, farmer-focused conference and trade show, presented annually by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers.  “After three days of attending thought-provoking presentations, encountering impressive innovations at the trade show and connecting with new and old friends, it’s always great to kick back before heading home,” said Commodity Classic co-chair Mark Schwiebert. “Thanks to Monsanto’s sponsorship,...

(Posted Tue. Oct 30th, 2012)

Keywords: Conservation

Oct. 30: Last week, members of the Field to Market sustainability effort met in St. Louis to welcome new comers, hear program updates and discuss their 2013 annual work plan. High on the list of farmer priorities was the ability to participate among a diverse group of stakeholders in a consensus-driven approach to making decisions regarding agricultural sustainability.  “We know as farmers that we’re continually improving our efficiencies, fertilizer use and things along that line,” said Keith Alverson, NCGA Corn Board member. “However, we always have a concern that some things that are being asked of us aren’t real feasible. Field to Market allows NCGA and other commodity groups the opportunity to come together with Walmart, Coca Cola, General Mills and other large consumer-facing...

(Posted Mon. Oct 29th, 2012)

Oct. 29: National Corn Growers Association Past President Leon Corzine and Director of Research and Development Dr. Rick Vierling have been appointed to the Corn Rootworm Knowledge Research Program Advisory Committee.  This program was designed by Monsanto to develop new collaborative research projects with researchers who have expertise and interests in areas that will enhance our fundamental understanding of corn rootworm that could lead to economical, practical and sustainable solutions for farmers.  “This is important to further research on corn rootworms, a pest that costs the industry roughly a billion dollars per year,” said Dr. Vierling.  As members of the advisory committee, Corzine and Vierling will guide the project, providing...

(Posted Mon. Oct 29th, 2012)

Oct. 29: The National Corn Growers Association’s National Corn Yield Contest State Award Winners Breakfast will feature a keynote presentation on the outlook as planting season approaches, by Bryce Anderson, DTN/The Progressive Farmer senior meteorologist and occasional market analyst . The breakfast, which will be held Friday, March 1, during Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, Fl., honors state-level contest winners and offers a special chance to hear the insights from industry leaders on of-the-moment topics.  “We are pleased that Anderson will be providing a special look at planting this year in particular,” said NCGA Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Dean Taylor. “The topic will interest to many farmers as, given this year’s drought,...

(Posted Fri. Oct 26th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology Trade

Oct. 26: The National Corn Growers Association recognizes the European Union for opening its markets to U.S. corn-based ethanol co-products, including distillers dried grains with solubles and corn gluten feed, through the official approval of MIR 162 Agrisure Viptera, a Syngenta corn variety.  The decision follows years of industry leadership and efforts orchestrated by the U.S. Grains Council, of which NCGA is a founding member, and its partners in the EU, including grain trade association COCERAL, feed millers association FEFAC and the Irish Feed Millers Association.  “This approval is a great success as it opens the window of opportunity for U.S. products, including DDGS and CGF, to enter the EU market,” said USGC Senior Regional Director Cary Sifferath, who is based in Tunis. “This is...

(Posted Fri. Oct 26th, 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.      Field Notes caught up with Brian Scott, an Indiana farmer who recently completed his corn harvest. The last time Field Notes saw Scott, he was in the combine and averaging just above 61 bushels per acre. Since then, the outlook for his crop has improved somewhat, with a full farm average of a bit more than 80 bushels per acre. While he reports this is only half the yield common in an average year, he notes...

(Posted Thu. Oct 25th, 2012)

Keywords: Conservation

Oct. 25:  The Conservation Technology Information Center is celebrating its 30th anniversary today in St. Louis, as it continues its mission to champion, promote and provide information on technologies and sustainable agricultural systems. The National Corn Growers Association will be on-hand to join the celebration.  “For three decades, the Conservation Technology Information Center has provided comprehensive data, research and materials related to achieving better soil, cleaner water and a brighter future for U.S. agriculture,” said NCGA CEO Rick Tolman. “We’re proud to have been part of the CTIC since the beginning.”  Before the term “sustainability” took hold in today’s environmental vernacular, continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality, and human well-being were...

(Posted Thu. Oct 25th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy Trade

Oct. 25: The expiration of the 2008 farm bill on Sept. 30 brought with it the end of funding for the Foreign Market Development program and the Market Access Program.  These two programs leverage farmer and agribusiness investments to build an active outreach program in more than 50 countries.   “Agricultural trade continues to be a success story and one of the few bright spots among our nation’s economy,” NCGA President Pam Johnson said.  “The continuing growth in agricultural exports contributes to economic growth for our economy and consistently provides a positive balance to global trade.  The expiration of funds for MAP and FMD are yet another example of why Congress needs to pass a new, comprehensive five-year farm bill as soon as possible.”  MAP and FMD cooperators, like...

(Posted Thu. Oct 25th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Oct. 25: It is hard to ignore the fact that the topics of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and biotechnology are getting a lot of attention. Every day there seems to be more information from all kinds of sources bombarding people about GMOs and biotech. How do consumers know what to believe?  As people raising America’s food, CommonGround farmer-volunteers want to assure grocery shoppers that biotechnology is not something to worry about or fear. Plants and seeds have been genetically altered by farmers for the last 10,000 years through selective breeding. Modern biotechnology simply offers a quicker, more efficient path to accomplishing the same goals.  According to the International Food Information Council Foundation, today’s food biotechnology tools include...

(Posted Wed. Oct 24th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Oct. 24: State corn associations across the country are working diligently to make the increased use of higher ethanol blends a reality through programs to put the necessary infrastructure in place. Laying the groundwork for a shift toward greater use of the domestically produced, environmentally friendly biofuel, a wide variety of programs currently underway will help fuel tomorrow with E15 and midlevel blends while providing easier E85 access for the eight million flex-fuel vehicles already on the road today.  Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota all have efforts to increase the use of higher ethanol blends in their respective states by helping fund the installation of the...

(Posted Tue. Oct 23rd, 2012)

Oct. 23: With U.S. Department of Agriculture reports indicating that corn harvest is now almost 90 percent complete, the National Corn Growers Association reminds 2012 National Corn Yield Contest entrants that harvest forms must be submitted within a week of harvesting. In order to make submission simpler, harvest forms are available online.  Click here for the 2012 National Corn Yield Contest (NCYC) Online Harvest Form.  Click here for the 2012 National Corn Yield Contest Harvest Form, PDF version.  Click here for more information on the National Corn Yield Contest.  “While many look to December 3 as the deadline for harvest form submission, contest rules require entrants to submit these forms within one week of harvesting contest acres should that occur sooner,”...

(Posted Mon. Oct 22nd, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

Oct. 22: Last week, the National Corn Growers Association hosted a team of government officials from the Philippines brought here by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service to look at current trends and legislation relating to biotechnology and to examine the effects biotechnology has on small farms and rural incomes.  The team, which included Committee Affairs Bureau of the House of Representatives Executive Director Viola Veloso, Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary Edilberto De Luna and National Corn Competitiveness Board Executive Director Salvador Umengan, was brought to the United States in the hopes that their training would continue to support the Philippines’s implementation of science-based agricultural biotechnology...

(Posted Fri. Oct 19th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Oct. 19: The high performance benefits of American Ethanol will be on full display in Kansas City and national television as renowned NASCAR® driver Kenny Wallace hits the track Saturday in the No. 99 American Ethanol car.  Wallace will pilot the RAB Racing with Brack Maggard entry in the Kansas Lottery 300 from Kansas Speedway. Televised coverage begins at 3 p.m. Central on ESPN, with NASCAR Nationwide Series™ qualifying round coverage beginning at 11 a.m. on SPEED. The race will also be broadcast live via radio on the Motor Racing Network.      “The entire backstretch of the track will be painted green and showcase carry American Ethanol artwork,” said National Corn Growers Association board member and NASCAR Advisory Committee Chair Jon Holzfaster. “We estimate...

(Posted Thu. Oct 18th, 2012)

Oct. 18: Today, the National Corn Growers Association, a nonpartisan grassroots organization representing the interests of U.S. corn farmers, released responses submitted by presidential candidates Pres. Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney to an NCGA questionnaire on important issues facing rural communities and America’s farmers. The information provided by both candidates, and published by NCGA without editorial comment, is meant to help interested voters gain information on the issues that impact agriculture and rural America.  “While NCGA does not endorse a specific candidate, we do aim to provide clear, direct information about where the candidates stand on the issues that matter to farmers,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson. “Our members understand the magnitude of the...

(Posted Thu. Oct 18th, 2012)

Oct. 18: With the new fiscal year underway, Off the Cob had a chance to sit down with new FY 2013 National Corn Growers Association Corn Board Member Kevin Skunes. A farmer from Arthur, N.D., Skunes was seated on October 1 and has commenced his duties in earnest. Looking out at 2013, he echoes many others in leadership in stressing the importance of passing a new farm bill and of defending the Renewable Fuels Standard.  “We really need a concerted effort to get a farm bill passed before the end of the calendar year,” he explained. “The drought of 2012 made the need for a solid, nationwide crop insurance program evident. A good crop insurance program in the new farm bill is really one of the most important things on which the Corn Board can focus.”  Skunes went on...

(Posted Wed. Oct 17th, 2012)

Oct. 17: The National Corn Growers Association Nominating Committee is now accepting applications from members for the 2014 Corn Board.  Through the Corn Board, members can become an integral part of the organization’s leadership.  Click here for the application, which provides complete information on requirements, responsibilities and deadlines.  “Through working with my fellow growers on the Corn Board, I have come to more fully appreciate the wealth of talented, dedicated volunteers who step forward to lead this organization,” said NCGA Chairman and Nominating Committee Chair Garry Niemeyer. “This willingness plays an integral role in ensuring NCGA’s continued success. As a true grassroots organization, we rely upon farmers to volunteer for leadership, helping to shape policy and drive...

(Posted Wed. Oct 17th, 2012)

Oct. 17: The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation will again award five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field during the 2013-14 school year.  “NCGA understands that to remain successful as an industry we must focus on agricultural education and fighting the rural ‘brain drain’,” said Brandon Hunnicutt, chairman of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team. “This program is an important component of NCGA’s commitment to fostering youth in agriculture and to the future of our rural communities.  It is an investment in the future of our industry.”  Applicants for the NCGA Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program must be entering at least their second undergraduate year or...

(Posted Tue. Oct 16th, 2012)

Keywords: Conservation Production

Oct. 16: The U.S Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service launched an initiative highlighting the benefits of improving and maintaining healthy soil last week. The “Unlock the Secrets in the Soil” looks at successes and identifies lessons learned in communities already examining how soil health can benefit their operations. This information will be shared with farmers in other areas which might also benefit from implementing similar practices.  “Managing soil health provides both economic and ecological benefits,” said Brent Hostetler NCGA Production and Stewardship Action Team member. “Precious little rain made its way across central Ohio this past growing season. However, good soil management practices helped the fields retain additional moisture and minimize crop damage from...

(Posted Tue. Oct 16th, 2012)

Oct. 16: With U.S. Department of Agriculture reports indicating that corn harvest is now nearly 80 percent complete, the National Corn Growers Association reminds 2012 National Corn Yield Contest entrants that harvest forms must be submitted within a week of harvesting. In order to make submission simpler, harvest forms are available online.  Click here for the 2012 National Corn Yield Contest (NCYC) Online Harvest Form.  Click here for the 2012 National Corn Yield Contest Harvest Form, PDF version.  Click here for more information on the National Corn Yield Contest.  “While many look to December 3 as the deadline for harvest form submission, contest rules require entrants to submit these forms within a week of harvesting contest acres should that occur sooner,”...

(Posted Mon. Oct 15th, 2012)

Oct. 15: When NASCAR’s top drivers began the “Chase” for the coveted Sprint Cup Championship this year, they hit a major milestone for both the sport and for American Ethanol, racing more than three million miles fueled by a 15 percent ethanol blend.  "Since the 2011 racing season, NASCAR drivers have seen a considerable increase in horsepower thanks to Sunoco Green E15,” said Richard Childress Racing driver and American Ethanol spokesman Austin Dillon. “Reaching three million miles on this proven renewable fuel is yet another testament to the quality and value of ethanol for my fellow American drivers both on and off the track.”  To increase awareness of the many benefits of ethanol, the National Corn Growers Association and Growth Energy formed the American Ethanol partnership with...

(Posted Fri. Oct 12th, 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.      Field Notes caught up with Brian Scott, an Indiana farmer who was combining corn at the time. Yesterday, Scott tweeted a picture of the yield monitor in his combine cab after harvesting a 28 acre field. The monitor showed an average yield of only 61.4 bushels per acre for that area.  The low yield, although an average for that area, does not give an accurate picture of that total crop according to...

(Posted Fri. Oct 12th, 2012)

Oct. 12: This fall, CommonGround Kansas volunteers put farmers and ranchers in the spotlight. Participating in both the Feast of the Fields event and a dinner at the Kansas state fair, volunteers LaVelle Winsor, Katie Sawyer, Kara James and Nicole Small opened a dialogue about food with consumers.  Set in a historic barn on the Mertz family farm near Manhattan, Kan., the Feast of the Field event brought CommonGround volunteers together with community leaders from as far east as Johnson County to experience a world-class dinner on a working farm at Feast of the Fields – Barn Edition. In only its second full year, the biannual event has amassed its share of supporters seeking a unique dining experience and a taste of modern agriculture.  Feast of the Fields...

(Posted Thu. Oct 11th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Oct. 11:  In comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today, the National Corn Growers Association expressed strong support for the Renewable Fuel Standard and noted that granting a waiver at this point would be premature.  “NCGA and our member associations have long supported the RFS2, including the waiver provision process,” wrote NCGA President Pam Johnson, an Iowa corn grower.  In response to a 2008 waiver request, EPA had established that severe harm to the economy attributed to the RFS was one of only two grounds for granting a waiver. “We believe the burden of proof for severe harm to the economy falls on the petitioner,” Johnson said. “Since higher feed prices are only one piece of a complicated economic puzzle we believe the petitioners have failed to establish...

(Posted Wed. Oct 10th, 2012)

Oct. 10:  Americans continue to have questions about how food is grown and raised. In response, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, which was created to lead the dialogue and answer questions consumers have about food production will host The Food Dialogues: New York in November. The National Corn Growers Association is a proud founder and affiliate of the alliance.  Recently, USFRA announced the panelists who will assemble at The TimesCenter in Midtown Manhattan Nov. 15 for panel discussions on some of today’s most pressing issues concerning food – antibiotics, biotechnology and media, marketing and food.  “NCGA is proud to have been one of the founders of USFRA, and the alliance has succeeded in bringing farmers and ranchers deeper into the discussion about our...

(Posted Tue. Oct 9th, 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.      Field Notes caught up with Billy Thiel, a Missouri farmer currently completing his soybean harvest. With his corn crop already harvested, Thiel has begun working the soil to prepare for next year.  While he explains what precisely that entails, he notes that he no longer tills much of his ground, instead using a practice called no-till farming. This practice, which decreases erosion, builds...

(Posted Tue. Oct 9th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Oct 9: Farmers again picked up the pace, pushing corn harvest closer to completion and further ahead of schedule. Currently, 69 percent of harvested acres have already been brought in, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. A full 41 points ahead of the five-year average and 15 points ahead of just the prior week, farmers across the country are working diligently to bring the crop in from the fields and get it into the U.S. corn supply.  “Farmers understand how important of a role weather plays in determining the success of a crop,” said National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson. “While this summer’s drought certainly took its toll, corn farmers are working tirelessly to get the crop out of field and into bins. Their commitment to maximizing the crop...

(Posted Fri. Oct 5th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol Livestock Trade

Oct. 5:  With significant advancements in research and experience in feeding U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS), the U.S. Grains Council has released a third edition of A Guide to Distiller's Dried Grains with Solubles.  "When you look at the increased breadth of knowledge surrounding U.S. DDGS, plus the new types of DDGS, we believe this edition will help buyers and end users stay up-to-date on this high-quality feed ingredient," said Alvaro Cordero, USGC manager of global trade.  "The handbook is designed to provide buyers the tools they need in understanding U.S. DDGS and to aid in developing relationships with sellers," he said. "In the end, we believe it will help buyers be more confident of the value of the U.S. DDGS they purchase."  The third edition is greatly expanded...

(Posted Fri. Oct 5th, 2012)

Keywords: Conservation

Oct. 5: The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania heard oral arguments Thursday in the case of American Farm Bureau v. EPA.  The case challenges the Environmental Protection Agency's Total Maximum Daily Load for nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment in the Chesapeake Bay. The National Corn Growers Association joined the suit last year with the American Farm Bureau Federation and other agricultural organizations.  “This lawsuit is extremely important to America’s farmers because the outcome could affect EPA’s future handling of water quality regulations throughout the country,” NCGA First Vice President Martin Barbre said.  “As farmers, we are stewards of the land who are committed to preserving water quality.  However, we expect that EPA’s regulations should be...

(Posted Thu. Oct 4th, 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 Scott, an Indiana farmer who advocates for agriculture through social media. With harvest well underway, Scott reposted a blog that he authored explaining where his crops go. Including an infographic explaining wet milling, the post provides an illuminating look at the many ways in which corn is used.  To listen to the audio interview, click here.  Field Notes also...

(Posted Wed. Oct 3rd, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Oct. 3:  There are less than two weeks left before the National Corn Growers Association’s “Ethanol Rocks” contest deadline Monday, Oct. 15. High school and college students from all backgrounds and majors are eligible to enter individually, as a group or through student organizations such as agriculture or science clubs, FFA, 4-H or art and film classes.  “We are looking for a forward looking take on how corn ethanol impacts our lives,” said Chad Willis, Chair of NCGA’s Ethanol Action Team. “Today’s youth will be shaping tomorrow’s world, and we want to tap their creativity to showcase the economic and environmental benefits of this domestic and renewal source of energy.”  First-place winners in each category (high school and college) will receive a $1,500 prize....

(Posted Tue. Oct 2nd, 2012)

Oct. 2: As the 2013 fiscal year begins, the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board has thanked past Chairman and President Bart Schott for his service and leadership. Schott, who served as president during the 2011 fiscal year, will continue to work on behalf of his fellow corn growers through NCGA’s Commodity Classic Joint Venture Committee.  The Off the Cob podcast series sat down with Schott to discuss the Corn Board’s accomplishments during his tenure, to reflect on what he learned through his experiences and to ask his advice for farmers considering volunteering for leadership roles.   To listen to the full interview, please click here.  Looking back to his time as president of the Corn Board, Schott noted that the past three years have...

(Posted Tue. Oct 2nd, 2012)

Oct. 2: With U.S. Department of Agriculture reports indicating that corn harvest is now more than half complete, the National Corn Growers Association reminds 2012 National Corn Yield Contest entrants that harvest forms must be submitted within a week of harvesting. In order to make submission simpler, harvest forms are available online.  Click here for the 2012 National Corn Yield Contest (NCYC) Online Harvest Form.  Click here for the 2012 National Corn Yield Contest Harvest Form, PDF version.  Click here for more information on the National Corn Yield Contest.  “While many look to December 3 as the deadline for harvest form submission, contest rules require entrants to submit these forms within a week of harvesting contest acres should that occur sooner,” said...

(Posted Mon. Oct 1st, 2012)

Oct. 1: Along with welcoming a new Corn Board, the National Corn Growers Association also has updated its action team and committee roster for the 2013 Fiscal Year, which begins today. These new chairs and vice chairs will guide the members of their teams and committees as they actively shape the future of their industry by developing the policies and priorities which will guide NCGA.  “We’ve got a terrific group of grower volunteers that are so willing to dedicate a lot of time to help move our organization forward and serve our industry, our corn grower members and our checkoff contributors,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson. “As usual, we had more volunteers than we did positions to fill, and I appreciate each grower who stepped up and offered to serve. This next year promises...

(Posted Mon. Oct 1st, 2012)

Oct. 1: The National Corn Growers Association has joined with other agricultural organizations on the following joint statement on the expiration yesterday of the 2008 farm bill:  The 2008 law governing many of our nation’s farm policies expired on Sunday, September 30th, and the 2012 Farm Bill needed to replace it is bottled up in Congress. While the Senate and the House Agriculture Committees were both able to pass their versions of the new farm bill, the full House was unable to do so.  While expiration of farm bill program authorities has little or no effect on some important programs, it has terminated a number of important programs and will very adversely affect many farmers and ranchers, as well as ongoing market development and conservation efforts.  Following is a summary of...

(Posted Mon. Oct 1st, 2012)

Oct. 1: The National Corn Growers Association enters a new fiscal year today and seated the 2013 Corn Board with Pam Johnson of Floyd, Iowa, assuming the presidency.  Off the Cob spoke with the new president to explore her views on what lies ahead for corn farmers in 2013, the challenges she expects the board to face, and some of the programs she is excited to see coming to fruition.  Beginning by thanking the delegates of Corn Congress and the Corn Board for selecting her to lead the organization, Johnson noted that she is excited to serve her fellow corn growers and to advocate for them in 2013.   “We certainly will have a lot on our plate in the coming year,” she said. “We are coming through the worst drought in my lifetime, which in and of itself presents many...