NEWS STORIES

NOVEMBER 2012

(Posted Fri. Nov 30th, 2012)

Nov. 30: With a deadline of December 7, only one week remains to apply for scholarships made available by the National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation. For the sixth consecutive year, the NCGA/BASF scholarship program 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 and BASF both understand that we must actively support the…

(Posted Fri. Nov 30th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

Nov 30: Yesterday, the United States Department of Agriculture released its second ‘Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade’ report showing American farm exports have climbed more than 50 percent in value since 2009.  The most recent forecast for 2013 is $145 billion, up from $96.3 billion in 2009. The National Corn Growers Association is committed to the development and maintenance of fair and open global trade practices and policies.   “Continued growth…

(Posted Fri. Nov 30th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Nov. 30:  The National Corn Growers Association submitted the following letter to the editor of USA Today in response to a story about the American Automobile Association’s position on the safety of E15 for cars and trucks.  Click here for more information on how E15 is one of the most tested fuels available.  “While controversy makes a better story than tried-and-true facts, the November 30 story about the…

(Posted Thu. Nov 29th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Nov. 29: The National Corn Growers Association recently joined the Urban Air Initiative, an organization that promotes the human health and environmental benefits of ethanol.  Focusing on ways to reduce the impact of particulate matter emitted from automobiles, UAI brings a new coalition of partners together to support government standards that recognize the important role ethanol plays in lowering these harmful emissions.  “Joining UAI will benefit corn farmers by involving…

(Posted Wed. Nov 28th, 2012)

Nov. 28: With only days remaining until the deadline, the National Corn Growers Association reminds 2012 National Corn Yield Contest entrants that harvest forms must be submitted by December 3, 2012. 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. 

(Posted Wed. Nov 28th, 2012)

Nov. 28: As the new Board of Directors assumes leadership of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, National Corn Growers Association Past President and former USFRA Vice Chair Bart Schott took a moment to speak about his experience in USFRA with Off the Cob. Reflecting on a variety of issues, from the formation of the alliance to his future goals for USFRA, Schott shares his perspective on the importance of…

(Posted Wed. Nov 28th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Nov. 28:  The following is a statement from National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson on a report released today by the National Council of Chain Restaurants attacking the Renewable Fuel Standard:  “A half-baked report from the lobbyists for chain restaurants does not serve up an accurate picture of ethanol’s impact when it comes to boosting jobs in rural America, lowering fuel prices or helping increase energy independence by expanding…

(Posted Tue. Nov 27th, 2012)

Nov. 27: Corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers who attend the 18th Annual Commodity Classic, Feb. 28 through March 2 in Kissimmee, Fla., will witness innovation and gather information that will grow their profitability potential and change the way they farm. Online registration for this one-of-a-kind, can’t-miss event is now open at www.CommodityClassic.com. Register before Jan. 20 to take advantage of the best rates.  “Commodity Classic is all about…

(Posted Tue. Nov 27th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Nov. 27: The National Corn Growers Association today voiced support for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement that rate adjustments will be made to crop insurance premiums over the next two crop years.   “Crop insurance rating reforms have been a priority for our members for many years,” NCGA President Pam Johnson said.  “NCGA feels the Risk Management Agency’s announcement represents real reform in decreasing the widening gap between the loss…

(Posted Mon. Nov 26th, 2012)

Keywords: Corn Sugar

Nov. 26: Last week, the Corn Refiners Association released the 2012 Corn Annual. The publication, titled Made in America: Corn Refined Products Help U.S. Industries Thrive, explains how many U.S. industries are able to thrive, in part, because of the versatility, functionality and affordability of the refined corn ingredients.  “The 2012 Corn Annual serves as an excellent supplement to the data offered in NCGA’s 2012 World of Corn,” said…

(Posted Wed. Nov 21st, 2012)

Nov. 21: Food. Everyone buys it. Everyone eats it, and everyone talks about it. But, not everyone gets a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how food is grown, traveling with it as it goes from the farm to the plate. With more Americans growing up in urban and suburban areas, miles from farm life, there is an increasing disconnect between consumers and the people who grow their food.   Now, thanks to a…

(Posted Tue. Nov 20th, 2012)

Nov. 20: This holiday season, members of the National Corn Growers Association can save on travel expenses by using discounts available exclusively through NCGA. Through partnerships with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the exclusive NCGA Worldwide Hotel Discount Program, NCGA offers members valuable savings on car rentals and hotel bookings whether they travel across the country or even to many locations around the world.  “NCGA works hard to increase opportunities for farmers…

(Posted Tue. Nov 20th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Nov 20: With the failure of a California ballot initiative to require labeling of some foods with biotech ingredients, the National Corn Growers Association reiterated its support of federal efforts to provide guidance for voluntary labeling that indicates whether goods have been developed using biotechnology.  “We were pleased voters in California saw through this misleading campaign,” NCGA President Pam Johnson said. “Roughly 70 percent of food in the grocery store…

(Posted Tue. Nov 20th, 2012)

Nov 20: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC 21) yesterday released a final set of recommendations on enhancing coexistence among different crop production methods. Over the course of the last year, AC 21 committee members focused on identifying ways to improve successful coexistence and made recommendations to the USDA emphasizing education, stewardship and good neighbor-to-neighbor communications. The National Corn Growers Association commends…

(Posted Mon. Nov 19th, 2012)

Nov. 19:  Last week in New York, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance announced the finalists of its Faces of Farming and Ranching program, a nationwide search launched earlier this summer to help put real faces on agriculture at the national level.  The National Corn Growers Association is a proud founding affiliate of USFRA,  the first time agricultural groups at the national, regional and state levels have collaborated to lead…

(Posted Fri. Nov 16th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol

Nov. 16: National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement to deny the request to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard:  “The National Corn Growers Association supports the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to deny the Renewable Fuel Standard waiver request.  We believe Administrator Jackson appropriately recognized petitioners did not properly prove severe nationwide economic harm had occurred thereby creating no…

(Posted Fri. Nov 16th, 2012)

Nov. 16:  Past and present grower leaders of the National Corn Growers Association took part in the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s third Food Dialogues town hall event, held this week in New York City. NCGA was a founding affiliate of USFRA, with leadership actively involved in the broad movement to restore consumer confidence in today’s agriculture.  “I’m very excited to be part of USFRA,” said NCGA Corn Board member…

(Posted Fri. Nov 16th, 2012)

Nov. 16: With U.S. Department of Agriculture reports indicating that corn harvest is now 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…

(Posted Fri. Nov 16th, 2012)

Nov. 16: 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…

(Posted Fri. Nov 16th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Nov 16: With very few days left in the 112th Congress, the National Corn Growers Association asks members to contact their representatives and tell them to pass the 2012 farm bill now; no more delay, no extensions.  The House Agriculture Committee passed their version of the legislation in July but it has yet to be scheduled for a vote on the House floor.  "Passage of a new five-year farm bill…

(Posted Fri. Nov 16th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

Nov 16: Today, the House of Representatives approved legislation granting Russia Most Favored Nation status.  The National Corn Growers Association previously urged Congress to lift the Jackson-Vanik restrictions thereby allowing farmers to take advantage of a more open and level playing field with Russia.  The Senate Finance Committee passed the legislation in July. Full Senate consideration is expected after Thanksgiving.  “America’s farmers will be able to take advantage of lowered…

(Posted Thu. Nov 15th, 2012)

Nov. 15:  As an organization that spearheaded passage of the Water Resources Development Act in 2007, the National Corn Growers Association has long been an advocate of improving and updating the locks and dams along the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. NCGA is now supporting a bipartisan congressional effort to help fund projects on the river, the American Waterworks Act.  The importance of the inland waterways to moving corn and…

(Posted Thu. Nov 15th, 2012)

Keywords: Transportation

Nov. 15: The Army Corps of Engineers announced earlier this week that it will proceed with plans to reduce the flow from an upper Missouri River reservoir. This action will be taken despite growing concern that this action will worsen low-water problems on the Mississippi River.  In a recent interview with National Public Radio, National Corn Growers Association Vice President of Research and Development Paul Bertels addressed the situation saying,…

(Posted Wed. Nov 14th, 2012)

Nov. 14:  Registration and housing reservations for the 2013 Commodity Classic will open online 9 a.m. CST Thursday, Nov. 15, with hotel rooms expected to book fast.  This year’s Commodity Classic will make use of two first-class venues, each within a free, five-minute shuttle ride of each other. Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center will be the site for the General Session, trade show and educational sessions. Additional educational sessions…

(Posted Wed. Nov 14th, 2012)

Nov. 14: This week, Off the Cob caught up with Maize Genetics and Genomics Database Curator Jack Gardiner to find out how the project has progressed over the past three months.  The MGGD, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, is a tool being developed with assistance from the National Corn Growers Association. When complete, it will help scientists efficiently apply the knowledge gained from…

(Posted Tue. Nov 13th, 2012)

Nov. 13: Farm volunteers and staff talked with Incredible Food Show goers in Lexington. The annual show, sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and CommonGround, brings together more than 3,000 exhibitors and attendees from across Kentucky and surrounding states to look at the latest food trends and innovative cooking methods. During the show, CommonGround Kentucky volunteers Jeanine Raymond, Miranda Chaplin and Carly Guinn kept the stories of…

(Posted Tue. Nov 13th, 2012)

Keywords: Research

Nov. 13: The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) announce the incorporation of the National Agricultural Genotyping Center (NAGC). Structured as a non-profit initiative for the purpose of agricultural development, the NAGC will leverage the benefits of high-throughput genotyping with the support of two of the nation’s most prominent organizations in the fields of science and agriculture. With incorporation complete, the NAGC now seeks partners…

(Posted Fri. Nov 9th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Nov. 9: 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.  Raising total production by 19 million bushels with a three-tenths of a bushel increase in the corn yield to 122.3 bushels per acre, forecasts now project higher ending stocks of 647 million bushels, an increase of 28 million bushels since last month’s report. The…

(Posted Thu. Nov 8th, 2012)

Nov. 8: With a deadline of December 7, only one month remains to apply for scholarships made available by the National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation. For the sixth consecutive year, the NCGA/BASF scholarship program 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 and BASF both understand that we must actively support the…

(Posted Thu. Nov 8th, 2012)

Nov. 8:  At the annual convention of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting this week in Kansas City, Mo., officers of the National Corn Growers Association took part in numerous media interviews on a wide range of subjects, such as the election results, the farm bill, the 2012 drought and the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard.  “This annual convention of farm broadcasters always provides us the opportunity to reach…

(Posted Wed. Nov 7th, 2012)

National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s successful re-election:  “The National Corn Growers Association congratulates President Obama on his successful re-election for president of the United States.  Our organization has worked closely with the president and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack over the past four years on issues important to our members.  We greatly value our relationship with the administration…

(Posted Tue. Nov 6th, 2012)

Nov. 6: Today’s urban moms have questions about the food that they prepare for their families, and CommonGround Colorado helped provide answers for a group of Denver’s most influential “mommy bloggers” during a tour of Cleland Dairy. Providing the women and their children a first-hand look at an operating dairy farm, CommonGround Colorado staff and volunteers, with the help of the Western Dairy Association, helped find answers to a variety…

(Posted Mon. Nov 5th, 2012)

Nov. 5:  The results of the National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Rocks Video Contest are in. High school senior Jason Girouard from Brimfield, Mass. received first-place honors and an award of $1,500. Two second-place winners, freshman Emily Yue from Gilford, Conn., and senior Lewis Kloster of Minneapolis, Minn., each received $500 in prize money.  “The purpose of the contest was to get youth interested in learning about renewable fuel while…

(Posted Fri. Nov 2nd, 2012)

Keywords: Transportation

Nov 2: Plans to file bipartisan legislation to modernize the nation’s ports, locks and dams have been announced by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).  The American Waterworks Act would reform the system that builds and maintains the infrastructure. The National Corn Growers Association is pleased that Sens. Alexander and Graham have recognized the importance of the lock and dam systems to the American economy.  “America’s inland navigation…

(Posted Thu. Nov 1st, 2012)

Nov 1: As the East Coast continues cleanup efforts from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced mobilized assistance.  In addition, the USDA urges farmers to record losses from the historic storm.  “Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those affected by Hurricane Sandy earlier this week,” National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson said. “The past year has been a difficult one for…