NEWS STORIES

JANUARY 2013

(Posted Wed. Jan 30th, 2013)

Jan. 30: As growers prepare for the National Corn Growers Association’s action team and committee meetings, Off the Cob speaks with representatives from the teams about their group’s activities. During these interviews, the attendees offer information on a variety of subjects covered that they feel to be of particular interest to farmers. Today, Off the Cob features an interview with Research and Business Development Action Team Vice Chair …

(Posted Tue. Jan 29th, 2013)

Keywords: Drought. Weather

Jan. 29: While the drought no longer dominates headlines, it remains a serious concern for farmers across the U.S. Plains and western Midwest. Dry weather conditions persist and, with only light showers and snowfall on the immediate horizon for many, farmers may encounter fields suffering from depleted subsoil moisture when planting begins across the central United States in about 10 weeks. “Once temperatures drop, public attention shifts away from the …

(Posted Mon. Jan 28th, 2013)

Keywords: Commodity Classic

Jan. 28: Growers who attend Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, Fla. this year will return home armed, not just with memories to last a lifetime, but also with the latest profit-producing information available to farming. Today, farmers are now just one month away from the opening of what’s sure to be one of the biggest and best Commodity Classics ever, featuring the largest trade show in the convention’s 18-year history. Each …

(Posted Fri. Jan 25th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade

The U.S. Grains Council launched its 2012 online Annual Report, available now at www.usgcAnnualReport.org. The online report includes success stories from the year, video highlights, photographs, and market profiles from more than 25 countries and regions. Market profile pages display supply/demand charts, market growth potential and other information viewers may find useful, including highlights from Council programs in each country. "Since the Council was founded 52 years ago, …

(Posted Thu. Jan 24th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol Sustainability

Jan. 24: Corn-based ethanol may offer significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions than previously believed. This realization comes following the release of a recent study performed by U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers showing that corn grown using no-till methods may sequester larger amounts of carbon more deeply than previously known. The study, which was published in BioEnergy Research, revealed that corn grown over a 10-year period using no-till practices sequesters carbon …

(Posted Wed. Jan 23rd, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Government

Jan. 23: The National Corn Growers Association today thanked U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk for his commitment to promoting global trade during his tenure. Kirk announced yesterday he will leave his post at USTR at the end of February. “The National Corn Growers Association greatly appreciates and thanks U.S. Trade Representative Kirk for his tireless efforts to promote American agricultural products in the global marketplace,” NCGA President Pam Johnson said. …

(Posted Wed. Jan 23rd, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Ethanol Feed DDGS

 Jan. 23: A barrier impeding the rapid export growth of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles came down earlier this month as the ethanol co-product gained official classification as a non-hazardous cargo. The reclassification, which became final and mandatory under the code of the International Maritime Organization on Jan. 1, 2013, was the culmination of a process initiated by the U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association …

(Posted Tue. Jan 22nd, 2013)

Today, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance announced that four winners have been selected as the winners of its Faces of Farming & Ranching program, a nationwide search launched in summer 2012 to help put real faces on the American agriculture industry. More than 100 applications were submitted from passionate, dedicated farmers and ranchers across the country. The winners will act as national spokespeople, and will share stories and …

(Posted Fri. Jan 18th, 2013)

Jan. 18: As the 2013 calendar flips over, millions of Americans get a new beginning by looking to live healthier lifestyles in the new year. In addition to extra hours at the gym, many grocery shoppers will also spend more time ensuring their carts are filled with healthier options to feed their families. Today’s plethora of labels and buzzwords that adorn food packaging only makes the trip to the market …

(Posted Thu. Jan 17th, 2013)

Keywords: USFRA

Jan. 17: The National Corn Growers Association’s annual Priority and Policy Conference wrapped up today in St. Louis, concluding a series of discussions on state and national priorities for 2014, NCGA policies and a keynote presentation on the ongoing activities of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. This in-depth look at program research, accomplishments and plans allowed the grower leaders and state organization representatives in attendance to share important information …

(Posted Wed. Jan 16th, 2013)

Jan. 16: Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of E15. The suit, brought by anti-ethanol groups, was dismissed on the grounds that none of the petitioners had standing to bring the action. “The decision of the U.S. appeals court reinforces what we have known for years that continued attempts to block consumer choice will eventually …

(Posted Tue. Jan 15th, 2013)

Jan. 15: Late Monday, Tom Vilsack announced he had accepted President Obama’s offer to remain Secretary of Agriculture for a second term. The National Corn Growers Association, which has had a strong working relationship with the Secretary and his staff, is pleased to hear he will remain the head of USDA. “I would first like to congratulate Secretary Vilsack on a successful first four years in his position,” NCGA President …

(Posted Tue. Jan 15th, 2013)

Jan. 15: The National Corn Growers Association’s annual Priority and Policy Conference takes place this week in St. Louis, bringing farmer leaders from many corn states to begin the discussion of state and national priorities for 2014 and NCGA’s policies on such subjects as ethanol, public policy and biotechnology. “This meeting provides us with an important opportunity to hear from the leaders of our state affiliates about their concerns and …

(Posted Mon. Jan 14th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

Jan. 14:  The political landscape in Washington changed with the November elections, including that for ethanol. In the past few months, Congress has seen fewer corn advocate members added to the freshman class and also to key committees such as the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In addition, shortly before Christmas, the White House announced the departure of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. It will be critical that the National Corn …

(Posted Fri. Jan 11th, 2013)

Jan. 11: The 2012 corn crop looked significantly like what forecasts indicated over the past few months, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released today. Slight increases to the national average yield positively impacted overall corn production estimates for 2012, however, with the total one percent higher than indicated previously, for a total production of 10.8 billion bushels. National average corn yields for 2012 were revised slightly higher to …

(Posted Thu. Jan 10th, 2013)

Jan. 10: For the first time in history, China will produce more corn than rough rice, according to reports by the U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member. This change, first projected in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate, comes as the growing affluence of the Chinese middle class spurs for a protein-rich diet. The USDA report, which …

(Posted Wed. Jan 9th, 2013)

Keywords: Commodity Classic

Jan. 9: Commodity Classic is less than two months away, and growers are encouraged to take advantage of the lowest rate by registering before the early discount deadline of midnight, January 20. Registering early will save attendees up to $50. Hotels are currently available, but are booking up fast. Free shuttle service is available to and from all Commodity Classic housing hotels. To take advantage of the early registration discount, …

(Posted Tue. Jan 8th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade

Jan. 8: As growers prepare to travel to St. Louis for the annual National Corn Growers Association Priority and Policy Conference, Off the Cob revisits conversations held with chairmen of the action teams and committees following meetings in December. During these interviews, the attendees offer information on a variety of subjects covered that they feel to be of particular interest to farmers. Today, Off the Cob features …

(Posted Tue. Jan 8th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Ethanol Feed

Jan. 8: Last week, the U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, announced an important milestone in the growth of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles exports. According to the Ministry of Finance Customs, Japan imported more than 384,000 metric tons of U.S. DDGS between January and October 2012, marking the highest imports on record. “The growth of U.S. DDGS exports to Japan …

(Posted Mon. Jan 7th, 2013)

 Jan. 7: Today, Off the Cob spoke with National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson on her outlook for corn growers in the new year. Emphasizing the importance of grassroots action, Johnson called on farmers across the country to push for a new, five-year farm bill that protects crop insurance programs. “When I think about 2013, I immediately think about how critical it is to get a farm bill passed …

(Posted Mon. Jan 7th, 2013)

Keywords: Annual Report

Jan. 7: The National Corn Growers Association’s annual report for the 2012 fiscal year is now available online. A printed copy of the report, which highlights the association’s achievements over the previous year and features current financial information, will also be sent to all active members and made available at upcoming meetings. Click here to view the full report. “As the nation’s leading trade association representing corn growers, …

(Posted Fri. Jan 4th, 2013)

Jan. 4:  A new “exploratory” study in the Journal of the American Medical Association makes provocative claims about the effects of fructose on hunger and weight gain, but bases its conclusions on a test conducted on just 20 people who were fed massive doses of sugars in a manner that people do not consume in real life. “It is highly unusual for humans to consume this much sugar in one …

(Posted Thu. Jan 3rd, 2013)

Keywords: Production and Stewardship Action Team

Jan. 3: The National Corn Growers Association’s Production and Stewardship Action Team focuses on a wide variety of issues impacting growers including: promoting scientifically-based domestic environmental policy, promoting locally led, voluntary stewardship, strengthening U.S. transportation infrastructure and supporting livestock as the largest market for U.S. corn. In each of these areas, 2013 will continue to bring exciting programs and reenergized efforts under the leadership of the 14 growers who, along …

(Posted Thu. Jan 3rd, 2013)

Keywords: Field Notes

The National Corn Growers Association concludes 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 …

(Posted Wed. Jan 2nd, 2013)

Keywords: farm bill

Jan. 2:  National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson released the following statement in response to Congress’ inaction to pass a new five-year farm bill before the end of 2012: “America’s farmers have clearly made known the importance and need of a new farm bill in 2012. Once again Congress’ failure to act pushes agriculture aside hampering farmers’ ability to make sound business decisions for the next five years. The …