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FEBRUARY 2013

(Posted Thu. Feb 28th, 2013)

Keywords: Scholarship membership Commodity Classic

Feb. 28: The National Corn Growers Association, in conjunction with cosponsor BASF, honored five college students with scholarships this week at Commodity Classic 2013 in Kissimmee, Fla. This year, the scholarships, created to foster promising agricultural leaders for the future, provided five winners with $1,000 for use in pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field. This year, the scholarship has been renamed the NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence in…

(Posted Thu. Feb 28th, 2013)

Keywords: Commodity Classic Farm Bill RFS ethanol

Feb. 28: Today, the Commodity Classic Trade Show opened, showcasing the latest farming products and innovations. With opening remarks by National Corn Growers Association Joint Venture Committee 2013 Co-Chair Mark Schwiebert closing the ribbon cutting ceremony along with his American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers counterparts and Jessica Simmons, the Corporate Communications Lead for Monsanto, the show flung open its doors and welcomed farm…

(Posted Wed. Feb 27th, 2013)

Feb. 27: Today, farmers and industry members are arriving in Kissimmee, Fla. for Commodity Classic 2013. As the wide array of events begins, the National Corn Growers Association’s Commodity Classic Joint Venture Committee Co-Chair Mark Schwiebert took a moment to speak with Off the Cob about the learning opportunities, exciting entertainment and NCGA-specific events that offer the chance to play an active role in shaping the policies that affect farmers.…

(Posted Wed. Feb 27th, 2013)

Keywords: Leadership

Feb. 27: The National Corn Growers Association invites farmers who are graduates of the NCGA Leadership Academy to further hone their leadership skills by participating in the Advanced Leadership Program, sponsored by Syngenta. Applications for the program are due April 12. NCGA urges interested members to contact their state associations now for further information and to be nominated to participate. “Building a strong cadre of well-trained leaders is an important…

(Posted Mon. Feb 25th, 2013)

Keywords: Commodity Classic

Feb. 25: With Commodity Classic 2013 only days away, farmers and industry are preparing to enjoy the wide array of learning opportunities and exciting entertainment that this year’s show will offer. Officially kicking off this Thursday in Kissimmee, Fla., Commodity Classic will feature a record-breaking trade show, a General Session address from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, learning sessions, an Evening of Entertainment with the World Classic Rockers and much…

(Posted Fri. Feb 22nd, 2013)

Keywords: NASCAR American Ethanol ethanol

Feb. 22: American Ethanol announced its plans to enhance its partnership with Richard Childress Racing and driver Austin Dillon for the 2013 NASCAR® season. Dillon will race the No. 33 American Ethanol Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ at Michigan International Speedway on June 16 and will drive a RCR-fielded entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ at Eldora Speedway on July 24 with an American Ethanol paint…

(Posted Thu. Feb 21st, 2013)

Keywords: Commodity Classic Secretary of Agriculture Secretary Vilsack

Feb. 21: For the fourth straight year, farmers and other attendees to Commodity Classic will have the opportunity to welcome U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to the annual convention and trade show for corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers. The secretary will deliver a keynote address to an expected crowd of more than 6,000 during the event’s General Session, to be held March 1 in Kissimmee, Fla. “Secretary Vilsack…

(Posted Wed. Feb 20th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade

Feb. 20: While trade talks between the United States and European Union have yet to begin, the National Corn Growers Association, along with many other agricultural trade associations and members of Congress, are working to ensure U.S. agricultural interests receive proper attention in any final agreement. For NCGA members, the most obvious challenge is approval of corn and corn products derived through biotechnology. The EU is a market that holds…

(Posted Wed. Feb 20th, 2013)

Keywords: NCGA National Corn Yield Contest

Feb. 20: The National Corn Growers Association has released its 2012 National Corn Yield Contest Guide online, providing an online look at the winner profiles and yield boosting tips that will hit many farmers’ mailboxes in the mid-February issue of The Progressive Farmer. With a personal message from NCGA President Pam Johnson and a look at the lessons contest winners took away from the 2012 drought, this edition of…

(Posted Tue. Feb 19th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade USGC

Feb. 19: More than 200 delegates attended the U.S. Grains Council's 10th International Marketing Conference and 53rd Annual Membership Meeting in Charleston, S.C., last week. There, attendees, including leadership from the National Corn Growers Association, reviewed strategies and opportunities for competing in the rapidly changing global marketplace.“Coordination is essential to best leveraging the checkoff dollars entrusted to us,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson. “The programs run by NCGA and USGC…

(Posted Fri. Feb 15th, 2013)

Feb. 15:  This week, CommonGround took to the airwaves in Nebraska, participating in a series of interviews with radio and print outlets in the northeastern part of the state. The media tour, which covered areas close to Omaha, featured Dawn Kucera and Joan Ruskamp addressing topics from high fructose corn syrup to the animal care practices used by local ranchers.“We think that it is important that the people who are…

(Posted Thu. Feb 14th, 2013)

Keywords: Commodity Classic

Feb. 14: Today, Commodity Classic launched its mobile application allowing attendees to access information, receive messages and engage in social media from their smart phones and tablets. The Commodity Classic convention and trade show mobile application gives show-goers the ability to make their own schedules, take notes on activities, lookup session and event times, navigate with maps and much more. Visit www.commodityclassic.com/app.In less than two weeks, soybean, corn,…

(Posted Wed. Feb 13th, 2013)

Keywords: HFCS

Feb. 13: A new study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism adds to an already well-established body of science that high fructose corn syrup and table sugar are metabolically equivalent. Presenting compelling data, the study found that the consumption of both high fructose corn syrup and sucrose (table sugar) at levels consistent with average daily consumption do not increase liver fat in humans.“This study, like…

(Posted Wed. Feb 13th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol RFS Fuels America

Feb. 13: Last night, the Fuels America coalition, of which the National Corn Growers Association is one of the founding members, released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address:“Tonight, President Obama laid out an agenda that includes cutting our dependence on oil, fighting climate change and creating jobs. The current administration has been a long-­time supporter of renewable fuel, which can help meet all three…

(Posted Tue. Feb 12th, 2013)

Keywords: Production

Feb 12: Farmers participating in the National Corn Growers Association 2012 National Corn Yield Contest set a new record by submitting 75 entries that surpassed the 300 bushels-per-acre mark. Bucking trends and overcoming severe drought conditions, these entrants showed the incredible achievements that are possible in farming using advanced practices and state-of-the-art technology.“NCGA’s corn yield contest continues to enjoy such popularity because it showcases what is possible for our industry…

(Posted Mon. Feb 11th, 2013)

Keywords: Leadership

Feb.11: The National Corn Growers Association invites farmers to become a part of the change they desire by actively honing their leadership skills through the Leadership At Its Best Program, sponsored by Syngenta. Applications for this best in the industry leadership training program are due to NCGA by March 29. Interested members are urged to contact their state associations today and be nominated to participate in the program.“Since the…

(Posted Mon. Feb 11th, 2013)

Keywords: USDA Government Reports

Feb. 11: Our nation’s farmers will harvest a record 14.4 billion bushels of corn this year, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture report released earlier today. The realization of this projection, which assumes the planting of 96 million acres and a national average yield of 163.5 bushels per acre, would require a return to more favorable weather patterns.“The projections released by USDA this morning inspire cautious optimism for the upcoming…

(Posted Fri. Feb 8th, 2013)

Keywords: Production Corn Supply

Feb 8: More U.S. corn will be available than previously forecast, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released earlier today. Revising corn ending stock projections upward by 30 million bushels, the report also indicates that a 20 million bushel rise in corn use projections for sweeteners and starch.“As the picture of the current corn supply continues to become more clear, we are seeing the markets are adjusting,” said National…

(Posted Thu. Feb 7th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol RFS

Feb. 7: In a panel presentation this week, National Corn Growers Association CEO Rick Tolman highlighted the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard to help increase and guarantee a vibrant domestic renewable fuel market.“We cannot underestimate the importance of the RFS,” Tolman said. “It cut imported oil and serves as the basis for investment in infrastructure growth. It’s the single biggest reason for the prosperity across all of agriculture since…

(Posted Wed. Feb 6th, 2013)

Keywords: Leadership

Feb. 6: Grower leaders from across the country gathered in St. Louis this week to explore a variety of issues that will affect corn farmers in the upcoming year and to determine a course for National Corn Growers Association activities to support them. For three days, members of five of NCGA’s issue-focused action teams and committees listened to reports from industry experts and discussed programs to guide NCGA staff as…

(Posted Tue. Feb 5th, 2013)

Feb. 5:  Eight corn growers from around the country have been nominated for election to the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board for the 2014 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. New board members will be elected by state delegates at the Corn Congress this July in Washington.“We appreciate the interest and dedication of the corn farmers who want to be active in our association and help lead it,” said…

(Posted Tue. Feb 5th, 2013)

Feb. 5: Last week, attendees of the Wisconsin Corn and Soy Expo met the faces that will represent their state’s farmers through the CommonGround program during an informational session held in conjunction with the event. Previewing the grassroots movement, orchestrated through the National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board and their state affiliates, the interactive presentation highlighted how the CommonGround movement has grown as more and more women who…

(Posted Fri. Feb 1st, 2013)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Feb. 1:  The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to announce that the enhanced Compliance Assurance Program, which includes on-farm refuge assessments, an online survey and IRM education and awareness, is seeing strong success and an increase in the number of growers planting their corn refuge. The CAP is designed to improve compliance with Insect Resistance Management requirements. The Agricultural Biotechnology Stewardship Technical Committee, a consortium of Bt corn…