NEWS STORIES

MARCH 2013

(Posted Fri. Mar 29th, 2013)

 Mar. 29: The number of family farmers growing the nation’s food is less than two percent of the overall population, so consumers may feel a little disconnected and out of touch with what goes on down on the farm. The good news is a dialogue is emerging that is connecting urban consumers with their rural cousins. “In recent years farmers have gained a new appreciation for how important it is…

(Posted Fri. Mar 29th, 2013)

Mar. 29: With debates over ethanol heating up on the Hill again, the National Corn Growers Association offers a new installment in a series of articles comparing the environmental impacts of ethanol and petroleum as transportation fuels. Scientifically examining a wide array of environmental factors, this side-by-side comparison offers insight into the important differences between these fuels. What sort of air and water pollution do these fuels cause? Since 2005,…

(Posted Fri. Mar 29th, 2013)

Mar. 29: Last week, the Center for Food Safety, Beyond Pesticides, the Sierra Club, Pesticide Action Network North America and the Center for Environmental Health, along with four individual beekeepers, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The complaint filed by the groups alleges that the EPA violated multiple U.S. laws in its actions related to the…

(Posted Thu. Mar 28th, 2013)

Keywords: Plantings USDA

Mar. 28: American farmers expect to plant 145,000 more acres of corn in 2013, a slight increase from 2012, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings report released today. If realized, it will be the highest corn planting in the United States since 1937, when 97.2 million acres were planted. In recent years, the record corn planting was in the spring of 2012 when U.S. growers planted 97.155 million…

(Posted Wed. Mar 27th, 2013)

Keywords: Biotechnology Exports Trade

Mar. 27: Farmers looking for information about the approval status of U.S.-grown corn hybrids in certain export markets now have access to the most current data through the National Corn Growers Association’s Know Before Your Grow program. Recently updated, Know Before Your Grow, featured on the association’s website, provides a comprehensive look at this vital information in an easily accessible format. “It’s important for farmers and others to know…

(Posted Tue. Mar 26th, 2013)

Mar. 26: The National Corn Growers Association congratulates the Corn Refiners Association CRA on their announcement of John W. Bode as its new President and C.E.O. As President and CEO of CRA, NCGA looks forward to continue joint efforts with this longtime partner in promoting opportunities for corn farmers. “During recent meetings in Washington, the NCGA Corn Board had the pleasure of celebrating CRA’s 100 th anniversary with them in…

(Posted Mon. Mar 25th, 2013)

Keywords: Production

Mar. 25:  A new guide to seed treatment stewardship has been developed by the American Seed Trade Association and CropLife America to promote the safe handling and management of treated seed by farmers and others, a service appreciated by the National Corn Growers Association. “This guide will be an invaluable resource for our members,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson and Iowa corn grower. “We’re encouraging all corn growers to refer…

(Posted Fri. Mar 22nd, 2013)

  Mar. 22: With debates over ethanol heating up on the Hill again, the National Corn Growers Association launches a series of articles comparing the environmental impacts of ethanol and petroleum as transportation fuels. Scientifically examining a wide array of environmental factors, this side-by-side comparison offers insight into the important differences between these fuels. Which fuel is renewable and why is that important? Today, ethanol is primarily made…

(Posted Thu. Mar 21st, 2013)

Keywords: Leadership

Mar. 21: Seven corn farmers who are leaders in the industry underwent an extensive session in advanced leadership training this week in Washington, as part of the National Corn Growers Association Advanced Leadership program, co-sponsored by Syngenta. While in the nation’s capital they underwent extensive media training and discussions with NCGA Washington staff about current and emerging issues affecting corn farmers. They also joined in activities surrounding National Agriculture Day,…

(Posted Wed. Mar 20th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade

Mar. 20: The U.S. Grains Council's 2013 Officers Mission is now underway. The delegation, which includes National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson, will visit with key customers and end users in Korea, China and Japan, providing details and receiving feedback on the U.S. 2012-13 corn crop. "Ever since the drought took hold last year, we've been getting questions. It's important to service these customers, present our harvest quality report,…

(Posted Wed. Mar 20th, 2013)

Keywords: CommonGround Ag Week

Mar. 20: CommonGround Nebraska volunteer Hilary Maricle helped Governor Dave Heineman kick off his state’s National Ag Week festivities during a press conference held in Lincoln. Speaking on behalf of her fellow farmers and ranchers, Maricle stressed the pride farmers take in their work and their willingness to have a real conversation with consumers about their food. “As a farmer, I take pride in the fact that I grow and…

(Posted Tue. Mar 19th, 2013)

Keywords: Leadership at Its Best

Mar. 19: Corn farmers from across the country traveled to Washington this week to take part in the second phase of an annual leadership development program co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and Syngenta. While in town, they visited numerous members of the Senate and House of Representatives and got an inside look at parliamentary procedure and how lobbying works on Capitol Hill. “For more than a quarter of…

(Posted Mon. Mar 18th, 2013)

Mar. 18: Last week, representatives from over a dozen agribusinesses gathered with National Corn Growers Association leadership in Washington for NCGA’s Agri-Industry Council’s biannual meeting. Over the course of two days, attendees received updates on key NCGA programs, heard from several outside speakers and discussed topics of special importance to the entire agricultural community right now, including issues impacting railroad shipping and the outlook for farm programs given the current…

(Posted Mon. Mar 18th, 2013)

Keywords: National Corn Yield Contest

Mar. 18: As farmers across the country prepare for planting, the National Corn Growers Association invites them to register for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest early too. Until June 15, growers can also take advantage of a special early entry discount. With fees reduced to $80 until that time, NCGA reminds growers that a small time investment now saves money later this summer. “While it may still seem a ways…

(Posted Fri. Mar 15th, 2013)

Keywords: Farm Bill Public Policy

Mar. 15: At its recent Corn Congress policy meeting and in a board meeting held this week in Washington, the National Corn Growers Association upheld its call for a new, substantive five-year farm bill that includes a strong federal crop insurance program and a market-oriented risk-management program. “As our country continues to rack up record budget deficits, NCGA appreciates the need for more efficient programs that help farmers better manage…

(Posted Fri. Mar 15th, 2013)

Mar. 15: The National Corn Growers Association joined more than 60 organizations representing farm groups, food manufacturers and other industry stakeholders to send a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk applauding the decision to launch negotiations with the European Union on a transatlantic free trade agreement. The groups noted that while they support the progress toward an agreement, U.S. agricultural and food industries have a variety of concerns that…

(Posted Thu. Mar 14th, 2013)

Mar. 14: This week, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad called on House and Senate leadership to maintain support of the Renewable Fuel Standard in a letter sent to House Speaker John Boehner Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The National Corn Growers Association praises the governors for their action and urges Congressional leadership to take the many points outlined in their letter into consideration. “NCGA commends the…

(Posted Wed. Mar 13th, 2013)

Mar. 13: As the Maize Genetics and Genomics Database project moves forward, Off the Cob caught up with MaizeGDB Curator Dr. Jack Gardiner for an update on the progress made over the last quarter. In the interview, Gardiner built upon how the increasing affordability of genome sequencing is allowing the scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service-supported database to share the incredible amount of data being created…

(Posted Tue. Mar 12th, 2013)

Mar. 12: The National Corn Growers Association joined more than 40 commodity groups, lending organizations, input suppliers and other agricultural industry stakeholders in sending a letter today supporting meaningful and affordable crop insurance to members of the House of Representatives and Senate Agriculture Committees. Stressing that federal crop insurance is the cornerstone of many farmers’ risk management portfolios, the letter expresses the signatories’ opposition to any changes to crop insurance…

(Posted Mon. Mar 11th, 2013)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Mar. 11: The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to announce that it has become a signatory to the Accord: Generic Event Marketability and Access Agreement. Along with NCGA, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the American Soybean Association also became signatories to the GEMMA portion of the Accord, which was created by Biotechnology Industry Organization and the American Seed Trade Association. “Having the Farm Bureau, ASA and NCGA as…

(Posted Fri. Mar 8th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade

Mar. 8: Implementations of U.S. free trade agreements in Latin America contributed to an increase of U.S. exports to the region by 9.3 percent in 2012, lowering the U.S. trade deficit by 24.7 percent, according to an article in Latinvex, a Latin American business journal. Currently, the 11 Latin American countries involved in the two regional and three bilateral FTAs with the United States account for nearly 80 percent…

(Posted Thu. Mar 7th, 2013)

Keywords: Commodity Classic

Mar. 7: Attendance records continue to be broken at Commodity Classic. This year, record attendance totaled 6,214, including a record number of 3,324 corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers. There were also 1,078 first-time non-exhibitor attendees, another record set. “By the growth of attendance at Commodity Classic, it's clear that farmers are seeing the advantage of coming to this great show,” said Classic Co-Chair Bob Worth. “The quality of the…

(Posted Thu. Mar 7th, 2013)

Mar. 7: National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson, a sixth-generation family farmer in Floyd, Iowa, sent the following response to ScientificAmerican.com after an article on corn farming by Jonathan Foley. Click here for Foley’s original article. By Pam Johnson As a farmer, one of the many whom Jonathan Foley regards as “the hardest working people in America” and as “pillars of their communities,” I would like to…

 2012 Facts and Figures in New World of Corn

(Posted Wed. Mar 6th, 2013)

Mar. 6: While U.S. corn farmers faced the worst drought in decades in 2012, they managed to produce the eighth largest crop on record (10.78 billion bushels), the National Corn Growers Association reports in its newest edition of the World of Corn. This statistical look at the corn industry, both domestic and worldwide, features a wide array of information on corn production and usage along with insight into the…

(Posted Tue. Mar 5th, 2013)

Mar. 5: As the debate over childhood nutrition gains prominence in national discourse, scientists are weighing in with the truth about high fructose corn syrup through a new report, What School Officials and Parents Should Know about High Fructose Corn Syrup. The document compiles opinions from respected academics and medical professionals on a variety of common concerns about the sweetener, including perceived links between its consumption and obesity, diabetes…

(Posted Mon. Mar 4th, 2013)

Mar. 4: National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson today congratulated Gina McCarthy on her nomination as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as announced today by President Obama. “We appreciated working with Assistant Administrator McCarthy over the past few years in her role as head of the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, which was responsible for the approval of the E15 ethanol blend fuel option in 2012.…

(Posted Mon. Mar 4th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol Farm Policy

Mar. 4: Delegates to the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress policy meeting and corn growers elsewhere during the 2013 Commodity Classic last week talked up the importance of defending the Renewable Fuel Standard and getting a smart and strong five-year farm bill passed this year after the numerous delays of 2012. At a time when corn yields are still rising strong, the importance of protecting a growing market like…

(Posted Fri. Mar 1st, 2013)

Keywords: Corn Yield Contest

Mar. 1: The National Corn Growers Association released a video today offering tops from perennial high-yield entrants of the National Corn Yield Contest during a breakfast at Commodity Classic honoring the state winners of the 2012 contest. The new video, which accompanies the traditional online NCYC Guide, offers farmers across the country a chance to apply the tips learned through the contest to their own operations to improve their yields…

(Posted Fri. Mar 1st, 2013)

Keywords: Commodoity Classic

  Mar. 1: This morning, emcee Mark Mayfield once again welcomed Commodity Classic General Session attendees to the forum. The packed house listened intently as Mayfield led the program through a series of exciting presentations from sponsor Dow AgroSciences, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and inspirational speaker Chad Hymas. Rounded out by a talk show-style panel during which the presidents of all four hosting associations, General Session 2013 provided insight…