NEWS STORIES

APRIL 2013

(Posted Tue. Apr 30th, 2013)

Apr. 30: Today, The Hill published a blog authored by Michigan State University Professor Bruce Dale on how the oil industry aims to protect its control on our nation’s fuel supply by attacking the Renewable Fuel Standard. The post outlines how this orchestrated assault uses “misleading claims and outright falsehoods” to obscure its true goal of “undermining renewable fuels.” Directly combatting common claims made against the RFS, Dale shows…

(Posted Tue. Apr 30th, 2013)

Apr. 30: The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers that the compliance date for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure rule is May 10, 2013. By that time, farmers subject to the rule must prepare and implement an SPCC plan. Farmers who already have such a plan in place must maintain that plan. The SPCC rule regulates farms that meet all three of the following criteria:…

(Posted Fri. Apr 26th, 2013)

Apr. 26: The National Corn Growers Association has launched its third 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. Today, Field Notes catches up…

(Posted Thu. Apr 25th, 2013)

Apr. 25: The National Corn Growers Association was represented by two corn growers at Field to Market’s first board meeting as an independent non-profit organization, held earlier this month in Memphis, Tenn. Along with receiving updates on current projects and activities, participants engaged in discussions to identify shared values within the agricultural commodity supply chain, metric and tool development, and communications. “Our food industry is looking for opportunities throughout the…

(Posted Thu. Apr 25th, 2013)

Apr. 25: The impact of China's bird flu outbreak on poultry production, and thus feed demand, remains uncertain but may be less than initially feared. In mid-April, China's bird flu incidents resulted in the closing of live bird markets around the Shanghai region and in South China. As cases spread to other regions such as Beijing and Henan, the effects of these closings and the reduction of poultry inventories will…

(Posted Wed. Apr 24th, 2013)

Apr. 24: Today, the National Corn Growers Association hosted a webinar for grower leaders and state corn association staff to offer an in-depth look at the effort to promote better communication throughout the biotechnology value chain.In cooperation with the American Soybean Association, NCGA launched a series of biotechnology and trade forums in the fall of 2011. In February of 2012, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed to solidify the value…

(Posted Wed. Apr 24th, 2013)

Apr. 24: This summer vacation, 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. Apr 23rd, 2013)

Apr. 23:  The U.S. District Court of Northern California issued an order yesterday dismissing a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that alleged the EPA violated the Endangered Species Act when registering hundreds of compounds. The National Corn Growers Association is pleased with the decision and supports farmers’ ability to use products that have already been approved within EPA’s rigorous registration process. The suit was filed by the Center…

(Posted Tue. Apr 23rd, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol Biofuels Energy

Apr. 23: Late yesterday, the National Corn Growers Association submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency supporting the Renewable Fuel Standard and incentives issued to auto manufacturers for Flex Fuel Vehicle production. These comments, which were submitted in response to EPA’s Draft Guidance for E85 Flexible Fuel Vehicle Weighting Factors, expressed concern that the Agency’s proposal does not adequately incentivize the automobile manufacturers to continue building FFVs…

(Posted Tue. Apr 23rd, 2013)

Apr. 23: With planting across much of the Midwest finally underway, the National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers to take time to review proper safety procedures. “Part of maintaining and increasing opportunities for corn farmers includes helping ensure that everyone in our community remembers the importance of safety, especially during the extremely active planting and harvest seasons,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson. “While a good part of planting safety is…

(Posted Mon. Apr 22nd, 2013)

Keywords: Crop Progress

Apr. 22: Cool, wet conditions again delayed planting progress across most of the country according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With only four percent of total corn acres planted by April 21, progress lags far behind this time last year when 26 percent of U.S. corn acres were already in the ground and now trails the five-year average for this point by 12 percentage…

(Posted Mon. Apr 22nd, 2013)

Apr. 22: Yesterday, NASCAR™ launched a national commercial promoting its efforts to care for the environment. The NASCAR Green™ video, released to coincide with Earth Day, highlights all that the sport has done to reduce emissions by 20 percent and become the largest recycler in all of professional sports. In particular, the video highlights the important role that corn-based American Ethanol, an important component in Sunoco Green E15…

(Posted Fri. Apr 19th, 2013)

Apr. 19: The White House on Tuesday issued its final plan for managing the oceans, outlining a strategy that aims to coordinate the work of more than two dozen agencies and reconcile competing interests including fishing, offshore energy exploration and recreational activities. The National Oceans Policy was created by an Executive Order from President Obama on July 19, 2010. This week’s publication of the implementation plan comes on…

(Posted Fri. Apr 19th, 2013)

  April 19: The National Corn Growers Association has launched its third 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. Today, Field…

(Posted Fri. Apr 19th, 2013)

Apr. 19: In honor of Earth Day, racing season shifts gears this April to focus national attention on environmental awareness with the NASCAR RACE TO GREEN™ campaign. As part of this effort, American Ethanol is joining NASCAR in further bolstering the industry’s sustainability efforts to help reduce the sport’s carbon footprint. Over the course of April, the RACE TO GREEN campaign is hosting a National Tree Planting initiative for in…

(Posted Thu. Apr 18th, 2013)

Apr. 18: American Ethanol will be showcased at the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway this Sunday, April 21, when fan-favorite Jeff Burton sports the black and green paint out on his No. 31 car. “It is fitting to feature American Ethanol on Earth Day because ethanol is the only viable renewable fuel in the marketplace today, and NASCAR made the switch to Sunoco Green E15- a fuel containing…

(Posted Thu. Apr 18th, 2013)

April 18: National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson will take part in a special Food Dialogues panel discussion on biotechnology next week in Chicago, hosted by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance in conjunction with the BIO International Convention. The April 22 USFRA program, “The Straight Story on Biotech in Agriculture: The Media and its Impact on Consumers,” will consist of a panel of experts from multiple disciplines, including…

(Posted Wed. Apr 17th, 2013)

April 17: Today, Fuels America hosted an informational session for the media that provided an all-encompassing look at the sustainability of the biofuel supply chain. “From Farm to Fuel Tank: Sustainability in Renewable Fuel” featured a series of presentations from industry experts on the impressive strides in sustainability that the U.S. renewable fuel industry, in partnership with American Farmers, has made, allowing them to provide feed, fuel and fiber for…

(Posted Wed. Apr 17th, 2013)

Apr. 17: According to a new survey, American moms may be building their grocery lists based on misinformation about how their food was grown and raised. The Gate-to-Plate survey of more than 1,000 moms was commissioned by CommonGround, a grassroots coalition of farm women who want to foster conversations among all women – on farms and in cities – about where our food comes from and how…

(Posted Tue. Apr 16th, 2013)

Apr. 17: The National Corn Growers Association understands that many farmers must change planting plans to accommodate for the changing circumstances around them. To make updating refuge planting plans easier, NCGA now offers the Insect Resistance Management calculator in a handy mobile application. To find out how the calculator works and why complying with refuge requirements is important to all farmers, Off the Cob spoke with NCGA Trade Policy and…

(Posted Mon. Apr 15th, 2013)

Keywords: Planting Progress Production

Apr. 15: A cool, wet spring has delayed planting progress across much of the country according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With only two percent of total corn acres planted by April 14, progress lags far behind this time last year, when 16 percent of U.S. corn acres were already in the ground and trails the five-year average for this point by a full…

(Posted Mon. Apr 15th, 2013)

Keywords: Crop Insurance Farm Bill Risk Management ACRE

Apr. 15: As Congress has extended the 2008 farm bill for one year, farmers have an opportunity to enroll in the Average Crop Revenue Election program and Direct Cyclical and Counter-Cyclical programs in 2013. With sign-up for the programs closing on June 3 for ACRE and August 2 for DCP and CCP, those interested are urged to consider which option better suits their risk management needs and proceed accordingly. “It…

(Posted Fri. Apr 12th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Exports Japan

Apr. 12: The National Corn Growers Association applauds today’s announcement that the United States has concluded preliminary consultations to approve Japan’s participation in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Japan announced its intention to join TPP last month. Since November 2011, U.S. negotiators have held discussions with Japan regarding the comprehensive, high-standard agreement. Japan must secure the approval of all current TPP members before it can participate in future rounds of talks. NCGA…

(Posted Thu. Apr 11th, 2013)

Apr. 11: The National Corn Growers Association congratulates Past President Fred Yoder today as he is recognized by President Obama as a “Champion for Change.” The official recognition, which takes place in the White House on a weekly basis, honors 12 ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. “As we take action to reduce carbon pollution and speed…

(Posted Wed. Apr 10th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol RFS

Apr. 10: Today, a group of House members introduced legislation calling for changes to the renewable fuel standard. Led by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the legislation, called the "RFS Reform Act," would eliminate the corn-based ethanol requirements and would cap the amount of ethanol that can be blended into conventional gasoline at 10 percent. It would require the EPA to set cellulosic biofuel levels at production levels. National Corn Growers…

(Posted Tue. Apr 9th, 2013)

Apr. 9: On March 27, President Obama signed into law a bill funding the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year. This appropriations bill included a provision to mitigate the effects of repeated and future procedural lawsuits from anti-biotechnology activists aimed at driving that technology from the marketplace. Section 735 of the bill was widely supported by many in agriculture including the National Corn Growers Association. Since the…

(Posted Mon. Apr 8th, 2013)

Keywords: Field Notes

April 8: The National Corn Growers Association has launched its third 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. Today, Field Notes meets…

(Posted Fri. Apr 5th, 2013)

April 5: This week, the National Corn Growers Association launches the third 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. Today, Field Notes meets…

(Posted Fri. Apr 5th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

Apr. 5: Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the proposed “Control of Air Pollution from Motor Vehicles: Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards” as an update to the Tier 2 fuel emission regulations released in 2000. These standards increase the level of stringency with which vehicle emissions are regulated with the goal of decreasing air pollution. While these more stringent regulations on sulfur, nitrogen oxide and…

(Posted Thu. Apr 4th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Biotechnology

Apr. 4: This week, the National Corn Growers Association and the American Soybean Association convened key industry stakeholders to continue a dialogue on ways to improve cooperation and communication on biotechnology and trade issues. The discussions highlighted a broad array of opportunities to establish improved, more transparent communication regarding issues that potentially threaten the development, production or delivery of products derived from modern crop biotechnology. “We are encouraged that…

(Posted Thu. Apr 4th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Crop Production Quality US Grains Council

Apr. 4: The U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, released the second annual USGC Corn Export Cargo Quality Report yesterday. Despite the severe drought in 2012 that reduced the projected size of the U.S. corn crop, testing indicated the 2012 crop was superior in quality across a number of key variables to the U.S. 2011 harvest, which was already a high quality…

(Posted Wed. Apr 3rd, 2013)

Apr. 3: This week, the 25x'25 Alliance, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a member, issued a report offering recommendations that will enable the U.S. agriculture and forestry sectors to meet the challenges posed by increasingly variable and unpredictable weather. Through this report, 25x’25 aims to help our nation’s agriculture and forestry industries not only meet tomorrow’s challenges, but also thrive in the midst of them. "These are…

CommonGround Brings Story of Farming to Homes across the Country

(Posted Wed. Apr 3rd, 2013)

Apr. 3: Yesterday, CommonGround volunteers Kristin Reese and LaVelle Winsor took the story of American farming, their story, to people across the country through a series of interviews with blogs and television and radio stations. Answering questions on issues such as organic foods and biotechnology, Reese and Winsor opened the barn doors, offering themselves and their fellow CommonGround volunteers as a resource for consumers with questions about where their food…

(Posted Tue. Apr 2nd, 2013)

Apr 2: The National Corn Growers Association has today opened online entry for the 2013 National Corn Yield Contest. The online format allows farmers to quickly and easily submit all necessary entry forms while taking advantage of the special early entry discount available until June 15. With fees reduced to $80 until that time, NCGA reminds growers that a small time investment now saves money later this summer. “The online…

(Posted Mon. Apr 1st, 2013)

  Apr. 1: With debates over ethanol heating up on the Hill again, the National Corn Growers Association offers a comparison the environmental impacts of ethanol and petroleum as transportation fuels. Scientifically examining a wide array of environmental factors, this side-by-side evaluation offers insight into the important differences between these fuels. Which fuel is renewable and why is that important? Today, ethanol is primarily made from corn, which…