NEWS STORIES

MAY 2013

(Posted Fri. May 31st, 2013)

May 31: The recent news that Chinese company Shineway, also known as Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd., has agreed to purchase Smithfield Foods Inc., the largest hog and pork producer in the world, has sparked speculation that U.S. pork exports to China may rise in coming years. However, according to the U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, the resulting increased pork import program…

(Posted Thu. May 30th, 2013)

 May 30:  The National Corn Growers Association announced the participants who will constitute the 27 th class of NCGA’s Leadership at Its Best Program, co-sponsored by Syngenta. This year’s class includes 19 aspiring leaders from 11 states, from as far east as New York and as far west as Colorado. “Leadership at Its Best has trained strong, confident volunteers who have helped shape the industry through their subsequent service at…

(Posted Thu. May 30th, 2013)

May 30: With only two weeks left to take advantage of the early registration discount, the National Corn Growers Association reminds those interested in the 2013 National Corn Yield Contest that time remains to enjoy valuable savings while participating in this popular program. The online entry format makes entry quick and simple, but growers wishing to take advantage of the reduced $80 per hybrid entry fee must do so by…

(Posted Wed. May 29th, 2013)

May 29: With the generous support of the Nebraska Corn Board, two college students from the Cornhusker State are joining the National Corn Growers Association as interns this summer to learn more about the industry and provide valuable support to NCGA. NCGA’s headquarters office in suburban St. Louis is hosting Casey Campbell as its second summer intern supported by a partnership between NCB and NCGA. Campbell will be a junior…

(Posted Wed. May 29th, 2013)

Keywords: USDA

May 29: With the window to respond to the 2012 Census of Agriculture officially closing on May 31, the National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers not to miss this opportunity to be counted and help determine the future of farming in America. USDA has already received more than 2 million completed census forms. “It is imperative that farmers speak up and ensure that they are accurately represented, and the Census…

(Posted Tue. May 28th, 2013)

Keywords: Planting Progress

May 28: Farmers continued to make up for early spring planting delays last week, bringing corn planting progress within four points of the five-year average according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. As of May 26, 86 percent of projected corn acres had been planted, while only 28 percent were planted two weeks prior. While progress lagged behind the five-year average by nine points last week, it…

(Posted Fri. May 24th, 2013)

May 24: 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 caught up…

(Posted Thu. May 23rd, 2013)

May 23: National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson, a farmer from Iowa, participated in a panel at the Washington Post’s forum “Future of Food 2013: Building a Sustainable Food System” earlier this week. During her presentation, Johnson emphasized technological innovations in agriculture that have allowed corn growers to produce greater yields on roughly the same amount of land while simultaneously improving the environment. Johnson also effectively defended biotechnology as…

(Posted Thu. May 23rd, 2013)

Keywords: Farm Bill Farm Policy

May 23: National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson released the following statement in response to the Senate’s progress toward a farm bill today: “We greatly appreciate the work by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and the Committee to put forth a well-crafted farm bill, and we thank the U.S Senate for the time given to debate and for floor votes today. The National Corn Growers Association is pleased…

(Posted Thu. May 23rd, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol RFS

May 23: The National Corn Growers Association today submitted comments on the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in response to their third white paper, “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Other Environmental Impacts.” In these comments, NCGA addressed how the RFS has decreased greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s vehicle fleet while leading to innovations that have made U.S. agriculture more sustainable and…

(Posted Thu. May 23rd, 2013)

Keywords: Trade. Farm Bill MAP

May 23: As part of ongoing debate over the 2013 farm bill in the Senate, Senators Coburn (R-Okla.) and McCain (R-Ariz.) filed Amendment #1007. This amendment would reduce funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Access Program by $40 million dollars annually and place additional restrictions on use of program funds. The National Corn Growers Association, along with a broad coalition of allies, strongly opposes this amendment. Earlier this month,…

(Posted Wed. May 22nd, 2013)

Keywords: ethanol E15

May 22: As public awareness of the many economic and energy security benefits ethanol offers continues to grow, demand for higher blends of ethanol is also on the rise. This month, Wisconsin became the sixth state to offer E15 as a fuel option for consumers. With E15 already available in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, American drivers now have more choices at the fuel pump across a greater…

(Posted Wed. May 22nd, 2013)

Keywords: CommonGround Food and farming

May 22: Last week, CommonGround took conversations about food and farming to New England, hosting a dinner for influential members of Boston’s media and food communities. CommonGround volunteer Joan Ruskamp from Nebraska, Christine Lindner from Wisconsin and Rachel Heimerl from Ohio shared dinner with chefs and mama bloggers at Anthem Kitchen + Bar in Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace. During the event, the farm women provided unique insight about what happens…

(Posted Tue. May 21st, 2013)

Keywords: Public Policy Farm Bill

May 21: As the U.S. Senate resumes debate on the 2013 farm bill approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee last week, the National Corn Growers Association joined a broad coalition of commodity organizations and conservation and environmental groups in announcing its opposition to a variety of proposed amendments that would have an adverse impact on the federal crop insurance program. The amendments include provisions that would introduce means testing, subsidy…

(Posted Tue. May 21st, 2013)

May 21: 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 caught up…

(Posted Tue. May 21st, 2013)

May 21: For American farmers succession planning is top-of-mind. The USDA reminds us that, “70 percent of farmland will change hands in the next 20 years. If a farm family has not adequately planned for succession, the farm is likely to go out of business, be absorbed by a large farming neighbor, or be converted to non-farm use.” This crisis-in-the-making comes at a time when land prices are out-stripping our…

(Posted Mon. May 20th, 2013)

Keywords: Planting Progress

May 20: Farmers who had delayed planting corn due to cool, wet conditions hit the fields in force last week planting enough acres to bring progress within eight points of the five-year average according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. As of May 19, 71 percent of projected corn acres had been planted, while only 28 percent were planted a week prior. While progress lagged behind the…

(Posted Mon. May 20th, 2013)

May 20: The National Corn Growers Association welcomes Clint Raine, who joins the organization as a legislative assistant in the Washington, D.C. office. Raine, who recently completed an internship with Representative Benishek (MI- 01), will support the DC staff in their day to day activities and assist the Public Policy Action Team “We are pleased that Clint is joining our team and we already recognize the positive attitude and strong…

(Posted Fri. May 17th, 2013)

May 17: 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 Fri. May 17th, 2013)

May 17: The National Corn Growers Association is pleased with the Senate confirmation of physicist Ernest Moniz as secretary of Energy. “I would first like to congratulate Secretary Moniz on his confirmation and express our eagerness to work with him on the many energy issues facing our nation,” NCGA President Pam Johnson said. “The Secretary’s strong scientific background makes us optimistic that he will be an excellent partner in realizing…

(Posted Fri. May 17th, 2013)

May 17: With NASCAR ® season heating up, the National Corn Growers Association reminds members that they are entitled to exclusive online NASCAR news and discounts as part of the association’s American Ethanol partnership with the sport. Through this online portal to all things NASCAR, members can access a customized site that offers the best deals on NASCAR tickets, discounts with other NASCAR partners and a vast assortment of other…

(Posted Thu. May 16th, 2013)

Keywords: Farm Bill

May 16: National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson released the following statement in response to the House Committee on Agriculture’s farm bill passage late Wednesday night: “We greatly appreciate the work by House Committee on Agriculture’s Chairman Frank Lucas, Ranking Member Collin Peterson and the Committee to move forward in the process to develop a five-year farm bill. NCGA is assessing similarities and differences between the legislation and our…

(Posted Wed. May 15th, 2013)

Keywords: Transportation Locks and Dams

May 15: The National Corn Growers Association thanked members of the U.S. Senate who overwhelmingly passed the Water Resources Development Act today, a bill that represents an important step forward in upgrading the inland waterways system. “Our inland waterways, in particular the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, are an important route for moving our corn to markets worldwide,” said NCGA Chairman Garry Niemeyer, who has been active on the water…

(Posted Wed. May 15th, 2013)

May 15: Yesterday, National Corn Growers Association CEO Rick Tolman took part in a panel discussion on “Adapting in Real Time to Climate Change” held as a part of Monsanto Media Days. The dialogue, which featured many industry leaders and experts on environmental issues, provided information on agricultural innovation and sustainability for national, local and farm media. Tolman began his presentation by discussing how corn farming has adapted over thousands…

(Posted Wed. May 15th, 2013)

May 15: Ethanol not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to petroleum but continues to steadily improve upon the levels at which it does so, according to a report released by Dr. Steffen Mueller of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Energy Resources Center. In his study findings, which are now available online, Mueller outlines how ethanol has helped the Renewable Fuel Standard meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas…

(Posted Tue. May 14th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade corn farming

May 14: The National Corn Growers Association, along with the U.S. Grains Council, MAIZAR, representing Argentina producers and the maize supply chain, and the Brazilian Association of Corn Producers (ABRAMILHO) today signed a memorandum of understanding to form an alliance of North and South American maize producers to collaborate on a global basis to address key issues concerning food security, biotechnology, stewardship, trade and producer image. The organizations will function…

(Posted Tue. May 14th, 2013)

Keywords: Farm Bill Farm Policy Crop Insurance

May 14: National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson released the following statement in response to the Senate Agriculture Committee’s farm bill passage: “We greatly appreciate the work by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and the Committee to put forth a well-crafted farm bill. The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to see the Committee listened to the concerns of our nation’s corn farmers and have done a great…

(Posted Tue. May 14th, 2013)

May 14: With a plate full of hot issues on Capitol Hill, staff from the National Corn Growers Association’s Washington office had a lot to discuss in a round of interviews with farm-state media visiting the Capital for the annual Washington Watch meeting of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting. Interviews covered a range of questions with particular interest paid to the farm bill, ethanol and the 2013 planting season.…

(Posted Mon. May 13th, 2013)

Keywords: biotech

May 13: The National Corn Growers Association expressed support today for the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Bowman v. Monsanto. The court ruled unanimously that Bowman, an Indiana farmer, violated Monsanto's patent on genetically modified soybeans when he purchased some from a grain elevator and used them to replant his own crop in future years. In doing so, the court reaffirmed the importance of maintain the integrity of…

(Posted Mon. May 13th, 2013)

Keywords: Planting Progress

May 13: As persistently cool, wet weather finally began to relent, farmers across the Corn Belt headed into their fields, more than doubling the progress made to his point, according to reports released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As of May 12, 28 percent of projected corn acres had been planted, while only 12 percent were planted a week prior. Despite the rapid progress, corn planting still lags…

(Posted Fri. May 10th, 2013)

Keywords: Biotech Regulatory USDA

May 10: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement today that it will prepare a full environmental impact statement regarding certain herbicide-resistant crops is bad news for corn farmers, the National Corn Growers Association said. “NCGA is extremely disappointed in USDA’s decision to require a full environmental impact statement for a much-needed corn biotechnology trait,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson. “Particularly troubling in today’s decision was that this trait has languished…

(Posted Fri. May 10th, 2013)

Keywords: Record Crop Corn Production

May 10: This year U.S. farmers are on track to produce a record corn crop, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates released today. While the report projects average yields will not break previous records, strong yields coupled with record plantings will help farmers produce a record total corn supply of 14.9 billion bushels, three billion bushels more than last year. “The unprecedented abundance of corn projected by USDA shows…

(Posted Fri. May 10th, 2013)

May 10: 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. May 9th, 2013)

Keywords: NCYC

May 9: With only a little more than a month left to take advantage of the early registration discount, the National Corn Growers Association reminds those interested in the 2013 National Corn Yield Contest that time remains to enjoy valuable savings while participating in this popular program. The online entry format makes entry quick and simple, but growers wishing to take advantage of the reduced $80 per hybrid entry fee…

(Posted Wed. May 8th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Biotechnology

May 8: Today, the National Corn Growers Association expressed appreciation to Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for co-authoring a letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack and USTR Acting Ambassador Marantis addressing international regulatory challenges for agricultural products derived from biotechnology. Biotech varieties accounted for 88 percent of corn planted in 2012. As the world’s leading exporter of corn, NCGA strongly supports efforts to ensure the uninterrupted flow of…

(Posted Wed. May 8th, 2013)

May 8: The National Corn Growers Association welcomes Beth Elliott, who joins the organization as a director of public policy. Elliott, who has worked in a variety of agriculturally focused positions in Washington, will handle ethanol and other energy issues at NCGA’s Washington office. “Beth is an incredibly valuable addition to our team, and we are excited to be able to utilize her broad knowledge base to further enhance our…

(Posted Tue. May 7th, 2013)

May 7: Membership at the National Corn Growers Association reached a new all-time high with 38,810 on the rolls as April closed. This membership record replaces the former of 38,623 members at the close of August in 2012, when the association had set new records for three consecutive months. “What is truly unique about this record is that it comes at a time when we usually do not see increased…

(Posted Tue. May 7th, 2013)

May 7: The National Corn Growers Association recently submitted comments on the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in response to their second white paper, “Agricultural Sector Impacts.” In these comments, NCGA addressed how the RFS affects commodity products including corn, agricultural output and economics, RFS flexibility, food prices, cellulosic feedstock and global impacts. The comments began by noting that corn farmers…

(Posted Tue. May 7th, 2013)

May 7: 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…

(Posted Fri. May 3rd, 2013)

May 3:  This week, staff from the National Corn Growers Association and state corn associations across the country met in St. Louis to share insights gained over the past year and coordinate efforts for the next. With more than 130 attendees including state association executives, program directors and communicators, the conference also provided a forum to discuss pressing issues facing their farmer members. “By working together, our state and national…

(Posted Thu. May 2nd, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Biotechnology

May 2: Key members of the U.S. agricultural value chain have joined together to applaud the work of the United States and like-minded governments to promote the importance of science-based regulations to facilitate trade of agricultural commodities derived from agricultural biotechnology. In a joint statement, the United States was joined by the governments of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Paraguay to announce their intention to work collaboratively to remove global…