NEWS STORIES

JUNE 2013

(Posted Fri. Jun 28th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

June 28:  All eyes will be on American Ethanol driver and spokesman Austin Dillon tonight. That’s because the 23-year-old is the two-time defending NASCAR Nationwide race champion at Kentucky Speedway. And so far this season NASCAR race weekends have been attracting an average of 7 million television viewers.   Dillon, in his sophomore season in the Nationwide, is attracting a lot of positive attention. He is currently fourth place…

(Posted Fri. Jun 28th, 2013)

June 28:  In today’s report on planted farm acreage, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s estimate of 97.4 million acres planted in corn means growers navigated a wet planting season to provide for what can be one of the largest crops ever.   “Even though we had a planting season that was difficult at times, our farmers did a terrific job in the field and we are really looking forward to…

(Posted Fri. Jun 28th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

June 28: The ethanol industry was kept busy this week in Washington as the Renewable Fuel Standard was a focus of events on Capitol Hill and the White House.  During a speech outlining new climate change initiatives, President Obama voiced his support of the Renewable Fuel Standard. At the same time on Capitol Hill, the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing with…

(Posted Fri. Jun 28th, 2013)

June 28: The National Corn Growers Association reminds those interested in the 2013 National Corn Yield Contest that only two weeks remain to file entry forms and take part in the popular competition.  The online entry format makes entry quick and simple, but growers wishing to take part must file entry forms by the July 12 deadline.   “While much of the growing season still lies ahead of us, the…

(Posted Thu. Jun 27th, 2013)

This article and podcast are the eighth and final installment in a series profiling candidates for the 2014 Corn Board.   Wesley Spurlock, a native Texan, brings a nuanced view on a variety of subjects to the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board. A strong proponent of balancing the wide array of unique situations farmers face across the country, he is seeking reelection and to continue his service in this…

(Posted Wed. Jun 26th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade

June 26: During a House Committee on Small Business hearing today in Washington, National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson provided policy recommendations for the U.S. Trade Representative on growing export opportunities.  Johnson focused on the benefits for family famers of expanding export markets and maximizing foreign market access.   “Agricultural producers succeed when industry and government work side-by-side,” NCGA President Pam Johnson said during her testimony.  “It is critical…

(Posted Wed. Jun 26th, 2013)

This article and podcast are the seventh in a series profiling candidates for the 2014 Corn Board.   June 26: As he will complete his first term of service on the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board in September, Jon Holzfaster is running for reelection and a second term helping develop policy to guide the association. A native Nebraskan, Holzfaster provides unique perspective when balancing issues involving the interaction between…

(Posted Tue. Jun 25th, 2013)

June 25: Increasing demand for major crops and the use of biotechnology in agriculture was the topic during today’s American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture.  National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson answered questions as part of a panel after the lecture, with representatives from the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.   “The continued use of biotechnology in…

(Posted Tue. Jun 25th, 2013)

This article and podcast are the sixth in a series profiling candidates for the 2014 Corn Board.   June 25: Already an experienced leader at both the state and national level, Paul Taylor brings a dedicated approach and well-honed skillset to a leadership position. Already a veteran leader having led state corn and soy associations, he now hopes to serve his fellow farmers across the country as a member of…

(Posted Mon. Jun 24th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol E15

June 24: The National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson issued a statement expressing the association’s support for the Supreme Court decision today not to hear the petroleum industry’s appeal in E15-related case: “In their decision today, the court upheld not only the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to approve a partial waiver and allow E15 into the marketplace; it also upheld our nation’s science-based approach to regulation and…

(Posted Mon. Jun 24th, 2013)

Keywords: Crop Condition

June 24: The U.S. corn crop is maturing rapidly and remains in good condition according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. Since last week, corn emergence came within three points of the five-year average, with 96 percent of the crop now emerged. With the crop now closing in on average progress despite a late planting season, reports indicate that 92 percent of the crop remains in fair…

(Posted Mon. Jun 24th, 2013)

This article and podcast are the fifth in a series profiling candidates for the 2014 Corn Board.   June 24: Already an experienced leader at both the state and national level, Gary Schmalshof brings a wealth of experience to a leadership position and now hopes to serve his fellow farmers across the country as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.   A careful listener who places…

(Posted Fri. Jun 21st, 2013)

Keywords: RFS Ethanol

June 21: The National Corn Growers Association today submitted comments to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the important role the Renewable Fuel Standard plays in our nation’s broader energy policy. In these comments, submitted in response to the committee’s recent white paper on energy policy, NCGA addressed the important role that the RFS continues to play in meeting federal goals of increasing national security by improving energy…

(Posted Fri. Jun 21st, 2013)

June 21: Last week, the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board had a unique opportunity to explore the importance of biotechnology while visiting the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in Des Moines, Iowa. While there, the group learned about the lasting legacy of Dr. Norman Borlaug and the contributions to society made by the scientists which the prize honors.   In 1970, Dr. Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace…

(Posted Fri. Jun 21st, 2013)

Keywords: Field Notes

June 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 checks…

(Posted Thu. Jun 20th, 2013)

Keywords: Farm Bill

June 20: National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives failing to pass the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (2013 farm bill):   “The National Corn Growers Association is extremely disappointed to see the House of Representatives fail to pass the 2013 farm bill.  Up to the last minute our organization has actively and consistently called for passage…

(Posted Thu. Jun 20th, 2013)

This article and podcast are the fourth in a series profiling candidates for the 2014 Corn Board.   June 20: Kevin Ross offers a unique combination of attributes, bringing both the energy of youth and seasoned experience of a veteran leader to his service of other farmers. Having already served farmers in his home state as president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association by the age of 33, he now…

(Posted Thu. Jun 20th, 2013)

June 19: This week, the National Corn Growers Association hosted a team organized by the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program for discussions on sustainable agriculture, efforts towards conservation, agricultural productivity, marketing and policy advocacy. With participants from Fiji, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tajikistan who work in academia, agriculture and for non-governmental organizations, these dignitaries brought insightful questions and a deep appreciation for the opportunity to the…

(Posted Thu. Jun 20th, 2013)

WASHINGTON (June 19, 2013) - As part of its debate on the 103 amendments to the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, the House of Representatives concluded consideration of an amendment offered by Representative Bob Gibbs of Ohio that would set target prices for all crops at 55 percent of the five year rolling Olympic average. After the amendment was offered, House Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas…

(Posted Wed. Jun 19th, 2013)

This article and podcast are the third in a series profiling candidates for the 2014 Corn Board.   June 19: An experienced leader with broad perspective, David Howell brings a deep appreciation for the importance of forward-looking policy that benefits all American farmers to his work. Now, he wishes to serve his fellow farmers as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.   David is running for…

(Posted Tue. Jun 18th, 2013)

This article and podcast are the second in a series profiling candidates for the 2014 Corn Board. June 18: A critical thinker who aims to create consensus and balanced solutions, Rob Elliott brings both passion for agriculture and a calm, nuanced approach to his work on behalf of farmers. Now, he wishes to continue his service as he runs for a second term on the National Corn Growers Association Corn…

(Posted Tue. Jun 18th, 2013)

Keywords: Water Quality

June 18: To help corn farmers understand water issues and ways to enhance water quality on their farms, the National Corn Growers Association has added a video and an interactive educational module to its online learning tools concerning water quality management. “NCGA is dedicated to continuous improvement, education and supporting water conservation and input management,” said Dean Taylor, chair of the Production and Stewardship Action Team. “Our goal in producing…

(Posted Mon. Jun 17th, 2013)

This article and podcast are the first in a series profiling candidates for the 2014 Corn Board. June 17: An active listener who aims to find solutions that benefit all farmers, Ronnie Burleson volunteers long hours to the service of farmers in his home state of North Carolina. Now, after more than two decades of membership, he wishes to contribute his perspective, hard-work and insight by servicing as a member…

(Posted Mon. Jun 17th, 2013)

Keywords: Crop Progress

June 17: With U.S. corn planting complete, the crop is maturing well and continues to appear in good condition according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. Since last week, corn emergence rose by seven points to 92 percent, only trailing the five-year average by only five points despite planting delays. “Farmers are watching the weather and monitoring crop progress closely in the hopes that favorable conditions will…

(Posted Fri. Jun 14th, 2013)

Keywords: Leadership at Its Best

June 14: The National Corn Growers Association announced participants for the fourth class of NCGA’s Advanced Leadership Program, co-sponsored by Syngenta. This year’s class includes seven Leadership at Its Best graduates who will undergo intensive training in order to hone their media, leadership and lobbying skills and prepare to lead the industry forward. “We are excited to see another class of leaders who seek to truly elevate their skillset and…

(Posted Fri. Jun 14th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

June 14: This week, the National Corn Growers Association brought the corn farmers perspective to leaders and innovators in the ethanol and related industries as they met in St. Louis for the 29th Annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo, the largest ethanol conference currently in the world. For four days, attendees participated in a variety of sessions on topics ranging from regulatory compliance, improving nutritional quality in distillers’ dried grains…

(Posted Thu. Jun 13th, 2013)

June 13: In a letter to lawmakers, the National Corn Growers Association, the American Soybean Association, National Sunflower Association and the U.S. Canola Association urged the House of Representatives to quickly consider and pass H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (“FARRM”) Act. “Our organizations support many of the programs included in H.R. 1947, as reported by the Committee on Agriculture. The bill would consolidate conservation programs, reauthorize…

(Posted Thu. Jun 13th, 2013)

Jun. 13: Today, the National Corn Growers Association brought the story of how America’s corn farmers are growing corn in an increasingly sustainable manner to Capitol Hill staffers as part of a panel sponsored by Fuels America. NCGA Director of Public Policy Rod Snyder, along with other energy and agriculture representatives, provided an update on important issues shaping agriculture and the renewable fuel industry in America. “As Congress makes long…

(Posted Thu. Jun 13th, 2013)

Jun. 13: E15 will race into the spotlight this weekend as Austin Dillon pilots the No. 33 American Ethanol car in NASCAR®’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Pulling double duty as he attempts to make his second career Sprint Cup start in the American Ethanol Chevrolet, Dillon will look for victory while sporting the black and green colors of American Ethanol on Sunday and during…

(Posted Wed. Jun 12th, 2013)

Keywords: Corn Board

Jun. 12: The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board has elected Chip Bowling of Maryland to become the organization's first vice president for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. “I am honored that my colleagues on the board have placed their trust in my ability and dedication to moving our association’s mission forward and creating greater opportunities for corn growers across the country,” said Bowling. “At the same…

(Posted Wed. Jun 12th, 2013)

Keywords: WASDE Crop Production

Jun. 12: Despite weather-related planting delays this year, U.S. farmers are still 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 at 156.5 bushels per acre, strong yields coupled with record plantings will help farmers produce a record total corn supply of 14.0 billion bushels, three billion bushels more than last…

(Posted Tue. Jun 11th, 2013)

Jun. 11: With only days 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 June…

(Posted Mon. Jun 10th, 2013)

Keywords: Farm Policy

June 10:  The National Corn Growers Association today congratulates the Senate on passage of the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (2013 farm bill). The legislation was agreed to by a vote of 66-27. NCGA now urges the House of Representatives to quickly follow suit. “America’s farmers greatly appreciate the leadership and bipartisan efforts by the Senate to complete their work on the farm bill,” NCGA President Pam Johnson said.…

(Posted Mon. Jun 10th, 2013)

June 10: Farmers charged ahead with corn planting despite delays and are nearly complete with a full 95 percent of corn acres planted according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. Since last week, planting progress increased by four points to close in on the five-year average of 98 percent at this point. At the same time, corn emergence also rose by 11 points to 85 percent, only…

(Posted Mon. Jun 10th, 2013)

Jun. 10: Last week, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance hosted a dinner for 40 select bloggers who attended the BlogHer Food Conference in Austin, Texas. Held on a small urban farm, the dinner brought celebrity chef Danny Boome, USFRA Faces of Farming and Ranching winners Chris Chinn and Will Gilmer, representatives from the pork industry, Texas cattle ranchers and CommonGround volunteers together with food-centric female…

(Posted Fri. Jun 7th, 2013)

Jun. 7: CommonGround volunteers are sharing the story of food and farming with bloggers from across the country today and tomorrow at the BlogHer Food conference in Austin, Texas. With more than 500 leading female bloggers on subjects including food and nutrition in attendance, Iowa farmer and blogger Sara Ross and South Dakota farmer and blogger Morgan Kontz are helping share a farmer’s perspective on a…

(Posted Thu. Jun 6th, 2013)

Keywords: Sustainability

Jun. 6:  During an event at the National Press Club yesterday, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced a series of agricultural adaptations to climate change. The secretary primarily focused on food supply and environmental challenges American agriculture will face in years to come. “Our food supply stands at the core of our strength as a nation,” Secretary Vilsack stated during the event. “The bottom line is that in the United…

(Posted Thu. Jun 6th, 2013)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Jun. 6:  National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson released the following statement in response to the Senate’s farm bill cloture vote: “The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to see the cloture vote on the farm bill received 75 votes, well over the 60 votes necessary to move the legislation forward. However, there is still important work that needs to be done. We urge the Senate to quickly take…

(Posted Thu. Jun 6th, 2013)

Jun. 6: 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 explained how the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service-supported database in Ames, Iowa has been refining descriptions of maize phenotypes and thus making them more consistent with how other groups describe…

(Posted Thu. Jun 6th, 2013)

Jun. 6: 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 Wed. Jun 5th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

Jun. 5: Today, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements held a subjective hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard and the blend wall. The hearing did not invite representatives from the renewable fuel industry to testify and was not announced until late Friday evening. “It was a disappointment to hear the outcome of today’s hearing on the RFS and blend wall,”…

(Posted Wed. Jun 5th, 2013)

Jun. 5: 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 Tue. Jun 4th, 2013)

Jun. 4: It is an undeniable fact that corn represents a large proportion of our foodstuffs. Everything from meat to soda to plastic contains some variety of corn products. Of course, the product that gets the most media attention is ethanol. Even with the world's largest ethanol industry, the United States will over time bounce back from 2013's drought-depressed levels to remain the world's leading corn exporter. Therefore, internationally, ethanol…

(Posted Tue. Jun 4th, 2013)

Jun. 4: A new study out of Rice University and the University of California at Davis that looks ahead 40 years at farming and climate change and draws some very specific conclusions needs to go back to the research table, according to the National Corn Growers Association. “At a time when meteorologists struggle to tell you what the weekend will be like, it’s odd to see a report that tries…

(Posted Mon. Jun 3rd, 2013)

Jun. 3: Farmers continued to make planting progress this week despite wet conditions across much of the country, holding last week’s gains on corn planting progress to maintain progress only four points behind the five-year average according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. As of June 2, 91 percent of the corn acres had been planted, while only 28 percent were planted three weeks prior. “Growers continued…

(Posted Mon. Jun 3rd, 2013)

Keywords: Corn Farmers Coalition Image Campaigns

Jun. 3: For the fifth year in a row, policymakers in our nation’s capital are learning about the U.S. family farmers who produce corn, our nation’s top crop, as part of the Corn Farmers Coalition program. Once again, the program, which is sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and its state affiliates, showcases how innovative and high-tech corn farmers have become by introducing a foundation of facts about farmers…