NEWS STORIES

AUGUST 2013

(Posted Fri. Aug 30th, 2013)

Aug. 30: Today, the National Corn Growers Association sends off Sarah Gallo with gratitude for her service and best wishes for the future.  Gallo departs the position of Director of Public Policy after almost three years to pursue other opportunities promoting agriculture in our nation’s capital.  During her tenure, Gallo played a key role in organizing an ongoing dialogue among the entire agricultural value chain about biotechnology and exports, and…

(Posted Fri. Aug 30th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade

Aug. 30: The United States is on track to export $140 billion in agricultural exports in Fiscal Year 2013, which would set a new record, according to a report released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Following the release of the Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement:   "Driven by the productivity of U.S. farmers and ranchers, we have achieved five years…

(Posted Thu. Aug 29th, 2013)

Aug. 29: 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 exploring the possibilities for incorporating text mining functionality as it develops.   Recently, Gardiner attended a…

(Posted Thu. Aug 29th, 2013)

Aug. 29: The National Corn Growers Association, together with the American Seed Trade Association, CropLife America, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association and Agricultural Retailers Association, released the “Seed Treatment Stewardship Guide.” This publication provides farmers and seed companies with critical information and up-to-date guidelines for managing treated seeds effectively to minimize the risk of exposure to pollinators and other non-target organisms.   “As public interest in pollinator…

(Posted Wed. Aug 28th, 2013)

Aug. 28:  National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson took advantage of one of the nation’s largest farm shows to talk about NCGA’s membership milestone and the need for corn farmers themselves to make themselves heard on such important issues as ethanol and the farm bill.   “Now is the time for action,” Johnson said at the Farm Progress Show, underway in Decatur, Ill. “I urge all of our 40,000…

(Posted Tue. Aug 27th, 2013)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Aug. 27: This week, the National Corn Growers Association brought the corn farmers perspective on American agriculture to an international group of an agronomists and soil scientists hosted by the International Fertilizer Development Center in St. Louis. Addressing participants from 10 nations, NCGA Vice President of Production and Utilization Paul Bertels and Director of Biotechnology and Economic Analysis Nathan Fields shared an overview of American agriculture focusing on production techniques,…

(Posted Tue. Aug 27th, 2013)

Aug. 27: Droughts have long tails. Last year's drought, the third and most severe in a three year string of declining yields, raised concern among international buyers about the reliability of U.S. corn export capacity. Thus, it also helped boost record imports from South American and Black Sea producers. The U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, has worked hard to anticipate and…

(Posted Mon. Aug 26th, 2013)

Aug 26: The U.S. corn crop continued to make steady progress toward full maturity last week while remaining in good condition, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. The percentage of the corn crop doughing increased by 18 points last week, narrowing the amount by which this crop’s maturation lags the five-year average by four points.  Reports also indicate that the crop condition remains nearly unchanged from…

(Posted Mon. Aug 26th, 2013)

Aug. 26: The Corn Farmers Coalition educational program had another successful summer in the nation’s capital, accumulating more than 30 million media impressions during June and July. The fact-based campaign, now in its fifth year, continues to focus on members of Congress, their staffs, administration officials, and opinion leaders in the news media, think tanks and environmental groups inside the DC beltway.   “CFC is about putting a face on…

(Posted Fri. Aug 23rd, 2013)

Aug. 23: A proud member and sponsor of the St. Louis Agribusiness Club, the National Corn Growers Association took part in the club’s Agmazing 500 Educational AgriBusiness Tour for congressional staff members. Club members hosted 15 staff members from Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Iowa and Indiana congressional offices.   A highlight of the tour was a visit to Larry Hasheider’s farm in Okawville, Ill.   “We are thrilled and honored to…

(Posted Fri. Aug 23rd, 2013)

Aug. 23: This week, a team of Colombian grain buyers, organized by the U.S. Grains Council, visited the National Corn Growers Association for discussions about the 2013 corn crop and U.S. corn markets. The discussion, part of an effort to enhance interest in sourcing feed grains from the United States, comes as a direct result of the distinct trade advantage the country now enjoys because of trade policies recently enacted.…

(Posted Thu. Aug 22nd, 2013)

Keywords: NASCAR

Aug. 22: Bristol Motor Speedway will see a familiar face and a familiar brand Saturday for the Food City 250, as American Ethanol joins forces once again with veteran driver Kenny Wallace.  Wallace climbs back behind the wheel of the No. 29 RAB Racing American Ethanol Toyota Camry.   "I'm so excited to be going to Bristol Motor Speedway, the ultimate short track, for grassroots racing just like I grew…

(Posted Thu. Aug 22nd, 2013)

Keywords: USFRA

Aug. 22:  Following the success of the Food Dialogues event series, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers and some of its affiliates have kicked off a series of regional events to bring communities together to talk about food and farm issues.   “We’re very proud to be part of USFRA and bring the conversation about food and farming from our fields to homes across America,” said NCGA Corn Board member Mike…

(Posted Wed. Aug 21st, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

Aug. 21: The National Corn Growers applauds U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D - MN) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) for their efforts to ensure consumers have access to homegrown, renewable biofuels. In a letter sent yesterday, the senators called on the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission to investigate possible anticompetitive practices by oil companies that limit consumers’ access to biofuels, such as ethanol.   “NCGA firmly supports efforts to ensure…

(Posted Wed. Aug 21st, 2013)

Aug. 21: While much of the Midwest experienced a cool, wet spring, farmers should still remain vigilant in monitoring for corn rootworm pressure. Last summer, the stress of the drought may have intensified stress on the corn crop and resulted in small root masses and heavy corn rootworm pressure, but the possibility of corn rootworm remains even under the less conducive circumstances of 2013.   Since adult corn rootworm…

(Posted Tue. Aug 20th, 2013)

By Pam Johnson President, National Corn Growers Association   As NCGA president, I was very proud when we announced last week that NCGA had reached a record membership of more than 40,000 active members. This milestone is the result of a lot of hard work, and the work of many hands – our recruiters who reach out across their fields to their neighbors and friends, our state and national staff…

(Posted Mon. Aug 19th, 2013)

Keywords: NCYC Yield Contest

Aug. 19: With the corn harvest underway in some areas and soon to begin in others, the National Corn Growers Association announces that online harvest forms for the 2013 National Corn Yield Contest are now available.  While the harvest information form deadline may seem distant, entrants are asked to report within seven days of their final yield check or by Nov. 22, whichever comes first.   “While a few areas…

(Posted Mon. Aug 19th, 2013)

Keywords: Crop Condition

Aug 19: The U.S. corn crop continued to make steady progress toward full maturity last week while remaining in good condition, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. The percentage of the corn crop doughing increased by 20 points last week, yet progress still lags behind the five-year average by 13 points.  Reports also indicate that the crop condition remains nearly unchanged from the previous week with…

(Posted Mon. Aug 19th, 2013)

Aug. 19: The National Corn Growers Association is seeking applications from members interested in working on an NCGA action team or committee in the 2014 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. This service provides growers an opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future of their industry and to become a part of the national agricultural leadership community.   “As a grassroots organization, NCGA relies on its members…

(Posted Fri. Aug 16th, 2013)

Aug. 16:  The National Corn Growers Association is now in 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. Aug 16th, 2013)

An Open Letter to NCGA Members   My fellow farmers,   August may be a busy month on your farm, as I know it is on mine, but I call upon you to move one very important task to the top of your to-do list. Meet with your Members of Congress for a conversation about the issues important to corn growers.    With Members of Congress in their home states…

(Posted Thu. Aug 15th, 2013)

Keywords: Sustainability Field to Market

Aug. 15: The Field to Market alliance is preparing to release a water quality metric to its Fieldprint Calculator. This update includes the integration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Water Quality Index and can help growers better understand how their farming systems and practices affect the quality of water flowing off their fields.    “The time, landscape and community in which farmers grow their…

(Posted Wed. Aug 14th, 2013)

Keywords: AIC

Aug. 14: National Corn Growers Association officers and senior staff have gathered with representatives of 14 leading agribusinesses for the biannual NCGA Agri-Industry Council meeting to discuss vital issues facing agriculture, share information on their companies and sectors, hear from recognized speakers and learn from NCGA about its current initiatives.  The Agri-Industry Council was established in 2007 to facilitate dialogue between agribusinesses and NCGA to collectively address issues of mutual…

(Posted Tue. Aug 13th, 2013)

Keywords: American Ethanol NASCAR Ethanol

Aug. 13: Today, Austin Dillon unveiled a limited-time only display at the NASCAR® Hall of Fame commemorating his historic win at the inaugural Mudsummer Classic held at the Eldora Speedway on July 25. The exhibit features a jar of dirt Dillon scooped up near the finish line with the Eldora golden shove, his winner’s trophy and the No. 39 American Ethanol truck he drove to victory, becoming the first driver…

(Posted Mon. Aug 12th, 2013)

Keywords: Crop Progress Production

Aug. 12: Despite slight decreases in the forecasts for overall production and national yield, U.S. farmers are still on track to produce a record corn crop, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates released today. The projected harvest of 13.8 billion bushels of corn fell 187 million bushels from the forecast a month prior as the first survey-based yield forecast fell to 154.4 bushels per acre. If this forecasts is…

(Posted Fri. Aug 9th, 2013)

Aug. 9:  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. Aug 9th, 2013)

Keywords: Membership

Aug. 9: On July 31, the National Corn Growers Association reached a major milestone as membership rolls surpassed the 40,000 mark, reaching a total of 40,157. Off the Cob sat down this week with NCGA Grower Services Action Team Chair Brandon Hunnicutt, a farmer from Nebraska, to discuss why the association continues to grow.   “There are many reasons that NCGA continues to grow its membership,” Hunnicutt explained. “First, we…

(Posted Thu. Aug 8th, 2013)

Aug. 8: Growers are gathered today in Minneapolis, Minn. for the first session of the NCGA Leadership Academy, co-sponsored by Syngenta. Upon completion of the program in January, the participants will join more than 500 colleagues who have graduated from this program in the past 27 years.   At the meeting, participants got up-close look at NCGA from President Pam Johnson, who is also a Leadership Academy alumnae. Fellow alumnus…

(Posted Tue. Aug 6th, 2013)

Keywords: Biotechnology

It’s no secret: the biotechnology industry hasn’t done the best job communicating about GMOs. That’s about to change with GMO Answers, a new joint initiative by the agricultural and biotechnology companies that create genetically modified seeds, now endorsed by the National Corn Growers Association. The GMOAnswers.com website is a new resource committed to transparency about the use of GMOs in agriculture, research and data – all in one…

(Posted Mon. Aug 5th, 2013)

Aug. 5:  Membership in the National Corn Growers Association now surpasses the 40,000 mark, the organization announced today, signaling deep and continued support for the 56-year-old national agriculture association. As of July 31, membership in NCGA stands at 40,157.   “We’re thrilled at what this new milestone means and we salute the hard work of our membership recruiters, state and national staff, and all who have helped build this into…

(Posted Fri. Aug 2nd, 2013)

Aug 2:  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. Aug 2nd, 2013)

Aug. 2: This week, leadership from the National Corn Growers Association traveled to Ottawa to participate in the U.S. Grains Council’s 53rd Annual Meeting. Representing the association, a founding member of USGC, were NCGA President Pam Johnson, Chairman Garry Niemeyer, First Vice President Martin Barbre and CEO Rick Tolman. They shared their insight into current conditions facing corn growers domestically while discussing the factors shaping overseas markets with leadership from…

(Posted Thu. Aug 1st, 2013)

Aug. 1: For the third year, the Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence Research Program will offer grants to researchers for projects focused on solving aflatoxin issues. These grants, which will be awarded to researchers focusing on seven priority areas, were designed by Southern corn checkoff boards to bring a unified approach to funding research projects across the region, and will thus favor research teams that include members from multiple states.…