NEWS STORIES

OCTOBER 2013

(Posted Thu. Oct 31st, 2013)

Keywords: NASCAR Ethanol

Oct. 31:  American Ethanol will be front-and-center at the Texas NASCAR race this weekend as spokesman Austin Dillon closes in on a championship and ethanol supporters from three states journey to the Lone Star State to educate and interact with fans about ethanol.   Dillon is known for his signature cowboy hat, but he wouldn’t mind trading in his hat for a new one at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday. …

(Posted Wed. Oct 30th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

Oct. 30:  Possible federal legislation that dismantles the Renewable Fuel Standard is the wrong policy at the wrong time, the National Corn Growers Association said today. According to news reports, the bill drafted by Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., would remove corn ethanol from the RFS and adjust the RFS for advanced biofuel at 16 billion gallons.   “Just in time for Halloween, Sen. Feinstein is proposing …

(Posted Wed. Oct 30th, 2013)

Oct. 30:  CommonGround volunteers hit the studios of Lifetime TV’s popular morning show The Balancing Act this week, to tape a four-segment miniseries discussing food topics most important to today’s farmer. The segments, which will air throughout the next three months on Lifetime, will acquaint women across the country with the farm women who grow and raise the food for all of America’s families.   “We are thrilled to work …

(Posted Tue. Oct 29th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

Oct. 29:  At a Capitol Hill briefing this morning on the Renewable Fuel Standard and the concerns of sportsmen and boaters, National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Chip Bowling shared his story as a corn grower, ethanol advocate, boater, hunter and fisherman who lives and farms alongside the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.   In his remarks, Bowling talked about how the RFS and ethanol have helped corn farmers, and …

(Posted Tue. Oct 29th, 2013)

Oct. 29:  With harvest running a little later and growers in the field longer than expected, the first session of the NCGA DuPont New Leader Program, previously scheduled for November, has been moved to January by the National Corn Growers Association. The application deadline for the program has been extended to Dec. 6, to allow more growers the opportunity to get involved.   “We hope that this will lead to …

(Posted Mon. Oct 28th, 2013)

Oct. 28:  In its weekly report on crop progress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that the corn harvest is only three percentage points under the five-year average and the crop condition is improving, with nearly two-thirds in good or excellent condition.   “Corn growers are on pace to bring in an excellent crop this fall, despite many challenges earlier in the season,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre, a corn …

(Posted Mon. Oct 28th, 2013)

Oct 28: Today, the National Corn Growers Association welcomed Zach Kinne to the Washington D.C. office as Director of Public Policy.  He will lead the public policy efforts for trade and biotechnology issues and serve as staff on the Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team.   “Zach brings a wealth of experience both personally and professionally to this position,” NCGA Vice President of Public Policy Jon Doggett said.  “With …

(Posted Fri. Oct 25th, 2013)

Oct. 25: With less than a month remaining, the National Corn Growers Association reminds entrants that online harvest forms for the 2013 National Corn Yield Contest are 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 harvest season is quite busy, we do ask all contest applicants …

(Posted Thu. Oct 24th, 2013)

Oct. 24: CommonGround volunteers and staff from state corn and soy associations gathered in St. Louis yesterday for the CommonGround Biotechnology Communications Workshop which was graciously sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team. The day-long event, held at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, featured internationally respected experts on biotechnology and a tour of the independent research facility.   “The energy and desire to …

(Posted Thu. Oct 24th, 2013)

Oct 24: Late Wednesday evening, the House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, H.R. 3080, by a vote of 417-3.  The National Corn Growers Association congratulates members on advancing the bill with strong, bipartisan support.    “A nearly unanimous vote on legislation rarely occurs these days on Capitol Hill,” NCGA President Martin Barbre said.  “This just goes to show how important WRRDA is not only to …

(Posted Wed. Oct 23rd, 2013)

Oct. 23: Yesterday, the National Corn Growers Association hosted a Chinese agricultural delegation for a morning of informative presentations and discussions about the U.S. corn crop, agricultural associations and the seed and biofuels industries. The group, organized by Monsanto, included officials from China’s Seed Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture and 16 officials from provincial seed administration stations.   “While NCGA hosts a number of teams interested in biotechnology and the corn …

(Posted Tue. Oct 22nd, 2013)

Oct. 22: The National Corn Growers Association, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and the American Soybean Association announce a new collaborative venture that joins two leading industry trade show experiences - Commodity Classic and AG CONNECT Expo & Summit - to provide an even better world-class experience and gathering place for all segments of agriculture.    Commodity Classic is a joint venture owned by the National Corn Growers Association and …

(Posted Mon. Oct 21st, 2013)

Oct. 21: Corn harvest progress continues to lag far behind the five-year average according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. With 39 percent of the crop harvest in the top 18 corn producing states as of October 20, progress now trails the five-year average by 14 points. The previous report, released on September 30, indicated only an 11 point gap at that time.   “Planting came late …

(Posted Fri. Oct 18th, 2013)

Oct. 18: The National Corn Growers Association has finalized its agenda for the 2014 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC), to be held June 2-4 in Louisville, Ky.   Presentations will feature new uses and products, inputs, processing and biorefinery advances in wet and dry grinding. The conference session topics will address genetics, biotechnology, grain quality and mycotoxin research. There will be additional sessions covering new technologies and products from …

(Posted Thu. Oct 17th, 2013)

Oct. 17:  Farm size will be the key topic at the next Food Dialogues event, to be held on Thursday, Oct. 24 in Boston by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and streamed live online. The National Corn Growers Association is a proud founder and affiliate of USFRA, with NCGA board member Mike Geske serving on the USFRA board.   Noted food author and Bloomberg News reporter Alan Bjerga will …

(Posted Wed. Oct 16th, 2013)

Oct. 16: This week, National Corn Growers Association Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair Jim Zimmerman will be representing U.S. farmers in the 8th annual Global Farmer Roundtable.   In 2013, farmers and producers from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Ghana, India, Kenya, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Ukraine, the United States, Uruguay and Zimbabwe will participate in this event in support of freer trade and farmers’ freedom to choose the …

(Posted Tue. Oct 15th, 2013)

Oct. 15: The National Corn Growers Association Nominating Committee is now accepting applications from members for the 2015 Corn Board.  Through the Corn Board, members can become an integral part of the organization’s leadership.  Click here for the application, which provides complete information on requirements, responsibilities and deadlines.   “Through my years on the Corn Board, I have had the pleasure of working with the wealth of …

(Posted Fri. Oct 11th, 2013)

Oct. 11:  With the harvest well underway, the National Corn Growers Association reminds entrants that online harvest forms for the 2013 National Corn Yield Contest are 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.   “Harvest season is quite busy, so we do ask all contest applicants to …

(Posted Thu. Oct 10th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

Oct. 10:   When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency releases the 2014 volume requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard, the statute currently calls for corn starch ethanol to account for 14.4 billion gallons, an amount that corn farmers and the ethanol industry can easily provide, the National Corn Growers Association noted.   “Across the country right now, our nation’s corn farmers are harvesting what the USDA and others are estimating …

(Posted Wed. Oct 9th, 2013)

Keywords: Research

Oct. 9:  The National Corn Growers Association participated earlier this week in an inter-commodity research meeting hosted at Cotton Incorporated in Cary, N.C. Along with corn, national research staff from soy, wheat, sorghum, and cotton associations met to exchange ideas and discuss potential collaborations among the groups.   “One common area of concern expressed by attendees was regarding the data utilized in lifecycle analysis,” said Richard Vierling, NCGA Director of …

(Posted Tue. Oct 8th, 2013)

Oct. 8:  National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre released the following statement after filing a notice to appeal the September 13 ruling which upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s Total Maximum Daily Load for the Chesapeake Bay:   “NCGA feels it is in the best interest of farmers to appeal the district court’s decision which upheld the TMDL for the Chesapeake Bay.  Our organization understands and supports the need to …

(Posted Tue. Oct 8th, 2013)

Oct. 8: The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation will again award five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field during the 2014-15 school year.   “NCGA understands that to remain successful as an industry we must focus on education and keeping our best and brightest interested in ag,” said Tom Haag, chairman of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team. “This program is …

(Posted Mon. Oct 7th, 2013)

Oct. 7:  Space remains available for farmers in some states to become involved in the NCGA/DuPont New Leader Program, kicking off next month in Des Moines,  which was created to empower growers to share the story of their farms and the benefits of a robust agriculture system with key audiences, including consumers, media and decision-makers. The National Corn Growers Association and DuPont first announced this program in July, designed for …

(Posted Mon. Oct 7th, 2013)

Oct.7:  The National Corn Growers Association is now wrapping up 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 Mon. Oct 7th, 2013)

Oct.7:  The National Corn Growers Association is now wrapping up 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. Oct 4th, 2013)

Oct. 4: This week, National Corn Growers Association past president Garry Niemeyer brought a corn farmer’s perspective to the 10th Annual Waterways Symposium and Annual Meeting. The event was organized by the Waterways Journal, Informa Economics and the Waterways Council, the national public policy organization that advocates for a properly funded and well-maintained system of inland waterways and ports.   Niemeyer, who now serves on WCI’s Board of Directors, participated …

(Posted Thu. Oct 3rd, 2013)

Keywords: trade DDGS

Oct. 3: The strength of U.S. exports of distiller's dried grains with solubles has been bright spot in a tough year for U.S. feed grains, with particularly strong export growth in Southeast Asia contributing substantially to that growth. Through the first half of calendar year 2013, total U.S. DDGS exports rose six percent. At the same time, growth rose nine percent in Southeast Asia, with major gains in Thailand (53 …

(Posted Wed. Oct 2nd, 2013)

Oct. 2: When the National Corn Growers Association entered a new fiscal year yesterday, Maryland farmer Chip Bowling assumed the role of first vice president.  Off the Cob spoke with the new officer to explore the issues he sees as needing the most immediate attention and his long-term goals for his term.   “We will still be facing the need to pass a new farm bill in 2014,” he said. …

(Posted Tue. Oct 1st, 2013)

Oct. 1: Last week, National Corn Growers Association Director of Biofuels Dr. Pam Keck sat down with The Market Hour to discuss a new report released from researchers in the Netherlands. This study shows that current models assessing the impact of crops grown for biofuel production on land use do not accurately reflect current production and land use realities.   “The results of that study are actually great news,” Keck …

(Posted Tue. Oct 1st, 2013)

Oct. 1: The National Corn Growers Association enters a new fiscal year today and seated the 2014 Corn Board with Martin Barbre of Carmi, Ill., assuming the presidency.  Off the Cob spoke with the new president to explore his views on what lies ahead for corn farmers in 2014 and his goals for his term.   “My three main goals for the year are to get a farm bill passed, …