NEWS STORIES

NOVEMBER 2013

(Posted Wed. Nov 27th, 2013)

Keywords: USFRA

Nov. 27: Feature length documentary, Farmland, from Oscar®-winning filmmaker, James Moll, follows the next generation of American farmers and ranchers, all in their 20s, in various regions across the US. Moll spent five months meeting farmers and ranchers before he settled on the six who are featured in Farmland. In order to authentically tell the story through the eyes of this next generation, Moll extensively researched the subject…

(Posted Tue. Nov 26th, 2013)

Nov. 26:  Frustrated by inaction, the National Corn Growers Association joined with two other farmer-led organizations to call on Congressional leaders to take the right steps quickly on the 2013 farm bill, or extend the 2008 law.   “We very much hope that conferees on the farm bill will find common ground that can be supported by producers of all crops in all regions of the country,” representatives of NCGA,…

(Posted Tue. Nov 26th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade MAIZALL

Nov. 26: Last week, MAIZALL met with key government and feed industry leaders in South Korea and China. This delegation, which follows two years of intensive planning and preparation, marked the initial effort of MAIZALL, a partnership of the national corn producer organizations of Argentina, Brazil and the United States, in its work to bring the world's top three corn exporting countries together to advocate for the elimination of trade…

(Posted Mon. Nov 25th, 2013)

Nov. 25: NASCAR racing is coming back to Gateway Motorsports Park and so is American Ethanol. Track officials and NASCAR representatives made the announcement today at the track located near St. Louis on the Illinois-Missouri border.   The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return on June 14, 2014. The venue reopened in March of 2012 after investing more than $11.5 million in track and facility improvements.   National Corn…

(Posted Mon. Nov 25th, 2013)

Nov. 25:  The Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, in cooperation with the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, hosted “Food Dialogue: Iowa” last week at Iowa State University. The event was part of a larger effort by the USFRA to bring together farmers, ranchers, industry experts, scientists, media, and consumers for a dynamic discussion on today’s most pressing topics related to food and food production.  …

(Posted Fri. Nov 22nd, 2013)

Nov. 22: With only hours remaining until the final deadline, the National Corn Growers Association reminds entrants that harvest forms for the 2013 National Corn Yield Contest must be submitted by midnight tonight. Mail-in harvest forms will only be accepted if postmarked by Nov. 22 also.   “With the deadline upon us, it is important that entrants remember that using the online harvest form allows them until midnight to complete…

(Posted Fri. Nov 22nd, 2013)

Nov. 22:  With an application deadline two weeks away, the National Corn Growers Association reports that there are still spaces available for participants from several states for the premiere class of the new NCGA DuPont New Leader Program, which kicks off in Des Moines in late January. Farming couples or individuals interested in strengthening their communications and leadership skills to better serve American agriculture are urged to contact their state…

(Posted Fri. Nov 22nd, 2013)

By Rick Tolman CEO, National Corn Growers Association   Wikipedia, the apparent new standard for definition in our electronic virtual society, defines an endangered species as “a native species that faces significant risk of extinction in the near future throughout all or a significant portion of its range.  Such species may be declining in number due to the threats such as habitat destruction, climate change or pressure from invasive species.”…

(Posted Thu. Nov 21st, 2013)

Keywords: CommonGround Food

Nov. 21: Popular morning show The Balancing Act airing on Lifetime TV welcomes CommonGround, a grassroots organization designed to get women talking about farming, to the show at 6 a.m. CST Monday, Nov. 25. Make sure to tune in as CommonGround Kentucky volunteer Mary Courtney explains why consumers do not have to spend more to get the best food for their families.   This is the first of a…

(Posted Thu. Nov 21st, 2013)

Nov. 21: Yesterday, National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre participated in a meeting at the White House in which key representatives from the biofuels industry and agribusiness presented information on the negative impacts of the proposed 2014 renewable volume obligation levels for the Renewable Fuel Standard released by the Environmental Protection Agency last week. During this discussion, Barbre presented compelling evidence of the importance of maintaining the volume obligations of…

(Posted Wed. Nov 20th, 2013)

Nov. 20: With only hours remaining until the final deadline, the National Corn Growers Association reminds entrants that harvest forms for the 2013 National Corn Yield Contest must be postmarked by Nov. 22. Notably, entrants choosing to use the online harvest form have until midnight Nov. 22 to do so.   “With the deadline approaching so quickly, it is important that entrants remember that using the online harvest form allows…

(Posted Wed. Nov 20th, 2013)

Nov. 20: The National Corn Growers Association joined with other farm organizations late Tuesday in a letter to congressional leadership that proposed a compromise on the commodity title of the farm bill, now in conference negotiations on Capitol Hill.   In the letter, NCGA, the American Soybean Association and the U.S. Canola Association noted that the three organizations have different views on various issues regarding the commodity title, including which…

(Posted Tue. Nov 19th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Biotechnology MAIZALL

Nov. 19: The first international MAIZALL mission is underway in Asia this week, bringing representatives of corn farmers from the United States, Argentina and Brazil to South Korea and China for meetings with key industry and government officials. The team, which includes National Corn Growers Association Chairwoman and MAIZALL board member Pam Johnson, will discuss issues important to both parties including biotechnology, current corn production, product regulatory issues and domestic…

(Posted Mon. Nov 18th, 2013)

Keywords: Commodity Classic

Nov. 18: Commodity Classic registration and housing reservations open online at 9 a.m. CST on Tuesday morning, November 19, 2013. Rooms are expected to book quickly, so those interested should register as soon as possible.   The 19th annual farmer focused-farmer led event is scheduled for Feb. 27-March 1, 2014, along the banks of the famous River Walk at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Tex.…

(Posted Fri. Nov 15th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

Nov. 15:  The National Corn Growers Association expressed outrage today in the wake of an announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will significantly weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard by reducing the volumes for corn-based ethanol for 2014.   “This recommendation is ill-advised and should be condemned by all consumers because it is damaging to our tenuous economy and short-sighted regarding the nation’s energy future,” said NCGA President Martin…

(Posted Thu. Nov 14th, 2013)

Nov. 14: The National Corn Growers Association Nominating Committee reminds members that it is accepting applications 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 talented,…

(Posted Thu. Nov 14th, 2013)

Nov. 14:  Leaders of the National Corn Growers Association had lots to talk about this morning when farm journalists gathered in Kansas City from around the country for the annual meeting of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting.   Top issues discussed were the size of the record corn crop, the stalled farm bill, and ethanol – especially after an Associated Press story on corn and ethanol “with more holes…

(Posted Wed. Nov 13th, 2013)

Nov. 13: Only one month remains to apply for the NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program. These five scholarships, offered by the National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation, will award $1,000 each 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…

(Posted Tue. Nov 12th, 2013)

Keywords: NASCAR

Nov. 12: NASCAR announced today that during the NASCAR Nationwide Series™ race in Phoenix it surpassed more than five million competition miles across its three national series on Sunoco Green E15, a biofuel blended with 15% American Ethanol made from American grown corn. The five-million-miles have been accumulated across practice, qualifying and racing laps dating back to 2011 when the bio-fuel was introduced.     “Fuel is fundamental to our sport and our teams demand performance without compromise,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. “With…

(Posted Tue. Nov 12th, 2013)

Nov. 12: The following is a statement from National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre on the Associated Press’s story today on corn ethanol and land use:   “Today’s controversial story on corn ethanol and land use appears to simply be based on a complete misunderstanding of modern agriculture generally and the Conservation Reserve Program specifically, but unfortunately, the problem is much deeper. It is discouraging that the Associated Press…

(Posted Fri. Nov 8th, 2013)

Nov. 8:  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,…

(Posted Fri. Nov 8th, 2013)

Nov. 8: U.S. farmers will produce a record corn crop even larger than previously expected if forecasts hold, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates released today. The projected harvest raised by 146 million bushels to 13.98 billion bushels as the yield forecast rose by 5.1 bushels per acre to 160.4 bushels per acre. If realized, U.S. corn farmers would exceed the production record set in 2009 of 13.09 billion…

(Posted Fri. Nov 8th, 2013)

Nov. 8: With only two weeks remaining until the final deadline, the National Corn Growers Association reminds entrants that online harvest forms for the 2013 National Corn Yield Contest are available to help save valuable time during harvest.  Additionally, it reminds entrants that they 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,…

(Posted Wed. Nov 6th, 2013)

Nov. 6:  Are you a farming couple or individual interested in strengthening your communications and leadership skills to better serve your interests and the interests of the corn industry? If so, your state corn grower association would like to hear from you.   “The success of our organization, or any grassroots organization for that matter, is the ability to give motivated members opportunities to get active in a cause they…

(Posted Tue. Nov 5th, 2013)

Nov. 5:  Online registration and housing reservations for the 2014 Commodity Classic, taking place in San Antonio, Tex., will open at 9 a.m. CST Tuesday, Nov. 19. Hotel space is limited and rooms will book fast, so don’t delay!    The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, nestled in the heart of historic downtown San Antonio along the banks of the world famous River Walk is the site of the 2014…

(Posted Tue. Nov 5th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol

Nov. 5:  Corn growers from four states were at the Dallas Motor Speedway this weekend to spread the good word about American Ethanol to more than 100,000 fans in attendance over the three-day race weekend.   Throughout the weekend, members of the farmer delegation from Texas, Minnesota, North Dakota and Nebraska had the opportunity to work alongside NASCAR driver and American Ethanol spokesman Kenny Wallace, who answered questions about E15…

(Posted Mon. Nov 4th, 2013)

Nov. 4:  Thanks to dry weather and hard-working farmers, nearly three quarters of the nation’s corn crop has been harvested, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported, with a harvest that has caught up and outpaced the five-year average.   “We’ve had some good weather for harvesting,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “Even though some areas are still challenged by moisture, we’re getting some very optimistic reports about quality and yield.…

(Posted Mon. Nov 4th, 2013)

Nov. 4:  Lower grain prices have prompted a bevy of overseas buying, the U.S. Grains Council reports. Corn prices have fallen to a three-year low amidst huge and better than expected harvest reports. Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported net corn sales of 1.3 million metric tons (51.2 million bushels), and the bulk of the new sales are destined for unknown destinations, accounting for 428,000 tons (16.8 million bushels)…

(Posted Fri. Nov 1st, 2013)

Nov. 1:  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,…

(Posted Fri. Nov 1st, 2013)

Nov. 1: This week, 169 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy urging her to use the agency’s authority to reduce the volumes of ethanol mandated in the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard. The National Corn Growers Association strongly disagrees with the letter, which uses outdated and incomplete information in making its case, to disparage corn ethanol with allegations of negative economic…

(Posted Fri. Nov 1st, 2013)

Nov. 1: In a letter today to U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association and U.S. Canola Association raised concerns regarding ongoing delays, lack of transparency and arbitrary decisions in China’s process of approving new biotechnology traits. The letter comes as the three administration officials prepare for a meeting of…

(Posted Fri. Nov 1st, 2013)

Nov. 1:  The National Corn Growers Association and FMC Agricultural Products  are working together to provide a new, free weather service benefit for NCGA members in conjunction with Blue Water Outlook.   The NCGA-FMC Ag Weather Advisor Program features a complimentary email subscription service designed to complement farmers’ other favorite sources of weather information by providing information not easily available elsewhere.   “Because watching the weather is an important part of…