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 and looked for individuals to profile, specifically choosing from different farming and ranching production methods, various types of crops and livestock and geographic diversity.   Among the six farmers and ranchers featured in the film is David Loberg, a fifth generation corn and soybean farmer, who runs the family farm with his mother. The farm also custom feeds 500 head of cows for a local dairy operation. David lives in Nebraska with his wife and infant son.  Along with Loberg, the film will look at the lives of a Colorado and Texas cattle...

(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, the American Soybean Association and the U.S. Canola Association wrote in a joint letter. “If such a resolution is not possible, we would support a two-year extension of the 2008 farm bill including, if necessary, a reduction in direct payments to achieve savings equivalent to the bills passed by both the Senate and the House. While difficult, this approach would leave sufficient funding in the commodities title to write a new farm program at such time as consensus can be achieved.”   The three organizations reiterated their strong opposition to recoupling payments to...

(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 barriers, acceptance of modern agricultural technology and enhancement of food security through trade.   The delegation, which included National Corn Growers Association Chairwoman Pam Johnson, participated in China's Food Security Strategy Summit in Beijing with top Chinese officials concerned with agricultural development, food security and rural issues. Other guests included senior USDA and Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture officials, senior executives from a number of major multinational trading companies, and the Food and Agriculture...

(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 Growers Association President Martin Barbre joined track owner Curtis Francois, NASCAR VP of Racing Operations Jim Cassidy, and American Ethanol spokesman and St. Louis native Kenny Wallace for the announcement.   “We have had great success utilizing the American Ethanol brand to educate the NASCAR Nation about the performance, economic and environmental benefits of corn-based ethanol over the last three years.” Barbre said. “This track sits in the heart of corn country so it will provide us another good opportunity to educate the...

(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.   The event brought together several experts on food issues including farmers, for a panel discussion on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), organically grown food, and local sourcing of foods.  Panelists included Wayne Humphreys, a crop and livestock farmer, Katie Olthoff, a turkey farmer and CommonGround volunteer; Dr. Wayne Parrott, Professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences/College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences from the University of Georgia; John Schillinger, Ph.D. Crop Researcher; Larry Cleverley, an Organic Farmer; and...

(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 their entry and meet the deadline,” said Don Glenn, chairman of the NCGA Production and Stewardship Action Team. “Furthermore, we urge all of NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest to submit their harvest forms as the contest plays an important role in recognizing excellence and finding new, innovative production practices.”   The National Corn Yield Contest is in its 49th year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members, setting a new participation record this year with 8,827 entries. This surpasses the previous record of 8,431 entries, set in...

(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 corn grower association today.   “We’re very excited about this program as an entry into leadership for our state affiliates and NCGA,” said NCGA Grower Services Action Team Chair Tom Haag. “We’ve got a great agenda set for the January session to help our growers become better communicators and leaders and learn more about the industry.”   The program is implemented in three phases, with two plenary sessions and an interim project. Session I will be held  January 27-30 in Des Moines. Participants will choose interim projects...

(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.”   Beyond spotted owls, long-nosed bats, black-footed ferrets, kangaroo rats and the short-nosed sucker, it seems that we now must add the American journalist.  And what has led to the decline of the American journalist? Let’s take a look.   Habitat Destruction:  “The Internet has brought forth an unprecedented flowering of news and information. But it has also destabilized the old business models that have supported quality journalism for decades. Good journalists across the country are losing their jobs or adjusting to a radically...

(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 four-segment mini-series where The Balancing Act will feature conversations with volunteers from CommonGround, an effort designed to get women talking about farming and food. CommonGround provides a way for moms looking for answers about food to connect with moms who grow and raise it and get real, credible information.    “The Balancing Act provides a great forum to connect with moms across the country and let them know that farmers just like me want to share the story behind how American food is grown and raised,” said Courtney.   Meet Courtney and find out more about this segment by

(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 the RFS as written in statute.   As outlined in the proposed RVOs issued last week, the EPA intends to reduce the baseline 2014 RVOs for the RFS from 14.4 billion gallons to 13 billion gallons. This ill-advised and unnecessary cut in required volumes will hault innovation in the renewable fuels market. Further, this reduction in volumes would have a devastating effect on farmers and rural communities across the country.   American farmers are currently harvesting their corn...

(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 them until midnight on Nov. 22 to complete their entry and meet the deadline,” said Don Glenn, chairman of the NCGA Production and Stewardship Action Team. “Furthermore, we urge all of NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest to submit their harvest forms as the contest plays an important role in recognizing excellence and finding new, innovative production practices.”   The National Corn Yield Contest is in its 49th year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members, setting a new participation record this year with 8,827 entries. This surpasses the...

(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 payment acres should be established for price and revenue programs.   In order to avoid another extension of the 2008 farm bill, the organizations proposed using the average of planted acres during the five years previous to the current year as the payment base for both the revenue and the price programs. The average would thus move forward, adding and dropping a year every year, in order to remain as current as possible without including the current year, which would serve as a deterrent to building base. Consideration...

(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 farming practices.   Launched in the spring of 2013, MAIZALL is a voluntary, non-governmental organization representing grower organizations in major exporting countries interested in the international trade in corn. Currently, the group includes the National Corn Growers Association, the U.S. Grains Council, ABRAMHILO and MAIZAR, the national corn producers’ organizations of Brazil and Argentina respectively. While all three countries are now, and will remain, vigorous competitors, the three also...

(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. The convention center will house the registration desk and all Commodity Classic specific events, including the Opening Reception, General Session, Evening of Entertainment, Trade Show, Learning Center Sessions and What’s New Sessions.   “We’re excited to be gearing up for this one-of-a-kind, world-class trade show presented by growers, for growers, in this beautiful, historic city,” said ASA Commodity Classic Co-Chair Wyatt Whitford, “Guests can expect a big show with a variety of opportunities for education and up-close experience with new innovative...

(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 Barbre. “Agriculture has been a bright spot in a failing U.S. economy, but current corn prices are below the cost of production.  EPA’s ruling would be devastating for family farmers and the entire rural economy.”   The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed renewable volume obligations set the annual targets for the utilization of cellulosic, biodiesel, advanced and total renewable fuel within our transportation fuels. The proposed rule caps corn-based (or conventional) ethanol at 13 billion gallons. These...

(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, dedicated volunteers who step forward to lead this organization,” said NCGA Chairwoman and Nominating Committee Chair Pam Johnson. “The willingness of our volunteer leadership plays an integral role in ensuring NCGA’s continued success. As a true grassroots organization, we rely upon farmers to volunteer for leadership, helping to shape policy and drive efforts. Serving on the Corn Board allows farmers a chance to build a better future for the industry and become an active force for change.”   The NCGA Corn Board represents the...

(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 than a piece of Swiss cheese,” as NCGA President Martin Barbre put it.   “This annual meeting gives us a chance to tell our story, the great story of American agriculture, to some of the reporters who know our challenges the most,” Barbre said. “These are the men and women we dial into each day back on the farm, and we appreciate all they do to keep us informed, entertained and engaged.”   The Associated Press story, and the possibility the federal government would this week announce a reduction in the obligation for ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard, was topic...

(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 keeping our best and brightest interested in ag,” said Tom Haag, chairman of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team. “This program is an important component of NCGA’s commitment to fostering youth in agriculture and to the future of our rural communities.  It is an investment in not only their future but also our own.”   Applicants for the NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program must be entering at least their second undergraduate year or any year of graduate study, and they or a parent or legal...

(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 more than five million miles of hard competitive driving across our three national series, Sunoco’s Green E15 renewable fuel stands up to rigorous racing conditions while significantly reducing our impact on the environment.”   In 2011 NASCAR entered into a groundbreaking partnership with Sunoco and the American Ethanol industry, launching its long-term bio fuels program to reduce emissions of the fuel used across...

(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 appears to be following a political agenda which clearly targets our only renewable alternative to imported petroleum. Even the headline is a colorful but inaccurate indictment. – ‘The secret, dirty cost of Obama's green power push.’  Secret? There are no secrets in how land is used, as their own reporting shows. Acres are tracked, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture guarantees a high level of transparency. No, these watch words ‘secret’ and ‘dirty’ show clearly that the reporters were sensationalizing the issue to a high...

(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, Field Notes catches up with Indiana farmer Brian Scott to see how the 2013 corn crop looked following the completion of harvest. With a few days since he finished in the fields, Scott has had a chance to take a closer look at how each type of corn on each of type of soil faired.   “This year was a very good year for corn in general in my part of Indiana,” said Scott. “Breaking it down, all of our dent corn is on two separate areas with very different soil. Here by the house, on what I consider the better soil, we averaged about 206 bushels per acre, which is great. On the sandy...

(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 bushels.   “While the record crop clearly demonstrates that U.S. corn farmers are poised to meet demand from all users, this abundance has produced a difficult situation for many farmers as prices continue to drop,” said National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre, a farmer from Carmi, Ill. “According to information released by the University of Illinois, many growers are finding prices lower than their cost of production at this point. It is imperative that we work diligently to build and maintain markets so that U.S. corn can be utilized as...

(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, we do ask all contest applicants to submit harvest forms within one week of their final yield check to allow NCGA staff adequate time to thoroughly review each form,” said Don Glenn, chairman of the NCGA Production and Stewardship Action Team. “NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest plays an important role in recognizing excellence and finding new, innovative production practices. We hope that growers continue to support the contest by seeing their entry through and submitting their completed harvest data forms.”   The National Corn Yield Contest is in its...

(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 believe in, and one of my top priorities is to get more members involved and active,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “With the assistance of DuPont, we’ve crafted a new and exciting program to tap the talent of NCGA members not currently serving as a state affiliate officer, Corn Congress delegate or alternate. If you fit this bill, are at least 21 years of age and active in corn farming, the New Leader Program may be right for you. We’re especially looking for couples to get involved together.”   Due to a late harvest, the first session of the NCGA...

(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 Commodity Classic. The registration desk and all Commodity Classic specific events will be held at the convention center.  Be sure and join us there for the Opening Reception, General Session, Evening of Entertainment, Trade Show, Learning Center Sessions and What’s New Sessions.   Commodity Classic hotels are either located within an easy walking distance or will have complimentary shuttle service to and from the convention center.  Check out the 2014 Commodity Classic website for additional information.   Presented annually by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean...

(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 ethanol and signed autographs for fans.   The group handed out nearly 3,000 American Ethanol green starter flags, which could be seen flying high in the track midway and in the campground surrounding the track. Roving teams also handed out prizes to those flying their flags. American Ethanol’s associate sponsorship on Austin Dillon’s No. 3 car in the Nationwide race was a central part of the weekend and was further augmented by a dozen large ethanol banners near track entrances and a large digital sign on the driver scoring tower.   A...

(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. With another two good weeks of harvest weather, the bountiful crop of 2013 will for the most part be in the bin!”   As of Sunday, 73 percent of the crop has been harvested in the 18 states that produce the bulk of the nation’s field corn, with some states making great progress in the past week. In Iowa, the state that produces the most corn, a full one-fifth of the corn crop was harvested in the last seven days as the percent harvested jumped from 55 to 75 percent.   Click here for the full crop progress report. Other harvests nearing...

(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) of corn.   Couple that with last week’s announcement of more than 4.5 million tons (177.2 million bushels) of new corn sales during the weeks of Oct. 10, 17 and 24, and one can easily get a pulse for international demand at these prices. However, market wires are abuzz with news that some importers have purchased U.S. corn for the first time in more than a year. Last year, the United States exported just 416,000 tons (16.4 million bushels) of corn to South Korea, which is less than 5 percent of Korea's total imports. This made Korea a prime target...

(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, Field Notes catches up with Nebraska farmer Andy Jobman to see how the 2013 corn harvest is coming along. Momentarily pausing the combine for a brief chat, Jobman explained that what he has seen in the fields as he completes what he hopes to be his final day of corn harvest.   “We are seeing pretty good yields so far with a lot of fields averaging about 200 bushels per acre,” said Jobman. “In some places, the fields got a little bit of hail during the growing season at almost the worst possible time. That took a lot of yield away in those areas, but the fields without hail...

(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 and ecological impacts.   “NCGA’s more than 40,000 members stand firmly in disagreement with the actions urged by the 169 House members who signed onto this letter,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “Furthermore, we strongly disagree with the claims upon which their argument is based. The Renewable Fuel Standard has not only achieved but often exceeded the economic, environmental and energy security goals outlined at its creation. Adjusting the volumes of corn ethanol in the 2014 RFS would negatively impact the economy...

(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 the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) with the nation’s largest trading partner this December.   “China is now the largest export market for U.S. agricultural goods valued at over $32 billion in 2012,” wrote the groups. “However, in spite of our growing successful trade relationship, China’s biotech approval process has gone from being slow but predictable to being even slower, unpredictable and non-transparent.”   The groups maintain that China’s position as a major...

(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 our growers’ daily lives, we’re happy to provide this service to our members,” said NCGA Grower Services Action Team Chairman Tom Haag, who farms in Minnesota. “We especially appreciate the generous support of FMC and the technical expertise provided by Blue Water Outlook to make this a terrific service for corn farmers.”   Click here to subscribe to the free email service.   “Growing corn is an increasingly complex operation, and FMC is pleased to team up with Blue Water Outlook to bring a fresh...