NEWS STORIES

FEBRUARY 2014

(Posted Fri. Feb 28th, 2014)

The 2014 Commodity Classic general session took place this morning, featuring a panel of top commodity leaders, keynote remarks by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and an inspirational and hilarious presentation on happiness by Brad Montgomery.   Program emcee Mark Mayfield opened the presidents’ roundtable, conducting brief interviews with each participant.  Speaking with National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre, Mayfield inquired about why so many farmers play an active role…

(Posted Thu. Feb 27th, 2014)

Today, the Commodity Classic Trade Show opened, showcasing the latest farming products and innovations. With opening remarks by National Corn Growers Association Joint Venture Committee 2014 Co-Chair Rob Elliott closing the ribbon cutting ceremony along with his American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers counterparts and Michelle Vigna, the Roundup Ready Xtend Launch Lead for Monsanto, the show flung open its doors and welcomed farm…

(Posted Thu. Feb 27th, 2014)

For the seventh year in a row, BASF Crop Protection has teamed with the the National Corn Growers Association to provide the William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students pursing an agricultural degree. The five scholarship recipients were announced today during the 2014 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.   “We are proud to recognize students who make a real impact in agriculture,” said…

(Posted Wed. Feb 26th, 2014)

Today, farmers and industry members are arriving in San Antonio, Texas for Commodity Classic 2014. As the wide array of events begins, the National Corn Growers Association reminds growers that, in addition to the many learning and networking opportunities Commodity Classic offers, it also provides many chances to play an active role in their national corn association.   Wednesday, NCGA is holding an Issues Briefing in the early afternoon during…

(Posted Mon. Feb 24th, 2014)

This week, the National Corn Growers Association sends off Rod Snyder with gratitude for his service and best wishes as he assumes the role of president of Field to Market, The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture.  Snyder departs the position of Director of Public Policy after six years to assume leadership and continue that organization’s commitment to continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality and human well-being across the agricultural supply chain.…

(Posted Thu. Feb 20th, 2014)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture preliminary 2012 Census of Agriculture results, released today, show an increase in the value of agricultural products sold in the United States totaling $394.6 billion in 2012, up 33 percent from 2007.  While the number of farms and land declined slightly over the period, agriculture as an industry also became more diverse.   “For decades now, the National Corn Growers Association has stressed the importance…

(Posted Thu. Feb 20th, 2014)

American Ethanol is enhancing its partnership with Richard Childress Racing and driver Austin Dillon for the 2014 NASCAR season. Beginning with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on March 2, Dillon will race the No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet SS in select races during the 2014 season.   “We want to show consumers coast-to-coast there is a great alternative to imported oil and our association with…

(Posted Thu. Feb 20th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association released the following statement from NCGA President Martin Barbre in response to Syngenta’s announcement of the limited release of Agrisure Duracade through the “Right to Grow” program.   “We are pleased to see Syngenta’s efforts to administer a limited trait release of Agrisure Duracade that seeks to balance the importance of maintaining farmers’ access to technology while maintaining markets for U.S. corn. NCGA…

(Posted Wed. Feb 19th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association brought the interests of America’s corn farmers to the table yesterday for a lively discussion of federal activity impacting ethanol and gasoline markets during the National Ethanol Conference. The 19th annual event hosted by the Renewable Fuels Association brought together a diverse group of interests to examine the legislative and regulatory issues facing the ethanol industry in Washington today.   NCGA Vice President of Public…

(Posted Tue. Feb 18th, 2014)

Approximately 250 delegates met in Long Beach, Calif., last week for the U.S. Grains Council's 11th International Marketing Conference and 54th Annual Membership Meeting. The winter annual meeting included speakers and conversation dedicated to developing markets, enabling trade and improving lives.   The Council's Advisory Teams tackled issues preparatory to developing the USGC's Unified Export Strategy for Fiscal Year 2015. From biotechnology to trade negotiations to market development strategies in…

(Posted Tue. Feb 18th, 2014)

Today, Commodity Classic launched an all-new mobile app allowing attendees to access information, receive messages and engage in social media from their smart phones and tablets. The free Commodity Classic convention and trade show mobile app gives show-goers the ability to make their own schedules, lookup session, event and shuttle times, navigate with maps, fill out surveys, and much more. Visit www.commodityclassic.com/app.   “We’ve seen first-hand how more people…

(Posted Fri. Feb 14th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association’s Production and Stewardship Action Team met last week in Atlanta to discuss programs that deal with livestock nutrition, bee health, water quality and sustainability. “Large consumer manufacturers are committed to supplying their customers with quality products produced sustainably, said Don Glenn, PSAT Chairman. “Farmers naturally approach growing a crop sustainably because it is good business. It makes no sense to overuse expensive inputs or damage…

(Posted Thu. Feb 13th, 2014)

Keywords: USGC

With downloadable market data from dozens of countries and regions, plus highlights of Council activities from 2013, the U.S. Grains Council's 2013 Annual Report at usgcAnnualReport.org is a great resource for those following the global grain trade.   "The downloadable spreadsheet includes production, demand, imports, exports and feed consumption information for 60 countries and regions," says Rex Martin, leader of the Council's Membership and Communications Advisory Team. "Add in web-based country and…

(Posted Wed. Feb 12th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association’s Research and Business Development Action Team met in California last week to discuss research program topics that deal with genomics, genotyping, phenotyping and sustainability. In addition to program updates, the team toured local produce operations.   “It is important for corn producers to learn how other crops are addressing sustainability and what practices and programs work for them,” said Tom Mueller, Research and Development Action…

(Posted Wed. Feb 12th, 2014)

Keywords: Commodity Classic

Farmers and other Commodity Classic attendees will once again have the opportunity to welcome U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to the annual convention and trade show for corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers. For the fifth year in a row, the secretary will deliver a keynote address to an expected crowd of more than 6,000 during the event’s General Session, scheduled on Friday, Feb. 28, in San Antonio, Texas.…

(Posted Tue. Feb 11th, 2014)

Keywords: ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Committee met last week in Detroit, Michigan to discuss everything from the latest research on ethanol use in small engines to growing opportunities for distiller’s grains. While there, the group also met with representatives of Ford, Chrysler, General Motors and the Environmental Protection Agency.   “Meeting in Detroit provided us with a great opportunity to talk with the Big Three auto manufacturers,” said NCGA…

(Posted Mon. Feb 10th, 2014)

U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates released today lowered ending stocks estimates by 150 million bushels on increased export estimates for the record 2013 corn crop. This change resulted in an upward revision of the average farm price by 10 cents per bushel at both ends of the spectrum.   “It is clear that America’s farmers have the ability to produce an abundance to meet all needs,” said National Corn Growers…

(Posted Mon. Feb 10th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association’s Grower Services Action Team met last week in New Orleans for updates on NCGA programs dealing with membership, leadership and communications. The meeting came directly after the biennial Membership Symposium.   “NCGA’s many programs to support membership, build new leaders and communicate our work have seen great growth and success lately,” said team Chair Tom Haag, a Minnesota corn grower. “In the past several months,…

(Posted Fri. Feb 7th, 2014)

Keywords: farm policy

The National Corn Growers Association thanked President Obama for signing the Agricultural Act of 2014 today. The farm bill passed the House on January 29 and the Senate on February 4.   “This new five-year farm bill means certainty and stability for farmers. It means food on the table for hungry families. And it means taxpayers will save money,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “We thank President Obama for signing…

(Posted Thu. Feb 6th, 2014)

American farmers and representatives from a diverse group of almost thirty industry and non-governmental organizations today announced the formation of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food and urged Congress to quickly seek a federal solution that would establish standards for the safety and labeling of food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients. “American families deserve safe, abundant and affordable food,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “America’s farmers…

(Posted Thu. Feb 6th, 2014)

The importance of soil health for farmers and the environment took center stage recently as a new Science Advisory Council convened to kick off the Soil Health Partnership, formed by the National Corn Growers Association with support from the Walton Family Foundation and Monsanto.   “The health of a farm depends on the health of its soil, and that’s what makes this new program an important one for our organization,”…

(Posted Wed. Feb 5th, 2014)

Keywords: Trade

Today, the National Corn Growers Association’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team concluded its spring meeting in Portland, Ore., where team members reviewed the organization’s policy in their area of expertise, reviewed recommendations coming out of the Priority and Policy meeting held earlier in January and met with representatives from government and industry to explore upcoming challenges and opportunities.    Looking at a variety of issues, including how to best…

(Posted Wed. Feb 5th, 2014)

This week in New Orleans, the National Corn Growers Association held its biennial Membership Symposium to bring together state and national membership staff to share best practices and learn new ones from outside experts.   Staff from nine states attended the 2014 meeting, which was held in conjunction with the NCGA Grower Services Action Team, which focuses on membership, leadership and communications programs.  The event was underwritten by Syngenta, as…

(Posted Tue. Feb 4th, 2014)

Keywords: Farm policy

The National Corn Growers Association thanked members of the Senate for their passage today, with a 68-32 vote, of the 2014 farm bill. The bill passed the House on January 29 and now goes to President Obama for signing.   “We’re happy to see the farm bill pass the Senate and are looking forward to seeing it signed and implemented,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “It was a long time…

(Posted Mon. Feb 3rd, 2014)

Nine corn growers from around the country have been nominated for election to the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. New board members will be elected by state delegates at the Corn Congress this July in Washington.   “We were thrilled to see so much interest from the corn growers who want to step up and help lead our organization,” said…

(Posted Mon. Feb 3rd, 2014)

Keywords: Biotechnology

  Continued Strong Adoption of Integrated Refuge Products Provide Compliance Convenience   The National Corn Growers Association announced today that it is pleased the enhanced Compliance Assurance Program is seeing strong success. The program,  which includes on-farm refuge assessments, an online survey and IRM education and awareness, has documented an increase in both the overall  number of growers planting proper corn refuge and use of integrated refuge products.    The…