NEWS STORIES

MARCH 2014

(Posted Mon. Mar 31st, 2014)

Keywords: Exports

During the last week, the officers of the U.S. Grains Council and National Corn Growers Association traveled to Colombia and Mexico and met with key customers and end-users, expressing appreciation for their business and reaffirming commitment to the export market. In both countries, customers anxious and excited to do business with the United States greeted the delegation.   For this marketing year, Mexico leads the world as the top U.S.…

(Posted Mon. Mar 31st, 2014)

American farmers expect to plant 3.7 million fewer acres of corn in 2014, a four percent decrease from 2013, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings report released today.   If realized, total corn plantings in the United States would total 91.7 million acres for the lowest planted acreage since 2010. Notably, it would still be the fifth-largest U.S. corn acreage planted since 1944.   “In 2013, U.S. farmers produced…

(Posted Fri. Mar 28th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association now offers its fourth 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 caught up…

(Posted Thu. Mar 27th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers they are invited to become a part of the change they desire by actively honing their leadership skills through the Leadership at Its Best Program or the Advanced Leadership Academy, both co-sponsored by Syngenta.  Growers must be nominated by their state corn association for either program.  Interested members should contact their state associations now for further information and get completed applications in to…

(Posted Wed. Mar 26th, 2014)

Keywords: Ethanol Video

A new six-part miniseries debuts today on the National Corn Growers Association’s YouTube page, with the first episode providing an up-close look at how corn growers are active in areas to promote the use of ethanol as a motor fuel.   “Ethanol has been an amazing success story,” said Jeff Sandborn, chair of the NCGA Ethanol Committee. “In less than a decade, we’ve transformed the fuel market. Ethanol has been…

(Posted Tue. Mar 25th, 2014)

Keywords: Water Production

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a proposed rule that seeks to clarify stream and wetland protections covered under the Clean Water Act. At this time, the National Corn Growers Association is reviewing the 370-page draft and plans to submit official comments to Federal Register during the 90-day public comment period.   NCGA will examine the rule to ensure that it…

(Posted Tue. Mar 25th, 2014)

Keywords: USFRA

Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll’s new feature length documentary, Farmland, will be released nationally May 1.  The film will be distributed via D&E Entertainment in more than 60 major markets. Numerous national exhibitors will be carrying the film, including Regal Cinemas, Marcus Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Landmark Theatres and many key independent theaters.   The film will have its New York premiere at a private screening April 17, during the 2014…

(Posted Mon. Mar 24th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds potential attendees that early registration savings for the 2014 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference will only last until March 30.  The biennial event will be held June 2-4 in Louisville, Ky. The 2014 CUTC will feature the cutting-edge technologies and new uses that continually improve and dynamically change the corn industry with a focus on wet and dry milling.   “While June may seem…

(Posted Fri. Mar 21st, 2014)

  Today, the National Corn Growers Association launched its fourth 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.   First, Field Notes caught…

(Posted Thu. Mar 20th, 2014)

This week, officers from the National Corn Growers Association joined with U.S. Grains Council leadership to begin a ten day mission that will promote U.S. corn exports in Colombia and Mexico.  Through a series of high-level meetings and on-site visits, the U.S. delegation will explore key trade issues including biotech policy, the outlook for both countries feed industries and the future of trade talks such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and…

By Martin Barbre, NCGA President

(Posted Wed. Mar 19th, 2014)

Recently, ethanol opponents in the livestock and poultry sector signed a letter supporting the EPA’s proposed cuts in the Renewable Fuel Standard. In the letter, they complain about how high corn prices have affected the viability of the industry.   It is one thing to complain about the price of corn when it is $8 per bushel, as it came close to doing in the late summer of 2012, when…

(Posted Wed. Mar 19th, 2014)

As planting season gets underway in southern parts of the country, the National Corn Growers Association reminds growers to visit its updated version of the “Know Before Your Grow” website. The newly revamped site offer growers important new information to help inform planting decisions in light of the release of new seed varieties currently unapproved in some export markets.   “In a globalized agricultural economy, it is important that farmers…

(Posted Tue. Mar 18th, 2014)

Keywords: Trade

The National Corn Growers Association hosted guests from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture Chicago Branch today for a series of presentations on the U.S. corn crop outlook  for 2014, recent trends in demand and supply, and updates on trade negotiations, the farm bill, and transportation and infrastructure. This annual visit provides an opportunity to build relationships and foster understanding with important representatives from the Japanese market, historically the largest importer…

(Posted Mon. Mar 17th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association invites graduates of the Leadership At Its Best Program the opportunity further refine their leadership skills through the Advanced Leadership Program, co-sponsored by Syngenta. With two sessions, Advanced Leadership provides intensive training that will hone their media, leadership and lobbying skills, and prepare participants to lead the industry.   “We are excited to again offer this program through which another class of leaders will truly…

(Posted Mon. Mar 17th, 2014)

U.S. corn exports to Japan have begun to rebound with projections indicating a strong return for the remainder of the 2013/2014 marketing year that began Sept. 1. Current U.S. Department of Agriculture reports show outstanding sales and accumulated exports to Japan totaled 331 million bushels for this marketing year through March 6.   In the 2012/2013 marketing year, the U.S. Corn Belt experienced a crippling drought that drove U.S. corn…

(Posted Fri. Mar 14th, 2014)

This week, representatives from 15 agribusinesses gathered with National Corn Growers Association leadership in Washington for NCGA’s Agri-Industry Council’s biannual meeting.  Over the course of two days, attendees received updates on key NCGA programs, heard from several outside speakers and discussed topics of special importance to the entire agricultural community right now, including a review of recent research on DC policymakers attitudes and opinions about agriculture and farmers.    “The…

(Posted Thu. Mar 13th, 2014)

The following is a statement from National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre.   “Earlier this week, Rick Tolman shared with the NCGA Corn Board his desire to step down as chief executive officer of NCGA at the end of September.   “Rick has been a tireless advocate for corn farmers and our organization. However, Rick told us – as much as he loves representing our way of life –…

(Posted Tue. Mar 11th, 2014)

 The National Corn Growers Association invites farmers to become a part of the change they desire by actively honing their leadership skills through the Leadership at Its Best Program, co-sponsored by Syngenta.  Growers must be nominated by their state corn association.  With applications due April 11, interested members should contact their state associations now for further information and get completed applications in to state offices by April 9.   “Since…

(Posted Mon. Mar 10th, 2014)

U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates released today lowered ending stocks estimates on increased export estimates for the record 2013 corn crop for the second consecutive month. Despite the overall demand increase demonstrated by this revision, the season average farm price remained stable.   “America’s farmers have produced an abundance that is meeting meet all needs,” said National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre, a farmer from Carmi, Ill. “Given the…

(Posted Mon. Mar 10th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association released a revised version of its “Know Before Your Grow” website this week to offer growers updated information to help inform planting decisions in light of the release of new seed varieties currently unapproved in some export markets. The information provided allows growers to make informed decisions on potential marketing restrictions well before harvest.   “In a globalized agricultural economy, it is important that farmers…

(Posted Fri. Mar 7th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association reached a new membership milestone at the end of February, with 40,287 on the rolls. This membership record replaces the former record, of 40,244, set in August 2013.   “We’re thrilled to set yet another membership record at a time when the average membership in trade associations like ours is flat or declining,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “Not only do we offer a terrific…

(Posted Thu. Mar 6th, 2014)

Keywords: Commodity Classic

With more than 7,300 total attendees, the 2014 Commodity Classic convention and trade show, which took place last week in San Antonio, Texas, shattered previous records for the landmark event.   “We knew it was the biggest event ever, but the numbers really surprised us as we saw them rolling in over the course of the event,” said Commodity Classic Co-Chair Rob Elliott. “San Antonio was such a perfect venue…

(Posted Thu. Mar 6th, 2014)

U.S. corn farmers soared to new heights in 2013, growing the largest crop on record, at 13.9 billion bushels. To celebrate these heroics, the National Corn Growers Association delves into the facts about corn production, use and offers a historical comparison in its newest edition of the World of Corn. This statistical look at the corn industry, both domestic and worldwide, features a wide array of information on corn production…

(Posted Thu. Mar 6th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association recognized good stewardship last week during the 2014 Commodity Classic convention and trade show in San Antonio, Texas.  Tim Smith from Eagle Grove, Iowa was honored as the inaugural honoree in NCGA’s Good Steward Recognition Program. The program and award funding was provided by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation as part of their Harvesting the Potential campaign to raise awareness among U.S. farmers of…

(Posted Thu. Mar 6th, 2014)

National Corn Growers Association Chief Executive Officer Rick Tolman this week will receive Purdue University College of Agriculture’s highest honor for achievement, the Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award.   Tolman is one of 11 alumni to receive the 2014 award, which recognizes Purdue Agriculture alumni who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments, made significant contributions to their professions or to society in general, and exhibit high potential for future professional growth. In 2012,…

(Posted Wed. Mar 5th, 2014)

Yesterday, the White House released a proposed budget which has been deemed “dead upon arrival,” as budgets of this nature have been for many years now. Primarily important in its symbolism, the budget released by the Administration reflects current values but is highly unlikely to impact policy in the near future.   Notably, the budget proposed by the Administration is not likely to move forward for many reasons. Senate Democrats…

(Posted Tue. Mar 4th, 2014)

Keywords: NCYC

The National Corn Growers Association has released video offering tips from perennial high-yield entrants of the National Corn Yield Contest. The new video, which premiered during a breakfast at Commodity Classic honoring the state winners of the 2013 contest, offers farmers across the country a chance to apply the tips learned through the contest to their own operations to improve their yields and their bottom line.   To view the…