NEWS STORIES

APRIL 2014

(Posted Mon. Apr 28th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association welcomes Dr. Nick Goeser who joins the organization as Manager of Soil Health and Sustainability.  Goeser, a multi-faceted scientists and educator, brings nearly a decade of experience in the agricultural industry and academic research to the position.   “Nick is an incredibly valuable addition to our team, and we are excited utilizing his deep knowledge of agronomy and field research to our new Soil Health Partnership program,” said Director of Production, Stewardship and Livestock Max Starbuck.  “He is uniquely suited to the position because, in addition to his scientific achievements, Nick has already developed an extensive understanding of the many issues which impact farmers in relation to soil health and has a wealth of experience interacting with the many stakeholders necessary to ensure the success of this exciting new venture.”   Goeser most recently worked for Monsanto as a Technology Development Representative based out of...

(Posted Fri. Apr 25th, 2014)

Kristin Meadors with the Kentucky Distillers Association will deliver the keynote address at the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Utilization and Technology Conference, taking place June 2 in Louisville, Kentucky.   “The bourbon industry’s iconic utilization of corn makes it a perfect platform in which to kick-off three days of lively discussions among the corn industry’s leading researchers, processors and business representatives,” said NCGA Research and Business Development Action Team Chair Tom Mueller. “We are excited to have Kristin Meadors discuss her industry’s impact on our economy and why this corn- based spirit continues its popularity at home and abroad.”    Meadors is the Kentucky Distillers Association’s first-ever Director of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs. She is responsible for coordinating the association's governmental and regulatory affairs initiatives at all levels of government, working with federal officials on trade issues and expanding...

(Posted Fri. Apr 25th, 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 with Adam Bell, a member of the inaugural class of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program, then took the time to introduce his farm in western Kentucky. In the Mississippi River Basin, Bell farms about 2,000 acres primarily using no-till methods because he desires to do his part in implementing conservation practices in his work.   He paused his tractor to discuss progress in the fields and how planting is progressing in Kentucky.   “We are actually planting right now and getting our fields ready ahead of the planter at the same time,” he said. “We are putting down...

(Posted Thu. Apr 24th, 2014)

As many parents prepare to send their children to school in the fall, members of the National Corn Growers Association can save when purchasing electronic tools and gifts. By using the benefits NCGA offers, members can purchase Dell products at a significant discount.   “In today’s world, technology is essential to success in school and the workplace,” said Tom Haag, chairman of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team. “Discounts on Dell products provide savings on the tech tools many of our farmers and their families need, but when shopping for a child entering a new schooling environment, they can really come in handy. Using the Dell partnership can help members save while purchasing the electronics that will help kids succeed at school and to enjoy over the summer.”   The NCGA Member Purchase Program with Dell allows members to receive significant discounts on many Dell products as well as a variety of other high end electronics including televisions, cameras, printers and even...

(Posted Wed. Apr 23rd, 2014)

The Fuels America coalition today released an economic impact study by John Dunham & Associates showing the far-reaching benefits of renewable fuels for America’s workers and the U.S. economy.    Renewable fuels now represent nearly 10% of America’s fuel supply and have helped reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil to the lowest level in years.  The analysis takes into account the entire supply chain for renewable fuels and quantifies the impact to the U.S. economy, including:   •             Driving $184.5 billion of economic output •             Supporting 852,056 jobs and $46.2 billion in wages •             Generating $14.5 billion in tax revenue each year   The full analysis is publicly available on a website that makes national, statewide, and congressional district-wide results easily accessible.   The report tells the story of an innovative, advanced renewable fuels and biofuels industry that is producing growing benefits for America’s economy.  “The data is in: the...

(Posted Wed. Apr 23rd, 2014)

Keywords: USFRA

Special previews of the new documentary FARMLAND, produced by Academy Award-winning director James Moll, are taking place in special venues and film festivals around the country as the May 1 public premiere kicks off in more than 100 communities across the United States.   The documentary was produced with the generous support of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding affiliate. Last week at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, a premiere of the film included five of the six young farmers and ranchers profiled, as well as the musical talent of Everclear and Liz Phair, who offer a new version of “This Land is Your Land” at the film’s conclusion.   “Among the goals of USFRA has always been to raise the profile of farmers and ranchers, to take them to new places and to find an entry into popular culture,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre, an Illinois corn grower who attended the Tribeca event. “Those...

(Posted Wed. Apr 23rd, 2014)

Amid a growing chorus of critics, representatives of two federal agencies have severely questioned the results of a study that purports to tally the greenhouse gas emissions of using corn stover for ethanol production.   In response to the study, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released this statement: “This paper is based on a hypothetical assumption that 100 percent of corn stover in a field is harvested; an extremely unlikely scenario that is inconsistent with recommended agricultural practices.  As such, it does not provide useful information relevant to the lifecycle GHG emissions from corn stover ethanol. EPA’s lifecycle analysis assumes up to 50% corn stover harvest.  EPA selected this assumption based on data in the literature and in consultation with agronomy experts at USDA to reflect current agricultural practices.”   At the same time, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined the chorus for a similar refrain. The study makes “certain assumptions about farming...

(Posted Wed. Apr 23rd, 2014)

The fifth of a six-video miniseries debuts today at the National Corn Growers Association’s YouTube page, sharing how and why supporting ag research is important to our nation’s corn farmers.   “What we try to do is develop and enhance research, and then take that research and move it into the business community,” said Tom Mueller, chairman of NCGA’s Research and Business Development Action Team, who spotlighted the upcoming Corn Utilization and technology Conference. “What it does is bring together, globally, researchers and processors, so they are able to talk together and work into solutions that can really help the consumer.”   Mueller also talked about the importance of the National Agriculture Genotyping Center in its work to translate scientific discoveries into practical solutions for farmers and others.   “If the growers can be profitable in using the technologies that come out of our team, that’s going to benefit consumers also,” Mueller said.   Click here to...

(Posted Tue. Apr 22nd, 2014)

  The National Corn Growers Association hosted German Farmers Union Dairy Unit Head Dr. Simon Schlueter and German agricultural news specialist Rudi-Michael Wienecke today for discussions on the interaction between industry, government and farmers in the United States. In addition to the broader overall discussion, NCGA staff answered policy questions related to U.S. farm policy, ethanol and transportation.   “As always, we are glad to welcome international visitors interested in learning about our nation’s agricultural industry,” said NCGA Vice President of Production and Utilization Paul Bertels. “The open discussions and productive dialogue provided an accurate, honest portrayal of American agriculture that will certainly be amplified as the visitors share their perspective back home.”   NCGA Vice President of Production and Utilization Paul Bertels and Director of Biotechnology and Economic Analysis Nathan Fields answered questions relating to the similarities and...

(Posted Tue. Apr 22nd, 2014)

Keywords: NASCAR American Ethanol

In celebration of Earth Day 2014, American Ethanol is offering a chance to win an iconic, authentic NASCAR™ Green flag used in a race!  Just click here and register today to be entered in the drawing.    To join in NASCAR and American Ethanol’s celebration of Earth Day, include #NASCARGREEN in your tweets or visit NASCAR.com.   “Earth Day turns people attention to the environment, and it only makes sense to offer an exciting chance to own a collector’s item like the flag today as it serves as an enduring symbol of the great environmental benefits ethanol offers America every day,” said National Corn Growers Association NASCAR Advisory Committee Chair Jon Holzfaster. “Every race day, NASCAR fans are seeing E15’s performance in action and celebrating its benefits to both the sport and the environment. This Earth Day, we can all wave the green flag for American farmers’ work to bring renewable fuels to America’s consumers.”   In 2011, NASCAR entered into a groundbreaking...

(Posted Tue. Apr 22nd, 2014)

Fuels America coalition members, including the National Corn Growers Association, today announced the launch of the “Oil Rigged” television and digital ad campaign and OilRigged.com to expose the many ways the oil industry is rigging the system to protect their profits and block the transition to clean, American renewable fuels.    The campaign begins today with the launch of OilRigged.com, at least two weeks of ads on cable stations nationwide, as well as extensive digital advertising that will include an Earth Day takeover of Politico.com.    The campaign shows the benefits of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which gives consumers access to innovative American renewable fuels — which are “cleaner, less expensive, and better for engines” — and warns not to let the oil industry muddy the renewable fuels debate and “rig the system” against competition. The television advertisement notes that the oil industry reaped whopping profits of “$177,000 per minute” last year at...

(Posted Mon. Apr 21st, 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 with Indiana farmer and blogger, Brian Scott. While his planters still sit waiting for a warm, dry day, Scott remains optimistic.    “It is finally starting to look like we will be ready to plant here,” he explained. “So long as it doesn’t rain, we will get started tomorrow. If it does, we will still get going by the end of the week.”   While his planting plans mirror those of many Midwestern farmers, Scott has something additional in the works. Using a helicopter equipped with a camera, he has finally worked out how to aerial take photos of his operation at...

(Posted Mon. Apr 21st, 2014)

U.S. corn sales and shipments to the Middle East and North Africa have rebounded sharply in the 2013-14 marketing year following two consecutive years of low market. From the beginning of the marketing year through April 10, outstanding sales and accumulated exports of U.S. corn to North Africa and the Middle East are approximately 112 million bushels, up from eight million bushels the previous year over the same time period and 43 million bushels during that period two years prior.   Corn exports to Egypt led the surge in trade with 72 million bushels in outstanding sales and accumulated exports of U.S. corn by April 10, 2014. Saudi Arabia further bolstered the total with 24 million bushels during that period with Israel, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia adding the difference at eight, three, three and two million bushels of U.S. corn imports respectively.   Several factors underlie the resurgence, including the largest-ever U.S. corn crop in 2013, meaning an abundant supply of...

(Posted Mon. Apr 21st, 2014)

Corn planting delays persisted across much of the country according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With only six percent of total corn acres planted by April 20, progress lags behind the five-year average for this point by eight percentage points, an increase of five percentage points from last week. While planting has not kept up with the five-year average to date, it has progressed to two percentage points ahead of where it sat at this time in 2013.   “While last week many farmers were further delayed in their planting efforts, progress will certainly take off as soon as windows of warm, dry weather pop up,” said National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre. “Keep in mind that last year, planting season started off slowly, and we harvest a record corn crop in the fall. In 2012, planting flew by quickly, but severe drought plagued much of the country and damaged the overall crop. Farmers realize that a long planting and growing...

(Posted Fri. Apr 18th, 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 with Mark Oestman, a Colorado farmer in the eastern part of the state. While Oestman hoped to be in the fields by now, his planters still sit poised for action.    “It’s typical Colorado weather. We were hoping to be ready and get planting about the middle of this week,” he explained. “Saturday morning, it was 74 degrees, and I was out in the fields getting ready to plant. Sunday morning, we woke up to about 19 degrees, six inches of snow and 60 mile per hour winds. Basically, it was a spring blizzard. I guess it hasn’t made up its mind yet whether or not it is spring...

(Posted Thu. Apr 17th, 2014)

Today, CommonGround volunteers Katie Sawyer and Pam Selz-Pralle took the story of American farming, their story, to people across the country through a series of radio interviews. Discussing why Earth Day is every day for U.S. farmers, Sawyer and Selz-Pralle shared the exciting story of American agriculture’s tradition of sustainability and stewardship.   “Earth Day shines a public spotlight on agriculture's careful stewardship of our natural resources. Farmers and ranchers across the country have the public's ear to discuss issues important to us all concerning sustainability and land use," says Selz-Pralle who farms in Wisconsin.  "Today's consumer is eager to become more connected with their food and how it's grown or raised. That's where we CommonGround volunteers can provide a 'farm voice' to ease the concerns of wondering consumers. No one should have to fear their food or where it comes from.  Our passion and personal experiences give confidence to consumers."   Over the...

(Posted Thu. Apr 17th, 2014)

Just in time for Earth Day next week, the fourth episode of a six-video miniseries debuts today at the National Corn Growers Association’s YouTube page, sharing some of the efforts the organization and its corn growers undertake to promote conservation and sustainability.   “To feed an ever-growing population, we have to increase yield and production,” said Don Glenn, chairman of NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team and a corn farmer from Alabama. “We can do this in an environmentally friendly manner, and that’s a goal we have as corn farmers and one of the goals of the National Corn Growers Association.”   Glenn talked about how producers were growing much more corn per acre while reducing crop inputs such as water, fertilizer and pesticides. He also spoke about NCGA programs such as the Good Steward Recognition Program, which recognizes farmers who are going “above and beyond” in conservation programs.   “The American consumer should care about the environment and...

(Posted Tue. Apr 15th, 2014)

As summer quickly approaches, members of the National Corn Growers Association can save when purchasing supplies for themselves and all of the outdoors enthusiasts in their lives. By using the benefits NCGA offers, members can purchase Cabela’s gift cards at a 10 percent discount.   “We always look for benefits that match the interests of our growers, and this partnership is perfect for their active outdoor lifestyle,” said Tom Haag, chairman of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team. “As many of us prepare for a variety of exciting outdoor activities this summer, these benefits hold even more value. Using the Cabela’s partnership can help members save on the items that they need to enjoy the activities that they love.”   Gift cards valued at $25, $50 and $100 are available. NCGA members may purchase cards by calling the national office at (636) 733-5520.   Cabela’s is the world's largest direct marketer, and a leading specialty retailer, of hunting, fishing, camping and related...

(Posted Mon. Apr 14th, 2014)

A cool, wet spring has delayed planting progress across much of the country according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With only three percent of total corn acres planted by April 14, progress lags behind the five-year average for this point by three percentage points. While planting has not kept up with the five-year average to date, it has progressed one percentage point ahead of where it sat at this time in 2013.   “Planting is running somewhat behind normal in most areas, but slow progress this early in the season should not be seen as a cause for alarm,” said National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre. “Last year, planting season started off slowly, and we achieved a record crop by harvest, In 2012, planting flew by quickly, but the severe drought that plagued much of the country damaged the overall crop. As we have seen many times before, it is far too early to accurately assess how the year will go as of yet.”   Progress...

(Posted Mon. Apr 14th, 2014)

By National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre It is easy to argue against something, playing upon common fears and perpetuating misconceptions. Time and time again, arguments based in far-fetched possibilities slow our progress toward a future based in science and progress. The most contrarian amongst us holds back society like a brutish bully pushing down anyone who dare point out his fallacies or flaws. In the world of agriculture, anti-GMO activists have become the bully that suppresses any party who dare stand up to their cult of the contrary. With no proof for their position, they simply argue against science and progress using circular logic. They beat down objections because they cannot win the debate. Their tactics have become predictable. In the open arena of social media, they wallop products like Cheerios, companies like General Mills and now politicians like Rep. Mike Pompeo for having the audacity to speak in defense of biotechnology. Issuing public...

(Posted Fri. Apr 11th, 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 with Brian Scott, an Indiana farmer who began sharing his story with NCGA in 2012. In addition to farming, Scott helps cultivate public understanding of agriculture through social media on his blog, www.thefarmerslife.com, and through Twitter using the handle @thefarmerslife.   Scott noted that wet weather will probably delay planting for the foreseeable future in his area.   “We usually aim to plant around April 20, but that doesn’t look like it is going to happen this year,” he explained. “We missed the rain yesterday, and it should be windy tomorrow. But, there is...

(Posted Thu. Apr 10th, 2014)

This summer vacation, members of the National Corn Growers Association can save on travel expenses by using discounts available exclusively through NCGA. Through partnerships with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the exclusive NCGA Worldwide Hotel Discount Program, NCGA offers members valuable savings on car rentals and hotel bookings whether they travel across the country or even to many locations around the world.   “NCGA works hard to increase opportunities for farmers in the market place, but we also strive to offer a wide array of benefits to our members,” said NCGA Grower Services Action Team Chair Tom Haag. “Growers benefit from our work to grow the market for corn and maintain their freedom to operate, but we also want to provide special opportunities for our members that reward their support of our organization. Summer vacations often build memories that last a lifetime, and we want to provide discounts that make these magical moments more affordable.”   The exclusive NCGA...

(Posted Wed. Apr 9th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association announced its support for legislation introduced in a press conference today that would establish a federal standard for the safety and labeling of food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients.   “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act provides certainty for both consumers and farmers alike by creating a unified, science-based approach to labeling and eliminating potential risks and costs posed by an expensive patchwork of labeling laws,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre, a farmer from Carmi, Ill.  “NCGA’s more than 40,000 members work tirelessly to provide America’s families with a wide variety of nutritious, quality food choices that are both safe and affordable. A federal GMO labeling solution will allow consumers to feel confident in the safety of American food by affirming the FDA’s sole authority in food safety and labeling decisions. GMOs are important to farmers and to our nation’s food supply as they help...

(Posted Wed. Apr 9th, 2014)

The third video in a six-part miniseries debuts today at the National Corn Growers Association’s YouTube page, talking about how the organization strives to build leaders among its farmers, and the importance of leadership to a healthy organization and industry.   “After World War II, there were 40 percent of 50 percent of the nation farming,” noted Tom Haag, chairman of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team. “We’re down to less than 2, so there’s not a lot of us out there to talk about the goodness of farming.”   Haag zeroed in on the many programs NCGA has to train leaders, and to give them a voice through Capitol Hill visits and policy meetings like the twice-yearly Corn Congress, where representatives come from the states to set policy positions for the organization. The other services provided to members, Haag noted, are part of the reason why membership has increased to more than 40,000.   Click here to watch the video. The video series will continue each week, with...

(Posted Tue. Apr 8th, 2014)

Keywords: ethanol

At a hearing today of the Senate Ag Committee on the importance of renewable fuels, NASCAR team owner Richard Childress was one of several voices to talk about the many benefits of corn-based biofuels, such as the higher fuel performance he has seen in more than five million miles of racing since the E15 ethanol blend was introduced in the 2011 racing season.   “I think expanding and growing our use of biofuels is a key component to helping farmers make a living, while at the same time delivering environmental benefits that can be enjoyed by all Americans,” he said. “I think what NASCAR has done to show the performance side of ethanol is key.”   Childress continued: “Biofuels like ethanol keep money we would normally send abroad for oil in the U.S., creating jobs and economic activity here instead of overseas. Studies show that moving the U.S. to the same fuel blend we use in NASCAR would add 136,000 new American jobs, limit greenhouse gas emissions even more and reduce the...

(Posted Tue. Apr 8th, 2014)

The application deadline looms for two leadership training programs with the National Corn Growers Association. Leadership Academy applications are due Friday, April 11, to the NCGA office and Advanced Leadership applications are due Friday, April 25.  Growers must be nominated by their state corn association to participate in either of these leadership training programs sponsored by Syngenta. Click here for a directory of state organizations.    “Since it began in the mid-1980s, Leadership at Its Best has helped train strong, confident volunteers who have helped shape the industry through their subsequent work at the state and national level,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre.  “This year, we again ask that farmers come forward and act upon their desire to give back to their peers. NCGA depends upon grassroots leadership, and I can personally attest that the time and effort dedicated are repaid in full through the incredible relationships built with like-minded...

(Posted Mon. Apr 7th, 2014)

Keywords: Exports

The U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, has released the 2013/2014 Corn Export Cargo Quality Report.   The Export Quality Report measures the quality of U.S. corn sampled at the point of loading for export, thus providing valuable information to buyers and other stakeholders around the world.   "There is always some variability year-to-year and by region," Sleight said. "This year, overall quality continues to be very good, with the average aggregate quality of export corn exceeding standards for U.S. No. 2 on all grading standards. In addition, the incidence of aflatoxin and DON (the vomatoxin deoxynivalenol) is very low.   "On the other hand, 2013 was a much wetter year, and the U.S. harvest had greater moisture, more drying, lower test weight, more stress cracks and more broken kernels. But the average is strong and, despite year-to-year fluctuations, remained well above U.S. No. 2."   Now in its third year, the report...

(Posted Fri. Apr 4th, 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 met Mark Oestman, a farmer from Eckley, Colorado. His all-irrigated farm, which sits in the northeastern portion of the state, produces corn, soybeans and wheat. In addition to raising crops, he also tends yearling cattle.   “I am a fourth-generation farmer and rancher,” said Oestman. “So, I guess you could say it runs in my blood.”   Stopping his tractor for the interview, he explained how he is currently preparing for planting by closing pivot tracks.   To learn more about his and listen to the full interview, click here.   Next, Field Notes met another new farmer, April...

(Posted Fri. Apr 4th, 2014)

As farmers across the country prepare for planting, the National Corn Growers Association announces updates to the rules for the 2014 National Corn Yield Contest. In addition to moving to a solely online entry platform, contest rules have been revised to further ensure contest integrity while also accommodating for technological advances to make participation easier.   “For many years now, the farmers entering the contest have continually adapted their methods and technologies in an effort to improve and stay on the cutting edge of agriculture,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Don Glenn. “NCGA aims to continually evolve the corn yield contest as well. Taking new technologies and realities into account, we strive to adapt rules to allow the use of today’s tools while maintaining the high standards of integrity that continually grow the reputation and popularity of this program.”   In an effort to accommodate changing technology, NCGA will allow the use of...

(Posted Fri. Apr 4th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers that early refuge planning helps ensure a smooth planting season. To aid in these efforts, NCGA released an updated Insect Resistance Management Calculator that includes information relevant to this year’s packages.   “Refuge planning is important for all farmers because it supports the continued viability of important tools,” said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair Jim Zimmermann. “While seed companies work hard to keep a pipeline of new products flowing, it is important that farmers keep up their end of the bargain too. Thorough planning makes meeting refuge requirements much simpler once planting season arrives.”   The NCGA Insect Resistance Management refuge calculator allows users to easily clarify refuge options and develop a plan. As many farmers must change planting plans to accommodate for the changing circumstances around them, NCGA now offers the Insect Resistance Management calculator in a...

(Posted Thu. Apr 3rd, 2014)

At the request of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, the Agricultural Technology Innovation Partnership Foundation has established a public-private partnership to enhance research on sustainable soil health for multiple land uses in agriculture. The National Corn Growers Association has joined USDA and ATIP along with four other founding partners of the Resilient Economic Agricultural Practices public-private partnership to support and strengthen soil health research that addresses the needs of U.S. farmers.   "We live in a nation that can easily satisfy all of its food needs thanks to the extraordinary productivity of our farmers and their careful management of our soil resources," said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Through this public-private partnership, led by the ATIP Foundation, the agriculture sector has created a model of leveraging public and private resources to address sustainability and economic prosperity by enhancing...

(Posted Thu. Apr 3rd, 2014)

With rapidly shifting weather across the country, farmers have to work extra hard to stay updated on what to expect while they prepare for planting. The NCGA-FMC Ag Weather Advisor, prepared by Blue Water Outlook, is a free benefit for members that can help them stay a step ahead.   “The NCGA-FMC Ag Weather Advisor provides valuable insight, analysis and information not easily found elsewhere on the key factors shaping the weather right now and well into the future,” said John Feldt of Blue Water Outlook.  “This information can help growers make critical weather-related decisions throughout the entire year.”   Among the offerings subscribers to the free service receive each week, the BWO Agriculture Weather Outlook will help farmers understand how much rain to expect, days in advance. The AWO is a 10-minute video briefing discussing precipitation and temperature trends for the up-coming week. Also each week, the BWO Agricultural Advisor will provide updates that keep growers...

(Posted Wed. Apr 2nd, 2014)

Keywords: Trade Biotechnology Video

The second video in a six-part miniseries debuts today at the National Corn Growers Association’s YouTube page, talking about the importance of biotechnology to corn farmers as they seek ways to help feed and fuel a growing world population.   “By the year 2050, we will need to have doubled our output for the food supply,” said Jim Zimmerman, chairman of NCGA’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team. “We know it’s going to take a lot more work, and we need to have the public understand what we’re doing and why we’re trying to do it.”   Zimmerman talks about how NCGA works with agribusiness on resistance issues, is involved in coalitions to educate the public,  like CommonGround and GMO Answers, and the connection to trade policy. He also defends the importance of science.   “Sound science is key to our regulatory system, and agriculture is all about science,” he said. “When we use sound science, it creates clarity of thought so that, when decisions are made, it will add...

(Posted Wed. Apr 2nd, 2014)

Keywords: Membership

National Corn Growers Association membership climbed to even higher heights setting yet another membership record at the end of March, with 40,793 active members on the rolls. This membership record replaces the former record, of 40,287, set in February of 2014.   “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 set of member benefits, but our growers know the value NCGA offers in Washington and throughout the country and recognize that grassroots efforts have been the strength and driving force behind their organization.”    NCGA has members across the contiguous United States and works in cooperation with grower associations and state corn checkoff boards from 28 states, representing the interests of its members and the more than 300,000 growers who contribute corn checkoff funds in their states.   Click here...

(Posted Tue. Apr 1st, 2014)

During the month of April, the National Corn Growers Association will join NASCAR® in kicking off its second year of the NASCAR Race to Green Campaign. The campaign is intended to highlight the environmental accomplishments of green programs put in place by NASCAR and its partners like American Ethanol.   The goal of NASCAR Race to Green is to highlight the accomplishments of NASCAR Green™ programs like the move three years ago to Sunoco Green E15, a fuel blended with 15 percent American Ethanol, and its massive tree planting initiative to help reduce the sport's carbon footprint.   “American Ethanol is a key part of NASCAR’s efforts to reduce the sport’s carbon footprint,” said Jon Holzfaster, a Paxton, Neb., farmer and chairman of NCGA’s NASCAR Advisory Committee.  “These high-performance cars have put more than five million tough competition miles on E15 in the last three years, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent. Combine this with the massive tree planting...

(Posted Tue. Apr 1st, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to co-sponsor “Focus on Corn,” a webcast training resource located on the Plant Management Network, a nonprofit online portal managed by the American Phytopathological Society in partnership with more than 80 organizations, including universities, nonprofits, and companies.  The Plant Management Network’s mission is to enhance the health, management, and production of corn crops through its quality, science-based resources, and the Focus on Corn webcasts are an extension of that mission.   “We encourage all our growers to check out Focus on Corn, and work to make these webcasts available to all our members,” said NCGA Production and Stewardship Action Team chair Don Glenn. “Part of our work in increasing opportunities for corn farmers is to help them become better farmers on their fields, by providing tools such as Focus on Corn to help them understand and respond to some of the technical challenges agriculture is facing...