NEWS STORIES

MAY 2014

(Posted Fri. May 30th, 2014)

Keywords: ethanol

The American Ethanol Chevrolet will be on prominent display this weekend at Dover International Speedway as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon pilots the historic No. 3 car in full American Ethanol paint. Start time is noon CDT Sunday.   American Ethanol spokesman Dillon took the pole at Dover’s Monster Mile in the NASCAR Nationwide Series last year. The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion had two starts…

(Posted Fri. May 30th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association announced the participants who will constitute the 28th class of NCGA’s Leadership at Its Best Program, which is co-sponsored by Syngenta.  This year’s class includes 17 aspiring leaders from 10 states and covers a broad swath of the nation with participants from as far east as New York and as far west as Colorado.   “We are excited to see such great interest in the…

(Posted Fri. May 30th, 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. May 29th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association applauds today’s announcement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $6 million to universities and cooperative state extension services to develop online decision tools and other materials and train experts to educate producers about several key farm bill programs. These tools, which NCGA advocated for along with other commodity organizations, will help farmers and ranchers determine which programs established…

(Posted Thu. May 29th, 2014)

Keywords: trade

The Philippines has been the target of rampant smuggling, fraud and price and quantity mis-declaration in commodity imports. To address these issues, the Philippine Bureau of Customs recently announced new regulations, effective June 1, 2014, requiring inspection and certification of all bulk and container imports at the port of loading, to be performed by one of a limited number of BOC-approved inspection companies. Importers are expected to absorb the costs…

(Posted Wed. May 28th, 2014)

Keywords: biotechnology

Last week, the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, held its inaugural board meeting in Washington. The culmination of years of effort, USBCA members elected a formal executive committee and adopted its Business Plan and Operating Structure during the meeting.   The original Executive Committee was expanded in the formation of the official structure to include additional representation for growers and…

(Posted Tue. May 27th, 2014)

Corn farmers closed the gap and tied the five-year average for corn acres planted by this point in the season, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As of May 25, 88 percent of the nation’s corn crop has been planted, compared to 73 percent a week ago and 59 percent the week prior. While progress far surpassed the five-year average in many Corn Belt…

(Posted Fri. May 23rd, 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.   Thursday morning, Field Notes caught…

(Posted Fri. May 23rd, 2014)

Fuels America, a biofuels coalition that includes the National Corn Growers Association and its allies, launched a robust inside-the-beltway advertising campaign this week, touting the lower prices that American renewable fuels deliver to consumers at the gas pump, and encouraging Americans to ask the Obama Administration to protect America's Renewable Fuel Standard. The campaign consists of substantial paid media buys on Washington’s popular WTOP Radio and on gas station monitors…

(Posted Thu. May 22nd, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association praised the U.S. Senate for its vote today passing the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 with a 91-to-7 vote. Now, NCGA urges the President to sign this final reauthorization bill into law and thus improve the reliability and efficiency of the U.S. inland waterways system.   “Today, our representatives in the Senate took a concrete step toward repairing and improving our inland…

(Posted Thu. May 22nd, 2014)

Succession planning is, or should be, a high priority for most American farmers. According to the USDA, 70 percent of farmland will change hands in the next 20 years. If a farm family has not adequately planned for succession, the farm is likely to go out of business, be absorbed by a large farming neighbor, or be converted to non-farm use. This crisis-in-the-making comes at a time when land prices…

(Posted Thu. May 22nd, 2014)

Keywords: biotechnology

As the Maize Genetics and Genomics Database project moves forward, Off the Cob caught up with MGGDB Curator Dr. Jack Gardiner for an update on the progress made over the past few months. In the interview, Gardiner explained the newest project that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service-supported database in Ames, Iowa, has undertaken to develop translational data.   Gardiner begins with an explanation of what translational data…

(Posted Wed. May 21st, 2014)

Keywords: CommonGround

This month, CommonGround Colorado launched a series of farm tours for dieticians, nutritionists, mommy bloggers and media. The first tour, on May 17, visited CommonGround volunteer Mary Kraft’s Quail Ridge and Badger Creek dairy farms. Over the afternoon, attendees saw Kraft’s kitchen, where she mixes feed for her herd of 5,500 cows, as well as the milking and nursery facilities.   During the tour, Kraft addressed questions from the group…

(Posted Tue. May 20th, 2014)

Our nation’s corn growers are sustainably producing corn to meet all needs for food and fuel, National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Chip Bowling told members of the Energy Future Coalition at a meeting this week.   Bowling, a Maryland farmer, documented for the group not only how much corn yield, or production per acre, has increased over time, but how some of today’s growers are more than doubling…

(Posted Tue. May 20th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association praised the U.S. House of Representatives for its vote today passing the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 with a 412-to-4 vote. Now, NCGA urges the Senate to swiftly follow suit, passing this final reauthorization bill to improve the reliability and efficiency of the U.S. inland waterways system.   “We thank our representatives in the House for their near-unanimous support and work to…

(Posted Mon. May 19th, 2014)

Corn farmers continued steady planting progress last week, increasing planted corn acreage by 14 percentage points, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As of May 18, 73 percent of the nation’s corn crop has been planted, compared to 59 percent a week ago and 29 percent the week prior. While progress surpassed the five-year average in many Corn Belt states, planting delays in the…

(Posted Mon. May 19th, 2014)

With the generous support of the Nebraska Corn Board, a college student from the Cornhusker State and a graduate student originally from Nebraska are joining the National Corn Growers Association as interns this summer to learn more about the industry.   NCGA’s headquarters office in suburban St. Louis is hosting Joseph Conrad as its third summer intern supported by a partnership between NCB and NCGA. Conrad will be a senior…

(Posted Mon. May 19th, 2014)

Officials for Gateway Motorsports Park announced today that American Ethanol will serve as the NASCAR™ Camping World Truck Series “Drivin’ for Linemen 200” official presenting sponsor. The event marks NASCAR’s first visit to the St. Louis area since the 2010 racing season.   “We’re pleased to bring the farmers behind American Ethanol to Gateway Motorsports Park here in the heart of America’s corn country,” said Larry Hasheider, Okawville, Illinois, farmer…

(Posted Fri. May 16th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association now offers its fourth season of Field Notes, a series that takes listeners 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.   On Wednesday, Field Notes caught…

(Posted Fri. May 16th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association praised the final House-Senate conference committee for completing negotiations on and yesterday issuing its agreement for a Water Resources Development Act 2014. Now, NCGA urges Congress to swiftly approve this final reauthorization bill to improve the reliability and efficiency of the U.S. inland waterways system.   “We are happy to see the committee come to agreement, issue the report and make concrete steps toward repairing…

(Posted Thu. May 15th, 2014)

This week, New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association President Steve Van Voorhis testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business’s Subcommittee on Health and Technology during a hearing on the benefits of partnership in small agriculture business development. During his testimony, Van Voorhis told the story of how growth in corn and soybean production has benefitted not only New York’s family farmers but also the state’s…

(Posted Wed. May 14th, 2014)

Farming entails more paperwork than many might initially imagine. That is why the National Corn Growers Association reminds members that they can save on their office supply needs through the association’s partnership with Office Depot. Online and in-store, NCGA members are eligible for special discounts on the products necessary to keep the farm office running smoothly.   “As farmers, NCGA leadership understands the significant amount of office work necessary to…

(Posted Wed. May 14th, 2014)

Farming entails more paperwork than many might initially imagine. That is why the National Corn Growers Association reminds members that they can save on their office supply needs through the association’s partnership with Office Depot. Online and in-store, NCGA members are eligible for special discounts on the products necessary to keep the farm office running smoothly.   “As farmers, NCGA leadership understands the significant amount of office work necessary to…

(Posted Tue. May 13th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds potential attendees that preregistration for the 2014 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference ends on May 25.  The biennial event will be held June 2-4 in Louisville, Ky., and those unable to meet the May 25 deadline will be able to register onsite. The 2014 CUTC will feature the cutting-edge technologies and new uses that continually improve and dynamically change the corn industry with a…

(Posted Mon. May 12th, 2014)

Corn farmers in most growing states kicked their planters into high gear this past week, planting nearly one-third of the 2014 corn crop in the last seven days, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports. As of May 11, 59 percent of the nation’s corn crop has been planted, compared to 29 percent a week ago. The new number is also one percentage point above the five-year average.   “All it…

(Posted Mon. May 12th, 2014)

With planting well underway in much of the country, the National Corn Growers Association invites farmers to register early for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest and save big on entry fees. Until June 16, fees will be reduced to $75. NCGA reminds growers that a small time investment now saves money later this summer.   “While it may still seem a ways out, we all know how quickly the time…

(Posted Mon. May 12th, 2014)

With planting well underway in much of the country, the National Corn Growers Association invites farmers to register early for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest and save big on entry fees. Until June 16, fees will be reduced to $75. NCGA reminds growers that a small time investment now saves money later this summer.   “While it may still seem a ways out, we all know how quickly the time…

(Posted Fri. May 9th, 2014)

This year U.S. farmers are on track to produce a record corn crop for the second consecutive year in 2014, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture projections released today. Higher yield expectations more than offset reductions in planted acreage, thus farmers are expected to produce a record total corn crop of 13.9 billion bushels, slightly more than in 2013, with national average yields forecast to be 6.5 bushels per acre…

(Posted Fri. May 9th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association launched KernelQuest today, a game for smartphones featuring beloved character Captain Cornelius. KernelQuest is a game of skill, maneuverability and all-around corniness. Join Captain Cornelius, our a-maize-ing superhero in green spandex, as he defies gravity and weaves his way across the Midwest. Just don't get creamed... Beware the mob of cobs! Set a new high score, challenge friends and learn corny facts along the way.…

(Posted Fri. May 9th, 2014)

National Corn Growers Association members benefit from significant savings on Ford vehicles through the association’s participation in the Ford X-Plan vehicle pricing program. With a unique NCGA partner code, members can access a special website that gives them a reduced price on dozens of Ford and Lincoln vehicles.   “NCGA constantly looks for opportunities to help farmers save on the tools they need,” said NCGA Grower Services Action Team Chair…

(Posted Thu. May 8th, 2014)

Keywords: ethanol

In a letter to President Obama today, the National Corn Growers Association and others urge the Administration to rethink its proposal to weaken the bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard – a proposal that is at odds with the National Climate Assessment the White House released earlier this week.   In addition to NCGA, the letter is signed by Abengoa Bioenergy, the Advanced Ethanol Council, the Biotechnology Industry Association, DuPont, DSM, Growth…

(Posted Wed. May 7th, 2014)

Keywords: ethanol

Interested growers are invited to participate in a survey currently being conducted by Iowa State University Assistant Professor Dr. Kurt Rosentrater on how the use of distillers grains has changed in the United States over the past several years. The survey findings will create a better overall picture of the roll distillers grains play in the livestock industry today and provide important insight into possible points of improvement in the…

(Posted Wed. May 7th, 2014)

Keywords: trade

The highly sophisticated Korean market, which has the ability to diversify sourcing and reformulate rations in response to pricing, has once again returned to purchasing U.S. corn. Driven by the record 2013 U.S. corn crop, so far this marketing year (Sept. 1 through April 24), U.S. corn exports to Korea have totaled almost 3.3 million metric tons (130 million bushels) versus 359,000 tons (14 million bushels) over the same period…

(Posted Tue. May 6th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association proudly congratulates Senior Director of Public Policy Sam Willett for his selection as a 2014 Top Lobbyist by the CEO Update newsletter. This honor, conferred by the publication, was conferred in light of Willett’s hard work that contributed to the final passage of the 2014 farm bill.   “Sam works tirelessly as an advocate for corn farmers, and nowhere can the fruits of his efforts…

(Posted Tue. May 6th, 2014)

National Corn Growers Association membership climbed to even higher heights setting yet another membership record at the end of April, with 40,797 active members. This membership record replaces the former records, of 40,793, set in March of 2014 and 40,287, set in February of 2014.   “We’re elated to set yet another membership record and steady growth as we move through 2014,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “Our members recognize…

(Posted Mon. May 5th, 2014)

U.S. corn farmers have planted 29 percent of the 2014 crop as of Sunday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported this afternoon. While that is 18 percentage points higher than the same time last year, it is 13 points behind the five-year average of42 percent.   “We’re still feeling the effects of the cold and wet beginning to the spring planting season,” said National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre,…

(Posted Mon. May 5th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association has extended the deadline for submission to the Gary Lamie Graduate Student Poster Competition, sponsored by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council, until May 7. Interested graduate students should hurry to take advantage of this special opportunity to present their research to an audience of potential employers and funding organizations. Entries will be featured June 2 through June 4 during the poster session of the 2014…

(Posted Fri. May 2nd, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association hosted International Negotiations on Agriculture Foundation Chief Economist Agustin Tejeda Rodriguez today for discussions on U.S. farm policy, trade policy, the corn sector and the basic structure of NCGA.   “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…

(Posted Fri. May 2nd, 2014)

The final installment in a six-video miniseries debuts today at the National Corn Growers Association’s YouTube page, sharing how and why work NCGA’s work in the federal policy arena is important to our nation’s corn farmers.   “NCGA’s Public Policy Action Team helps develop policy within the farm bill, crop insurance and tax policy,” said PPAT Chair Jim Reed. “Our committee acts as an in-between, as a research arm and…

(Posted Thu. May 1st, 2014)

This week, staff from the National Corn Growers Association and state corn associations across the country met in St. Louis to share insights gained over the past year and coordinate efforts for the next.  With a record of nearly 150 attendees including state association executives, program directors and communicators, the conference also provided a forum to discuss pressing issues facing farmers including implementation of the farm bill passed earlier this…