NEWS STORIES

JUNE 2014

USDA Report Shows Fewer Acres Planted to Corn

(Posted Mon. Jun 30th, 2014)

American farmers planted 3.7 million fewer acres of corn in 2014, a four percent decrease from 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Acreage report released today.   The report indicates only a slight decrease in acreage from the prospective planting report released in March. Total corn plantings in the United States total 91.6 million acres for the lowest planted acreage since 2010. Notably, it still represents the fifth-largest U.S. …

(Posted Mon. Jun 30th, 2014)

This article and podcast are the sixth in a series profiling candidates for the 2015 Corn Board.   Kevin Skunes has dedicated his time and energy to leading as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board. With his current term nearly complete, he hopes gain reelection for a second term beginning in fiscal year 2015.  If reelected to the NCGA Corn Board, he would take pride in …

(Posted Fri. Jun 27th, 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 Fri. Jun 27th, 2014)

This article and podcast are the fifth in a series profiling candidates for the 2015 Corn Board.   Bruce Rohwer has served his fellow farmers extensively at the state and national level. Now, he hopes to continue to do so in a new capacity as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.   Bruce is running for election to the Corn Board in the hopes of bringing …

(Posted Thu. Jun 26th, 2014)

This article and podcast are the fourth in a series profiling candidates for the 2015 Corn Board.   Jim Reed places a high value on the important role grassroots’ input plays in shaping every part of the National Corn Growers Association. With a keen awareness of the importance of valuing corn farmer input, he hopes to serve his peers as a member of the NCGA Corn Board.   Reed believes …

(Posted Wed. Jun 25th, 2014)

This article and podcast are the third in a series profiling candidates for the 2015 Corn Board.   David Howell has proven experience with a record of exemplary service at both the state and national level. Now, he hopes to further deepen his service as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.   Howell decided to run for election to the Corn Board because he feels that …

(Posted Wed. Jun 25th, 2014)

For the fourth year, the Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence Research Program is offering grants to researchers for projects focused on solving aflatoxin issues. The grants have been structured by southern corn checkoff boards to favor research teams that include researchers from multiple universities, USDA research centers and states.   Texas corn grower Charles Ring chairs the program’s steering committee. “AMCOE’s goal is to leverage the dollars for solving aflatoxin …

(Posted Tue. Jun 24th, 2014)

    This article and podcast are the second in a series profiling candidates for the 2015 Corn Board.   In addition to extensive experience, Lynn Chrisp brings an unwavering dedication to learning every aspect of multifaceted issues and a drive to delve into fellow farmers’ perspectives to his work in association leadership. As he completes a three year turn, he seeks to continue building a better future for America’s …

(Posted Mon. Jun 23rd, 2014)

This article and podcast are the first in a series profiling candidates for the 2015 Corn Board.   Bob Bowman offers a wide base of knowledge gained through years of experience in the service of other farmers. Having already completed his first term, he now hopes to gain reelection and continue his service of his fellow farmers across the country as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn …

(Posted Mon. Jun 23rd, 2014)

The market is rapidly adjusting to the new ground rules for U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles exports to China. While the government in China has yet to issue a formal announcement, traders have been told unofficially that no new DDGS import permits will be issued for the time being. Additionally, those accounts indicate that incoming cargoes of DDGS entering under existing permits will be subject to more stringent inspection …

(Posted Fri. Jun 20th, 2014)

Yesterday, National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Chip Bowling testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Energy at a hearing on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Interpretive Rule regarding the applicability of Clean Water Act agricultural exemptions. The interpretive rule was released in conjunction with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed rule for defining the waters of the United States that fall under …

(Posted Tue. Jun 17th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association has added a new “Take Action on Weeds” section to its website as a resource of farmers combating herbicide resistance issues. This resource, developed by the United Soybean Board through its Take Action program, offers a wide array of information developed over several years to help farmers combat weed resistance through best management practices.   To explore “Take Action on Weeds,” click here.   …

(Posted Fri. Jun 13th, 2014)

By Martin Barbre, NCGA President   A recent report entitled “Water and Climate Risks Facing U.S. Corn Production” attempts to link such risks with U.S. corn production. These statements are nothing new and such reports continue to fail in their intent, primarily by not seriously consulting those that actually produce corn.    Farmers are central to improvements in the nation's sustainable corn supply. The National Association of Corn Growers (NCGA) advocates for the cultivation of sustainable …

(Posted Thu. Jun 12th, 2014)

This week, CommonGround volunteer Laura Daniels, a dairy farmer from Cobb, Wisconsin, took to the Tampa airwaves for discussions on food prices, GMOs and sustainability. Over two days, Daniels participated in a radio panel on agriculture as well as television interviews with the local ABC affiliate station and the regional cable outlet.   During the interviews, which had particular relevance as June is National Dairy Month, Daniels provided her unique …

(Posted Thu. Jun 12th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds 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.   “Only days remain for those interested to take advantage of this valuable discount,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Don Glenn. “Every year, …

(Posted Wed. Jun 11th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association is now seeking well-qualified candidates for the position of Chief Executive Officer. Reporting to the Corn Board, the NCGA CEO will have an opportunity to lead the organization, enable its members to continue being a highly respected voice in Washington, D.C., and internationally, and represent NCGA on all issues surrounding the safe, sustainable, and economic production of corn.   Founded in 1957, the National Corn …

(Posted Wed. Jun 11th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board has elected Rob Elliott of Illinois to become the organization's first vice president for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.   “I am honored that my colleagues on the board placed their trust in my ability and dedication to leading our association forward in its mission of creating greater opportunities for corn growers across the country,” said Elliott. “I realize that …

(Posted Wed. Jun 11th, 2014)

U.S. farmers remain 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. Very favorable early season crop and weather conditions offset planting delays in May, thus farmers are still 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 …

(Posted Wed. Jun 11th, 2014)

Keywords: USFRA

In the latest of its Food Dialogues event series, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance this week held a panel conversation on integrity in food marketing, to explore how the entire food chain – from the farm field to the dinner table – can share information on complex food-production issues while not confusing, misrepresenting or alarming consumers.   “As a corn grower who has seen first-hand how quickly myths about …

(Posted Tue. Jun 10th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association thanked President Obama for signing the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014. This final reauthorization bill, which will improve the reliability and efficiency of the U.S. inland waterways system, was passed by the House on May 20 and the Senate on May 22.   “This legislation provides an important step toward the infrastructure improvements vital to our nation’s inland waterway system, and we …

(Posted Mon. Jun 9th, 2014)

Emergence of the 2014 corn crop pushed past the five-year average last week, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. Despite strong storms with high winds and hail over the past week, the 2014 corn crop condition held nearly steady with 75 percent of all acres rated good or excellent as of June 8. This represents only a one-point decline from the prior week and remains 12 …

(Posted Fri. Jun 6th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association announced participants for the fifth class of NCGA’s Advanced Leadership Program, co-sponsored by Syngenta.  This year’s class includes six Leadership at Its Best graduates who will undergo intensive training in order to hone their media, leadership and lobbying skills and prepare to lead the industry forward.   “It is exciting to see another class of leaders who seek to truly elevate their skillset and further …

(Posted Fri. Jun 6th, 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. Jun 5th, 2014)

Keywords: CUTC

A successful Corn Utilization and Technology Conference concluded yesterday with the presentation of awards recognizing the top entries in the Gary Lamie Graduate Student Poster Competition, sponsored by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council.   “The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to lend our support, encouragement and a cash stipend to young researchers,” said NCGA Research and Business Development Action Team Chair Tom Mueller during the awards presentation. “Clearly, corn …

(Posted Wed. Jun 4th, 2014)

This week, representatives from the three corn-producing countries which constitute the MAIZALL alliance are participating in a biotechnology mission to Europe. With meetings scheduled in Portugal, Spain and Belgium, the team will work to introduce MAIZALL to European farm, livestock and agribusiness organizations and advocate for biotechnology accessibility before European Union Commission departments on behalf of U.S., Brazilian and Argentine corn farmers.   The meetings launched Monday in Lisbon, where …

(Posted Wed. Jun 4th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association today launched the second year of the Good Steward Recognition Program to expand awareness of best practices in sustainable corn production. The program, which demonstrates the economic and conservation value of soil management, is now accepting nominations.   “Success stories abound in agriculture in the areas of precision application and timing of inputs, improved seeds and large advancements in tillage and other practices, “said Don …

(Posted Tue. Jun 3rd, 2014)

The Monster Mile lived up to its nickname this weekend as the infamous Dover, Delaware, NASCAR track literally spit concrete and devoured cars. In deference to nine-time Dover winner Jimmy Johnson, the good news is the most consistent performer over the weekend was American Ethanol.   More than 60,000 fans on-site got to see Sunoco Green E15 power the world’s best drivers through their paces with the clean burning, high-powered …

(Posted Tue. Jun 3rd, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association opened the 2014 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference last night in Louisville, Ky. The biennial conference will feature the cutting-edge technologies and new uses that continually improve and dynamically change the corn industry during a series of technical sessions over the next two days.   NCGA President Martin Barbre welcomed attendees to the conference and introduced keynote speaker Kristin Meadors of the Kentucky Distillers Association. …

(Posted Mon. Jun 2nd, 2014)

With corn planting nearly complete and emergence keeping pace with the five-year average, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its first forecast for the condition of the 2014 U.S. corn crop. According to this report, the 2014 corn crop is in better condition than the record crop of 2013 was at this point in the year with 76 percent of planted acres in good or excellent condition. At this point …

(Posted Mon. Jun 2nd, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association calls on photographers to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the first annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA hopes to capture high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. While the contest opened today, interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2014.   Open to all, …