NEWS STORIES

JULY 2014

(Posted Thu. Jul 31st, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association applauds the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s announcement of the final guidance to the agency’s field staff restricting enforcement of grain safety standards. The guidance issued today ensures on-farm grain operations continue to fall under the long-standing exemption for farms and thus that OSHA will not take enforcement actions against farms with ten or fewer employees over the way they manage their grain bins.   “The …

(Posted Wed. Jul 30th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers that only a few days remain to register for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest. Growers can register quickly and easily by the August 1 deadline using the online entry form.     “While only a few days remain, the online entry forms make becoming part of the contest simple,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Don Glenn. “By entering the contest, you …

(Posted Tue. Jul 29th, 2014)

Jeff Gordon may have won his fifth NASCAR race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend but American Ethanol was his co-pilot. Not only was he running on E15 American Ethanol as he crossed the finish line, but he also was part of NASCAR’s celebration of the sport logging six million miles  on Sunoco Green E15.   For more than three years, NASCAR has run on an E15 race …

CFC Farmer Honored as

(Posted Tue. Jul 29th, 2014)

Today, the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture honored Quint Pottinger, along with 14 others, as “Champions of Change.” Pottinger, who is featured in the 2014 Corn Farmers Coalition campaign, was nominated for the honor by the Kentucky Corn Growers Association.   The “Champion of Change” program recognizes leaders from across the country who are doing extraordinary things to build the bench for the next generation of farming and …

(Posted Mon. Jul 28th, 2014)

Last week, the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance’s Domestic Working Group met in Washington to jointly review task force reports focused on four areas necessary to develop an industry-wide protocol for the introduction of new biotechnology traits. During the meeting, representatives from all parts of the value chain worked together to assess findings on risk assessment, management, mitigation and responsibility. While the task force reports provided valuable insight, there was generally …

(Posted Fri. Jul 25th, 2014)

For more than three years, NASCAR has run on a race fuel blended with 15 percent American Ethanol, Sunoco Green E15. This Sunday at the Brickyard in Indianapolis, one of the world's most historically significant tracks, NASCAR will reach a fittingly historic milestone -- 6 million miles competitive racing on the bio-fuel.   “For nearly six million miles, NASCAR has highlighted the incredible performance and reliability of ethanol,” said NCGA …

(Posted Thu. Jul 24th, 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 Iowa …

(Posted Wed. Jul 23rd, 2014)

National Corn Growers Association Chairwoman Pam Johnson was among 15 men and women appointed today to the new Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research, which will leverage public and private resources to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to boosting America's agricultural economy.   “Advancing American agriculture cannot be done without advancing the critical research to make sure we increase production in an economically and environmentally …

(Posted Wed. Jul 23rd, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association is seeking applications from members interested in working on an NCGA action team or committee in the 2015 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. This service provides growers an opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future of their industry and to become a part of the national agricultural leadership community.   “As a grassroots organization, NCGA relies on its members to step …

(Posted Tue. Jul 22nd, 2014)

This Wednesday, July 23, Austin Dillon, sporting the American Ethanol colors, will be slinging some dirt and trying to defend his crown at Eldora Speedway for NASCAR’s Mudsummer Classic World Truck series race. In 2013, Dillon pushed E15 American Ethanol into the spotlight and his truck into Victory Lane in the historic race.   “Eldora is always an exciting race for NASCAR fans, but it is an exciting opportunity for …

(Posted Tue. Jul 22nd, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers that less than two weeks remain to register for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest. While the August 1 deadline may seem distant, growers can register quickly and easily today using the online entry form.     “With only days left, take a little time this week to register for the contest,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Don Glenn. “We all know …

Are You One of the New Faces of Farming and Ranching?

(Posted Tue. Jul 22nd, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers that the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance is now accepting applications for new Faces of Farming and Ranching. To help put a real face on agriculture, USFRA will select standout farmers and ranchers who are proud of what they do, eager to share their stories of continuous improvement, and who are actively involved in sharing those stories in public and on social media.  …

(Posted Mon. Jul 21st, 2014)

The percentage of corn acres having reached the silking stage remained one point ahead of the five-year average last week, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. The report also indicates that the overall corn crop condition remained strong, with 76 percent of all corn acres rated in good or excellent condition.   “Again this week, we saw crop condition remain strong while maturity moved ahead pretty …

New Grower Leaders Complete Program's First Year

(Posted Mon. Jul 21st, 2014)

The inaugural class of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) DuPont New Leaders Program wrapped up last week with a flurry of activities in Washington, D.C., and the local area.   The program, which kicked off in Johnston, Iowa, in January, was designed by NCGA and DuPont to build the communications and leadership skills of growers just starting leadership positions in American agriculture, with a special focus on farming couples. …

(Posted Fri. Jul 18th, 2014)

Yesterday, corn growers and  others came together at the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress session came together to pay tribute to retiring CEO Rick Tolman, who has led the corn organization since 2000.   The recognition ceremony included remarks from Don Borgman, who recently retired as industry affairs lead for John Deere, past NCGA Presidents Ken McCauley and Garry Niemeyer, and retiring Nebraska Corn Board executive Don Hutchens, as …

(Posted Thu. Jul 17th, 2014)

The deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency addressed the concerns of attendees at the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress delegate session Thursday afternoon, regarding proposed rules for the Waters of the U.S. and the 2014 volume obligation of the Renewable Fuel Standard. “We greatly appreciate the deputy administrator’s willingness to participate in an open, well-considered conversation,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “While we certainly have concerns over …

NCGA's President's Award Presented to Rep. Shimkus

(Posted Wed. Jul 16th, 2014)

National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre today presented NCGA’s 2014 President’s Award to Representative John M. Shimkus, who represents the 15th District of Illinois.  The President’s Award is given annually at NCGA’s Corn Congress meeting in Washington to a leader who has worked to advance issues important to corn growers and agriculture.   “I was pleased to be able to honor Representative Shimkus by presenting him the NCGA President’s …

(Posted Wed. Jul 16th, 2014)

Delegates attending the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress in Washington this morning elected five farmers to serve on the organization’s Corn Board.  Taking office on Oct. 1, the start of NCGA’s 2015 fiscal year, is new board member Jim Zimmerman of Wisconsin.  Current board members Bob Bowman of Iowa, Lynn Chrisp of Nebraska, Kevin Skunes of North Dakota and Paul Taylor of Illinois were re-elected.   “Each year, we …

(Posted Tue. Jul 15th, 2014)

Action teams and committees charged with in-depth analysis and consideration of the topics most relevant to corn farmers met in Washington as the initial phase of a full week of meetings held by the National Corn Growers Association.  These farmer-led teams discussed changing situations, and the possible ramifications of these changes, in areas including public policy, ethanol, biotechnology, government regulation, trade and grower services in anticipation of NCGA Corn Congress …

(Posted Mon. Jul 14th, 2014)

Percentage of corn acres having reached the silking stage surpassed the five-year average last week, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. The report also indicates that the overall condition remained strong with 76 percent of all corn acres rated in good or excellent condition. This total showed a one point gain from last week, with the increase specifically placed in acres rated in excellent condition.   …

(Posted Fri. Jul 11th, 2014)

With forecast planted and harvested corn acres recently lowered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the supply-and-demand report released today decreased forecast corn production by 75 million bushels. Despite this, total forecast production, if realized, would only be 65 million bushels shy of last year’s record.   “While the report released today shows robust production, it also details a more concerning trend as it again drops the corn price per-bushel,” …

(Posted Fri. Jul 11th, 2014)

Next week, delegates attending the National Corn Growers Association Corn Congress in Washington will elect five farmers to serve on the organization’s Corn Board.  Taking office on Oct. 1, the start of NCGA’s 2015 fiscal year, the leaders selected will help shape the policies that guide the organization and will best serve corn farmers across the United States.   Corn Board Candidates for 2015 are Bob Bowman, DeWitt, Iowa; Lynn …

(Posted Thu. Jul 10th, 2014)

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing to explore the societal benefits of biotechnology. The hearing, which featured four speakers, explored how consumers, farmers and the environment have benefitted from traditional and modern applications of biotechnology. Some of the benefits of biotechnology explored include fighting diseases, increasing available food sources and conserving natural resources.   The panel …

(Posted Thu. Jul 10th, 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 Texas …

(Posted Thu. Jul 10th, 2014)

Corn farmers from across the country are preparing to gather in Washington next week. Over four days, they will participate in a series of action team and committee meetings, Capitol Hill visits with lawmakers and the semi-annual Corn Congress, where grower-leaders from 28 states will elect five new members of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.   “Coming together in Washington at this critical moment provides not only an …

We're Looking for New Faces of Farming and Ranching

(Posted Wed. Jul 9th, 2014)

Tomorrow, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance will begin accepting applications for new Faces of Farming & Ranching. To help put a real face on agriculture,  later this year, USFRA will select standout farmers and ranchers who are proud of what they do, eager to share their stories of continuous improvement, and who are actively involved in sharing those stories in public and on social media.    Farmers and ranchers …

(Posted Tue. Jul 8th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association raised serious concerns over the impact of the Interpretive Rule regarding the exemption from permitting under the Clean Water Act in comments submitted today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, asking the agency to withdraw the rule.   Citing serious concerns over the rule’s implications for farmers carrying out normal activities, NCGA asked the EPA to withdraw the Interpretive Rule and work with the agricultural …

(Posted Tue. Jul 8th, 2014)

Today, Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, announced the launch of a new agricultural supply chain program for U.S. commodity crops. The Field to Market metrics and benchmarks developed through a multi-stakeholder process over the past several years will now become an important platform for measuring, promoting and reporting on continuous improvement in corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, rice, potatoes and other crops related to seven sustainability indicators: land …

(Posted Mon. Jul 7th, 2014)

Percentage of corn acres having reached the silking stage progressed to within three points of the five-year average last week, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. Despite reports of flooding and other generally detrimental weather conditions across the Corn Belt, the report indicates that the overall condition remained strong with 75 percent of all corn acres rated in good or excellent condition. This total remained stable …

(Posted Mon. Jul 7th, 2014)

By Martin Barbre NCGA President   In 2009, corn farmers from Maryland to Colorado embarked on a unique venture called the Corn Farmers Coalition. The intent was to reconnect Washington thought leaders with family farmers, give them a glimpse at how sustainably we farm today, and remind them of the increasingly important economic contribution being made by corn farmers. Today, coalition ads will launch in Washington for yet another summer …

(Posted Thu. Jul 3rd, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers that less than one month remains to register for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest. While the August 1 deadline may seem distant, growers can register quickly and easily today using the online entry form.     “With only weeks left, take a little time this long weekend to register for the contest,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Don Glenn. “We all …

Corn Board Candidate Zimmerman Brings Passion and Perspective to Leadership

(Posted Thu. Jul 3rd, 2014)

This article and podcast are the ninth and final editions in a series profiling candidates for the 2015 Corn Board.   Jim Zimmerman has delved deeply into multifaceted, quickly evolving issues as chair of the National Corn Growers Association Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team. A passionate leader whose disposition pushes him to delve deeply into the opinions and facts surrounding each new issue, he now seeks expand his service …

Corn Board Candidate Paul Taylor Brings Innovative, Strategic Approach to Discussions

(Posted Wed. Jul 2nd, 2014)

This article and podcast are the eighth in a series profiling candidates for the 2015 Corn Board.   Paul Taylor has worked tirelessly for his fellow farmers, bringing a unique point of view and thoughtful insight to discussions as a member of the Corn Board. Having completed his current term of service, he now seeks to continue his work by gaining reelection to the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board. …

Corn Board Candidate Dean Taylor Builds Consensus to Build a Better Future

(Posted Tue. Jul 1st, 2014)

This article and podcast are the seventh in a series profiling candidates for the 2015 Corn Board.    Dean Taylor has served in numerous capacities of corn industry leadership at both the state and national level. Dedicated to his mission of building a better future for farmers, he now seeks to further his involvement as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.   Taylor is running for …

Ethanol for Energy Independence

(Posted Tue. Jul 1st, 2014)

By Martin Barbre President, NCGA   As our nation looks forward to another Independence Day celebration, for some it may be marred by rising gas prices that make that family drive to see fireworks a little more costly. In today’s economy, it’s terrible that we have to worry about things like this, but we do, thanks to the fact the upheaval across the world still hits our pockets at the …

(Posted Tue. Jul 1st, 2014)

National Corn Growers Association membership set yet another membership record at the end of June, with 41,185 active members. This membership record replaces the former record of 40,797, set in April. Notably, the April record concluded a three-month run of consistent record membership.   “The membership records just keep coming in 2014, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “With major issues surrounding the RFS, farm …