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 guidance provides necessary clarity and guards against overreach,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “Farmers across the country already work tirelessly to ensure that their farms run in a safe manner. We thank OSHA for its efforts to provide certainty and ensure farmers ability to operate without unnecessary regulation.”   The guidance came as a result of a requirement included in the fiscal 2014 omnibus spending bill requiring OSHA to consult with USDA on the issue. OSHA withdrew a field memorandum that...

(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 will not only get a chance to compete against your peers but also the opportunity to contribute to something larger. The data we gain from the contest every year is important, because it helps us develop the production practices of tomorrow. I hope those who haven’t entered before consider becoming NCGA members and trying their hand at high-yield techniques as contest entrants in 2014.”   To enter today using the online form, click here.    Entry will remain open through August 1. All harvest forms will be due by November 21. Contest winners will be announced on...

(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 fuel blend called American Ethanol, or Sunoco Green E15. It seemed appropriate that the notable achievement came at the Brickyard in Indianapolis, one of the world's most historically significant tracks.   On Saturday and Sunday, supporters of American Ethanol were out in force to see the historic milestone firsthand. Representatives of the retail fuel industry, ethanol plants who make the corn-based fuel, and corn growers from five states were on hand to see the green biofuel prove itself once again under some of the toughest driving conditions on the planet.   To hear more about what NASCAR and Richard...

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(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 ranching.  These champions lead in their industries and communities, inspiring others who want to find careers and a life on the land, and providing food, fiber, fuel, and flora around the world.   The program featured USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, who discussed efforts to ensure that beginning farmers and the growing ranks of agriculture - women, young people, immigrants, socially disadvantaged producers, returning veterans and retirees - have access to the programs and support they need. The event also included a discussion about how...

(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 agreement that all parties will need to work together on a comprehensive approach in order to create a formula that will be acceptable to all parties.   Discussions, while spirited, did result in some fundamental agreements on the next steps forward. In the coming weeks, the Domestic Working Group leadership will generate a hypothetical situation and plan from which the full group will work moving forward.   “We will need to change our approach to reach an agreement, but I remain optimistic that we...

(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 NASCAR Advisory Committee Chair Jon Holzfaster. “The role ethanol has played as part of the NASCAR Green initiative has also put its environmental benefits firmly in the spotlight. As we hit this milestone, one thing is certain. Some of the world’s best drivers fuel world class performance with ethanol.”   At a ceremony in Indianapolis today, Richard Childress, chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing; Tom Buis, CEO at Growth Energy; and Ken Parrent, director of biofuels at Indiana Corn Marketing Council, gathered to recognize the...

(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 farmer April Hemmes, who farms in the north central part of the state.   “At our farm, we are sitting pretty good actually,” said Hemmes. “I went out scouting my fields yesterday, and almost all of the silks are brown. This means that they have been pollinated. Pollination looks to be even. So, I am pretty lucky that way.”   To listen to the full interview with Hemmes, including her account of a recent agricultural mission to China, click here.   Next, Maryland farmer Jennie Schmidt spoke with Field Notes about how her crop is faring.   “One of our last...

(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 sustainable way,” Johnson said. “As someone who has long held an interest in ag research and has long believed in its importance, I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve my country and my industry in this foundation.”   Authorized by Congress as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, the foundation will operate as a non-profit corporation seeking and accepting private donations in order to fund research activities that focus on problems of national and international significance. Congress...

(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 forward and take an active role in developing the policies that will lead our industry forward,” said NCGA First Vice President Chip Bowling. “This year, we have opportunities in all of the areas the organization touches, thus allowing members to take their involvement to the next level while exploring in great depth the areas which interest them the most.”   Positions are available on all teams and committees: CornPAC, Ethanol Committee, Grower Services Action Team, Production and Stewardship Action Team, Public Policy Action Team, Research and Business...

(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 corn farmers too,” said National Corn Growers Association NASCAR Advisory Committee Chair Jon Holzfaster. “With American Ethanol spokesman Austin Dillon firmly in the spotlight, Eldora provides a great platform to get our message about the environmental and economic benefits ethanol offers all Americans to a broader audience. The buzz continues to grow. Ethanol helps clean our air, improve our economic independence and benefits American consumers and farmers alike.”   A lot of attention was focused on the inaugural MudSummer Classic last year as it marked the first...

(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 how hectic life can become so quickly. By entering now, you can check one more important item off of your to-do list. The data we gain from the contest every year is important, because it helps us develop the production practices of tomorrow. I hope those who haven’t entered before consider becoming NCGA members and trying their hand at high-yield techniques as contest entrants in 2014.”   To enter today using the online form, click here.    Entry will remain open through August 1. All harvest forms will be due by November 21. Contest winners will be announced on...

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.    “This year’s ambassadors did an excellent job, clearly showing how great the consumer desire for direct information on how their food is grown has become,” said NCGA Corn Board Member Mike Geske, who serves as the association’s representative to the board of USFRA. “As a farmer, I know the great pride we all take in the work that we do, and I have seen the incredible move toward a more productive, more sustainable ag industry. It is an excellent story that we need to share, and I urge all eligible candidates to consider doing so.”   Farmers and ranchers...

(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 much on pace,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “Challenges remain ahead for farmers despite what appears to be an exceptional crop in the fields. Our nation’s corn farmers are using the best and most sustainable practices and most advanced tools to grow a quality crop that may surpass demand for fuel, food and fiber. It is imperative that we now work just as diligently to maintain and grow markets, maximizing both the potential of the crop for consumers and opportunities for farmers.”   On July 20, 56 percent of all corn acres had reached the...

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.   “DuPont is proud to have sponsored the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program,” said Rik Miller, President DuPont Crop Protection. "I am impressed with the energy, work ethic and dedication of the program participants.  They have developed the necessary skills to become great advocates for our industry in their local communities and in Washington, D.C."     On Sunday, participants learned about agriculture, aquaculture and viticulture with visits to a historic grain farm south of the nation’s capital, an oyster farm and restaurant along the...

(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 well as current NCGA President Martin Barbre and Tolman’s wife, Linda.   Sharing personal stories, reflections on the many successes during his tenure, and admirations of his personal character, the speakers came together to thank Tolman for 14 years of service that saw great growth for the organization.   While Tolman will not complete his service until the fiscal year ends Sept. 30, Corn Congress marked the last time this group of grower-leaders would be together in one setting.   “I was honored and humbled by the remarks...

(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 the proposed WOTUS and interpretive rules, we hope that by working with the EPA we will be able to shape a final rule that addresses them adequately.” Following his address to the delegation, EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe answered questions from the farmer delegates and members of the NCGA Corn Board. Stressing the interests shared by the EPA and farmers, whom he called America’s original environmentalists, Perciasepe pointed to a common need for clear air and water. He...

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 Award,” Barbre said.  “I have worked closely with him for many years now, and he represents my district. He has been a steadfast supporter and advocate for American agriculture, especially the RFS and ethanol industry, and I am proud to call him a friend of corn.”   Among his duties, Congressman Shimkus is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and chairman of its Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy. He also serves on the Energy and Power; Health; and Communications and...

(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 have a terrific slate of candidates for the Corn Board, growers who have already had an impressive career of volunteer service for American agriculture,” NCGA Chairwoman Pam Johnson, who chairs the nominating committee, said. “It’s inspiring to see such an interest on the part of these growers, especially at a time when our industry faces so many challenges. They are all going to be a great addition to the board, and do great things for all farmers.”   Bowman, who currently serves on NCGA’s Corn Board, functions as the board’s liaison to the Research...

(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 and visits to Capitol Hill scheduled later this week.   “NCGA’s action teams develop policies with a careful analysis of each situation while maintaining the grassroots approach vital to the association’s success,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “These small groups bring together grower-leaders from our various member states to develop a deep knowledge of specialized areas and collaborate on solutions that help NCGA create and increase opportunities and markets for our members.”   Click here for...

(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.   “Obviously, corn farmers are pleased to see such strong quality reports at this point in the season,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “While our corn shows promise in the fields, we are keenly aware of the many challenges which might arise tomorrow. America’s farmers have excelled this year, using the best and most sustainable practices and most advanced tools to ensure a successful crop. Now, we have to work just as diligently to maintain and grow markets that will ensure our crop helps meet our world’s growing need for fuel, food and...

(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,” said National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre. “U.S. farmers remain diligent in our work, striving to produce that abundance for a world with constantly increasing food, feed and fuel needs. Yet, as prices continue to fall and input prices rise, our farmer members are expressing growing concern that their hard work will be for naught, should prices fall below their cost of production.”   Total production forecasts were lowered to 13.86 billion bushels and the projected national average yield held at 165.3...

(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 Chrisp, Hastings, Neb.; David Howell, Middletown, Ind.; Jim Reed, Monticello, Ill.; Bruce Rohwer, Paullina, Iowa; Kevin Skunes, Arthur, N.D.; Dean Taylor, Prairie City, Iowa; Paul Taylor, Esmond, Ill.; and Jim Zimmerman, Rosendale, Wis. The five new members receiving the most votes will serve three-year terms, while the candidate elected to the board receiving the fewest votes will serve a two-year term beginning the same day.   “NCGA has historically been blessed with a large pool of quality, skilled candidates willing to serve their fellow farmers by...

(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 also responded to questions from Committee Members concerning the challenges of relaying factual information about these technologies to the general public.   "It is clear from the hearing today that biotechnology plays a critical role in meeting a number of consumer and societal needs,” said Chairman Austin Scott (R-GA) in a statement following the hearing. “In a world where it is important to help feed our expanding population while ensuring...

(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 farmer Jay Beckhusen, who farms about an hour from Austin. At the end of June, Beckhusen had hoped to begin harvest around this week. Given recent weather, his plans have been delayed. While his plans have changed, his outlook remains positive.   “At the end of June, we had a rain event that was pretty unusual for this area,” said Beckhusen. “It was great to get all of the water, but it did delay corn harvest another two weeks. As of today, we haven’t hit 100 degrees, which is also unusual for us. It is wonderful for the crops, because it hasn’t been too...

(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 opportunity to work together in developing forward-facing, insightful policies for NCGA but also a chance to speak directly with our representation in the House and Senate,” NCGA President Martin Barbre said. “We will engage in important conversations that will help guide the association at the same time we will advocate for corn farmers on the Hill. Whether we are debating ethanol issues, federal regulations or many other issues, we will have a unique chance to take our message and push for action in real time. ”   The week begins Monday with...

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 who grow and raise an assortment of foods through various methods, on differing scale and across all regions of the country are encouraged to apply, as it is important to show American agriculture and all of its diversity. The National Corn Growers Association is a proud founding affiliate of USFRA.   “We are proud of the improvements our farmers and ranchers are bringing to America’s food supply and we think it’s imperative that they have a strong voice in addressing consumer questions,” said Randy Krotz, chief executive officer at USFRA. “The success we...

(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 community to develop an alternative approach that would allow for farmer comment and thus an opportunity to protect their interests.    Click here for our comments.   In the comments, NCGA noted appreciation for the efforts of the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop this rule. Notably, NCGA joined with a broad array of other groups in asking EPA to do so in order to provide greater clarity on the implications of the Clean Water Act...

(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 use, soil conservation, soil carbon, irrigated water use, water quality, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.   The new program, which was approved at the organization’s recent biannual board meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas, will focus on benchmarking current sustainability outcomes, catalyzing continuous improvement at the field and landscape level, and enabling supply chain sourcing claims.   “The announcement signals a major commitment among members to address supply chain sustainability...

(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 since the week prior, with the excellent category gaining one point from the good.   “With the corn crop entering a crucial stage in its maturation, we are pleased to see that the condition remains strong,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “While our crop shows promise today, we are keenly aware of the many challenges which might arise tomorrow. While variables still exist, one fact is certain. America’s corn farmers are using the best and most sustainable practices and most advanced tools to ensure a successful crop in...

(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 campaign.   Focus groups conducted almost seven years ago, and repeated this year, show Washington folks want the same thing as the rest of the public: Family farmers.  They want us to continue to farm the land and provide the products we need and use daily. Interestingly, they also say we need to continue making noise and let them know we are still out here, because they think family farms are going the way of the dinosaur.   Our goal has consistently been to reinforce the importance of family farms as a national resource and to build on...

(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 know how hectic life can become so quickly. By entering now, you can check one more important item off of your to-do list. The data we gain from the contest every year is important, because it helps us develop the production practices of tomorrow. I hope those who haven’t entered before consider becoming NCGA members and trying their hand at high-yield techniques as contest entrants in 2014.”   To enter today using the online form, click here.  NCGA will also release a version of the online form suitable for use on mobile devices in the near future.   Entry...

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 to America’s farmers as a member of the NCGA Corn Board.   Zimmerman chose to run for election to the Corn Board because he sees serving on the board as a tremendous opportunity to help lead NCGA as it creates and increases opportunities for corn growers. In this capacity, he would diligently listen to the grassroots, while gauging industry sentiment, in considering each issue. Contributing this well-considered insight, Jim would work to build consensus in making decisions which would benefit the corn industry.   “My interest in serving on the...

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.   Taylor is running for reelection to the Corn Board because he has gained a passion for serving his neighbors and NCGA’s broader membership that was fostered by his prior service and attendance of NCGA events including Corn Congress and Commodity Classic. While participating in the Leadership at Its Best program and the Advanced Leadership program, he developed a deep respect for the level of professionalism exhibited by NCGA spokespersons and of the level of respect afforded them in both commodity and political circles. Thus, he strongly desires to contribute his skills...

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 election to the Corn Board because he wants to contribute to the continuing success of American corn farmers as they face the regulatory and financial challenges of the 21st century.  As an experienced leader having served at both the board and committee level, he has learned to work with his fellow leaders to build consensus in finding workable solutions.  Additionally, he feels it is important for the Corn Board members to stay current on the variety of issues facing the industry and be open to input from all fellow corn growers.   "NCGA brings American corn farmers...

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 pump.   AAA reports that the violence in Iraq is a big reason why drivers will be paying the highest gas prices since 2008. The fact is, even though we have made great strides in moving toward energy independence, with most oil we use now produced domestically, we’ve still got a long way to go when the time when one far-flung country’s political crisis doesn’t affect us.   And this is why it’s especially important not to backslide on our nation’s commitment to domestic, renewable biofuels like corn ethanol. The Environmental Protection Agency wants a 10 percent reduction in corn ethanol this...

(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 bill implementation and pending regulations on the horizon, our members recognize the importance of NCGA’s work. Our members, the true grassroots, give us the strength and motivate our mission, pushing us to greater heights year after year.”    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...