NEWS STORIES

SEPTEMBER 2014

Johnson Reflects on Leadership Experience, Urges Farmers to Take Action

(Posted Tue. Sep 30th, 2014)

As the fiscal year comes to an end, the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board prepares to seat new members and officers on October 1.  When the 2014 Executive Committee steps down, NCGA Chairwoman Pam Johnson will complete her term, passing the role of chairman to current president Martin Barbre.   The Off the Cob podcast series sat down with Johnson to discuss her perspective on her years in leadership, her insight …

(Posted Mon. Sep 29th, 2014)

Corn growers in more states have seen harvest progress drive on this fall, with all but one of the 18 states tracked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture now reporting progress. Twelve percent of the corn crop has been harvested as of Sunday, still below the five-year average of 23 percent.   “While we’ve seen a …

(Posted Fri. Sep 26th, 2014)

An updated slate of farmers will serve their industry as members of the National Corn Growers Association’s action teams and committees in the next fiscal year, which begins Wednesday, actively shaping the future of their industry by guiding programs carrying out the policies and priorities that guide NCGA.   “We’re going to be facing a lot of challenges and opportunities in the year ahead, and it’s great to have such …

(Posted Fri. Sep 26th, 2014)

This week, National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Chip Bowling and Corn Board member Keith Alverson, along with NCGA staff, met with senior U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials to discuss their concerns regarding the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) proposed rule. During the substantive and constructive conversation, Bowling and Alverson provided real-world examples on how the rule, which was designed to clarify the Clean Water Act, actually muddy the …

(Posted Thu. Sep 25th, 2014)

Keywords: Farm Policy

The National Corn Growers Association today thanked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for rolling out regulations related to the new revenue-based Agriculture Risk Coverage program and other risk management options designed to help growers facing sharp declines in commodity prices or significant production losses.   “Many farmers are facing a difficult harvest this year – a lot of corn coming in, but at a very low price,” said NCGA President …

As the 2014 Fiscal Year Comes to a Close, Off the Cob Looks Ahead with Corn Board Member Elect Zimmerman

(Posted Thu. Sep 25th, 2014)

When the National Corn Growers Association enters a new fiscal year on October 1, Wisconsin farmer Jim Zimmerman will become the newest member of the Corn Board. Off the Cob spoke with the new board member to explore his goals, insights and aspirations for NCGA as he takes on this role.   Corn Board elections were held during the session of Corn Congress held this July in Washington. While the election …

(Posted Wed. Sep 24th, 2014)

Keywords: Sustainability Conservation

National Corn Growers Association Corn Board member Paul Taylor, a farmer from Esmond, Ill., participated in the inaugural meeting of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. The meeting brought together partners of the alliance to discuss the organization of the alliance in its inception year and a program of work.   The meeting followed the official launch of the alliance on Tuesday at the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate …

(Posted Tue. Sep 23rd, 2014)

Keywords: Biotechnology Trade

The National Corn Growers Association has launched an online campaign reminding growers of the importance of properly channeling grain this harvest. Through a series of online placements on AgWeb.com, email blasts and text message alerts, the association will focus farmer attention during this critical harvest period, running from mid-September through early November.   “NCGA’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team always stresses the importance of balancing access to …

(Posted Mon. Sep 22nd, 2014)

With both harvest and maturity progress lagging behind the five-year average, the condition of the U.S. corn condition remains strong, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Report released today. Seventy-four percent of the crop remains in good-to-excellent condition as of September 21, 19 percentage points more than at this time last year. With only 42 percent of the corn crop at full maturity, lagging progress has not harmed forecasts …

(Posted Mon. Sep 22nd, 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 …

(Posted Fri. Sep 19th, 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 …

Decatur Gets Grounded on Soil Health

(Posted Thu. Sep 18th, 2014)

Keywords: Conservation

This week, corn farmers David, Joe and Chase Brown hosted area growers, soil health experts and neighbors on their farm near Decatur, Illinois for a Soil Health Partnership field day. The day’s agenda kicked off with the Brown family describing how they started using cover crops during the drought in 2012 to feed livestock. Now, they are committed to seeing what else cover crops can deliver in terms of keeping …

(Posted Thu. Sep 18th, 2014)

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

(Posted Wed. Sep 17th, 2014)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s approval of Dow AgroSciences 2,4-D and glyphosate-resistant corn, a part of the ENLIST system. This approval, which will still require U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval of the accompanying pesticide before the system comes to market, represents the first time in which USDA approved a crop modified to be resistant to more than one herbicide.   “Gaining approval for this …

(Posted Tue. Sep 16th, 2014)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association submitted comments on the updated carbon intensity (CI) scores being considered for the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program to the California Air Resources Board this week. The comments, which related specifically to the direct CI scores, follow comments NCGA submitted in March pertaining to the preliminary indirect CI scores assigned to corn ethanol.   In a short letter from NCGA President Martin Barbre, the …

(Posted Tue. Sep 16th, 2014)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Ohio corn grower John Linder, a member of the National Corn Growers Association’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team, testified before  a committee of the National Research Council (NRC) on the importance of innovation and biotechnology to agricultural production during  a hearing Monday. The hearing, which was held in Washington, was part of a broader review of crop biotechnology.   “Farmers take pride in producing food not only for American …

(Posted Tue. Sep 16th, 2014)

Keywords: Conservation

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced yesterday that the National Corn Growers Association was among the recipients of the Conservation Innovation Grants. The National Corn Growers Association CIG award will be utilized to support the Soil Health Partnership.  The Soil Health Partnership represents a cooperative effort among several organizations working together with farmers to demonstrate and communicate the benefits of soil health to agricultural production.    “The Soil Health Partnership is …

(Posted Mon. Sep 15th, 2014)

With harvest underway in the southern states and southerly portions of the Corn Belt, the crop condition remains strong, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Report released today. Seventy-four percent of the crop remains in good-to-excellent condition as of September 14, a full 21 percentage points more than at this time last year. Now, with 27 percent of the corn crop at full maturity, the potential for record corn …

Online Harvest Forms for 50th National Corn Yield Contest Now Available

(Posted Mon. Sep 15th, 2014)

With harvest underway in some areas and soon to begin in others, the National Corn Growers Association announces that online harvest forms for the 2014 National Corn Yield Contest are now available. While the harvest information form deadline may seem distant, entrants are asked to report within seven days of their final yield check or by Nov. 21, whichever comes first.   “While harvest has only begun in a few …

(Posted Fri. Sep 12th, 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 …

American Ethanol and Rookie of the Year Competition Rolls On

(Posted Fri. Sep 12th, 2014)

Keywords: Ethanol

American Ethanol is guaranteed to be in victory lane at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race for the Chase Championship in Chicago this Sunday. With E15 fuel powering every car in the race, and American Ethanol branding on every fuel port, our exposure will remain high through the end of the season.   Last week at Richmond, Austin Dillon, driving the No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet, did not secure the victory …

(Posted Fri. Sep 12th, 2014)

Keywords: Conservation

Soil Health Partnership field days resume their schedule of presentations and demonstrations on Tuesday, Sept. 16. Corn farmers David, Joe and Chase Brown will host area growers, soil health experts and neighbors on their farm near Decatur, Illinois.   The day’s agenda topics will include the benefits of soil health and advanced nutrient management, cover crop integration in corn systems, and new equipment for seeding cover crops. The event runs …

(Posted Thu. Sep 11th, 2014)

With the U.S. Department of Agriculture today estimating a record corn supply of 15.5 billion bushels this coming year, the National Corn Growers Association is closely tracking corn prices and fighting back against efforts that will reduce demand for the bountiful supply.   “With a record crop on the way and prices continually sinking, it is critical our federal policymakers do not cut into the ethanol standard, impose undue regulations …

(Posted Thu. Sep 11th, 2014)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association is pleased that the Environmental Protection Agency indicated it will provide flexibility for farmers in Herbicide Resistance Management (HRM) plans for new herbicide products, a position which NCGA has strongly urged.   “By moving toward a more flexible, yet still effective stance, the EPA made progress toward a set of real world solutions to an important issue,” said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team …

(Posted Thu. Sep 11th, 2014)

As farmers begin harvest preparations across the country, a select group of growers are ramping up their efforts to become the most effective leaders possible through a National Corn Growers Association training program. NCGA’s Advanced Leadership Training Program, sponsored by Syngenta, launched its fifth class this week in Minneapolis, Minn. The session helps qualified and motivated candidates fine-tune their leadership skills and prepare them to lead the industry forward.    …

(Posted Wed. Sep 10th, 2014)

America’s Heartland, the only weekly series focused on farming and ranching in all 50 states, announced the return of its popular series for an unprecedented tenth season. America’s Heartland will combine new themed episodes and the return of popular features and hosts as it premieres this week on PBS stations and RFD-TV.   “We’re thrilled to offer a new season of 22 episodes that introduce viewers to new stories of …

(Posted Tue. Sep 9th, 2014)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association reminds growers of the importance of properly channeling grain this harvest, particularly that planted as part of the Right to Grow system for limited release of Duracade.   The Right to Grow system tightly controlled the sale of seed corn produced using Duracade technology in a vigorous attempt to keep it out of export channels and limited the amount of Duracade released to ensure corn …

(Posted Mon. Sep 8th, 2014)

Keywords: Conservation

Soil Health Partnership field days begin their schedule of presentations and demonstrations on Wednesday, Sept. 10 in Iowa. Bruce Kent will host area farmers, soil health experts and neighbors on his farm near Lu Verne, Iowa.   The day’s agenda topics will include the benefits of soil health and advanced nutrient management, cover crop integration in corn systems, and new equipment for seeding cover crops. The event runs from 9 …

(Posted Fri. Sep 5th, 2014)

Keywords: Transportation

The National Corn Growers Association submitted comments to the Surface Transportation Board on the ongoing railroad service problems impacting corn growers. The comments, which detailed shipping delays and the industry-specific nuances of grain shipment, provided insight into the negative repercussions railroad delays have on family farmers.   “Based on the large railroad volumes of corn and corn products and relatively short peak seasonal shipping periods, timely and efficient railroad service …

(Posted Fri. Sep 5th, 2014)

Keywords: Ethanol

Pull your hat down tight and buckle up for a wild ride this weekend as one of NASCAR’s most dramatic races of the season unfolds in Richmond, Virginia. It’s make-or-break time for a dozen drivers fighting to take one of the two remaining spaces in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, and American Ethanol will be center stage.   American Ethanol spokesman Austin Dillon remains on the short list of …

(Posted Thu. Sep 4th, 2014)

Keywords: farm bill

Farmers have until late September to verify their current base acres, yields and 2009-2012 planting history with their Farm Service Agency office. This marks the first step growers will take under the farm bill’s new risk management programs.      Farmers should have received a letter from USDA in late July or early August, with a report of their base acres and yields for the past several years. These figures are …

(Posted Thu. Sep 4th, 2014)

Today, CommonGround volunteers took the story of American farming, their story, to people across the country through a series of interviews with television and radio stations. Answering questions focused on GMOs and the use of biotechnology in agriculture, Julie Kenney of Iowa, Kristin Reese of Ohio, Jennifer Schmidt of Maryland and Kristina Sutton of Missouri opened the barn doors, offering themselves and their fellow CommonGround volunteers as a resource for …

(Posted Thu. Sep 4th, 2014)

Congress returned to Capitol Hill this week, and so did the positive corn farming messages at the heart of the Corn Farmers Coalition education program. Conventional print ads and digital ads will be in all the major Washington publications. Advertising in the Metro system will also be expanded to include “station domination,” with Coalition messages featured in every available ad space in the heavily trafficked Capitol South transportation hub behind …

(Posted Wed. Sep 3rd, 2014)

Keywords: Trade Biotechnology

Japan is consistently among the world’s leaders in biotechnology regulation, boasting a system that is science-based and, therefore, effective, timely and transparent. This does not happen by accident. Among the key contributing factors are the sophistication and scientific integrity of the regulatory teams that implement the system.   To help sustain this benchmark of success within one of our most important trading partners, the U.S. Grains Council, of which the …

(Posted Wed. Sep 3rd, 2014)

The corn crop condition improved again by slight margins according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Report released late yesterday. With 74 percent of the crop rated good or excellent (as of August 31), corn maturation remains only slightly behind-pace overall while quality continues to far surpass that seen in 2013, when only 53 percent remained in good-to-excellent condition at this time.   “As harvest draws closer, the crop quality …

Ag Leader Chris Novak to Become NCGA's Chief Executive Officer

(Posted Tue. Sep 2nd, 2014)

After a comprehensive recruitment process with many strong candidates, the National Corn Growers Association announced today that Chris Novak will become the organization’s next chief executive officer, taking the place of 14-year veteran Rick Tolman, who earlier this year announced his intention to retire from the organization.   “We’re thrilled to have Chris join us at NCGA,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre, a corn grower from Illinois. “He has all …