NEWS STORIES

OCTOBER 2014

(Posted Fri. Oct 31st, 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.   This week, Field Notes caught up…

(Posted Thu. Oct 30th, 2014)

Corn farmers in the Lone Star State are bringing their message about the benefits of American Ethanol to NASCAR fans at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend with one of the largest E15 promotions of the year.   “We have done 12 major promotions this year and have exposed millions of NASCAR fans to the performance and environmental benefits of Sunoco Green E15, but there is a lot of excitement surrounding…

(Posted Wed. Oct 29th, 2014)

Keywords: Research

The National Agricultural Genotyping Center and Ag Innovation Development Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding stating the parties will work together to accelerate the commercialization of agricultural technology.  The technologies created will increase farm production, improve sustainability and increase income.   “Partnerships like this are important to the economic future of American farmers,” said Richard Vierling, Ph.D., director of research for NCGA. “We need to attract more money into agricultural…

(Posted Wed. Oct 29th, 2014)

Keywords: Farm Policy

This Friday, the University of Illinois will host a free webinar to provide information on the web-based tools released by the USDA to help farmers make decisions about the new risk management programs authorized through the 2014 farm bill.   The webinar starts at 8 a.m. CDT and is free, but registration is required and is limited to 1,000 attendees. Click here to register. The webinar will last 90…

Vote Now for the Next Faces of Farming and Ranching

(Posted Tue. Oct 28th, 2014)

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding affiliate, has opened voting for the next set of Faces of Farming and Ranching spokespersons.   Through November 2, visit the Faces of Farming and Ranching Online Voting page to learn more about the finalists, the work that each does and to watch short videos highlighting their farms and ranches. Then, vote for…

(Posted Mon. Oct 27th, 2014)

Corn harvest progress gained on the five-year average last week according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Report released today. While 22 points behind the average last week, progress moved within 19 points of the average for a total of 46 percent of all corn acres harvested as of October 26.   “Harvest progress continues to move along steadily,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a farmer in Maryland. “While we…

(Posted Mon. Oct 27th, 2014)

 The four-week premiere of Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature-length documentary, Farmland, wraps up this week on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service.   During its theatrical debut this year, Farmland was shown in more than 170 theaters across the country, including Regal Cinemas, Marcus Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Landmark Theatres, and many key independent theaters. Farmland was produced with generous support from the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers…

This Harvest, Take Your Camera Along in the Combine

(Posted Thu. Oct 23rd, 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. Oct 22nd, 2014)

Keywords: Trade

Nearly 180 international coarse grains buyers from 39 countries arrived yesterday in Seattle, Washington, for Export Exchange 2014, ready to meet with U.S. suppliers and service providers across the value chain.    Export Exchange 2014, co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, and the Renewable Fuels Association, is a biennial event aiming to make connections that will build and sustain…

Johnson Represents NCGA at White House Event on Women in Ag

(Posted Wed. Oct 22nd, 2014)

National Corn Growers Association Past President Pam Johnson joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden at the White House Monday for the Dialogue on Women Leaders in Agriculture. More than thirty participants representing ag associations, businesses and higher education participated in the event, including the first women to lead each of the commodity organizations.   “You’re the first generation of women ag leaders, but…

One Month Remains! Submit Harvest Forms for National Corn Yield Contest Today

(Posted Tue. Oct 21st, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds entrants to submit harvest forms for the 2014 National Corn Yield Contest as only one month remains until the final deadline. Please note, entrants are asked to report within seven days of their final yield check or by Nov. 21, whichever comes first.   “We ask that contest entrants remember the importance of submitting harvest forms within one week of their final yield check…

(Posted Mon. Oct 20th, 2014)

Corn harvest progress fell further behind the five-year average according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Report released today. While only 31 percent of the crop was harvested as of October 19, the forecast of a high quality crop remains unchanged.   “While farmers are eager to get into their fields, wet conditions have made it difficult to do so in many areas,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a farmer…

(Posted Fri. Oct 17th, 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. Oct 17th, 2014)

The American Ethanol venture in NASCAR began four years ago with a single purpose - to reach a broader cross section of the public with a positive message about ethanol. Logically, this would lead to stronger demand for ethanol in all cars, not just race cars. The effort took a big step forward this week with expansive coverage in Roar Magazine.   The latest issue of Roar, a digital…

NCGA Heads South for Sunbelt Ag Expo

(Posted Thu. Oct 16th, 2014)

Representatives from the National Corn Growers Association, including President Chip Bowling, are taking part in the Sunbelt Ag Expo this week in southern Georgia. Billed the premier farm show in the nation, the expo draws more than 100,000 growers each year from all over the Southeast.   “When you look at the landscape from Maryland south and west to Texas, you will see nearly 50,000 farms growing corn,” Bowling told…

(Posted Wed. Oct 15th, 2014)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of Dow AgroSciences 2,4-D herbicide, a part of the ENLIST system. This approval, which follows USDA’s September approval of corn and soybean varieties designed to tolerate this herbicide, will provide farmers with a valuable tool to combat instances of weed resistance.   “The battle for approval of all components of this important technology has taken both determination and…

(Posted Wed. Oct 15th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation will again award five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field during the 2015-16 school year.   “NCGA understands that to remain successful as an industry we must focus on education and keeping our best and brightest interested in ag,” said Tom Haag, chairman of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team. “This program is an important…

(Posted Tue. Oct 14th, 2014)

The U.S. corn harvest for 2014 gained only seven percentage points in the last week, standing now at 24 percent, compared to a five-year average of 43 percent harvested by this date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports. Crop quality continues unchanged, with 74 percent rated good or excellent.   “Right now, our growers are busy trying to harvest a record crop and, in many places, facing wet conditions which…

(Posted Fri. Oct 10th, 2014)

With the U.S. Department of Agriculture today estimating record corn production of 14.5 billion bushels, 80 million bushels more than previously expected, this coming year, the National Corn Growers Association is fighting back against efforts that would reduce demand for the abundant supply and further lower the prices farmers receive.   “With a record crop on the way and prices continually sinking, it is critical our federal policymakers do not…

Tolman Reflects on Tenure, Offers Insight into Future for Farmers

(Posted Fri. Oct 10th, 2014)

On National Corn Growers Association Chief Executive Officer Rick Tolman’s final day in his position, he sat down with Off the Cob to discuss the changes that he has seen over his 14-year tenure and to share his perspective on the future facing corn farmers over the coming years.   To listen to the full interview, please click here.   Reflecting upon his time leading NCGA, Tolman explained…

(Posted Thu. Oct 9th, 2014)

With harvest currently underway in most areas, the National Corn Growers Association reminds entrants to submit harvest forms for the 2014 National Corn Yield Contest. 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 may be stalled in some areas, we remind entrants that we ask contest…

(Posted Wed. Oct 8th, 2014)

Keywords: Trade

While price is an important consideration for buyers of corn and other commodities, the United States’ reputation for reliability and honesty is also a significant market asset. The U.S. Grains Council has been promoting these benefits in top markets around the globe and will continue to do so as the United States begins harvest for another record corn crop.   The United States exported more than 11 percent of the…

American Ethanol Draws Big Interest During Kansas Race

(Posted Tue. Oct 7th, 2014)

Keywords: Ethanol

Perfect fall weather provided a grand backdrop for the final American Ethanol paint-out on Austin Dillon’s No. 3 Chevy Sunday at Kansas Speedway this weekend. More than 700 ethanol supporters attended the event and got one last opportunity this season to see Dillon don the American Ethanol fire suit and put on a spectacular show, surviving multiple wrecks and mayhem to bring home an eighth-place finish. Kansas Corn Growers Association…

(Posted Tue. Oct 7th, 2014)

A report recently published by Consumer Reports contains several factual errors and promotes misinformation in a way that is counter to that publication’s stated mission, the National Corn Growers Association said today.   “Claims made in reference to the amount of testing GMO products undergo prior to market release are untrue,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a Maryland corn farmer. “GMO products undergo extensive, rigorous testing prior to approval. In…

(Posted Mon. Oct 6th, 2014)

The U.S. corn harvest for 2014 gained only five percentage points in the last week, standing now at 17 percent, compared to a five-year average of 32 percent harvested by this date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports. Crop quality continues virtually unchanged, with 74 percent rated good or excellent.   “This is a very busy season for our growers as they deal with harvesting a record corn crop,” said…

(Posted Fri. Oct 3rd, 2014)

Keywords: ethanol

You won’t want to miss the flag drop on this week’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, as this will be the last full paint out for American Ethanol this season. Austin Dillon will once again sport the green and black on his No. 3 Chevy as he spreads the good word about American-made Sunoco Green E15. Tune in to ESPN to watch the race at 1 p.m. CDT.  …

New NCGA First Vice President Elliott Urges Growers to Fight Apathy, Actively Build a Better Future

(Posted Fri. Oct 3rd, 2014)

When the National Corn Growers Association entered a new fiscal year Wednesday, Illinois farmer Rob Elliott assumed the role of first vice president.  Off the Cob spoke with the new officer to explore the issues he sees as needing the most immediate attention and his long-term goals for his term.   Elliott noted that the changes to the Corn Board leadership are not the only which NCGA will undergo this month. Praising…

As New Fiscal Year Begins, Chairman Barbre Offers Ways to Build Upon Prior Successes

(Posted Thu. Oct 2nd, 2014)

As the new fiscal year begins, the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board seated new members and officers Wednesday.  Among the changes: former NCGA President Martin Barbre, of Illinois, became Corn Board chairman, passing the role of president to Chip Bowling, of Maryland.   The Off the Cob podcast series sat down with Barbre to discuss the Corn Board’s accomplishments in 2014, other highlights from his presidency, and to ask his advice…

(Posted Thu. Oct 2nd, 2014)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Last week, the USDA released web-based tools to help farmers make decisions about the new risk management programs authorized through the 2014 farm bill.   The University of Illinois will host a free webinar this Friday, October 3 at 8 a.m. CDT to review these tools and their Farm Bill Toolbox, which includes 7 steps for making FSA farm decisions.   In the coming months, farmers will make a…

Farmland Documentary Premieres on Hulu

(Posted Thu. Oct 2nd, 2014)

Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature length documentary Farmland is now available to stream on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service. Beginning today, Farmland will be available exclusively on the platform for four weeks, providing viewers with the opportunity to stream Farmland from their connected TVs, Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.    “This is a film for anyone who eats,” said Moll.  “It's…

Bowling Sees Exciting Opportunities as Well as Important Challenges for 2015

(Posted Wed. Oct 1st, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association enters a new fiscal year today and seated the 2015 Corn Board with Chip Bowling of Newburg, Md., assuming the presidency.  Off the Cob spoke with the new president to explore his views on what lies ahead for corn farmers in 2015 and his goals for his term.   “The list of challenges and opportunities on the horizon for corn growers is long,” he said. “Right now,…

(Posted Wed. Oct 1st, 2014)

Keywords: Trade Biotechnology

Yesterday, the National Corn Growers Association joined with 12 other organizations representing farmers and agribusiness in sending a letter urging President Obama to keep Chinese agricultural biotechnology policy and its impact on U.S. crop exports to China in mind as he prepares for the 2014 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit.   During the summit, hosted by the People’s Republic of China, the group asked the Administration to remain…