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 with Brian Scott, an Indiana corn farmer who also authors the blog thefarmerslife.com. For Scott, harvest progress has been slow due to continual wet weather.   “We aren’t as far along as other farmers in Indiana on corn harvest. Right now, we are only at about 25 percent harvested,” said Scott. “We have been in all of our corn fields except for one, but we haven’t finished one yet. It has been wet, and we are working with what we’ve got.   “Earlier in the week, it popped up to 80 degrees from 60. You know that there is almost always going to be some precipitation...

(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 this event,” said Jon Holzfaster, chairman of the National Corn Growers Association’s NASCAR Advisory Committee. “American Ethanol will be everywhere at this race, on the track, on the Midway, in the campgrounds and even on Big Hoss.”   Big Hoss is the world's largest, high-definition LED video board, stands 218 feet wide by 94.5 feet tall and features 20,633.64 square feet of high-definition display.  The 108 ton beast of a screen will be showing an American Ethanol video throughout the race.    American Ethanol partners Growth Energy and NCGA are joining forces with the Texas...

(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 startups. Vetting technology through NAGC will help identify commercially viable technologies and lower the risk for investors.”   NAGC, a non-profit initiative founded by the National Corn Growers Association and Los Alamos National Laboratory, will provide research and testing services to both public and private researchers. The center will translate scientific discoveries into solutions for production agriculture, food safety, functional foods, bioenergy and national...

(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 minutes and can be viewed on desktop computers, laptop computers, and mobile devices.   The presentation will cover the new tools and the Farm Bill Toolbox, which includes 7 steps for making FSA farm decisions. Presenters include University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics Clinical Assistant Professor Jonathan Coppess, Professor Gary Schnitkey and Associate Professor Nick Paulson.   In the coming months, farmers will make a one-time choice between Ag Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage for the 2014-2018 crops. ARC is a market-based program that pays...

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 the candidates you believe best exemplifies the voice of modern agriculture.   This year’s finalists include Erin Brenneman, Iowa; Darrell Glaser, Texas; Jay Hill, N.M.; Brian Jones, Texas; Carrie Mess, Wis.; Jessica Potter, Colo.; Thomas Titus, Ill.; and Carla Wardin, Mich.   Voting can also be accessed by visiting USFRA’s Facebook page by clicking here.   Only one vote per day per email address is allowed. Registering on Facebook is required in order to vote in order to ensure all votes are legitimate and non-fraudulent. Those not already on Facebook can sign up at

(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 may be in our combines later than normal this year, but it continues to look like we will break corn production records when harvest does come to an end. While we work tirelessly to bring in the crop, we must also work to grow markets and to ensure we have the robust infrastructure necessary to move our crop so that farming remains profitable for the hardworking men and women in rural America.”   Progress moved closer to the five-year average of 65 percent, now standing at 46 percent of all corn acres harvested. States across the northern areas of the Corn Belt...

(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 Alliance, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding affiliate.   Click here to view Farmland on Hulu.   “This is a film for anyone who eats,” says Moll.  “It's not what you'd expect. I certainly learned a lot when making the film. The world of farming is complex and often controversial, but the farmers themselves are some of most hard-working and fascinating people I've ever met.”   Many Americans have never stepped foot on a farm or ranch or even talked to the people who...

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 to all, the Fields-of-Corn photo contest offers a free opportunity for photographers to share their work while competing for a $500 grand prize. Entries will also be considered for prizes with cash awards for the top three entries in five categories including: Farm Family Lifestyle, Farming Challenges, Growing Field Corn, Scenery/Landscape, and Still Life from the Farm.   For more information on prizes and on these categories, click here.   It is important to note that the Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest is specifically geared toward...

(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 business in the current market and for years to come.    The scheduled attendee list reflects the diversity of customers for U.S. corn, barley, sorghum and co-products, notably distiller's dried grains with solubles, an ethanol co-product that has become a sought-after, high protein feed.   Twenty-six registrants hail from China, 25 from Japan, 21 from Mexico and more from across the globe. As of Friday, Oct. 17, nearly 250 U.S. participants had made plans to attend this year’s events, with on-site registration expected to...

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 you’re not the last.” said Deputy Secretary Harden. “My challenge to you is to identify what you will do to bring the next generation of women along this path and beyond.”   “We have a responsibility to recruit, inspire and empower current and next-generation women leaders,” said Johnson. “It was such an honor to be at the White House, in the center of a very important discussion.”   Attendees discussed common barriers women in the ag industry face, and shared best practices for recruitment and leadership...

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 to allow NCGA staff adequate time to thoroughly review each form,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Don Glenn, a farmer from Alabama. “The National Corn Yield Contest plays a significant role in recognizing excellence and finding new, more productive techniques. We hope that growers continue to support the contest by seeing their entry through and submitting their completed harvest data forms.”   To enter today using the online form, which now includes a mobile version accessible by iPad or tablet, click here.    The National Corn Yield...

(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 in Maryland. “Harvest may run later than normal this year, but it still looks like we will break corn production records when it does come to an end. While we work tirelessly in our combines, we must also work to grow markets and to ensure we have the robust infrastructure necessary to move our crop so that farming remains profitable for the hardworking men and women in rural America.”   Progress fell an additional three points behind average over the previous week, with the gap now a full 22 points. Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota have seen the least harvest progress...

(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 Brian Scott, an Indiana corn farmer who also authors the blog thefarmerslife.com. Like many farmers, continuous rain has kept him out of the fields for a while now.   “Harvest here hasn’t moved at all since Saturday,” said Scott. “Because of the weather, we are sitting still and not planning on doing anything this week. Right now, we have completed about 25 percent of our corn harvest.”   Since a series of rains started in August, fields have not been dry in his area. Even a few additional inches keep him out of the fields as they have been completely saturated for...

(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 magazine, contains eleven pages on American Ethanol’s role in NASCAR and how key it has been to making NASCAR a model for environmental efforts in professional sports. The article features a Q & A with National Corn Growers Association’s NASCAR Advisory Chairman Jon Holzfaster and Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis as well as a photo gallery of American Ethanol at the track.   The publication normally goes to 750,000 avid race fans, but this special issue will be distributed by NASCAR partner Geico Insurance to all of its seven million customers. The opportunity provides great exposure for E15 fuel and the...

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 members of the media gathered for a kickoff breakfast. “And you will see more than 6,500 NCGA members.  This past spring, farmers in this region planted 9.35 million acres in corn, and they are harvesting about 1.3 billion bushels. In addition to our member corn farmers, there are so many others who share many of our concerns, about unwarranted federal government intrusion … about activists attacking many of the crops we grow … and about phony experts who think they have better ideas about farming than we do.”   Among those stopping by the NCGA booth at the booth...

(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 patience,” said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair John Linder, a farmer from Edison, Ohio. “This final step should place a necessary, new tool in the hands of corn and soybean farmers in immediate need of new systems to combat growing weed pressures throughout the Corn and Cotton Belts.”   The decision, which posted to the regulatory docket today, states that the decision reflected "a large body of science and an understanding of the risk of pesticides.” Noting that the herbicide met...

(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 component of NCGA’s commitment to fostering youth in agriculture and to the future of our rural communities.  It is an investment in not only their future but also our own.”   Applicants for the NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program must be entering at least their second undergraduate year or any year of graduate study, and they or a parent or legal guardian must be an NCGA member. Scholarship applications must be postmarked on or before December 12, 2014.   Scholarship recipients will be...

(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 make it difficult to do so,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “While we work tirelessly in our combines, we realize that we must also work to grow markets and ensure we have the robust infrastructure necessary to move our crop efficiently and cost-effectively to meet demand.”   Harvest progress in the 18 states tracked now ranges from two percent complete in North Dakota up to 85 percent complete in North Carolina. Eighty-seven percent of the corn crop is rated mature, compared to a five-year average of 89 percent.   For the full report, click...

(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 cut into the ethanol standard, impose undue regulations or go slow on trade agreements,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “America’s farmers are doing our part, working hard and smart on their farms to bring in a good crop. It is critical for Washington to remove obstacles and clear a path now so we can sell America’s biggest and most versatile crop at a good and fair price.”   In its crop production and supply-and-demand reports released today, USDA estimated a record average national corn yield of 174.2 bushels per acre, 2.5 bushels...

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 the many ways in which the corn industry has evolved and the association’s unique role in shaping market growth and development over that time.   “When I think back, there have been many things that have occurred and a lot of changes,” said Tolman. “The first four years or so that I was CEO, which would have been about 2000 to 2004 or 2005, we were really focused on trying to deal with rural economic development. It was a time when prices had been low for quite some time. There was a lot of discouragement and disappointment in the farm sector because there wasn’t a lot of profitability....

(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 applicants to submit harvest forms within one week of their final yield check to allow NCGA staff adequate time to thoroughly review each form,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Don Glenn, a farmer from Alabama. “The National Corn Yield Contest plays a significant role in recognizing excellence and finding new, more productive techniques. We hope that growers continue to support the contest by seeing their entry through and submitting their completed harvest data forms.”   To enter today using the online form, which now includes a mobile...

(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 U.S. corn supply in the 2013/2014 marketing year, which ended Aug. 31. More than 100 countries purchased the U.S. commodity.   U.S. corn exports to Japan enjoyed a powerful rebound, with USDA reports showing 2013/2014 exports and outstanding sales of 11.8 million metric tons (465 million bushels). The Council has been able to provide Japanese end-users with timely, reliable information to reinforce their traditional preference for U.S. corn. This included presentation of the Council’s 2013/2014 Corn Harvest Quality Report at the Japanese Outlook Conference last...

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 and Nebraska Corn Growers Association joined Growth Energy in arranging a full schedule of activities leading up to the race, including a chance to hear from Dillon and NASCAR chief Operating Officer Brent Dewar. A lucky group of mechanics also went behind the scenes to meet with a technical expert from Richard Childress Racing to hear about the evolution of E15 from a new fuel in the sport to it becoming a heavily tested mainstay in racing. This is the fourth year of the American Ethanol partnership with NASCAR and the relationship is providing...

(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 the United States, there are two mandated steps to GMO approval, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, when appropriate. While review by the Food and Drug Administration is not mandatory, all GMO products available today have gone through FDA testing for safety. The industry unanimously agrees that the FDA review must be completed before commercialization and actually meets FDA requirements prior to USDA and EPA review.”   Additionally, Bowling noted the article vaguely...

(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 NCGA President Chip Bowling. “As we hit the combines, we know we have challenges ahead to keep our markets strong and growing, and to ensure we have a good infrastructure in place to move our grain around the country and across the globe.”   Harvest progress has now reached all 18 tracked states, ranging from 1 percent complete in North Dakota up to 79 percent complete in North Carolina. Seventy-seven percent of the corn crop is rated mature, compared to a five-year average of 81 percent. On Friday, USDA will provide its monthly updates on crop production, supply and...

(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.   Dillon is no stranger to the track. In fact, he made his Sprint Cup debut in Kansas back in 2011. And he will have plenty of support as more than 700 American Ethanol supporters on hand to cheer him on. Corn farmers from Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri are expected to be on hand along with hundreds of ethanol industry representatives.   Entering the race, Dillon is 21st in Championship points and, according to NASCAR's Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, he leads the Sprint Cup Series in most laps completed, at 8,302.

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 CEO Rick Tolman for his distinguished record and impact during his tenure, he is confident and optimistic looking ahead also.   “Certainly, we have many upcoming changes in leadership,” he said. “Many thanks to Rick Tolman for his 14 years of leadership. He has grown the membership, reputation and significance of the organization. He has done a lot of positive things for corn farmers.   “When Chris Novak begins as the new CEO this October, I think that we will usher in a new era for NCGA. I look forward to where we take this thing in the next few...

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 for farmers considering volunteering for leadership roles.    To listen to the full interview, please click here.   Reflecting upon his time as president of the Corn Board, Barbre points out not only the accomplishments the organization achieved but also the incredible experience of working together with farmers across the country for common goals.   “It is kind of a challenge to sum up my experience over the past year,” he said. “It has been an exciting and wonderful experience. I have worked with so many great people both at NCGA,...

(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 one-time choice between Ag Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) for the 2014-2018 crops. ARC is a market-based program that pays when there is a revenue shortfall, while PLC is a price-only program similar to past counter-cyclical programs.   Farmers can use the web-based decision tools to run through various scenarios, including how markets might perform over the next five years. NCGA encourages growers to take full advantage of these tools, so that they can make an informed decision about the right program for them.   The webinar is free, but registration is required...

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 not what you'd expect. I certainly learned a lot when making the film. The world of farming is complex and often controversial, but the farmers themselves are some of most hard-working and fascinating people I've ever met."   During its theatrical debut this year, Farmland was shown in more than 170 theaters across the country, and it’s now available digitally for the first time.  Farmland was produced with generous support from the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, of which the National Corn Growers...

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, we are working with the EPA on the Waters of the U.S. rule. We always have issues relating to the importance of the RFS. We are waiting, again on the EPA, to come out with the final RVO numbers. Right now, we have low corn prices which no one wants to have. We need to get exports back on track. We are dealing with GMO labeling. There are plenty of challenges out there.   “With that being said, there are plenty of opportunities out there for corn growers as well. We need to continue to promote understanding of agriculture in a positive way. We need to get all, or at least most, of the...

(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 aware of the harmful impact China’s current policies continue to have on America’s farmers as well as the importance of this market.   “The Chinese market for U.S. grains and oilseeds is incredibly important to the viability of the U.S. agricultural economy,” the letter explained.  “China is the largest U.S. export market for soybeans, $14 billion in 2013 and corn and corn product exports were roughly $3.5 billion.   “Agricultural biotechnology is also important to U.S. farmers, with acreage for biotechnology varieties of...