NEWS STORIES

NOVEMBER 2014

(Posted Wed. Nov 26th, 2014)

Today, Off the Cob spoke with Dr. Gerry Neuffer, professor emeritus at the University of Missouri, about his work on the mutants of maize and their importance for research.   Neuffer first explained how he his way to this sort of work.   “Every new mutant phenotype holds a key to understanding some important biological process,” Neuffer explained. “I discovered that the natural frequency of mutation in maize could be …

(Posted Tue. Nov 25th, 2014)

Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature length documentary, Farmland, is now available for rent and purchase via On Demand platforms – providing more people with the opportunity to view the film from their own homes and digital devices. The film’s move to digital platforms takes place this month, following a successful four-week run on Hulu.com and Hulu Plus.     Farmland is available for digital download via iTunes, Amazon Instant …

(Posted Tue. Nov 25th, 2014)

This holiday weekend, invest time applying for the opportunity to save money on next year’s college tuition. The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation are accepting applications for five $1,000 scholarships to be awarded 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 …

(Posted Mon. Nov 24th, 2014)

Keywords: Conservation

Four months into the creation of a presidential task force on pollinator health, the National Corn Growers Association has established itself as a leading voice for farmers in the discussion over how to ensure a healthy and robust population of honeybees and other pollinators.   Last week, Don Glenn, chairman of NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team, spoke at the Pollinator Health Task Force’s public listening session outside Washington, DC. …

(Posted Fri. Nov 21st, 2014)

Keywords: Ethanol

The following is a statement from Chip Bowling, Maryland farmer and president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s EPA announcement related to the Renewable Fuel Standard:   “Today’s announcement by EPA shows the Administration recognizes the proposed rule was inherently flawed and based on an unworkable methodology.  We will continue to work with EPA to ensure that the 2014 and 2015 renewable fuel requirements are consistent …

(Posted Fri. Nov 21st, 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 Fri. Nov 21st, 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. With only days remaining, interested participants are encouraged to log on and submit multiple entries until November 30, 2014.   Open …

(Posted Thu. Nov 20th, 2014)

There were more than snow flurries sprinkling the Midwest over the past few weeks. In Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana, the Soil Health Partnership was busy holding field days.   In Shelby, Nebraska, SHP demonstration farmer Greg Whitmore told farmers that he approaches soil health by asking himself, “What do I want to happen in specific field? Farmers should consider both the economics and environmental benefits of each soil management practice …

(Posted Wed. Nov 19th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association has extended the deadline for online harvest form submission for the 2014 National Corn Yield Contest. Due to the high volume of calls requesting  additional time in light of late harvest conditions in northern states, online submission will remain open until 5:00 p.m. Central time on December 5.  All harvest forms that will be submitted via the paper harvest form must be postmarked and mailed …

CommonGround Shares a Farm Perspective on Thanksgiving with Millions Nationwide

(Posted Wed. Nov 19th, 2014)

Keywords: CommonGround

While Americans are busy gobbling up 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day, many don’t stop to think about where the food on their tables comes from. For the average American, Thanksgiving probably includes traveling, relaxing, indulging, football watching and spending time with family. However for farm families, the day probably starts and ends with chores, with a little bit of turkey in between.   The ingredients we use in our …

(Posted Tue. Nov 18th, 2014)

In a letter sent Monday, the National Corn Growers Association joined more than 40 agricultural groups asking Senate and House leaders to renew important tax provisions during the lame-duck session.   The letter (available at this link) specifically focuses on Section 179, an expired tax provision relating to capital expenditures and bonus depreciation.   “Farmers and ranchers place great value on tax code provisions such as Section …

Hodes Takes Helm as NCGA Director of Development

(Posted Mon. Nov 17th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association announces that Joe Hodes is the new director of development for the organization, stepping up from his role as marketing manager, where he has served for seven years. In this new role, he will oversee the organization’s development, industry relations, grassroots advocacy and membership service functions, including serving as staff lead for the Grower Services Action Team and the NCGA Agri-Industry Council.   “Joe has …

(Posted Mon. Nov 17th, 2014)

Commodity Classic registration and housing reservations open online at 9 a.m. CST on Tuesday morning, November 18, 2014. Rooms are expected to book quickly, so those interested should register as soon as possible.   The 20th annual farmer-focused, farmer-led event is scheduled for Feb. 26-28, 2015, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. The convention center will house all Commodity Classic events, including the Opening Reception, General Session, …

(Posted Fri. Nov 14th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association today submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in response to the proposed rule by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to define "Waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act.   "We appreciate efforts to bring greater clarity and certainty to the understanding of what are waters of the U.S. Unfortunately, this proposed rule provides neither," said NCGA President …

(Posted Fri. Nov 14th, 2014)

The Soil Health Partnership will hold two free field days next week in Illinois showcasing how healthy soils sustain higher yields. Topics of discussion will include Illinois Corn Growers Association research and programs of interest to each field day location, updates on local conservation programs, the benefits of soil health and advanced nutrient management, cover crop integration in corn systems and new equipment for seeding cover crops.   In Auburn, …

(Posted Fri. Nov 14th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds entrants to submit harvest forms for the 2014 National Corn Yield Contest as only one week 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 Thu. Nov 13th, 2014)

Leaders of the National Corn Growers Association took part in the annual meeting of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting this week, engaging in numerous interviews with farm radio and other reporters that centered along a common theme – the challenges growers are facing with 2014’s record corn crop.   “With two record crops in a row, corn farmers are seeing prices below the cost of production,” NCGA President Chip …

(Posted Thu. Nov 13th, 2014)

A coalition of major farm organizations and agriculture technology providers today announced an agreement on data privacy and security principles that will encourage the use and development of a full range of innovative, technology-driven tools and services to boost the productivity, efficiency and profitability of American agriculture.   “NCGA strongly believes that farmers are the sole owners of data gathered through precision farming practices,” said NCGA First Vice President Rob …

(Posted Wed. Nov 12th, 2014)

The Soil Health Partnership holds its first Indiana field day on Tuesday, November 18.  Corn farmers Brent Bible and Brandon Mosely will host area growers, soil health experts and neighbors at the Darlington Conservation Club, 6342 North 700 East in Darlington, Indiana.   The morning agenda includes an update of Indiana Corn Growers Association and Marketing Board research and programs pertaining to soil health. In addition to getting information about …

(Posted Wed. Nov 12th, 2014)

Last week, National Corn Growers Association Soil Health and Sustainability Manager Dr. Nick Goeser introduced the Joint International Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America to the work and mission of the Soil Health Partnership. Over the course of two main presentations and through an exhibition booth, Goeser explained this exciting project, the demonstration farm network and its …

(Posted Mon. Nov 10th, 2014)

Keywords: Transportation

In a letter sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Friday, the National Corn Growers Association urged the Army Corps to delay its planned mat-laying work along the Mississippi River and reopen the river to traffic.   On Friday morning, the Corps’ Mississippi Valley Division closed the Mississippi River to daylight traffic for a three-mile stretch near Memphis. The closure is expected to last 14 days. According to the …

(Posted Mon. Nov 10th, 2014)

Keywords: Trade

The National Corn Growers Association today applauded the inclusion of biotechnology on the agenda at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit this week in China.   During the summit, President Obama is expected to press Chinese President Xi Jinpig on delays in approving biotechnology traits for corn and other commodities.   “Biotechnology is important to U.S. corn farmers, allowing them to increase yields and reduce their environmental impact,” …

(Posted Mon. Nov 10th, 2014)

With harvest underway at a slower pace amid a set of weather challenges, The U.S. Department of Agriculture slightly lowered expected corn production this year, to 14.4 billion bushels. While this is slightly lower than last month’s report, it still represents a 3 percent increase over 2013. Yield was reduced to 173.4 bushels per acre.   Both yield and production remain at record levels, the National Corn Growers Association said. …

(Posted Mon. Nov 10th, 2014)

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance will bring the voices of farmers and ranchers to the New York Times Food for Tomorrow conference, hosting a breakfast and panel discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 12, titled “Big Ag, Big Food: How Being Good for the Environment Is Not about Size.”   “USFRA is excited to have the opportunity to add the perspectives of farmers and ranchers on our panels to this important …

(Posted Fri. Nov 7th, 2014)

In a letter sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today, the National Corn Growers Association urged the Army Corps to delay its planned mat-laying work along the Mississippi River.   “This comes at a terrible time for U.S. corn farmers,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “We produced a record crop in 2014, much of which will be transported along the Mississippi River. It is imperative that barge traffic …

(Posted Fri. Nov 7th, 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. Nov 7th, 2014)

Keywords: Ethanol

In a letter sent to President Obama this week, the National Corn Growers Association and several agricultural allies asked him to intervene with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding its proposed cuts in the 2014 volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard.   “The blending targets and the methodology in your administration’s proposed rule are already causing significant harm to the biofuel sector,” the letter states. “These impacts are reverberating …

(Posted Fri. Nov 7th, 2014)

Keywords: Conservation Production

The National Corn Growers Association urges all farmers to contact EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy advocating for a revision of the proposed Waters of the U.S. rulemaking by the deadline of Friday, November 14.   As proposed, this rule would significantly expand the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act and would only further muddy the waters for farmers seeking clarity as to what is and what is not subject to federal regulation. …

(Posted Thu. Nov 6th, 2014)

Keywords: Conservation Sustainability

The Soil Health Partnership holds its first Nebraska field day on Wednesday, November 12.  Corn farmer Greg Whitmore will host area growers, soil health experts and neighbors at the Central Valley Ag in Shelby, Nebraska.   The morning agenda includes an update of Nebraska Corn Growers Association research and programs pertaining to soil health. Participants will also hear from Dr. Nicholas Goeser, NCGA manager for Soil Health and Sustainability, on …

(Posted Wed. Nov 5th, 2014)

The following is a statement from Chip Bowling, Maryland farmer and president of the National Corn Growers Association:   "Washington may look different come January, but fundamentally, things have not really changed. There is no sign that the gridlock of the past few years will diminish. Like many Americans, corn farmers are frustrated that their voices go unheard and so little gets done. We welcome both new and returning Members …

(Posted Tue. Nov 4th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association Nominating Committee is now accepting applications from members for the 2016 Corn Board.  Through the Corn Board, members can become an integral part of the organization’s leadership.  Click here for the application, which provides complete information on requirements, responsibilities and deadlines.   “Through my years on the Corn Board, I have enjoyed working the talented, dedicated volunteers who step forward to lead this organization,” said …

(Posted Mon. Nov 3rd, 2014)

NCGA president Chip Bowling hosted nearly a dozen Environmental Protection Agency staffers including several senior officials from the Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds for a tour and informative session Friday at his farm in southern Maryland.   The visit was part of a series of meetings between NCGA and the EPA connected to the proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Bowling was joined by NCGA CEO Chris …

(Posted Mon. Nov 3rd, 2014)

With a slower-than-average harvest this year that is keeping many farmers in their combines, the National Corn Growers Association urges growers to take time on Tuesday to go to their polling places and think about the many ways decisions made by elected officials impact them on the farm.   “Whether they are based in Washington or your local city hall, those in office or those seeking office need to be …