NEWS STORIES

DECEMBER 2014

(Posted Wed. Dec 31st, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association Nominating Committee is accepting applications for the 2016 Corn Board, but interested members need to act quickly to meet the January 9 deadline. 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, …

(Posted Tue. Dec 30th, 2014)

Keywords: Trade Biotechnology

This December, the National Corn Growers Association’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team met in St. Louis to review the organization’s policy in their area of expertise, discuss progress on several ongoing programs and hear from industry representatives about upcoming challenges and opportunities.    Looking at a variety of issues, including how to best support agricultural exports, stress the importance of respecting refuge requirements and facilitate successful communication across the …

(Posted Mon. Dec 29th, 2014)

When members of the National Corn Growers Association’s Grower Services Action Team met in St. Louis recently, they focused on the three traditional key areas of focus for the team, three areas where a lot of progress has been seen over the past year: membership, leadership and communications. Going into 2015, the team also sees great potential in these areas.   “Looking at the role our grower members have played …

(Posted Wed. Dec 24th, 2014)

Keywords: Ethanol

The Ethanol Committee of the National Corn Growers Association met in St. Louis recently to review current programs and initiatives related to domestically produced biofuels, get updates from ethanol industry experts and discuss strategy aimed at continued growth for corn-based fuel.   “Ethanol has been a huge success story for agriculture and rural America because of the economic stimulus it has created through increased corn demand and new jobs. For …

(Posted Tue. Dec 23rd, 2014)

With temperatures dropping and snow falling across parts of the Corn Belt, volatile winter weather means farmers have to work extra hard to stay updated on what to expect while they prepare for planting. The NCGA-FMC Ag Weather Advisor, prepared by Blue Water Outlook, is a special, free member benefit that can help growers stay a step ahead.   “The weather occurring this winter sets the stage for spring and …

(Posted Mon. Dec 22nd, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association applauded the approval of the Agrisure Viptera® trait, Event MIR162 for exports to China.   “We see this as an encouraging step in what needs to be an ongoing process,” said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair John Linder.  “For years, NCGA has advocated for synchronizing international approval processes and thus opening markets for farmers. We hope that progress toward this goal continues.” …

(Posted Mon. Dec 22nd, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association today announced the participants of the 2015 class of its NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program, now entering its second year of helping farming couples and individuals become better communicators and leaders. Thirty-five participants representing 16 states will be involved in the program next year.   “We’re pleased to see this important program continue for a second year with DuPont’s generous support,” said Chip Bowling, NCGA …

(Posted Fri. Dec 19th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association applauded an announcement by the United States and Chinese governments of a successful 2014 U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade. “We see this as an encouraging first step in what needs to be an ongoing process,” said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair John Linder.  “For years, NCGA has advocated for synchronizing international approval processes and thus opening markets for farmers. We …

Jon Doggett Named NCGA Executive Vice President

(Posted Fri. Dec 19th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association today announced the promotion of Jon Doggett to Executive Vice President, effective January 1.   In his new role, Doggett will lead efforts to expand NCGA’s alliances and strategic partnerships, and elevate its national profile. Doggett will continue to manage the organization’s 10-person Washington, DC office and lead its public policy efforts.   “Now, more than ever, corn farmers need to be expanding our reach …

(Posted Fri. Dec 19th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association congratulates Randy Dowdy on being the first National Corn Yield Contest entrant to achieve a verified yield of more than 500 bushels per acre. With the 400 bushel per acre threshold crossed by only six entrants over the previous years, his accomplishment sets a new bar for years to come.   “While the contest does not award a single, national prize or have an overall …

(Posted Fri. Dec 19th, 2014)

Advanced production techniques, informed growing practices and improved seed varieties helped corn growers achieve high yields in the National Corn Growers Association 2014 National Corn Yield Contest. Entrants continued to far surpass the national average corn yield, setting a contest record with a new all-time high yield of 503 bushels per acre. Additionally, a record six national entries surpassed the 400-plus bushel per acre mark.    The National Corn Yield …

(Posted Thu. Dec 18th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association Nominating Committee reminds members that it is 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 …

(Posted Wed. Dec 17th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association welcomed President Obama’s announcement today that the United States and Cuba will seek to normalize relations between the two countries.   “Today’s announcement is good news for American corn farmers,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “We have long supported normalized trade relations with Cuba, as we seek to open markets and feed the world. We applaud the Administration for removing regulatory and financial barriers to …

(Posted Wed. Dec 17th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association today asked President Barack Obama to sign the tax extenders bill passed by the Senate Tuesday, but also urged broader tax reform in 2015.   “HR 5771 is an important but temporary first step to tax laws that allow farmers to reinvest in their operations. We urge the President to sign this bill into law,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling.   If signed by President …

(Posted Tue. Dec 16th, 2014)

With entry closed for the Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest, the National Corn Growers Association reminds everyone to help select the submissions which best tell the story of farming and harvesting field corn in America. Through this contest, NCGA captured more than 400 high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. During the month of December, log-on and help pick the pics that will receive …

(Posted Mon. Dec 15th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board, Action Teams and Committees convened in St. Louis last week to delve into the issues and opportunities that will affect corn farmers across the country during the coming year.   Gaining information from presentations by leaders from industry, academia and government, the team members explored possible changes to team policies and activities that could help their respective programs improve efforts to create and …

(Posted Fri. Dec 12th, 2014)

The newest version of the Commodity Classic app for smartphones and tablets has been released, well in advance of the 20th Commodity Classic, to be held Feb. 26-28 in Phoenix, Ariz.  The new app, which can be downloaded via one's operating system’s app store, enables attendees to plan their entire schedule during Commodity Classic.   The app will be updated automatically and continually between now and the 2015 Commodity Classic, …

(Posted Thu. Dec 11th, 2014)

This holiday season, members of the National Corn Growers Association can save on travel expenses by using discounts available exclusively through NCGA. Through partnerships with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the exclusive NCGA Worldwide Hotel Discount Program, NCGA offers members valuable savings on car rentals and hotel bookings whether they travel across the country or even to many locations around the world.   “NCGA works hard to increase opportunities for farmers in …

(Posted Wed. Dec 10th, 2014)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture left corn production and demand estimates largely unchanged this month, only increasing demand for sweetener use by 10 million bushels. This slight increase brought the ending stocks estimate to just below 2 billion bushels in 2014.    “Corn farmers from across much of the country have shared accounts of bin-busting crops this year,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a Maryland corn farmer. “As they work …

(Posted Wed. Dec 10th, 2014)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association applauded the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health for holding a hearing today regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s role in regulating GMOs and the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. The hearing serves to advance an ongoing open, transparent conversation about the importance of this technology both to farmers and consumers. Furthermore, it highlighted that a science-based federal solution to the labeling …

(Posted Tue. Dec 9th, 2014)

For the fourth year, the Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence Research Program has awarded nine grants to researchers for projects focused on solving aflatoxin issues. These grants were designed by Southern corn checkoff boards to bring a unified approach to funding research projects across the region, and will thus favor research teams that include members from multiple states.   “For 2015, we received applications from a number of well-qualified parties, …

(Posted Tue. Dec 9th, 2014)

This week, National Corn Growers Association CEO shared insights on the importance of balancing grower access to technology and export markets with the National Grain and Feed Association’s 43rd Annual Country Elevator Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. Novak’s presentation was part of the panel titled “Biotech Innovation and Protecting Market Access — Can They Be Compatible?”   Novak focused on the important role access to technology, particularly biotechnology, played in increased …

(Posted Mon. Dec 8th, 2014)

With only days remaining, the National Corn Growers Association reminds interested students applications for ag college scholarships must be postmarked on or before Friday, December 12. NCGA and BASF Corporation offer these 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 …

(Posted Fri. Dec 5th, 2014)

In celebration of World Soil Day 2014, the Environmental Defense Fund ran a guest post authored by National Corn Growers Association Soil Health and Sustainability Manager Dr. Nick Goeser on its blog. The post discusses how healthy soil is the key ingredient in a resilient food supply.   “In order to ensure a resilient food supply, we need to protect productive soils and improve impaired soils by adopting best soil …

(Posted Fri. Dec 5th, 2014)

This year’s predicted high-quality, record corn harvest is featured in the third segment of the U.S. Grains Council’s series chronicling the 2014 U.S. growing season, released this week.    The segment will be presented to international audiences in conjunction with the Council’s 2014/2015 Corn Harvest Quality Report, set to be released later this month.   To view the segment now, click here.   The video series examines the crop quality …

(Posted Thu. Dec 4th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association Nominating Committee reminds members that it is 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 …

Appleton Joins NCGA Public Policy Department

(Posted Wed. Dec 3rd, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association welcomes Brooke Appleton as director of public policy and political strategy. Appleton brings an excellent combination of experience on the Hill, strong analytical skills and a production agriculture background. In this new position, she will handle transportation issues, Title II of the farm bill and other lobbying duties. Additionally, she will coordinate the efforts of the NCGA lobbying staff, St. Louis-based grassroots program, state associations and …

(Posted Tue. Dec 2nd, 2014)

Since its commercialization in 2003, Bt corn has—and still is—proving to be an important technology for the control of insect pests, higher yield production, and higher quality grain. In recent years, however, the western corn rootworm’s increasing resistance to Bt corn has caused some alarm.   Bt resistance has been confirmed to one or more Bt rootworm toxins in Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois, and scientists in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, …

(Posted Mon. Dec 1st, 2014)

With entries now closed for the Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest, the National Corn Growers Association invites everyone to help select the submissions which best tell the story of farming and harvesting field corn in America. Through this contest, NCGA captured more than 400 high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. During the month of December, log-on and help pick the pics that will …