NEWS STORIES

JANUARY 2015

Soil Health Reaches a Summit

(Posted Fri. Jan 30th, 2015)

The Soil Health Partnership ended its first year of demonstration farm implementation with a Soil Health Summit in St. Louis. The Partnership hosted academic experts, industry representatives, conservation specialists and farmers from among the six states participating in the program.   “This event not only made it possible to gather program representatives under one roof for evaluation purposes, but also gave us an opportunity to put a spotlight on soil…

(Posted Thu. Jan 29th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association today issued the following statement in response to a study released by the World Resources Institute.   Statement by Keith Alverson, South Dakota corn grower and a member of the Corn Board:   “This ‘new’ study is just more of the same, tired arguments Big Oil have been using for years. They simply are not true. In fact, numerous studies by independent, unbiased third…

Training Champions: Fifth Advanced Leadership Class Graduates from Program

(Posted Thu. Jan 29th, 2015)

Corn farmers from across the country traveled to Washington this week to take part in the second phase of the Advanced Leadership program co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and Syngenta. This program, now in its fifth year, offers high-level training for a select group of Leadership At Its Best alumni. While in town, participants visited numerous members of the Senate and House of Representatives and received an insider’s…

New Leaders Program Takes Place in Des Moines

(Posted Wed. Jan 28th, 2015)

The participants of the 2015 class of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program kicked off their involvement this week in Des Moines, where they learned how to better tell their ag story and got a deeper education in industry involvement.   “I was really happy to meet this dedicated group of growers new to industry involvement,” said National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Rob Elliott, an Illinois grower who…

Grassroots Movement Grows at CommonGround 2015 Conference

(Posted Tue. Jan 27th, 2015)

Volunteer women farmers involved in the CommonGround program, along with state and national staff, met in Austin, Texas to share their experiences with the program and welcome new members this week.  Over the course of three days, the participants worked intensively on the tools that they use to share their personal story and that of modern farming with urban and suburban moms through sessions on social media, public speaking and…

(Posted Mon. Jan 26th, 2015)

Corn farmers from across the country have traveled to Washington this week to take part in the second phase of the annual leadership development programs co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and Syngenta. While in town, the group will visit numerous members of the Senate and House of Representatives and get an inside look at parliamentary procedure and how lobbying works on Capitol Hill.   “For more than a…

(Posted Mon. Jan 26th, 2015)

Three hour-long webinars this week, sponsored by Illinois Corn, will detail the three decisions farmers face when it comes to commodity programs in the 2014 Farm Bill: Keep or update yields? Retain or reallocate base acres? Which program to choose to receive commodity program payments?   The webinars take place at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. CST Wednesday, Jan. 28, and 7 a.m. CST Thursday, Jan 29. Presenting in the…

Corn Farming Photo Contest Winners Announced

(Posted Fri. Jan 23rd, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association today announced the 16 winners of the 2014 Fields of Corn Photo Contest, a contest that provided aspiring photobugs of all types the opportunity to share in – and visually communicate – the great beauty and hard work that make up American agriculture.   “This is the first time we’ve opened up a photo contest to the general public, and we’re very pleased with the…

(Posted Thu. Jan 22nd, 2015)

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its analysis of statistics from the 2012 census of agriculture as they relate to Congressional districts. This document, which provides insight into the characteristics and value of farming and ranching operations each member of Congress represents, provides growers with key information to clearly document the importance of ag issues to the federal officials they elect.   “Agriculture acts as a consistent engine fueling…

(Posted Thu. Jan 22nd, 2015)

The importance of soil health and what farmers are doing about it was communicated loud and clear at a meeting this week of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee.   Presenting on behalf of the National Corn Growers Association was Dr. Nicholas Goeser, who manages the Soil Health Partnership, administered by NCGA with financial support from Monsanto and The Walton Family Foundation and…

(Posted Wed. Jan 21st, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association thanked the U.S. Department of Agriculture today for its deregulation of dicamba-tolerant traits in soybeans and cotton. This approval, which came following a thorough yet expeditious environmental impact study, will provide growers access to another tool to combat growing instances of weed resistance.   “With farmers seeing instances of glyphosate-resistant weeds more commonly, the approval of this fourth herbicide tolerant system will be critical for…

(Posted Wed. Jan 21st, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

With a record corn crop and low corn prices, efforts to alter the Renewable Fuel Standard are coming at the worst possible time for America’s farmers, the National Corn Growers Association said.   “Corn ending stocks – the amount above and beyond current demand – are estimated at nearly 2 billion bushels this year, thanks to two back-to-back record harvests,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a corn farmer in Maryland.…

(Posted Wed. Jan 21st, 2015)

With President Obama and Sen. Joni Ernst each highlighting the importance of trade in the 2015 State of the Union address and Republican response, the National Corn Growers Association urged passage of bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority legislation this year.    “Modernized TPA improves our nation’s ability to advance trade agreements that open markets for U.S. farmers,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “Ag exports, at nearly $150 billion, support over one…

Corn Growers Praise Sheetz for E15 Announcement

(Posted Tue. Jan 20th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association thanked Sheetz Convenience Stores, a major East Coast fuel retailer, to today’s announcement of an E15 commitment by initially offering the green fuel to its customers at 60 stores in North Carolina by spring 2016.   “This is great news for the nation’s corn farmers who have been promoting the benefits of ethanol blended fuel for more than 30 years,” said Chip Bowling, Maryland farmer…

2014 Annual Report Now Available Online

(Posted Fri. Jan 16th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association’s annual report for the 2014 fiscal year is now available online.  A printed copy of the report, which highlights the association’s achievements over the previous year and features current financial information, will also be sent to all active members and made available at upcoming meetings.   Click here to view the full report.   “Every spring when planters begin rolling across fields…

(Posted Thu. Jan 15th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association’s annual Priority and Policy Conference wrapped up today in St. Louis, concluding a series of discussions on NCGA policies and state and national priorities for 2016.   “This meeting consistently provides a chance for NCGA leadership to gain valuable insight from our state affiliates while fostering deep discussions that help all of us examine the issues more fully,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a grower…

(Posted Wed. Jan 14th, 2015)

With only one day remaining to take advantage of the early bird registration discount, growers interested in attending Commodity Classic have one last chance to save. Discounted early bird registration ends tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 15, for the event, which will be held in Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 26-28.   Online registration and details about the event are available at www.CommodityClassic.com.   “Commodity Classic is on track to be bigger and better…

(Posted Tue. Jan 13th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association’s annual Priority and Policy Conference takes place this week in St. Louis, bringing farmer leaders from many corn states to begin the discussion of state and national priorities for the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year and to begin the 2016 fiscal year planning process. Together, these grower leaders will carefully assess NCGA’s policies on such subjects as biotechnology, ethanol, public policy and trade.  …

(Posted Mon. Jan 12th, 2015)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture lowered projected national average corn yield and planted acreage estimates this month, while leaving harvested acreage the same. Although projected demand from the feed and residual markets fell, projected demand from the ethanol sector increased. Together, these factors resulted in a lower carryout projection and a 15-cent-per-bushel increased in forecast prices.    “Even in light of these minor reductions, corn farmers across America will still…

(Posted Thu. Jan 8th, 2015)

Keywords: Trade

The National Corn Growers Association today joins U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and fellow farm and food organizations seeking to end the United States’ embargo against Cuba and advance trade relations between the two nations.   The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba is composed of more than 30 U.S. agricultural and food organizations committed to building a deeper U.S.-Cuba relationship.   Although agricultural exports to Cuba are legal,…

(Posted Thu. Jan 8th, 2015)

Newly formed action teams met in St. Louis, Mo during their December meetings to discuss issues important to NCGA. The Production and Stewardship Action Team members heard presentations on a wide range of topics covering water quality and use, sustainability programs, the National Corn Yield Contest, soil health, transportation issues and pollinators.   “PSAT concerns itself with issues related to corn production, environmental stewardship, transportation and livestock,” said PSAT Chair…

(Posted Thu. Jan 8th, 2015)

The deadline for saving on registration fees to the 20th Commodity Classic is approaching quickly. Early bird registration ends Thursday, Jan. 15, for the event, which will be held in Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 26-28.   Online registration and details about the event are available at www.CommodityClassic.com.   Full registration includes admission to: All educational sessions including Learning Centers, Early Riser sessions, What's New sessions and Mini What’s New sessions The…

National Corn Growers Welcomes 114th Congress

(Posted Wed. Jan 7th, 2015)

National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling and staff from the NCGA’s DC office spent Tuesday on Capitol Hill, welcoming the 114th Congress to Washington and talking up the importance of agriculture to the American economy.   “We are here to welcome the new Congress, and to encourage them to work together with one another and the Obama Administration to advance policies that help agriculture and family farmers,” said Bowling.…

(Posted Tue. Jan 6th, 2015)

Keywords: Research

The Research and Business Development Action Team reviewed ongoing projects and investigated additional research funding proposals during its recent meeting in St. Louis.   “This team is charged with investing in scientific knowledge to ensure ever-increasing opportunities for corn growers,” said team Chair Tom Mueller, a corn grower in Illinois. “While the impact of what we do today won’t even be felt for 10 to 15 years from now, putting…

USFRA Videos Chronicle How to Farm

(Posted Mon. Jan 5th, 2015)

Just in time for those who made a New Year’s resolution to start farming – or learn more about today’s farmers and ranchers – the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has assembled a collection of four short educational (and entertaining) videos on farming to give you an up-close look at how four farmers tackle big jobs.   Hosted by blogger mom Kelly Snyder, these videos share a few of the…

(Posted Fri. Jan 2nd, 2015)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Members of the National Corn Growers Association’s Public Policy Action Team met in St. Louis recently to hear more about implementation of the 2014 farm bill as well as updates on other federal programs and trends affecting corn farmers. PPAT’s mission is to offer direction to NCGA in developing public policy issues. The action team is comprised of 16 growers and staff from across the country.   Highlights of the…

(Posted Fri. Jan 2nd, 2015)

Keywords: Trade

Coarse grains exports could increase dramatically if United States-Cuba diplomatic relations are fully normalized, with the island nation having the potential to become the 12th largest market for U.S. corn if trade is truly open.    The Obama Administration’s announcement that it would seek to dismantle many of the 50-year-old restrictions on how U.S. companies and individuals interact with Cuba was welcome news to the agriculture industry, which has long…