NEWS STORIES

FEBRUARY 2015

(Posted Fri. Feb 27th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association released a video today offering tips from perennial high-yield entrants of the National Corn Yield Contest during a breakfast at Commodity Classic in Phoenix honoring the state winners of the 2014 contest.  The new video, which accompanies the traditional online NCYC Guide, offers farmers across the country a chance to apply the tips learned through the contest to their own operations to improve their yields…

NCGA Past President: Diversity Makes Us a Better Industry

(Posted Fri. Feb 27th, 2015)

Speaking on a panel of female, minority, veteran, and young farmers at Commodity Classic, National Corn Growers Association Past President Pam Johnson on Thursday highlighted the importance of diversity to the agricultural industry.   "As an industry, we are better when we are diverse,” Johnson said. “We make better connections with the people we are trying to engage when we look like them. We are better today than when I…

(Posted Thu. Feb 26th, 2015)

Today, the 20th Commodity Classic Trade Show opened, showcasing the latest farming products and innovations. With remarks by National Corn Growers Association Joint Venture Committee 2015 Co-Chair Bart Schott closing the ribbon cutting ceremony along with his American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and Association of Equipment Manufacturers counterparts and Al Luke, the Bayer CropScience Marketing Strategic Business Management for Broadacre Crops, the show flung…

(Posted Thu. Feb 26th, 2015)

Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature-length documentary, FARMLAND, will be available on DVD beginning Tuesday, March 3, at Walmart and Walmart.com. The availability of the documentary at retail locations across the country and online, provides another opportunity for viewers to experience the film, which offers a firsthand glimpse inside the world of farming by showcasing the lives of six young farmers and ranchers in their twenties.   FARMLAND premiered in…

(Posted Wed. Feb 25th, 2015)

With Commodity Classic Grand Opening in Phoenix only one day away, the National Corn Growers Association invites attendees to dig a little deeper at three association-sponsored Learning Centers and one What’s New Session. Highlighting some of NCGA’s hottest programs and offering valuable advice for farmers, these opportunities offer a unique chance to get ahead of the curve and support the overall industry.   The first session, “Finding CommonGround,” kicks off…

(Posted Tue. Feb 24th, 2015)

Keywords: farm policy

In a letter sent to Congressional leaders this week, the National Corn Growers Association and a broad range of nearly 400 food and farming organizations urged Congress not to reopen and make cuts to the 2014 farm bill.   “The 2014 farm bill required over three years of debate in both chambers of Congress and ultimately ended with the consolidation of over 100 programs and cuts to mandatory spending across…

(Posted Mon. Feb 23rd, 2015)

The Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence Research Steering Committee will meet at Commodity Classic tomorrow to hear updates on the nine research projects that received grants to focus 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. The committee will also discuss the current and future direction of AMCOE.   “The unified approach AMCOE,…

(Posted Mon. Feb 23rd, 2015)

When corn farmers from around the country gather in Phoenix this week for the 20th annual Commodity Classic convention and trade show, it's not going to be just to enjoy much warmer weather than back on the farm - a series of important policy meetings are also taking place for members and leaders of the National Corn Growers Association.   "Commodity Classic gives us the opportunity not just to celebrate…

(Posted Fri. Feb 20th, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

You don’t have to be a palm reader or have ESP to project E15 American Ethanol will win the Daytona 500 this Sunday. Every car in the race will be powered by the corn-based fuel as the fifth season of the American Ethanol era gets underway.   American Ethanol spokesman Austin Dillon is back behind the wheel of the iconic No. 3 car in his sophomore season in Sprint…

(Posted Thu. Feb 19th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The ethanol industry added $52.7 billion to the national GDP in 2014 according to a study released today by the Renewable Fuels Association at this year’s National Ethanol Conference. “Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of the United States in 2014,” prepared by ABF Economics on RFA’s behalf, quantifies the economic, national security and job creating benefits of domestic ethanol production in 2014.   “The ethanol industry…

(Posted Wed. Feb 18th, 2015)

Keywords: Farm Policy

The National Corn Growers Association is co-sponsoring a free webinar March 12 to help farmers understand their risk management options under the new farm bill, ahead of critical one-time decisions that will affect their operations through at least 2018.   “ARC or PLC: Which Safety Net Fits You?” will include presentations from University of Illinois Economist Gary Schnitkey and Assistant Professor of Law and Policy Jonathan Coppess, and Mississippi State…

USDA Secretary to Keynote Commodity Classic

(Posted Tue. Feb 17th, 2015)

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will make his sixth visit to Commodity Classic, the annual convention and trade show for corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers. The secretary will deliver a keynote address to several thousand farmers and ag allies during the event’s General Session, to be held Friday, Feb. 27, in Phoenix, Arizona.   “We’re thrilled to be welcoming Secretary Vilsack back to Commodity Classic,” said National Corn…

(Posted Fri. Feb 13th, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

If you love the smell of ethanol in the morning or just like fast cars, you won’t be disappointed for much longer. NASCAR racing is back and E15 American Ethanol will be powering the sport for the fifth consecutive year as Speed Weeks kicks off this weekend in Daytona, Florida.   Thanks to the National Corn Growers Association’s partnership with Growth Energy and NASCAR, you will once again see the…

(Posted Thu. Feb 12th, 2015)

Keywords: trade

U.S. Grains Council delegates provided powerful feedback into the Council’s decision-making process and priorities for 2015 and beyond at meetings this week in Heredia, Costa Rica. The meeting included many corn growers and top leadership from the National Corn Growers Association.   Bringing together the Council’s producer and agribusiness members with its global staff and consultants, the purpose of the meeting was program evaluation, assessment of changing market opportunities and…

(Posted Thu. Feb 12th, 2015)

CommonGround volunteers hit the studios for popular morning show The Balancing Act to tape a two-segment series discussing food topics most important to today’s farmer. The segments, which will air later this spring on Lifetime TV, will acquaint women across the country with the farm women who grow and raise the food for all of America’s families.   “We are thrilled to work with The Balancing Act to create…

(Posted Wed. Feb 11th, 2015)

National Corn Growers Association Vice President of Production and Utilization Paul Bertels highlighted the association’s work to increase demand and communicate with consumers during the St. Louis AgriBusiness Club’s monthly luncheon.   In addition to providing an analysis of current corn supply and demand, Bertels delved into programs to grow markets for corn ethanol and communicate with consumers about food-related topics, such as the CommonGround program run through a collaboration…

(Posted Tue. Feb 10th, 2015)

Keywords: Livestock trade

Export value for both U.S. beef and pork reached new heights in 2014, posting double-digit gains over the previous year’s totals, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation.   Supporting meat exports is an important part of the National Corn Growers Association’s commitment to building profitable demand for corn, noted NCGA President Chip Bowling, a Maryland corn farmer. Several of NCGA’s affiliated state…

(Posted Mon. Feb 9th, 2015)

Seven corn grower volunteers will compete for one of five seats on the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board in Fiscal Year 2016, the organization’s nominating committee announced.  New board members will be elected by state delegates at the Corn Congress this July in Washington, and take office on Oct. 1.   “We’ve once again got a terrific slate of candidates for the Corn Board, seven growers who have distinguished…

Team Meeting Highlights Cooperation in Ag to Improve Genetics, Sustainability

(Posted Fri. Feb 6th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association’s Research and Business Development Action Team met in North Carolina this week to discuss research program topics that deal with genomics, genotyping, phenotyping and sustainability. In addition to program updates and discussions focused on the National Agricultural Genotyping Center, the team toured Cotton Incorporated.   “It is important to work together as an industry, particularly with projects such as NAGC, to find real world solutions…

(Posted Thu. Feb 5th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association’s Production and Stewardship Action Team met in New Orleans, La. to review progress on a number of current programs and learn about issues associated with transportation on the lower Mississippi River.   “The team covers a wide range of topics,” said team Chairman Don Glenn. “It’s impossible for us to do justice to each issue that falls under production and stewardship at every meeting, so…

(Posted Wed. Feb 4th, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

Today, Reps. Bob Goodlatte, Jim Costa, Steve Womack, and Peter Welch reintroduced the RFS Reform Act. Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, issued the following statement:   “Once again, Rep. Goodlatte and his colleagues have put Big Oil ahead of America’s corn farmers. The Renewable Fuel Standard is working: enabling competition from America’s renewable energy market, and breaking Big Oil’s monopoly. With the help of the RFS,…

(Posted Wed. Feb 4th, 2015)

Volunteer grower members of the National Corn Growers Association’s Grower Services Action Team are meeting this week in Charleston, S.C., to review association programs dealing with membership, leadership and communications – three areas critical to NCGA’s success as a farmer-led national organization.   A full agenda includes updates on the membership programs and benefits for members, the college scholarship program, NCGA’s grassroots advocacy program, the upcoming Commodity Classic convention and…

(Posted Tue. Feb 3rd, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Committee is meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee this week to discuss the future of ethanol fuel and strategies for assuring continued demand growth for the corn-based fuel.   “Ethanol is at a critical time in history. Political decisions, emerging science and engineering considerations are all converging and what results will chart a course for how we use ethanol in the years ahead,” said Jeff Sandborn,…

(Posted Tue. Feb 3rd, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to announce that the enhanced Compliance Assurance Program, which includes on-farm refuge assessments, an online survey, and IRM education and awareness, is seeing strong success and an increase in both the overall number of growers planting their corn refuge and integrated refuge products.    The CAP is designed to improve compliance with Insect Resistance Management requirements. The Agricultural Biotechnology Stewardship Technical Committee, a…

(Posted Mon. Feb 2nd, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association today applauded the withdrawal of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) interpretive rule and called for continued dialogue between the Environmental Protection Agency and the agricultural community.   The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers withdrew the interpretive rule on Jan. 29, citing a requirement by Congress included in last year’s “cromnibus” appropriations bill. The interpretive rule was intended to clarify normal farming activities…

(Posted Mon. Feb 2nd, 2015)

Keywords: Trade Biotechnology

Today, the National Corn Growers Association’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team began its spring meeting in Houston, Texas, where team members reviewed recommendations coming out of the Priority and Policy meeting held earlier in January and met with representatives from academia and industry to explore upcoming challenges and opportunities.    Looking at a variety of issues, including how to best support agricultural exports, stress the importance of respecting refuge…