NEWS STORIES

MARCH 2015

(Posted Tue. Mar 31st, 2015)

American farmers expect to plant 1.4 million fewer acres of corn in 2015, a two percent decrease from 2014, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings report released today.   If realized, total corn plantings in the United States would total 89.2 million acres for the lowest planted acreage since 2010. Notably, it would still be the sixth-largest U.S. corn acreage planted since 1944.   “U.S. farmers produced a record…

(Posted Mon. Mar 30th, 2015)

Leaders from MAIZALL, the international alliance for maize, were in Washington last week for discussions with senior U.S. officials from the Department of Agriculture, State Department and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative regarding ongoing cooperation with the governments of Argentina and Brazil on market access for crops derived from biotechnology.  “The National Corn Growers Association, working with the U.S. Grains Council and their counterparts in Argentina and Brazil, established…

(Posted Mon. Mar 30th, 2015)

Farmers who have not yet updated their base acres or signed up for ARC or PLC should contact their local FSA office to schedule an appointment no later than Tuesday, April 7. Producers who request an appointment April 7 will be able to make an election between ARC and PLC, even if the actual appointment is after the deadline. To find your local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

Help Put Austin Dillon in the NASCAR All Star Race

(Posted Fri. Mar 27th, 2015)

If you would like to put American Ethanol spokesman Austin Dillon in the 2015 All-Star Race, the polls are open for the Sprint Fan Vote. You never know who will win. That's what makes voting so important.  The race is May 16, so vote early and often…well at least once per day as allowed. Voting closes at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, May 15, one day before the American Ethanol…

(Posted Fri. Mar 27th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association now offers its fifth 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. Mar 27th, 2015)

Farmers, like most Americans, generally view the word sweet in a positive light. When it comes to high fructose corn syrup, this certainly holds true. HFCS not only provides an affordable, safe sweetener option; it provides steady demand for U.S. grown corn. In 2014, more than one and three-quarters billion dollars’ worth of corn went into the production of high fructose corn syrup.   Accounting for 490 million bushels worth…

FARMLAND Brings Home Top Honors in Entertainment at PR Week Awards

(Posted Fri. Mar 27th, 2015)

Against strong competition, including Chipotle’s negative Farmed and Dangerous campaign, leading industry publication PR Week recently awarded its prestigious Arts, Entertainment and Media Campaign of the Year award to the consumer campaign surrounding the 2014 documentary FARMLAND. The film debuted in more than 170 theaters, enjoyed ticket sales that were 84 percent above initial expectations – and with the assistance of USFRA partner organizations, has been screened more than 1,000…

(Posted Thu. Mar 26th, 2015)

Keywords: Farm Policy

With less than one week until the sign-up deadline, 77 percent of farmers have made their election into the farm bill risk management program, according to USDA Farm Services Agency officials testifying today at a hearing of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. Ninety-four percent have completed their base acre reallocations. Farmers have until Tuesday, March 31 to update their base acres and choose between…

(Posted Thu. Mar 26th, 2015)

Keywords: Trade

As of March 12, the Western Hemisphere claimed nearly 708.6 million bushels in outstanding sales and accumulated exports of U.S. corn for the 2014/2015 marketing year, 102 million bushels more than last year at the same time, the U.S. Grains Councol reported this week.    With domestic consumption of U.S. corn expected to remain flat for the current marketing year, there is an abundant supply available for export. The Western…

(Posted Wed. Mar 25th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association applauded the introduction today of legislation to create a national, science-based labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms and urged Congress to quickly pass the bill.   The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), will ensure that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration remains the authority on food safety and labeling in the…

UAS Would Lower Costs and Environmental Impact of Farming

(Posted Wed. Mar 25th, 2015)

Unmanned Aerial Systems will make farming more efficient, lower operating costs, and reduce their environmental impact, NCGA Manager of Public Policy Clint Raine told a group of policymakers and reporters today during a panel about the applications of UAS technology to the agricultural industry.   “I’m optimistic about the possibilities for UAS technology and what it could mean for farmers,” said Raine. “These devices will make farms more efficient and…

(Posted Tue. Mar 24th, 2015)

NCGA Agribusiness Council Cultivates Cooperation on Key Issues   Last week, representatives from agribusinesses gathered with National Corn Growers Association leadership in Washington for NCGA’s Agri-Industry Council’s biannual meeting.  Over the course of two days, attendees received updates on key NCGA programs, heard from several outside speakers and discussed topics of special importance to the entire agricultural community.   “The discussion in AIC meetings helps NCGA fulfill its mission of…

(Posted Mon. Mar 23rd, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling issued the following statement in response to the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s recent movement to reclassify glyphosate:   “The movement to reclassify glyphosate as a class 2A probable carcinogen ignores the findings of more than four decades of credible scientific research. In doing so, this decision creates unnecessary fear and confusion over the proven safety record of this important agricultural…

(Posted Fri. Mar 20th, 2015)

Farmer leaders and staff from the National Corn Growers Association and its state affiliates met in Chicago last week to discuss water quality issues. During the two day conference, participants shared lessons learned from state policy efforts and reviewed NCGA’s 2015 national policy priorities on agricultural nutrients and water quality.   “NCGA’s goal is to ensure these policies are not dictated by Washington, D.C.,” said NCGA Chairman Martin Barbre. “Given…

CommonGround Volunteers Shine a Spotlight on Sustainability

(Posted Fri. Mar 20th, 2015)

This Ag Week, CommonGround volunteers took the story of American farming, their story, to people across the country through a series of interviews with television and radio stations. Answering questions focused on the incredible innovation in sustainability practices adopted by today’s farmers, Kellie Blair of Iowa, Kim Bremmer of Wisconsin, Joan Ruskamp of Nebraska and Kristie Swenson of Minnesota opened the barn doors, offering themselves and their fellow CommonGround volunteers…

(Posted Thu. Mar 19th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association invites graduates of the Leadership At Its Best Program the opportunity to further refine their leadership skills through the Advanced Leadership Program, co-sponsored by Syngenta. With two sessions, Advanced Leadership provides intensive training that will hone their media, leadership and lobbying skills, and prepare participants to lead the industry.   “We are excited to offer this program through which another class of leaders will elevate…

(Posted Wed. Mar 18th, 2015)

I'm glad I don't have to make a living farming. Too much hard work. Too many variables you don't have control over, like, is it going to rain? All I can say is, god bless the real farmers out there.” Professional golfer and back nine philosopher - Fuzzy Zoeller.   Spoken like a golfer who grew up in the midst of the corn fields of Indiana, because those are Fuzzy’s…

(Posted Wed. Mar 18th, 2015)

Although increasingly more women have pursued careers in agriculture over the past decade, today they still account for just 14 percent of farm operators. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden hopes to change that with a new mentoring initiative aimed at getting more women involved in agriculture and cultivating future female industry leaders.   The Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network, announced in February, was created to support and engage women…

(Posted Tue. Mar 17th, 2015)

Keywords: Biotechnology Trade

As planting season gets underway in southern parts of the country, the National Corn Growers Association reminds growers to visit its updated version of the “Know Before Your Grow” website. The newly revamped site offer growers important new information to help inform planting decisions in light of the release of new seed varieties currently unapproved in some export markets.   “In a globalized agricultural economy, it is important that farmers…

(Posted Mon. Mar 16th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The Urban Air Initiative has filed a new petition with the Environmental Protection Agency challenging agency models relating to ethanol emissions from automobiles.   The non-profit organization, dedicated to reducing harmful emission from gasoline to improve public health, takes issue with EPA’s Motor Fuel Emission Simulator model, which it says “wrongly blames ethanol for creating harmful tailpipe emissions.”   One of the biggest factors currently holding domestically produced ethanol back…

(Posted Fri. Mar 13th, 2015)

Odometers are not standard equipment on the race cars competing in NASCAR but if they were, collectively they would surpass a momentous milestone this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. NASCAR began running Sunoco Green E15 in its three top national series back in 2011 and this coming Saturday during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 race, NASCAR will hit and surpass seven million miles of racing, the…

(Posted Thu. Mar 12th, 2015)

Keywords: Trade

As corn farmers look to increase demand in the face of abundant supply, the importance of Trade Promotion Authority to U.S. farmers has gained particular importance. By passing TPA, the President gains the necessary means for negotiating the trade agreements that facilitate access to important export markets and thus helps ensure American farmers remain competitive in meeting the world’s need for food, fuel and fiber.   The National Corn Growers…

(Posted Thu. Mar 12th, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling issued the following statement Wednesday in response to a proposal by the Advanced Biofuels Association to make changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard:   "According to any measure, the Renewable Fuel Standard works. It has reduced dependence on foreign oil. It has helped clear the air from toxic emissions. It has boosted rural economies, and it has saved consumers money at the pump.…

(Posted Wed. Mar 11th, 2015)

Helping farmers choose the right farm bill risk coverage package will be the topic of a free DTN webinar March 12, co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association.   Farmers and ranchers will have to decide soon which risk coverage package is right for them of three options: Price Loss Coverage (PLC) or one of two Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) packages (county or farm level).   DTN's webinar, titled “ARC…

(Posted Wed. Mar 11th, 2015)

Keywords: Trade

Easing trade restrictions and building a two-way relationship between the U.S. and Cuba should be a key priority for U.S. farmers, according to National Corn Growers Association representatives who visited Cuba last week.   John Linder, an Ohio farmer who chairs NCGA’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team and NCGA communications manager Jennifer Myers were among the nearly 100 representatives from U.S. agricultural organizations who visited Cuba March 1-4. The…

(Posted Tue. Mar 10th, 2015)

The amount of corn necessary to make a gallon of ethanol is less than previously believed according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. In lowering the projected demand by the ethanol market for U.S. corn by 50 million bushels, the agency cited “a higher rate of conversion than previously assumed” as the reasoning for the adjustment. The information upon which this analysis was based came from the…

(Posted Mon. Mar 9th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association invites farmers to become a part of the change they desire by actively honing their leadership skills through the Leadership at Its Best Program, co-sponsored by Syngenta.  Growers must be nominated by their state corn association.  With applications due April 10, interested members should contact their state associations now for further information and get completed applications in to state offices by April 8.   “Since…

(Posted Thu. Mar 5th, 2015)

Helping farmers choose the right farm bill risk coverage package will be the topic of a free DTN webinar March 12, co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association.   Farmers and ranchers will have to decide soon which risk coverage package is right for them of three options: Price Loss Coverage (PLC), or one of two Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) packages (county or farm level). It is important for growers…

(Posted Wed. Mar 4th, 2015)

With nearly 8,000 total attendees, the 2015 Commodity Classic convention and trade show, which took place last week in Phoenix, Arizona, shattered previous records for the landmark event.   “The 2015 Commodity Classic was a terrific event for our growers and all involved,” said Commodity Classic Co-Chair Sam Butler. “We know it wasn’t just getting away from the weather for a sunnier climate. Our farmers were actively engaged in everything…

(Posted Wed. Mar 4th, 2015)

Each year at the Commodity Classic convention and trade show, the National Corn Growers Association rewards recruiters and state affiliates for their terrific efforts in driving membership – in the case of 2014, that hard work included reaching a record of more than 42,000 in August.   “I am extremely proud of the efforts our state associations and individual growers take to build membership in our association,” said NCGA President…

(Posted Tue. Mar 3rd, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association, in conjunction with cosponsor BASF, honored five college students with scholarships last week at Commodity Classic 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  This year, the William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture scholarships, created to foster promising agricultural leaders for the future, provided five winners with $1,000 for use in pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field.   “These students are already showing a lot of promise…

CommonGround Starts Conversations at Commodity Classic

(Posted Tue. Mar 3rd, 2015)

Commodity Classic attendees wanting to find out more about CommonGround, a program supported by the National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board and their state affiliates, enjoyed an hour of first-hand accounts and interactive learning during the Learning Center “Finding CommonGround.” With more than 125 people in attendance, CommonGround volunteers Sara Ross and Joan Ruskamp showed attendees how CommonGround, a grassroots movement of farm women who want to foster…

(Posted Mon. Mar 2nd, 2015)

U.S. corn farmers smashed many records in 2014, growing the largest crop on record, at 14.2 billion bushels, with a record national average yield of 171.0 bushels per acre. To highlight this achievement, the National Corn Growers Association delves into the facts about corn production, use and offers a historical comparison in its newest edition of the World of Corn. This statistical look at the corn industry, both domestic and worldwide,…

(Posted Mon. Mar 2nd, 2015)

Keywords: Sustainability

  The National Corn Growers Association named Mike Shuter from Frankton, Indiana, as this year’s honoree for the NCGA’s Good Steward Recognition Program during last week’s 2015 Commodity Classic convention and trade show. The award recognizes one U.S. farmer annually who is demonstrating leadership in sustainable corn production.   The program and award funding was provided by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation as part of its Harvesting the Potential