NEWS STORIES

APRIL 2015

(Posted Thu. Apr 30th, 2015)

This week, staff from the National Corn Growers Association and state corn associations across the country met in St. Louis to share insights gained over the past year and coordinate efforts for the next.  With a record of more than 150 attendees including state association executives, program directors and communicators, the conference also provided a forum to discuss pressing issues facing farmers including increasing demand for corn, communications on GMO …

(Posted Tue. Apr 28th, 2015)

Keywords: Trade

The U.S.-Peru trade promotion agreement has been instrumental in boosting bilateral trade in food and agricultural products since it went into force on Feb. 1, 2009, including spurring new sales of U.S. commodity corn, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture Global Agricultural Information Network report released April 8. “The increase in the export of U.S. corn to Peru provides another outstanding example of how free trade agreements can open …

(Posted Mon. Apr 27th, 2015)

U.S. corn farmers made significant planting progress this week according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 19 percent of total corn acres planted by April 26, growers progress increased by 10 points over the week but still fell further behind the five-year average.   “While farmers are planting during any windows that they see open, the weather continues to hinder overall progress,” said National …

(Posted Mon. Apr 27th, 2015)

Last week, the National Corn Growers Association submitted comments to both the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration about proposed rules regarding the commercial usage and privacy best practices of unmanned aerial systems (UAS).   In the letter to DOT, NCGA notes that unmanned aerial systems have widespread potential applications for farmers, and will ultimately reduce costs, improve efficiency, and make …

(Posted Fri. Apr 24th, 2015)

For five years and more than seven million miles, American Ethanol and NASCAR have worked together to increase horsepower and decrease greenhouse gas emissions in the sport by 20 percent with Sunoco Green E15, a renewable fuel blended with American Ethanol. This weekend, American Ethanol driver Austin Dillon will drive the No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet SS in Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway.   “Away …

(Posted Fri. Apr 24th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association today applauded members of the House Ways and Means Committee who voted to advance the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015) out of committee Thursday evening and urged Congress to quickly pass the bill.   “Thank you to the House Ways and Means Committee members who voted to advance Trade Promotion Authority out of committee and keep this important legislation moving …

(Posted Fri. Apr 24th, 2015)

Keywords: Trade

The National Corn Growers Association expressed its disapproval of the new proposal by the European Commission to amend legislation on its genetically engineered food and feed approval process. Under the amended legislation, EU member-countries could ignore science-based safety and environmental determinations made by the European Union and further restrict or even eliminate imports of GE food and feed.    “The regulatory proposal announced this week would move the EU further …

(Posted Fri. Apr 24th, 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.   Field Notes met with a new …

(Posted Fri. Apr 24th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association today announced changes to strengthen the organization’s efforts to build new corn market demand.  NCGA will begin an immediate search for a Vice President of Market Development, who will be responsible for managing marketing initiatives to build demand for ethanol, livestock feed, biobased products and food uses of corn.   “Farmers constantly work to increase yields using fewer resources,” said NCGA CEO Chris Novak.  “Looking …

(Posted Fri. Apr 24th, 2015)

Keywords: Transportation

As the new tax quarter began, the Waterways Council and its allies remind effected parties of the 9 cent per gallon barge diesel user fee increase that went into effect April 1. The fee increase and other changes were the result of a broadly supported effort, backed by the National Corn Growers Association, to improve the U.S. inland waterways infrastructure to handle forecasted increases in traffic.   “NCGA and other …

(Posted Thu. Apr 23rd, 2015)

As many parents begin to debate graduation gifts and turn attention to the school year next year, the National Corn Growers Association reminds members they can save when purchasing electronic tools and gifts. By using the benefits NCGA offers, members can purchase Dell products at a significant discount.   “In today’s world, technology is essential to success in school and the workplace,” said Tom Haag, chairman of NCGA’s Grower Services …

(Posted Wed. Apr 22nd, 2015)

Keywords: trade

The National Corn Growers Association today applauded members of the Senate Finance Committee who voted to advance the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015) out of committee and urged Congress to quickly pass the bill.   “On behalf of America’s corn farmers, our customers, and the one million Americans whose jobs depend on agricultural trade, I want to thank the Senate Finance Committee members who voted …

(Posted Wed. Apr 22nd, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association today applauded Reps. Rod Blum (R-Iowa), Ken Buck (R-Col.), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), and David Young (R-Iowa) for introducing the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015. The House legislation, which mirrors a bill introduced in the Senate in March by Senators Chuck Grassley and Rand Paul, would ultimately increase the availability of E15 ethanol in the marketplace.   “We thank Representatives Blum, Buck, Peterson, and …

(Posted Wed. Apr 22nd, 2015)

Today, the world commemorates Earth Day. Around the globe, communities will take part in activities, campaigns and events on this day to promote awareness of environmental issues. However, for farmers, promoting the health and stability of nature resources happens every day.   “Our farmers understand they have a great and enviable connection with the earth,” said NCGA Production and Stewardship Action Team Chairman Don Glenn, an Alabama corn grower. “Each …

(Posted Tue. Apr 21st, 2015)

Keywords: Trade

The U.S. Grains Council has released the 2014/2015 Corn Export Cargo Quality Report, the fourth in a series measuring U.S. corn quality by looking at grade factors, moisture, chemical composition and physical composition in corn samples ready to be loaded for overseas shipment.   This information is valuable for U.S. international corn customers, many of whom have come to anticipate its findings each year. USGC’s global staff and membership …

(Posted Tue. Apr 21st, 2015)

Did you miss a session at the 2015 Commodity Classic? Do you want to revisit a session you attended? Were you unable to attend Commodity Classic and want to see what you missed? Video recordings of the 2015 Educational Sessions and General Session are now available!   Full-registrants to 2015 Commodity Classic receive complimentary access to view video recordings of the 2015 educational sessions. Non-attendees may purchase access to the …

(Posted Mon. Apr 20th, 2015)

Corn planting progress continues to lag according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With nine percent of total corn acres planted by April 19, progress lags behind the five-year average for this point by four percentage points.   “Planting continues to progress slowly due to wet, cool conditions this year,” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling. “But, it is important to keep in …

(Posted Mon. Apr 20th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month entered into a consent decree agreeing to a court-enforced timeline for establishing the Renewable Volume Obligation numbers for 2014 and 2015 for the Renewable Fuel Standard, the delayed timeline – especially for 2014 – were a reflection of the problem the EPA set up for itself by numerous delays.   “Congress created the Renewable Fuel Standard to help reduce our dependence …

(Posted Fri. Apr 17th, 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.   Field Notes caught up with Texas …

(Posted Fri. Apr 17th, 2015)

Lifetime TV welcomed CommonGround Iowa volunteer Julie Kenney to its morning program The Balancing Act this morning to further an ongoing conversation between the American moms on and off of the farm. Kenney answered questions and addressed concerns about food safety and the benefits of GMOs while clearing up myths surrounding organically grown foods and conventionally grown foods.   This was the first of a two-segment mini-series in which The …

(Posted Thu. Apr 16th, 2015)

Keywords: Trade

The National Corn Growers Association applauded the introduction today of bipartisan legislation to renew and modernize Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and urged Congress to quickly pass the bill.   The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015) introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will help open the door to new …

NASCAR Benefits Available to NCGA Members

(Posted Thu. Apr 16th, 2015)

Keywords: NASCAR

Waiting to plant the 2015 crop and pacing the shed? Why not take a minute to plan to attend a NASCAR race this summer and see E15 American Ethanol on the track. The National Corn Growers Association reminds members that they are entitled to exclusive online NASCAR news and discounts as part of the association’s American Ethanol partnership with the sport.   Through the NASCAR Fuel For Members online …

(Posted Thu. Apr 16th, 2015)

Fans of the World of Corn interested in a similar resource in metric measurements can now access this information online. Posted this week, the National Corn Growers Association’s World of Corn Metric Edition provides a look at corn production, use and offers a historical comparison in a compendium piece tailored for audiences more familiar with metric measure. This statistical look at the corn industry, both domestic and worldwide, features a wide …

(Posted Wed. Apr 15th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association today applauded Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) for recently introducing legislation to extend the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to E15, and ultimately increase the availability of E15 in the marketplace.   “We applaud Congressman Smith for leading the effort in the House to expand consumer choices at the pump. This legislation would give people access to higher blends of clean, renewable fuel year-round,” said …

(Posted Wed. Apr 15th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association announced important rule changes for the upcoming 2015 National Corn Yield Contest. For the upcoming year, contest rules have been altered to ensure a more even field upon which all contests may participate and, thus, to highlight the incredible accomplishments of so many of our entrants.   In 2015, each NCGA membership used to register for the NCYC must have an individual’s name on it, …

(Posted Tue. Apr 14th, 2015)

Keywords: Trade

As the U.S. dollar strengthens, making U.S. grain relatively more expensive in the global marketplace, the importance of the impact of favorable trade policies on sales gains further importance.   Over the last year, the U.S. dollar has strengthened against most currencies, including 15 percent against the currencies of most major corn customers since 2012. In the time between 2001 and 2009, the dollar strengthened but did not significantly affect …

(Posted Tue. Apr 14th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association is seeking applications from members interested in working on an NCGA action team or committee in the 2016 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. This service provides growers an opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future of their industry and to become a part of the national agricultural leadership community.   “As a grassroots organization, NCGA relies on its members to step …

(Posted Mon. Apr 13th, 2015)

Corn planting is off to a slow start again in 2015 according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With only two percent of total corn acres planted by April 12, progress lags behind the five-year average for this point by three percentage points and one percentage point behind of where it sat at this time in 2014.   “Corn planting has seen a slow, wet …

(Posted Mon. Apr 13th, 2015)

Keywords: Conservation

Last week, the National Corn Growers Association represented corn farmers’ interests during the Keystone Monarch Collaborative meeting held in ­­­­­­­­­­­­ St. Paul, Minn.  This meeting brought together farm organizations, farmers, government agencies, monarch researchers, companies in the agricultural supply chain and conservation organizations to discuss the need for more collaboration and public private partnership on monarch recovery and conservation efforts.   During the meeting, participants shared information about existing efforts …

(Posted Fri. Apr 10th, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a timeline for releasing the Renewable Fuel Standard targets for 2014 through 2016 and addressed pending litigation. National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling issued the following statement:   “Congress created the Renewable Fuel Standard to help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and to provide cleaner domestic fuel choices for consumers. The EPA has provided additional clarity about their timeline for announcing the …

(Posted Fri. Apr 10th, 2015)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Lifetime TV welcomes CommonGround Iowa volunteer Julie Kenney to its morning program The Balancing Act next Friday to further an ongoing conversation between the American moms on and off of the farm. Kenney will answer questions and address concerns about food safety and the benefits of GMOs while clearing up myths surrounding organically grown foods and conventionally grown foods.   This is the first of a two-segment mini-series in which …

(Posted Fri. Apr 10th, 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.   Field Notes caught up with Maryland …

(Posted Thu. Apr 9th, 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 grown. Today, NCGA Director of Public Policy Zach Kinne sat down to explain why TPA is important not only for agriculture but also for all Americans.   To listen to the full interview, click here.   Kinne began by explaining what exactly Trade Promotion Authority is, …

(Posted Wed. Apr 8th, 2015)

With significant media attention being paid to the health of pollinator communities, it is important to recognize the breadth of scientific opinion on this topic. Though many take an alarmist stance based in misinformation, strategies to move forward and ensure a healthy future for our environment and pollinators in particular must be based in sound scientific information.   One new paper released today,”’Beepocalypse’ Not,” provides perspective on how potential …

(Posted Tue. Apr 7th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association invites farmers to become a part of the change they desire by actively honing their leadership skills through two leadership programs co-sponsored by Syngenta. Deadlines loom for these programs, and growers must be nominated by their state corn association.    Leadership At Its Best   Open to all NCGA membership, Leadership At Its Best provides training to interested volunteers of all skill levels.  The first …

(Posted Mon. Apr 6th, 2015)

As summer quickly approaches, members of the National Corn Growers Association can save when purchasing supplies for themselves and all of the outdoors enthusiasts in their lives. By using the benefits NCGA offers, members can purchase Cabela’s gift cards at a 10 percent discount.   “We always look for benefits that match the interests of our growers, and this partnership is perfect for their active outdoor lifestyle,” said Tom Haag, …

(Posted Fri. Apr 3rd, 2015)

National Corn Growers Association Chief Executive Officer Chris Novak received Purdue University College of Agriculture’s highest honor for achievement, the Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award, during a ceremony in West Lafayette, Indiana today.   Novak is one of eight alumni to receive the 2015 award, which recognizes Purdue Agriculture alumni who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments, made significant contributions to their professions or to society in general, and exhibit high potential for …

(Posted Fri. Apr 3rd, 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.   Field Notes caught up with northern …

(Posted Thu. Apr 2nd, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association applauds Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) for recently introducing the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act, a bill that would ultimately increase the availability of E15 in the marketplace.   A key component of the Grassley/Paul bill is the extension of one pound waiver to E15 fuel.   “Consumers should have access to higher blends of clean, renewable fuel year-round. This legislation would …

(Posted Wed. Apr 1st, 2015)

With rapidly shifting weather across the country, 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 free benefit for members that can help them stay a step ahead.   “The NCGA-FMC Ag Weather Advisor provides valuable insight, analysis and information not easily found elsewhere on the key factors shaping …