NEWS STORIES

MAY 2015

(Posted Fri. May 29th, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

The following is a statement from Maryland corn farmer Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of proposed  renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.   “Once again, the EPA has chosen to ignore the law by cutting the corn ethanol obligation 3.75 billion gallons from 2014 to 2016. This represents nearly a billion and…

(Posted Fri. May 29th, 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 checked in with…

(Posted Thu. May 28th, 2015)

With the generous support of the Nebraska Corn Board, two college students from the Cornhusker State are joining the National Corn Growers Association as interns this summer to learn more about the industry.    NCGA’s headquarters office in suburban St. Louis is hosting Emily Scholting of Springfield, Nebraska, as their summer intern supported by a partnership between NCB and NCGA. Scholting will be a senior in political science with an…

(Posted Thu. May 28th, 2015)

Keywords: Biotechnology Trade

Last week, the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance’s Board of Directors met in Washington to recommit to the alliance and update the business plan. During the meeting, representatives from all parts of the value chain worked together, reviewing working group findings and planning for a future meeting to address the future of biotechnology and potential market impacts.   Both the Domestic Working Group and the International Working Group reported back to…

(Posted Wed. May 27th, 2015)

The following is a statement from Chip Bowling, Maryland farmer and president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s EPA announcement of a revised rule pertaining to the Clean Water Act:   “We cannot comment on the specifics of the revised rule until we have had a chance to fully review it. We especially want to ensure that the broad promises made in the EPA press release…

(Posted Wed. May 27th, 2015)

On Thursday morning, a compelling group of citizen, government, farmer, environmentalist, and business leaders will convene in Toledo, Ohio to discuss how the 2014 Toledo water crisis changed the conversation about water and food.   Sponsored by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Corn Marketing Program, Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program, and Ohio Soybean Council, the event will be livestreamed from 9 to 10:45 CDT.…

(Posted Tue. May 26th, 2015)

Keywords: Farm Policy Conservation

The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers to make sure they have a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) on file with their local USDA service center by June 1, in order to be eligible for farm bill programs including crop insurance premium support.   USDA notes that most farmers already have an AD-1026 form on file. That’s because it’s required for participation in USDA programs…

(Posted Tue. May 26th, 2015)

Corn farmers have nearly completed plantings for 2015 according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Advancing to 92 percent complete, growers’ progress now surpasses the five-year average for this time by four points.   “With planting nearly complete, farmers turn to best management practices and hopefully favorable weather to nurture the crop along,” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling. “Despite the implications of…

(Posted Tue. May 26th, 2015)

Keywords: biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association is encouraged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s positive initial review, released late Friday, of Monsanto 87411, a product utilizing RNAi technology to combat corn rootworm pressure. The initial reports, which indicated the product does not pose either a plant pest or environmental risk, are a first step toward getting this critical technology to market in a quick and safe fashion.   “We applaud the…

(Posted Sat. May 23rd, 2015)

Keywords: Trade

The National Corn Growers Association today praised the Senate for passing the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015) and urged the House of Representatives to quickly pass the bill.   “Thank you to the senators who voted in favor of Trade Promotion Authority,” said Chip Bowling, a Maryland farmer and president of NCGA. “This legislation is critical to removing trade barriers, expanding our access to global…

(Posted Fri. May 22nd, 2015)

With planting well underway in much of the country, the National Corn Growers Association invites farmers to register early for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest and save big on entry fees. Until June 30, fees will be reduced to $75. NCGA reminds growers that a small time investment now saves money later this summer.   “We are excited to announce that yield contest entry is now open. While it may…

(Posted Fri. May 22nd, 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.   This week, Field Notes caught up…

NCGA Action App Makes Advocacy Easy

(Posted Thu. May 21st, 2015)

Trade Promotion Authority. Waters of the U.S. The Renewable Fuel Standard.  Several hot issues are now percolating in Washington that will directly affect the ability of corn farmers to grow and market their corn. Now is the time for a tool that helps farmers learn about the issues and take action on them wherever they are, whether it’s the from the seat of a tractor or a stool in the…

(Posted Thu. May 21st, 2015)

Keywords: trade

The National Corn Growers Association urges the Senate to quickly pass Trade Promotion Authority legislation, and opposes any amendments that could prolong debate or jeopardize the legislation. NCGA President Chip Bowling issued the following statement:   “The livelihoods of America’s farmers and ranchers are dependent on trade. We need greater access to foreign markets and the ability to break down barriers so farmers to compete globally. Right now, the United…

(Posted Wed. May 20th, 2015)

Keywords: Transportation

After the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill late Tuesday to extend the United States Highway Trust Fund’s authorization only through July 31, National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling issued the following statement:   “We are disappointed in Congress’ repeated failure to pass a long-term highway funding bill. There isn’t a county in this country that does not have a road or bridge in need of work. Farmers…

(Posted Tue. May 19th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association welcomed the announcement of the National Pollinator Health Strategy, released today by the White House Pollinator Health Task Force. NCGA applauded the Task Force for emphasizing the importance of public-private partnerships and called for continued discussion and collaboration between farmers, industry, and government about how to ensure a health and robust population of honeybees and other pollinators.   “Even though corn does not rely…

(Posted Tue. May 19th, 2015)

Keywords: Trade

Join the National Corn Growers Association, U.S. Grains Council, sister farmer organizations and the International Trade Administration in celebrating World Trade Month this May.   Here are some fun facts about trade according to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative:   Every billion dollars of goods and services exported supported more than an estimated 5,000 U.S. jobs in 2011. The five largest U.S. export markets for corn in 2014…

(Posted Tue. May 19th, 2015)

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, a consumer-facing organization dedicated to leading the national conversation about how food is grown and raised, is partnering with Brownfield on their Spring 2015 Cab Conversations farmer-led series. Each week, three U.S. farmers meet on Google+ Hangout, from the cab of their tractors, to share insights, challenges and tips relating to the planting season with host Meghan Grebner, Anchor/Reporter for Brownfield…

(Posted Mon. May 18th, 2015)

Corn farmers exceeded the average in terms of planting progress again last week according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Advancing 10 more points since the previous week to a total of 85 percent planted, growers’ progress now surpasses the five-year average for this time by 10 points.   “Despite some areas where persistent rains have kept farmers out of the field, overall planting progress…

(Posted Fri. May 15th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds growers that it 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…

(Posted Thu. May 14th, 2015)

Keywords: trade

Today the United States Senate voted to advance H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015). A final vote is expected to take place next week. National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling issued the following statement:   “Thank you to the bipartisan group of senators who voted to take up Trade Promotion Authority legislation. Trade is essential to the livelihoods of American farmers, as…

(Posted Thu. May 14th, 2015)

Lifetime TV welcomes CommonGround Colorado volunteer Kelsey Pope to its morning program The Balancing Act this Friday to further an ongoing conversation between the American moms on and off of the farm. Pope will answer questions and address concerns about how she, and ranchers like her, care for livestock using tools such antibiotics.   This is the second piece of a two-segment mini-series in which The Balancing Act features conversations…

Preparing for Success: NCGA Provides Important Insight for Delegation Organizers

(Posted Wed. May 13th, 2015)

Keywords: Trade

The National Corn Growers Association welcomed a group of Turkish seed association representatives arranged by the Consulate General of Turkey in Chicago’s Trade Commission. The group, an exploratory delegation arranging a larger tour of the United States for member companies later this summer, discussed how the U.S. seed industry functions and the association’s interaction with all parts of the value chain with NCGA Vice President of Production and Sustainability Paul…

(Posted Tue. May 12th, 2015)

In its monthly report on world ag supply and demand, the U.S. Department of Agriculture provided its first look at early expectations for the 2015 corn crop now being planted, with production down by just over a half-billion bushels and usage up slightly, compared to last year’s supply.   USDA projects farmers planting 89.2 million acres and harvesting 81.7 million acres, with an average yield of 166.8 bushels per acre…

(Posted Tue. May 12th, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol trade

A recent chart from the U.S. Grains Council illustrates the wide range of markets for U.S. ethanol exports in 2014. This is a change from just four years ago, when more than 80 percent of U.S. ethanol was exported to Brazil, Canada and the European Union.   Exports to the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines and India experienced the strongest growth in 2014. While the UAE…

(Posted Mon. May 11th, 2015)

U.S. corn farmers continued to plant at a strong pace last week, with 75 percent of the nation’s corn acres planted by May 10, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Advancing 20 points since the previous week, growers’ progress now surpasses the five-year average for this time by 18 points.   “This planting season, farmers showed what is possible with technology and tenacity,” said…

(Posted Mon. May 11th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association today urged Congress to support a bill that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule and to collaborate closely with states and other stakeholders to develop a new rule.   The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 1732), which was introduced by Rep. Bill Schuster (R-PA) and has…

(Posted Fri. May 8th, 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 Thu. May 7th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association today thanked Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) for introducing a bill to expand the volatility waiver for E15 ethanol, ultimately increasing consumers' access higher blends of ethanol year-round.   "We applaud Senators Donnelly, Grassley, and Fischer for their bipartisan efforts to increase the market for ethanol producers and give consumers more choices at the pump," said NCGA President Chip…

(Posted Thu. May 7th, 2015)

This week, the National Corn Growers Association joined with other commodity groups to support testimony stressing the importance of the reauthorization of the U.S. Grain Standards Act during a hearing before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. The testimony, presented by American Soybean Association Director Bill Gordon, voiced farmers’ support the U.S. grain inspection and weighing system, as it offers certainty to buyers in overseas markets, while also…

(Posted Thu. May 7th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association and ethanol allies today struck back hard against efforts by Big Oil to weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency develops future volume obligations for the biofuels law.   “The RFS program was designed to force the oil industry to change the status quo—not to perpetuate it,” a letter sent to the EPA today states. “The entire purpose of this program…

(Posted Wed. May 6th, 2015)

Succession planning is, or should be, a high priority for most American farmers. According to the USDA, 70 percent of farmland will change hands in the next 20 years. If a farm family has not adequately planned for succession, the farm is likely to go out of business, be absorbed by a large farming neighbor, or be converted to non-farm use. This crisis-in-the-making comes at a time when land prices…

(Posted Tue. May 5th, 2015)

Keywords: Trade

As U.S. corn farmers kicked their planters into high gear, signals on the ground, in the sky and in the markets look promising for the 2015 crop.   “Last week, farmers across the country made incredible planting progress,” said National Corn Growers Association Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair Jon Linder, who farms in Ohio. “The percentage of corn acres planted surged ahead of the five-year average and, by…

(Posted Mon. May 4th, 2015)

U.S. corn farmers took full advantage of last week’s favorable planting conditions, surging 17 points beyond the five-year average, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 55 percent of total corn acres planted by May 3, growers progress increased by 36 points over the week and advanced to 17 points ahead of the five-year average of 38 percent at this point.   “The incredible…

(Posted Mon. May 4th, 2015)

The feature-length documentary “Farmland” is now available for streaming on Netflix.com. With 57 million subscribers worldwide, Netflix is considered a premium destination for documentaries and is an opportunity to extend the reach of the film across the United States and into Canada.   “I'm thrilled that ‘Farmland’ has found a new home at Netflix,” said Academy Award-winning director James Moll. “There's a lot of interest out there in the next generation of…

(Posted Fri. May 1st, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

Last week, a bipartisan group of 37 senators sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, asking her to keep the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements in line with the original law passed by Congress.   “The RFS has already proven to be an effective driver of alternative fuels and economic development,” the senators wrote. “It has strengthened agriculture markets and created hundreds of thousands of jobs. … Setting…

(Posted Fri. May 1st, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association calls on photographers to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the second annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA hopes to capture high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. While the contest opened today, interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2015.   Open to all,…