NEWS STORIES

JULY 2015

(Posted Fri. Jul 31st, 2015)

American Ethanol’s third full paint out of the NASCAR season will hit the track this weekend in Pennsylvania at the Sprint Cup Windows 10 400 in at Pocono Raceway. The green and black will proudly display E15 on the hood of Austin Dillon’s No. 3 Chevy. You can tune into the race at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time on NBCSN. The remaining paint outs for 2015 will be Sept. 6, at …

(Posted Fri. Jul 31st, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers to register today for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest by the August 3 entry deadline.   For more information and to enter today using the online form, click here.  The version of the online form released this year is suitable for use on mobile devices.   All harvest forms will be due by November 20. Contest winners will be announced on December …

(Posted Thu. Jul 30th, 2015)

Keywords: Policy Transportation

The National Corn Growers Association today expressed disappointment that Congress failed to pass a long-term highway funding bill before its August recess. Congress voted to extend the United States Highway Trust Fund’s authorization through Oct. 29, the second such short-term extension this year. “Once again, Congress kicked the can down the road – and that road is in bad shape,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Newburg, Maryland. …

(Posted Thu. Jul 30th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association announces its third year of the recognizing good stewardship to expand awareness of best practices in sustainable corn production. The focus of the Good Steward Recognition program is to demonstrate the economic and conservation value of soil management.   “Practical solutions are what drive the adoption of best practices on the farm,” said Don Glenn, chairman of NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team. “Discovering new …

(Posted Wed. Jul 29th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association announced the participants who will constitute the 30th class of NCGA’s Leadership at Its Best Program, which is co-sponsored by Syngenta.  This year’s class includes 14 aspiring leaders from 9 states.   “We are excited to see such great interest in the program and strongly believe the quality of the applicants bodes well for the future of our industry,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling.  “For decades …

Maryland Grain Producers Honor NCGA President with Miller Award

(Posted Tue. Jul 28th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association congratulates NCGA President Chip Bowling who was presented with the prestigious 2015 Dr. James R. Miller Award by the Maryland Grain Producers Association at the Maryland Commodity Classic on July 23.  Established in 1988, this award annually recognizes a professional for his or her contributions to the grain industry.     “Chip is a leader who never says no, always gets the job done, seeks ways …

(Posted Mon. Jul 27th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

In comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today, the National Corn Growers Association highlighted the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and urged the Agency to restore the 2014-16 corn ethanol volume to statute.   In the comments, NCGA states, “The RFS has spurred growth in agriculture, increased energy diversity and decreased GHG emissions from fossil fuels through the development of renewable energy resources. … We urge …

(Posted Mon. Jul 27th, 2015)

The percentage of corn acres silking finally surpassed the five-year average last week while initial reports indicate that corn acres doughing lag the five-year average by three points according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 78 percent of corn acres in the silking stage as of July 26 and 14 percent of corn acres in the doughing stage, the overall corn crop condition held …

(Posted Mon. Jul 27th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association urges farmers and their family and friends to email their opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard today. The proposal will cut nearly four billion gallons of ethanol and will have significant negative impact on already low corn prices.  The July 27, 2015 11:59 p.m. Eastern deadline for public comments is looming, so please act fast.   …

(Posted Fri. Jul 24th, 2015)

Brent Bible practiced no-till farming and the use of cover crops on his farm in Lafayette, Indiana, but until recently, it was a scattershot approach. By joining the Soil Health Partnership in 2014, he now takes a more disciplined approach, gaining a quantifiable understanding of the health of his soil and improvements in his operation’s efficiencies.   The Soil Health Partnership and its demonstration network farmers, like Bible, hope …

(Posted Fri. Jul 24th, 2015)

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be the epicenter of American stock car racing this weekend as the NASCAR Xfinity Series will join the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The “Super Weekend at the Brickyard” will be powered by E15 American Ethanol as the entire sport has been for 5 years and 7 million miles.   A flurry of pre-race activities to promote ethanol away from the track is also taking place …

(Posted Thu. Jul 23rd, 2015)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association today praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passage of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. This important legislation will create a consumer-friendly, science-based labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms, as well as for GMO-free foods.   “Bipartisan support for this legislation, evident on the floor during today’s House vote, continues to grow” said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team …

(Posted Thu. Jul 23rd, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association urges farmers and their family and friends to email their opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The proposal will cut nearly four billion gallons of ethanol and will have significant negative impact on already low corn prices.  The July 27, 2015 deadline for public comments is looming, so please act today.   For details on the …

(Posted Thu. Jul 23rd, 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 Wed. Jul 22nd, 2015)

As the corn crop continues to grow, the National Corn Growers Association reminds photographers to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the first annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA hopes to capture high-resolution photos of corn growth at every stage from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. Interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2015, …

(Posted Wed. Jul 22nd, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers to register today for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest by the August 3 entry deadline.   For more information and to enter today using the online form, click here.  The version of the online form released this year is suitable for use on mobile devices.   All harvest forms will be due by November 20. Contest winners will be announced on December …

(Posted Tue. Jul 21st, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association took another big step toward providing the driving public with lower gas prices and more fuel choice including better access to higher blends of home-grown American Ethanol.   NCGA announced the investment of an additional $500,000 to an innovative program called Prime the Pump, which seeks to expand fueling infrastructure capable of delivering higher blends of ethanol fuel to American consumers. This increases the NCGA …

(Posted Mon. Jul 20th, 2015)

Crop maturity came within one point of the five-year average according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 55 percent of corn acres in the silking stage as of June 19, maturity trailed the five-year average by only one point despite a seven-point gap the week prior. Despite lagging maturity, 69 percent of acres are still rated in good or excellent condition.   “While crop …

(Posted Thu. Jul 16th, 2015)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy today spoke to the National Corn Growers Association about recent agency actions, including the Renewable Fuel Standard and Waters of the U.S.   More than 300 farmers and staffers were on hand to hear McCarthy’s explanation of the RFS and WOTUS decisions, as well as her broader commitment to work with the agricultural industry. McCarthy was invited to address the summer Corn Congress …

(Posted Thu. Jul 16th, 2015)

A busy week of meetings focused on our nation’s capital concluded the 2015 class of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program. Thirty-five farmers from 16 states took part in the overall program, which was generously co-sponsored by DuPont and is aimed at preparing participants to be strong advocates and leaders for today’s agriculture.   Click here for images from the program's July session.   “It was great to …

(Posted Wed. Jul 15th, 2015)

Delegates attending the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress in Washington this morning elected five farmers to serve on the organization’s Corn Board.  Taking office on Oct. 1, the start of NCGA’s 2016 fiscal year, are new board members Jim Reed of Illinois, Bruce Rohwer of Iowa and Jeff Sandborn of Michigan. Current board members Keith Alverson of South Dakota and Anthony Bush of Ohio were re-elected.   “Again this …

(Posted Wed. Jul 15th, 2015)

More than 300 corn farmers and ethanol industry leaders joined members of Congress on Capitol Hill today at a rally calling attention to the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed cutting the RFS for corn ethanol by 3.75 billion gallons through 2016, which represents nearly 1.5 billion bushels in lost corn demand.   “Our message to the EPA is clear and unequivocal: Don’t mess with the RFS,” …

Senator Heidi Heitkamp Receives NCGA President's Award

(Posted Wed. Jul 15th, 2015)

National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling today presented the NCGA President’s Award to U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. This award is given annually to a leader who has worked to advance issues important to corn farmers and agriculture.   “Senator Heitkamp has been a champion for farmers during her time in Washington,” Bowling said. “She promotes policies that help to tear down trade barriers and open markets …

(Posted Tue. Jul 14th, 2015)

Action teams and committees charged with in-depth analysis and consideration of the topics most relevant to corn farmers met in Washington as the initial phase of a full week of meetings held by the National Corn Growers Association.  These farmer-led teams discussed changing situations, and the possible ramifications of these changes, in areas including public policy, ethanol, biotechnology, government regulation, trade and grower services in anticipation of NCGA Corn Congress …

(Posted Tue. Jul 14th, 2015)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association today praised the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s approval of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act and called for action by the full House. This important legislation will create a consumer-friendly, science-based labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms, as well as for GMO-free foods.   “The committee approval of this legislation sends a strong message about the growing bipartisan support for this …

(Posted Mon. Jul 13th, 2015)

While corn crop condition remained about the same, crop maturity continued to trail the five-year average last week, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 27 percent of corn acres in the silking stage as of June 12, maturity trailed the five-year average by seven points despite a 15-point increase from the week prior. Despite lagging maturity, 69 percent of acres are still rated …

(Posted Fri. Jul 10th, 2015)

Corn production estimates issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture today were lowered by 100 million bushels from last month’s estimate, reflecting acreage reductions made in the June 30 acreage report. With corn use, exports, and feed and residual use offsetting increase to expected demand from ethanol markets, the projected average corn price was raised by roughly 25 cents per bushel.   In its report, USDA projected beginning stocks to …

Corn Growers Educational Campaign Joins the Smithsonian

(Posted Thu. Jul 9th, 2015)

For seven years, the Corn Farmers Coalition advertising campaign has been telling the story of innovation and accomplishment represented by the nation’s family corn farmers. With its inclusion in a new exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History that opened this month, an even more diverse audience will be reminded of farmers’ contributions to our economy and quality of life.   To mark the occasion and lend …

(Posted Thu. Jul 9th, 2015)

This article and podcast are the seventh in a series profiling candidates for the 2016 Corn Board.   Roger Zylstra has dedicated his time and efforts in service of his fellow farmers at both the state and national level for many years. Now, he hopes to continue to do so in a new capacity as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.   Zylstra believes Corn Board …

(Posted Wed. Jul 8th, 2015)

This article and podcast are the sixth in a series profiling candidates for the 2016 Corn Board.   Jeff Sandborn has served his fellow farmers at both the state and national level. Now, he hopes to continue to do so in a new capacity as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.   Sandborn would like to serve on the Corn Board so that he can play …

(Posted Tue. Jul 7th, 2015)

This article and podcast are the fifth in a series profiling candidates for the 2016 Corn Board.   Bruce Rohwer has served his fellow farmers extensively at the state and national level. Now, he hopes to continue to do so in a new capacity as a member of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.   Rohwer is running for election to the Corn Board in the hopes of bringing …

(Posted Tue. Jul 7th, 2015)

Keywords: Farm Policy

The National Corn Growers Association joined 13 other organizations in filing a lawsuit last Thursday in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas against the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeking to overturn the “Waters of the U.S.” rule.   Chip Bowling, president of NCGA and a farmer from Newburg, Maryland, issued the following statement:   “Farmers need clarity and certainty about their responsibilities …

(Posted Tue. Jul 7th, 2015)

Companies with products, services, technology and innovation targeting the nation's leading farmers now have the opportunity to get in front of that coveted audience.   Commodity Classic, the nation's largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, has announced the opening of the trade show floor for the 2016 Commodity Classic in New Orleans, March 3-5, 2016.   "The increased size of the trade show floor in New Orleans provides additional space …

Gianino Joins NCGA as Vice President of Market Development

(Posted Mon. Jul 6th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association welcomes Amie Gianino, who joins the organization as Vice President of Market Development.  Gianino, an experienced leader, brings more than two decades of experience in reputation-building and market-access preservation to the position.   “Amie is an incredibly valuable addition to our team, and we are excited to utilize her unique perspective as we increase our focus on building demand,” said NCGA CEO Chris Novak.  “She …

(Posted Mon. Jul 6th, 2015)

Corn crop maturity trailed behind the five-year average but the crop condition held steady, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 69 percent of acres still rated in good or excellent condition, seven points behind this time last year, the 2015 corn crop trailed the five-year average for percentage of acres silking by six points as of July 5.   “Given the wet conditions …

(Posted Mon. Jul 6th, 2015)

This article and podcast are the fourth in a series profiling candidates for the 2016 Corn Board.   Jim Reed places a high value on the important role grassroots input plays in shaping every part of the National Corn Growers Association. With a keen awareness of the importance of valuing corn farmer input, he hopes to serve his peers as a member of the NCGA Corn Board.   “It is …

(Posted Thu. Jul 2nd, 2015)

Third in a series profiling candidates for the 2016 Corn Board.   Whether discussing honeybee health with a pollinator organization or explaining the basics of farming to food processors in Chicago, Gary Hudson enjoys acting as an ambassador for corn. An avid corn advocate, he has experience defending the industry from attacks whether they come from the EPA on nutrient or ethanol or from the general population on GMOs or …

(Posted Wed. Jul 1st, 2015)

Keywords: Trade

Nine farmer leaders and staff members from the National Corn Growers Association, the U.S. Grains Council and the North Dakota Barley Council traveled to Cuba last week to see first-hand opportunities for expanding U.S. coarse grain exports if trade is fully normalized with the island nation.   The mission was part of an ongoing effort by the grains industry to assess and build plans to address marketing, financial and educational …

(Posted Wed. Jul 1st, 2015)

Second in a series profiling candidates for the 2016 Corn Board.   A dedicated leader who believes in giving back to the industry, Anthony Bush has already volunteered many years in the service of U.S. corn farmers.  Now, he wishes to continue his service through a second term as a member of the 2016 National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.   “A leader has to be able to make a …