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 Darlington Raceway, North Carolina; Chicagoland Speedway, Illinois, Sept., 20; and Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas, Oct. 18.

(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 18.   Rule changes have been announced for 2015, and detailed information is available on the website. Each NCGA membership used to register for the contest must have an individual’s name on it, and each individual may have only one membership number. Each membership number may have as many contest entries as desired but, as in previous years, each number will only be awarded official placement for one state and one national level entry.

(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. “Farmers rely on our nation’s infrastructure system every day. We need safe, reliable roads and bridges to get our products to market quickly, safely and efficiently. Instead, our roads and bridges are at best, in disrepair, and at worst, unsafe or unusable – and that hurts every farmer in America.” Eighty percent of the domestic corn crop is trucked to market, according to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. By one estimate, America’s transportation deficiencies will cost U.S. agriculture $1.3 billion in exports by 2020....

(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 methods for improving soil health, preserving water quality and improving the profitability of farming makes everyone take notice. This is why we recognize individuals who excel at demonstrating leadership in sustainable corn production.”   NCGA is looking for a farmer who implements best management practices validating environmental stewardship, efficiency and productivity. One award recipient will be selected from nominees submitted by NCGA state affiliates and other corn industry and organizational...

(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 now, Leadership at Its Best has helped train strong, confident volunteers who have shaped the industry through their subsequent work at the state and national level. As a graduate of Leadership At Its Best, I personally understand the importance role this program plays in helping develop the skills and build the relationships necessary to effectively lead such a dynamic grassroots organization.”   This year’s Leadership at Its Best Class includes: Aron Carlson (Ill.); Aaron Frank (Colo.); Jeremiah Freidel (S.D.); John Greer (Neb.); Lynn Greer...

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 to find a solution, always looks to make a friend not an enemy, and promotes agriculture in a positive way,” stated MGPA President, Donnie Tennyson.  “He is passionate about explaining the value of agriculture and our issues in a way that is effective and credible, which has earned him the respect of farmers from Nebraska to Virginia and all fields in between.”    Chip Bowling is a 7th generation farmer from Newburg, in Southern Maryland, 50 miles south of the nation’s capital. His family had been tobacco farmers since before the Civil war. Today,...

(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 the Agency to stay the course and support this important piece of transformational energy policy, and we request it reconsider its proposed reduction in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable volume obligations.”   In a letter accompanying NCGA’s comments, NCGA President Chip Bowling writes, “The RFS is doing exactly what it was intended to do. It is successfully driving the adoption of renewable fuel alternatives to petroleum, supporting jobs across the country, and ensuring the United States remains a global leader in...

(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 strong with 70 percent of acres now rated in good or excellent condition.    Despite progress that led silking to surpass the five-year average cross the country last week, the percentage of acres in the doughing stage trailed the five-year average with Kansas lagging a full 15 points behind that state’s five-year average for this point in the season.   Crop condition estimates remained approximately the same with one point added to the percentage of the crop rated good this week and the percentage of acres rated excellent holding steady. At this point last year, 75...

(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.   For details on the proposal and a link to send a comment, visit ncga.com/rfs. Various draft comments are available to enable both farmers and their non-farmer friends to easily send personalized notes to the EPA.   “Last time, we were very clear to EPA about what we wanted,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “It is simple: EPA should follow the statute. For farmers and others in rural America, this new EPA proposal means low corn prices and ethanol plant and industry cutbacks. And for everyone, it means higher gas prices and dirtier...

(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 to share ideas fueling the evolution of farming with other producers throughout the Midwest. The partnership will host soil health field days from August through the end of the year.    The field days will demonstrate how changing certain practices can create lasting environmental benefits while potentially increasing farm productivity and income. Examples of educational topics include:   Cover crop benefits and integration into local cropping systems; Nutrient management and other strategies to improve soil health; Hands-on soil...

(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 this week. Hoosiers gearing up for an exciting race weekend have seen the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) American Ethanol No. 3 car throughout Indianapolis at a car dealership, a radio station and a fuel station. Visitors had an opportunity to win tickets for the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard race on July 26. Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) is sponsoring the RCR American Ethanol No. 3 show car appearances as part of their partnership with American Ethanol and NASCAR® to promote American-made ethanol.   “Through this week’s events, we want to show consumers...

(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 chair John Linder, a farmer from Ohio. “We applaud the House for tackling this critical issue head on, and now urge the Senate to act as soon as possible”   Introduced by Reps. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., a group of 106 Democrats and Republicans have cosponsored the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. This legislation sets a uniform, common-sense national standard for labeling foods with GMOs and for GMO-free foods.   “We must pass federal legislation this year to avoid...

(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 proposal and a link to send a comment, visit ncga.com/rfs. Various draft comments are available to enable both farmers and their non-farmer friends to easily send personalized notes to the EPA.   “Last time, we were very clear to EPA about what we wanted,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “It is simple: EPA should follow the statute. For farmers and others in rural America, this new EPA proposal means low corn prices and ethanol plant and industry cutbacks. And for everyone, it means higher gas prices and dirtier...

(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 its members to step forward and take an active role in developing the policies that will lead our industry forward,” said NCGA First Vice President Rob Elliott. “We have opportunities this year in all of the areas the organization touches, thus allowing members to take their involvement to the next level while exploring in great depth the areas which interest them the most. I encourage those interested to apply prior to the August 14 deadline to ensure consideration.”   Positions are available on all teams and committees: CornPAC, Ethanol Committee,...

(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, so don’t miss an opportunity to share the full range of your 2015 corn crop experience.   Open to all, the Fields-of-Corn photo contest offers a free opportunity for photographers to share their work while competing for a $500 grand prize. Entries will also be considered for prizes with cash awards for the top three entries in five categories including: Farm Family Lifestyle, Farming Challenges, Growing Field Corn, Scenery/Landscape, and Still Life from the Farm.   Has flooding affected your farm? We are looking for photos of that too. Share...

(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 18.   Rule changes have been announced for 2015, and detailed information is available on the website. Each NCGA membership used to register for the contest must have an individual’s name on it, and each individual may have only one membership number. Each membership number may have as many contest entries as desired but, as in previous years, each number will only be awarded official placement for one state and one national level entry.

(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 commitment to $2 million in the last year.    Prime the Pump will use the funds pledged by corn farmers as matching funds to secure grants under the recently announced program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  USDA’s Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership is making $100 million in grants available.   “The nation’s corn farmers have shown their commitment to domestically produced, clean burning ethanol repeatedly over the last 30 years and, when needed, have put their money where their mouth is,” said Chip Bowling,...

(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 progress reaches a more normal state of maturity for this point in the season, it is heartening to see that corn quality remains high,” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling. “As tasseling still lies ahead, a more advantageous mixture of sun, heat and well-timed showers could improve the crop further. Yet, it is important to keep in mind that, as we see many years, it will be difficult to accurately determine the final yield and size of the crop until we finish harvesting and assess the corn we place in our bins.”   Despite the progress toward silking...

(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 session by NCGA President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Newburg, Maryland.   “Like many farmers, I have concerns with the EPA’s recent actions, including the final Waters of the U.S. rule and proposed cuts to the Renewable Fuel Standard. I spoke to Administrator McCarthy to express those concerns,” said Bowling. “I invited her to Corn Congress because I wanted farmers to hear from her directly. To her credit, she had the courage to show up and talk to farmers face to face.”   “It’s important for our two organizations to engage in...

(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 meet many of those participating in our events this week, like the action team meetings, our Corn Congress policy sessions, and visits to their members of Congress,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “These new leaders are the future of our organization, and it was inspiring to see the passion and energy these men and women bring into everything they do. We're also very grateful for DuPont's support in this growing effort.”   For the participants, the week began with Monday spent in Wilmington, Del., learning about the history of DuPont and the important work the company is...

(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 year, we had an impressive slate of candidates for the Corn Board, growers who already have an extensive history of service to American agriculture,” NCGA Chairman Martin Barbre, who chairs the nominating committee, said. “It inspires me to see such an interest on the part of these growers, particularly at this time when our industry faces so many challenges. I am certain they will be a valuable addition to the board and look forward to see what they do for corn farmers I the years to come.”   A 2009 graduate of NCGA’s Leadership Academy, Alverson is...

(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,” said NCGA Chairman Martin Barbre, a farmer from Carmi, Illinois. “We are gathered here today because we all understand what’s at stake.”   Rally attendees heard from Senator Mark Kirk, Representative Tammy Duckworth, farmers, and ethanol industry leaders on the importance of ethanol to strengthening rural economies and protecting our environment and national security.   Following the rally, corn farmers visited their congressional offices to drive home the importance of ethanol and the RFS. In his closing remarks, NCGA President Chip Bowling, a farmer...

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 for U.S. farmers. Her recent support of Trade Promotion Authority was critical to getting that legislation across the finish line. She has also introduced legislation to help increase agricultural exports to Cuba.”   “Every day when I come to work in the Senate, I’m fighting for rural America – and that includes the corn growers across North Dakota and the country who work hard to provide food and fuel for our families and communities,” said Heitkamp. “Thank you for this award, which reinforces that the work I’m doing in Congress is having an...

(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 and visits to Capitol Hill scheduled later this week.   “Through a careful analysis of each situation, NCGA’s action teams develop policies while maintaining the grassroots approach vital to the association’s success,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “These six smaller groups bring together grower-leaders from our member states to cultivate a deep knowledge of specialized areas and collaborate on solutions that help NCGA create opportunities and grow market demand for our members.”   Click here for...

(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 legislation,” said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team chair John Linder, a farmer from Ohio. “We believe today’s vote builds strong forward momentum and applaud the efforts of the House Agriculture Committee to tackle this issue head on. Now, we urge our congressional leaders to bring this bill up for a vote on the floor before the August recess.”   Introduced by Reps. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., 69 Democrats and Republicans have cosponsored the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling...

(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 in good or excellent condition.   “As wet conditions persist, it makes sense that maturity continues to progress at a slower-than-normal rate,” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling. “Yet, with tasseling still ahead, a more advantageous mixture of sun, heat and well-timed showers could help the crop recover. As is so often true, the conditions prevalent during tasseling will play a sizeable role in determining the size of the crop at harvest.”    The states tailing their five-year average of acres of corn silking by the greatest spread...

(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 be 1.77 billion bushels, a 97-million-bushel decrease. The revisions are the result of increases of the forecast corn use in ethanol production, exports and feed and residual use for 2014/2015. Revisions to demand for 2015/2016 largely offset one another.   Forecasts were revised to show farmers planting 88.9 million acres and harvesting 81.1 million acres, both reflecting decreases indicated by the June acreage report. Average yield held steady at 166.8 bushels per acre, but this may change following the first reports reflecting...

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 focus to this summer’s campaign, a dozen farmers hosted a tour of the American Enterprise exhibit and a special Farm-to-Table dinner at the museum Wednesday night. Attendees included by a broad array of Washington leadership representing elected officials, government agencies, environmental groups, think tanks and the media.   “Having this campaign on display in an institution like the Smithsonian validates the investment of farmer’s corn checkoff dollars to tell their story to this key audience of Washington decision makers,” said Chip Bowling, president...

(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 members should be knowledgable on a broad range of issues, articulately and willingly engaging on relevant issues whenever appropriate. If elected, he would work to support and defend the RFS and ethanol while also finding new uses for corn. He would also place a high priority on working with the government to find solutions to regulatory and infrastructure issues. At the same time, he places a strong emphasis on the need to promote consumer acceptance of biotechnology while simultaneously working to gain approval for new products at home and abroad.   “A capable and respected organization, NCGA...

(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 a role in moving the farming industry while building on the tradition of excellence the board has established in the past. He holds a particular passion for NCGA leadership because he strongly believes in the effectiveness and strength in the association’s grassroots process of decision-making.   “I see one of NCGA’s greatest strengths as not in the budget we work with, but in the strength of the grassroots support that shapes its policy and direction at every level. As a member of the Corn Board, I will ask the hard questions and speak up on behalf of those who may not be able to do so. Taking direction from the...

(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 local perspective to the national level while working to find solutions that take the broader perspective into account. By focusing on the future, he believes the organization will best be able to work through evolving situations and effectively grow markets for corn at home and abroad.   “NCGA is unique in that it brings together corn farmers from across the country to create a cohesive, unified voice in dealing with their shared issues,” he said. “I look forward to the opportunity to serve on the Corn Board to offer my input as part of the team but, more importantly, to assist the board in its...

(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 under the Clean Water Act. Unfortunately, the Waters of the U.S. rule does neither. Under the new rule, every farmer and rancher in America now has at least one WOTUS on their farm. That puts far too much power in the hands of the federal government and exposes farmers to considerable liabilities – without actually doing anything to improve water quality.   Clean water is important. Corn farmers remain committed to working with the EPA, the Corps, and other stakeholders to protect America’s water supply.”   Co-plaintiffs in...

(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 for new exhibitors and a perfect opportunity for companies who have been wanting to participate in Commodity Classic," said Sam Butler, an Alabama soybean farmer and Commodity Classic Co-Chair.  "This is where the nation's top farmers come to learn what's new and become even better at what they do.  And it's where the companies that want to reach those farmers come to exhibit."   Commodity Classic is the annual trade show and convention of the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National...

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 has a wealth of knowledge in direct-to-consumer marketing, as well as government affairs, that will serve her well as she builds this new department.”   Gianino most recently worked for Anheuser-Busch InBev as chief of staff to the chief legal officer. Previously, she held a range of positions at the corporation, including roles in international policy and consumer research, international affairs and government affairs.   Gianino earned a master’s degree in mathematics and a bachelor’s degree in statistics from Southern...

(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 prevalent over much of the Corn Belt in June, it makes sense that corn fell behind in terms of maturity,” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling. “Yet, with tasseling still ahead, a more advantageous mixture of sun, heat and well-timed showers could help the crop recover. As is so often true, the conditions prevalent during tasseling will play a sizeable role in determining the size of the crop at harvest.”    Corn acres entering the silking stage rose to 12 percent nationally, up eight points from the week prior. At the same time, the crop...

(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 beneficial to have gained all of this knowledge and, if you just take it and go back home when you have the opportunity to continue to serve, you aren’t really using that information and background to the best of your abilities,” he said. “If you are one of those people who has the right setup on your operation back home and with your family that you can continue to contribute more, then I think you have the responsibility to try and do that.”   Currently, Reed chairs the NCGA Public Policy Action Team. He previously chaired NCGA’s CornPAC and was a member of its Grassroots Committee and Grower...

(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 pesticides. Now, he wishes to continue his service by seeking election to the 2016 National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.    “I have been on the school board for about 12 years, and I realized that there were a lot of people who took care of running this world while I was growing up,” said Hudson. “So, I have a feeling like I should be giving back at this point in time. From serving on the school board to serving on the corn board in Illinois for eight years, I just keep looking for opportunities to give back.”   Hudson currently serves on NCGA’s...

(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 barriers to increase sales to Cuba. As the overseas market development organization for corn, barley, sorghum and grain co-products, the Council is considering how best to engage the Cuban market with partnerships and programs.??   “The Cubans are excited to engage with the United States and want to learn more from the U.S. agriculture industry about poultry and dairy production in particular,” said Rob Elliott, NCGA first vice president. “Hopefully we can continue this dialogue and exchange of ideas that will be beneficial for both...

(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 decision,” Bush said. “First, you must weigh all of the facts and listen to all of the sides, but you have to then make a decision. The decision may not always be popular, but a leader must stand behind it. I pride myself in being able to make the right decision at the time, stand behind it and follow through with the actions that need to be taken.”   As a member of NCGA’s Corn Board, Bush currently chairs the Finance Committee. Previously, he has served as board liaison to the Public Policy Action Team, which he has previously chaired. Bush also has served as vice president of the Ohio Corn and...