NEWS STORIES

SEPTEMBER 2015

(Posted Wed. Sep 30th, 2015)

The Oct. 30 deadline for applications to the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program is fast approaching.  The program, designed for corn growers who are newly active or considering involvement in agriculture leadership helps them build their communications skills so they can better serve their peers.   Ideal participants will be farming couples or individuals from NCGA’s affiliated states, such as those considering a board position. Those interested must be at…

(Posted Tue. Sep 29th, 2015)

The University of Illinois is asking farmers and landowners to participate in a survey about their decision-making for the 2014 farm programs and provide feedback on the tools and resources available during that process.   “Farmers had a variety of educational services and tools available to help them make decisions about farm bill risk management options,” said Sam Willett, NCGA Senior Director of Public Policy. “We encourage all farmers to…

(Posted Mon. Sep 28th, 2015)

The 2015 corn harvest is now underway in all the top 18 corn states, with 18 percent of the corn crop harvested as of Sunday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports. The overall crop condition remained unchanged, with 68 percent rated good or excellent and 22 percent rated in fair condition.   As to be expected, the Southern corn states tracked – Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, all report…

(Posted Fri. Sep 25th, 2015)

National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling today released the following statement regarding the retirement announcement of House Speaker John Boehner:   “We are grateful for Speaker Boehner’s leadership in so many areas, including service on the House Agriculture Committee, and his work for a more transparent and productive Congress. We note this announcement comes the day after Pope Francis addressed a Joint Session of Congress, at the speaker’s invitation,…

(Posted Fri. Sep 25th, 2015)

An updated slate of farmers will serve their industry as members of the National Corn Growers Association’s action teams and committees in the next fiscal year, which begins Thursday, October 1, actively shaping the future of their industry by guiding programs carrying out the policies and priorities that guide NCGA.   “The year ahead will certainly offer many challenges and opportunities, but I am certain that the teams we have…

As CommonGround Continues to Grow, Website Evolves

(Posted Fri. Sep 25th, 2015)

As consumer questions and attitudes about food and farming evolve, so does the CommonGround website. Re-launched this week, the redesigned site features information in a more personal, video-based format while also adding new information about sustainability in agriculture.   The site now highlights the female farmer volunteers who make up this grassroots program in a more prominent manner. Leading with personal stories in a video format that introduce consumers to…

(Posted Thu. Sep 24th, 2015)

As the National Corn Growers Association has placed a renewed emphasis on demand, the organization announced a staff realignment today that will ensure adequate support for the initiatives of the newly created Market Development Department.  The shift in responsibilities will create new opportunities to maximize the expertise of current staff while opening up time to be devoted to projects that may come forth under NCGA’s new strategic plan.   The…

Open House Opens Many Eyes to Possibilities of Genotyping Center

(Posted Wed. Sep 23rd, 2015)

Keywords: Research

The National Agricultural Genotyping Center held its first open house yesterday with representatives from government and industry on hand to tour the new facility and discuss the possibilities it will offer. With the board of directors in attendance, they established priorities and assigned responsibilities for the coming year.   “This facility is the first of its kind for a farmer-led association, giving growers more influence on research agendas,” said Dr.…

(Posted Tue. Sep 22nd, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

A lot of eyes were on the Sprint Cup Race last weekend in Chicago as the race for the Chase began its 10 race showdown. But even though Denny Hamlin won that race there wasn’t a bigger smile on any face than that of John Hunter Nemechek who won the American Ethanol E15 225 Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday.   Stretching his E15 fuel mileage beyond the capabilities…

(Posted Tue. Sep 22nd, 2015)

As combines roll through fields across the country, 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,…

(Posted Mon. Sep 21st, 2015)

Harvest progress continued as the nation’s field corn crop condition remained unchanged with 68 percent rated good-or-excellent according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported today. Ten percent of the crop was harvested as of Sunday, ranging from 70 percent of the North Carolina crop to 1 percent of Colorado’s and Wisconsin’s. While the five-year national average of acres harvested at this point is 15 percent, only 7 percent had…

(Posted Fri. Sep 18th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

A cross section of thought leaders in environmental sustainability, business and sport gathered this week in Chicago for the 2015 NASCAR Green Summit presented by American Ethanol. The event, held in advance of the first race for the Chase at Chicagoland Motor Speedway, is an offshoot of the NASCAR Green program, which introduced clean-burning E15 to the sport five years ago. Since that time, Sunoco Green E15 has cut harmful…

(Posted Thu. Sep 17th, 2015)

Keywords: Conservation Sustainability

If engagement in field days this summer is any measure, farmer interest in protecting the well-being of their land through the use of cover crops and other practices is strong and growing.   The Soil Health Partnership wrapped up its summer field days promoting cropping systems that improve soil health. More than 20 events took place in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and Nebraska. Farmers, conservation leaders, equipment companies…

(Posted Wed. Sep 16th, 2015)

As farmers begin harvesting across the country, a select group of growers are ramping up their efforts to become the most effective leaders possible through a National Corn Growers Association training program. NCGA’s Advanced Leadership Training Program, sponsored by Syngenta, launched its sixth class this week in Greensboro, N.C. The session helps qualified and motivated candidates fine-tune their leadership skills and prepare them to lead the industry forward.    "The…

Country Music Band Sawyer Brown to Headline Commodity Classic Evening of Entertainment

(Posted Tue. Sep 15th, 2015)

When the record-breaking Commodity Classic convention and trade show wraps up next March in New Orleans, it’s going out in style – with an Evening of Entertainment, sponsored by Monsanto, spotlighting the multiple-award-winning country band Sawyer Brown.   “We always like to end Commodity Classic with a great night to top off a busy week for our growers,” said Wesley Spurlock, a Texas corn farmer and Commodity Classic co-chair.  “Sawyer…

(Posted Mon. Sep 14th, 2015)

The nation’s field corn crop condition held steady at 68 percent good-or-excellent as harvest began in earnest this past week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported today. Five percent of the crop was harvested as of Sunday, ranging from 57 percent of the North Carolina crop to 1 percent of Nebraska’s and Indiana’s. This compares to 4 percent at this time last year, nationally, and an average of 9 percent…

(Posted Fri. Sep 11th, 2015)

A decrease in production estimates resulted in increased forecasts for corn prices paid to farmers according U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released today. Lower estimates of the projected national average yield and higher projected demand from the food, seed and industrial market also impacted price projections.   “What is important to note in the yield projections is that, at this time, the reports are reflecting the reality farmers are seeing…

(Posted Fri. Sep 11th, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

NASCAR is set to hit 8 million miles of tough, competition racing on E15 American Ethanol at the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Speedway this weekend. To celebrate, Austin Dillon is going to take over the American Ethanol Twitter account for a Twitter chat on race day, September 12, from 3 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Tweet at American Ethanol with the hashtag #AskAustin to ask him anything!…

(Posted Fri. Sep 11th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers of the importance of proper grain bin safety procedures this harvest. With farmers across the country preparing to hit the fields in their combines, NCGA offers both a list of safety reminders and a video on the important topic of grain bin safety.   Safety Tips   1.  Road Safety   Reduce vehicle width as much as possible and ensure adequate warning lighting.…

(Posted Thu. Sep 10th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation announced today that it is now accepting applications for five $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field during the 2016-17 school year.   “The future of agriculture as an industry depends upon keeping our best and brightest interested in ag careers,” said Tom Haag, chairman of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team. “As…

(Posted Wed. Sep 9th, 2015)

With harvest underway in some areas and soon to begin in others, the National Corn Growers Association announces that online harvest forms for the 2015 National Corn Yield Contest are now available. While the harvest information form deadline may seem distant, entrants are asked to report within seven business days of their final yield check or by Nov. 20, whichever comes first.   “While harvest has only begun in a…

(Posted Tue. Sep 8th, 2015)

After five years of service on the Board of the National Corn Growers Association, and many years of other leadership roles prior to the board position, First Vice President Rob Elliott has decided to step down from the NCGA Corn Board, effective Sept. 30.   “My last 15 years as an active ‘corn guy’ have been very rewarding for me,” Elliott said. “I am proud to have been a part…

(Posted Tue. Sep 8th, 2015)

Keywords: Conservation Production

The U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota ruled last Friday that the preliminary injunction against the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to postpone implementation of the “Waters of the U.S.” rule applies only in the 13 states involved in this specific court case. Those states are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and…

American Ethanol Car to Reflect Childress Racing Legacy

(Posted Fri. Sep 4th, 2015)

As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series prepares to compete at Darlington Raceway on Labor Day weekend for the first time since 2003, drivers are appropriately swapping out their traditional paint schemes in favor of more retro looks. For the event, Austin’s Dillon’s paint scheme with feature a retro look highlighting American Ethanol, a partnership promoting E15 in which the National Corn Growers Association participates.   No design is a more…

(Posted Thu. Sep 3rd, 2015)

For students at three of our nation’s top universities, September’s not going to be just about back to school – but back to the farm. Screenings of the powerful FARMLAND documentary are on tap with panel discussions for Columbia University in New York, Tulane University in New Orleans and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Screenings without panel discussions are planned for four other locations.   FARMLAND premiered…

(Posted Wed. Sep 2nd, 2015)

Keywords: Farm Policy

The National Corn Growers Association today reminded farmers that they have until Sept. 30 to enroll in Farm Service Agency risk management programs for the 2014 and 2015 crop years.   Earlier this year, farmers elected either Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage, two new risk management programs created under the 2014 farm bill.   “The 2014 farm bill included major reforms to our risk management tools. Formal enrollment…

At Farm Show, NCGA Stresses Building Markets

(Posted Wed. Sep 2nd, 2015)

Taking part in a news conference and multiple media interviews this week at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill., leaders of the National Corn Growers Association stressed the importance of protecting and building markets for corn.   “When it comes to growing corn, no one does it better than America’s family farmers,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a Maryland corn grower. “But our challenge today is two-fold: First, we…

(Posted Tue. Sep 1st, 2015)

From olive oil to sweet potato vodka, bison farming to an old-fashioned western cattle drive, America’s Heartland returns to public television for its 11th season celebrating U.S. agriculture from all across America with new stories, themed episodes, and delicious new recipes.   Distributed by American Public Television, the series is slated for release to PBS stations on Sept. 5. The new season will also begin airing on RFD-TV on Wednesday,…