NEWS STORIES

OCTOBER 2015

(Posted Fri. Oct 30th, 2015)

For the third year in a row, Texas Corn Producers is teaming up with American Ethanol at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. On November 6 through 8, American Ethanol will be top of mind with NASCAR fans coming to watch a full weekend of high-powered racing.   “This event mixes education, promotion and good, old fashioned fun for fans,” said Jon Holzfaster, Chairman of the National Corn Growers …

(Posted Fri. Oct 30th, 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. Oct 29th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

Fuels America will launch a seven-figure TV and digital ad campaign Friday morning depicting President Obama’s choice of who to listen to when it comes to the Renewable Fuel Standard: his own experts who have repeatedly shown that ethanol and renewable fuel is dramatically reducing carbon emissions, or the oil industry, which has spent decades covering up the science and facts on both renewable fuel and climate science.   “It’s …

(Posted Thu. Oct 29th, 2015)

National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling today released the following statement regarding the election of Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House of Representatives:   “We congratulate Speaker Ryan on his election and wish him the best of luck. In his speech today, Speaker Ryan called the House ‘broken’ and urged his colleagues to come together, re-establish order and find unity and common ground. We hope Congress will heed …

(Posted Wed. Oct 28th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association today hailed U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement of $100 million in grants for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership, to double the number of biofuel fuel pumps across 21 states.   “This is a big win for both corn farmers and consumers,” NCGA President Chip Bowling, a Maryland farmer, said. “Fuel choice is important to consumers, and investing in our biofuel infrastructure will help ensure they …

(Posted Wed. Oct 28th, 2015)

Keywords: Biotechnology

As the Take Action educational campaign continues to evolve and grow, Take Action has partnered with the Weed Science Society of America to create a series of infographics that help farmers make informed herbicide-management decisions.   Those resources newly added to the online tool kit include:  Economics of Herbicide Resistance illustrates the benefits of proactive resistance management, specifically with horseweed, and how proactive management can substantially increase farm …

(Posted Tue. Oct 27th, 2015)

Keywords: farm policy

National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling, a corn farmer from Newburg, Maryland, issued the following statement in response to a proposed $3 billion cut in crop insurance support as part of a national budget deal.   “Slashing the federal crop insurance program is bad policy. The 2014 farm bill provides farmers with a critical safety net, the cornerstone of which is the federal crop insurance program. Cuts to the …

(Posted Tue. Oct 27th, 2015)

Only days remain to apply for the third class of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program.  Apply by the October 30 deadline to be a part of this innovative program, designed for corn growers who are newly active or considering involvement in agriculture leadership, that helps build communications skills and increases the personal effectiveness of agvocates.   Ideal participants will be farming couples or individuals from NCGA’s affiliated states, particularly …

(Posted Mon. Oct 26th, 2015)

Keywords: Conservation

Tim Smith remembers driving a Model G two-cylinder tractor to plow his family’s farm in North Central Iowa. Today, still farming that same land, he is a leader in adopting advanced agricultural practices to improve soil health. Doing so protects the water that ends up in the Gulf of Mexico.   In recognition of his commitment to adopting new practices and teaching others, Smith received the White House Champions of …

(Posted Fri. Oct 23rd, 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 …

(Posted Fri. Oct 23rd, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association took part in a two-day tour organized by the River Resources Action Team to examine a variety of regulatory, ecosystem and river-based transportation issues on the Mississippi River this week. NCGA National Corn Yield Contest and Sustainability Manager Rachel Orf participated in the activities, which included a floating barge tour with multiple site visits and presentations by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, state department …

(Posted Fri. Oct 23rd, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association Director of Research Dr. Richard Vierling addressed a standing room only crowd at Tennessee State University, a historically black college, on grower-driven business development and entrepreneurship. The audience, which included a group that traveled from Alabama A&M for the presentation, included undergrad and graduate students focused in areas such as genotyping assays, plant breeding and new uses.   “It was great to meet with such …

(Posted Wed. Oct 21st, 2015)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association urged the Senate to act quickly to pass a uniform, national food labeling standard in light of today’s Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, highlighting the safety of genetically modified ingredients and the importance of biotechnology.   “NCGA and Congress agree: consumers should have access to food choices that are safe, nutritious, abundant and affordable,” said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair John Linder,  a …

Corn Growers Bring Ethanol Education to Sunbelt Ag Expo

(Posted Wed. Oct 21st, 2015)

Working with the Georgia Corn Growers Association, leadership of the National Corn Growers Association is attending the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga., this week to talk about the 2015 corn harvest, the importance of building market demand for growers and how corn farmers are sustainably feeding and fueling the world.   This is the second time NCGA has had a presence at the popular Southern farm show, which has …

American Ethanol No. 3 Car Clocked Fastest at Kansas Speedway

(Posted Tue. Oct 20th, 2015)

During last Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, the American Ethanol No. 3 car was recorded as the fastest on the track. “We had a really fast American Ethanol Chevrolet. I was catching everybody in front of us,” said driver Austin Dillon.   However, speed was not enough to win the race. After holding on to the fifth position for 20 laps, Dillon cut a right front tire and …

(Posted Tue. Oct 20th, 2015)

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday afternoon that recreational users of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, must register their systems with the federal government. The following is a statement from National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Newburg, Maryland, regarding this announcement.   “As with any technology, unmanned aerial systems will make our farms safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. That’s good for farmers, good …

(Posted Mon. Oct 19th, 2015)

Harvest progress pushed ahead of the five-year average this week according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported today. With 59 percent of the crop harvested as of Sunday, ranging from 93 percent of the Tennessee crop to 25 percent of Colorado, total progress moved ahead of the five-year average by five percentage points.   “As corn farmers continue to work diligently, pushing harvest forward, the general understanding of the …

(Posted Fri. Oct 16th, 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 Fri. Oct 16th, 2015)

The Corn Farmers Coalition, a joint program of the National Corn Growers Association and its state affiliates, was recognized for marketing effectiveness with the Summit International Platinum Award in the Public Service/Advocacy category. This award recognizes and rewards companies for innovative and leading-edge creative work that uses strategy and results-based effectiveness to create solutions in today’s marketplace.   “We are honored to receive this prestigious award, particularly for the work …

(Posted Thu. Oct 15th, 2015)

As combines roll in the fields, the National Corn Growers Association reminds entrants 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.   “With harvest well underway nationwide, we ask contest applicants to submit harvest …

(Posted Thu. Oct 15th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association Nominating Committee is now accepting applications from members for the 2017 Corn Board.  Through the Corn Board, members can become an integral part of the organization’s leadership.  Click here for the application, which provides complete information on requirements, responsibilities and deadlines.   “Through my years on the Corn Board, I have enjoyed working with the talented, dedicated volunteers who step forward to lead …

(Posted Thu. Oct 15th, 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 Wed. Oct 14th, 2015)

The following is a joint article from Suzy Friedman, director of agricultural sustainability for the Environmental Defense Fund, and Max Starbuck, director of market development for the National Corn Growers Association.   Today, a diverse group of more than 400 businesses, associations, government agencies, science organizations, academic institutions and non-profit organizations released the first-ever report card evaluating the condition of one of our nation’s most storied and central waterways. This …

(Posted Tue. Oct 13th, 2015)

Harvest is progressing nearly exactly on schedule according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported today. With 42 percent of the crop was harvested as of Sunday, ranging from 88 percent of the North Carolina crop to 15 percent of Colorado’s and North Dakota’s, total progress came with in one percentage point of the five-year average.   “While estimates of the crop in the northern regions of the Corn Belt …

(Posted Fri. Oct 9th, 2015)

A second month of decreased production estimates resulted in another increased forecast for the corn price paid to farmers according U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released today. While the national average yield projections were raised by half of a bushel per acre, decreased projections for both planted and harvested area impacted production and supply figures and, given steady demand projections, raised price estimates for the 2015/2016 corn crop.   “With …

(Posted Fri. Oct 9th, 2015)

Keywords: Production Conservation

Today the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit stayed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule nationwide, pending further review by the court.   Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association and a farmer from Newburg, Maryland, issued the following statement:   “Today’s decision is great news for America’s farmers and ranchers. WOTUS was supposed to make things clearer for farmers …

(Posted Thu. Oct 8th, 2015)

As the second round of NASCAR’s championship series begins this weekend, the competition heats up and so does the attention focused on American Ethanol. With E15 American Ethanol featured on the side of every car and on the start/re-start green flag, few sponsors in the sport have this broad exposure. It’s a great place to be to show millions of fans that E15 works.   Only 12 drivers remain …

(Posted Thu. Oct 8th, 2015)

Farmers from the National Corn Growers Association and the National Farmers Union announced the release of a wh ite paper today on how the EPA’s proposed rule on the Renewable Fuel Standard is threatening farm income and rural economies across the United States.   On the call, farmers and agriculture leaders spoke to the harm that uncertainties surrounding the renewable fuel volume standards are causing to America’s hardworking farmers and …

(Posted Wed. Oct 7th, 2015)

Representatives of the National Corn Growers Association were on Capitol Hill Thursday to urge Congress to pass a uniform national labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms.   The fly-in, organized by the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, included 125 representatives from the entirety of the nation’s food supply chain, from farmers to food companies. Farmers and state staffers from the Indiana Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Corn Growers …

(Posted Wed. Oct 7th, 2015)

On September 17, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers hosted a closed webinar with agency personnel to address 27 questions regarding the final Waters of the U.S. rule. This week, the National Corn Growers Association joined 15 other agricultural groups requesting that EPA and the Corps to make public the answers to those questions.    “It’s unfair to communicate to regulators on how to identify a …

(Posted Tue. Oct 6th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers of the importance of proper grain bin safety procedures this harvest. With farmers across the country busy in their fields, NCGA is again offering a video highlighting the importance of proper safety procedures and reviewing helpful guidelines.   To view the video, click here. While supplies last, a free DVD of the video can be requested by sending an email with your …

(Posted Mon. Oct 5th, 2015)

The following is a statement from National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Newburg, Maryland, regarding today’s announcement about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.   “NCGA is pleased that an agreement has been reached in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. We are hopeful that this agreement continues the tradition of past free trade agreements, which have had a positive impact for America’s farmers and ranchers. In the coming …

(Posted Fri. Oct 2nd, 2015)

Keywords: sustainability

The National Corn Growers Association took part in an important conversation on resistance management, at the Global Weed Symposium held in Paris, France. During the four-day meeting, which was hosted by Bayer CropScience and brought together leading academics, government officials, industry leaders and representation from grower-led associations, NCGA President Chip Bowling highlighted the growing weed resistance issues as personally witnessed on his Maryland farm as part of a panel discussion …

(Posted Fri. Oct 2nd, 2015)

Keywords: biotechnology

Representatives from MAIZALL, an international maize alliance that includes the National Corn Growers Association, were in Europe this week to engage key European Union stakeholders on issues concerning biotechnology, market access and agricultural sustainability.   “Europe remains a challenge on biotechnology and market access but even in Europe, there is support – especially in the livestock and feed industries – for progress on these key issues,” said Sergio …

(Posted Thu. Oct 1st, 2015)

Keywords: ethanol

By a vote of 7-15, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs soundly rejected an amendment offered today by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to eliminate corn ethanol from the Renewable Fuel Standard. NCGA President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Newburg, Maryland, issued the following statement in response to the vote:   “Today, fifteen senators sent a strong message to the rest of the Senate: The RFS works. Today, …