NEWS STORIES

NOVEMBER 2015

(Posted Mon. Nov 30th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

The following is a statement from Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of the renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.   “America’s corn farmers are proud to grow a cleaner burning, renewable fuel source for America and the world. In July, we asked the Environmental Protection Agency to restore the 2014-16 corn…

(Posted Wed. Nov 25th, 2015)

Keywords: Ethanol

Corn farmers from across the nation have been sending ears of corn to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) in November, as part of a final push to remind the Obama Administration that the 2014-16 renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard will have significant implications for the 2016 elections.   “We are asking the Obama Administration: don’t write off rural America,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling of Maryland.…

(Posted Wed. Nov 25th, 2015)

Space is still available for participants in the 2016 NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program, with openings available in several states – especially Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Wisconsin, Maryland, and North and South Dakota.   “We’re thrilled to offer this important communications program for a third year, thanks to the strong support of our co-sponsor, DuPont,” said Patty Mann, an Ohio corn grower who serves as chairwoman of NCGA’s Grower Services Action…

(Posted Tue. Nov 24th, 2015)

Keywords: Farm Policy

The Farm Service Agency recently approved a modification allowing growers on a farm with one or more tracts outside the administrative county the option to recalculate Agriculture Risk Coverage-CO benefits based on the farm’s physical location.  This decision follows an extensive of review of the potential impacts of the previous requirement that payments for the Agriculture Risk Coverage program be based on the administrative county where farm records are maintained.…

(Posted Mon. Nov 23rd, 2015)

Keywords: Biotechnology

National Corn Growers Association Trade Policy and Biotechnology Chair John Linder, a farmer from Ohio, and Director of Biotechnology and Crop Inputs Nathan Fields took part in a meeting hosted by the Biotechnology Regulatory Service to share with stakeholders how the U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to approach new rulemaking around part 340. This section of code, which is used to regulate the approval and deregulation of biotechnology products, is…

(Posted Fri. Nov 20th, 2015)

Until December 11, the National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation are accepting applications for five $1,000 scholarships. These scholarships will 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 Patty Mann, chairman of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team. “As…

(Posted Thu. Nov 19th, 2015)

Keywords: Conservation

The National Corn Growers Association and the Water Environment Research Foundation announced the completion of the Agricultural Best Management Practices Database today at the American Water Resources Association’s Annual Conference on Water Resources.   Along with other project sponsors, such as the United Soybean Board, this database was developed to create a centralized repository of agricultural best management practice performance studies related to water quality in agricultural areas.   “The…

(Posted Thu. Nov 19th, 2015)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association today thanked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for issuing science-based, reasonable guidance on voluntary labeling for foods with ingredients from genetically engineered sources. This guidance, which importantly stresses that the Agency only has purview to require mandatory labels in the case of material difference, addresses consumer interests with a clear outline of recommendations for food companies wishing to label their products.   “The FDA’s…

(Posted Wed. Nov 18th, 2015)

The 2016 Commodity Classic website is now open for event registration and housing reservations. Rooms at the first-time venue city of New Orleans are expected to book quickly, so those interested should register as soon as possible.   The 21st annual farmer-focused, farmer-led event is scheduled for March 3-5, 2016, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Commodity Classic hotels are within easy walking distance or provide…

(Posted Tue. Nov 17th, 2015)

Keywords: Conservation

Steve Berger, a farmer from southeast Iowa, showed dramatic “before and after” pictures to a group of scientists to demonstrate how he keeps his farm’s soil in good shape.   “This soil has been to the gym, if you will,” he said, speaking at a special symposium this week as part of the Synergy in Science ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. “I’ve adopted practices on my farm…

(Posted Mon. Nov 16th, 2015)

The 2015 corn harvest has reached near completion according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported today. With 96 percent of corn acres harvested, only Colorado, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin reported harvest corn acreage less than 90 percent.   “While it may seem that harvest is over, there is still activity on un-harvested acres that should be of interest to those involved with the corn industry,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling,…

(Posted Fri. Nov 13th, 2015)

With only one week until the final deadline, the National Corn Growers Association reminds entrants to submit their online harvest forms for the 2015 National Corn Yield Contest. Notably, entrants are asked to report within seven business days of their final yield check or by Nov. 20, whichever comes first.   “It is critical that entrants submit their harvest forms by the deadline to allow NCGA staff adequate time to…

(Posted Thu. Nov 12th, 2015)

Keywords: Trade

The Trans-Pacific Partnership will give America's farmers and ranchers greater access to the world's fastest growing economies and set the stage for future trade agreements, National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling told reporters at a press conference Wednesday evening. Bowling was joined by leaders of several other commodity organizations and the Farm Service Agency.   "Today, America exports more than 63 billion dollars in agricultural products to TPP countries,…

(Posted Thu. Nov 12th, 2015)

National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling has urged President Obama to reverse the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed cuts in the Renewable Fuel Standard’s volume obligation and adhere to the statute of the law itself.   In a letter sent Wednesday, Bowling noted that the most recent estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture has forecast a larger than expected crop  at 13.65 billion bushels, and lower projected price…

(Posted Thu. Nov 12th, 2015)

2016 Commodity Classic registration and housing reservations open online at 10 a.m. CST Wednesday morning, Nov. 18. Rooms at the first-time venue city of New Orleans are expected to book quickly, so those interested should register as soon as possible.   “We’re thrilled to be bringing Commodity Classic to New Orleans for the first time ever – a city famous for great food and Southern hospitality,” said ASA Commodity…

(Posted Tue. Nov 10th, 2015)

With the national average yield projection for corn raised to 169.3 bushels per acre, the estimated price paid to farmers decreased by 15 cents this month according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. The new yield projection coupled with decreased demand estimates for ethanol and exports are expected to drive prices lower. If achieved, the 2015 national average yield would be the second highest on record.  …

(Posted Mon. Nov 9th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association today expressed deep disappointment that Members of Congress from corn-producing states have asked the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce the volume of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply.   “I’m disappointed to see Members of Congress turn their back on farmers and rural communities,” said Wesley Spurlock, First Vice President of the National Corn Growers and a farmer from Stratford, Texas.   “The Renewable Fuel…

(Posted Mon. Nov 9th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association today welcomes Layla Soberanis as Manager of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs. Soberanis brings a combination of experience in public policy, politics, labor relations, and grassroots engagement. In this position, she will manage a diverse issue portfolio focusing on regulatory affairs, including unmanned aerial systems, precision agriculture, data privacy, labor and immigration, and other emerging issues. She will also coordinate Capitol Hill visits with NCGA…

(Posted Fri. Nov 6th, 2015)

Today the National Corn Growers Association joined a coalition of agricultural and builder groups petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to micromanage local land use and development decisions under the guise of the Clean Water Act.   Although the context of the lawsuit relates to the EPA’s so-called “blueprint” for restoring the Chesapeake Bay, it has national implications related to…

(Posted Fri. Nov 6th, 2015)

Keywords: Trade

The National Corn Growers Association and the U.S. Grains Council today pledged their support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, a day after the full text was released by the White House.   “We are pleased that the U.S. is on the path toward approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement,” said Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association and a farmer from Newburg, Maryland. “This agreement will give America’s…

(Posted Thu. Nov 5th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association today thanked the House of Representatives for passing the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, a bill that would extend federal highway funding for the next six years. The House and Senate must now reconcile their respective transportation bills and send it to the White House for signature, before federal transportation funding expires on November 20.   “On behalf of America’s farmers and…

(Posted Wed. Nov 4th, 2015)

On Tuesday, the Senate failed to pass S. 1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, a bill that would have halted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineer’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. On Wednesday, the Senate passed S.J. Res. 22, a joint resolution of disapproval of WOTUS. Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association and a farmer from Newburg, Maryland, issued the following…