NEWS STORIES

DECEMBER 2015

(Posted Wed. Dec 30th, 2015)

Over the decades, state associations representing corn farmers have developed innovative solutions to address a variety of challenges.  To recognize these achievements, the National Corn Growers Association has created the Reaching for Excellence Award. This award will be given to spotlight new approaches and encourage implementation of such advances in other states facing similar challenges.   NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team announced this new award at their December meeting in …

(Posted Tue. Dec 29th, 2015)

The overall quality of the United States’ 2015 corn crop was good, with 94 percent of corn samples samples rated at quality grade No. 2 or better in the U.S. Grains Council’s newly-released 2015/2016 Corn Harvest Quality Report. USGC, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, works collaboratively with NCGA to build demand for U.S. corn.   “This is the fifth year of releasing our corn …

(Posted Mon. Dec 28th, 2015)

This winter, the National Corn Growers Association will convene task force of state and national staff to examine ways in which the association can broaden membership and continually improve grassroots communications. The group, assembled at the behest of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team with input from state corn organizations, will report back to GSAT during its annual spring meeting.   “At NCGA, we recognize the incredible importance of both deepening …

(Posted Wed. Dec 23rd, 2015)

Keywords: Research

Relying on a weather scare as the best hope to fix the current weak prices for corn, as suggested by some market analysts, is not an acceptable business model. So, farmer leaders of the National Corn Growers Association have recommitted to boosting corn utilization as a key strategy in achieving a healthy and viable corn industry long term.   “To successfully address farmer’s income you have two paths, either decreasing …

(Posted Tue. Dec 22nd, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers they are invited to become a part of the change they desire by actively honing their leadership skills through the Leadership at Its Best Program co-sponsored by Syngenta.  Growers must be nominated by their state corn association. Interested members should contact their state associations now for further information.  The deadline for state associations to submit their nominees to NCGA is March 25.   …

(Posted Mon. Dec 21st, 2015)

In meetings this December in St. Louis, members of the National Corn Growers Association’s Grower Services Action Team focused on ways to diversify our membership, expand and better target communications to members, create stronger leaders and coordinate programs to communicate the association’s successes and the importance of corn and corn products to consumers and the general public.   “Our action team covers an important range of responsibilities,” said team Chairwoman …

(Posted Fri. Dec 18th, 2015)

On Friday, Congress passed Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH), a bill that includes two important provisions affecting farmers. The bill will permanently cap small business deductions for capital expenses at $500,000, up from the previous limit of $25,000.   The PATH Bill also extends the existing bonus depreciation for the purchase of new capital assets for another five years at 50 percent for 2015-2017, 40 percent in 2018 and …

(Posted Fri. Dec 18th, 2015)

Improved seed varieties, advanced production techniques and innovative growing practices helped corn growers achieve ever-higher yields in the National Corn Growers Association 2015 National Corn Yield Contest. Entrants continued to far surpass the national average corn yield, setting a contest record with a new all-time high yield of just over 532 bushels per acre. Additionally, a record five national entries surpassed the 400-plus bushel per acre mark.   The National …

(Posted Thu. Dec 17th, 2015)

Everything you need to know about the 2016 Commodity Classic can now be held in the palm of your hand.  The mobile app for the 2016 Commodity Classic, March 3-5, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana, is now available for download for iOS iPhone and iPad devices, Android phone and tablets and other mobile devices.    To download the 2016 Commodity Classic app at no charge, visit the app store for …

(Posted Wed. Dec 16th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association today expressed concern over some key provisions left out of the FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill as posted last night. While the association applauds Congress in moving forward with a bill that would fund government through the end of this fiscal year and bring the U.S. into compliance with the World Trade Organization on Country of Origin Labeling, it is disappointed that important issues were …

(Posted Tue. Dec 15th, 2015)

This December, the National Corn Growers Association’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team met in St. Louis to review the organization’s policy in their area of expertise, discuss progress on several ongoing programs and hear from industry representatives about upcoming challenges and opportunities.    Looking at a variety of issues, including how to best support agricultural exports, stress the importance of respecting refuge requirements and facilitate successful communication across the …

(Posted Mon. Dec 14th, 2015)

The Federal Aviation Administration today announced that recreational users of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, must register their systems with the federal government via a new website, which goes live Monday, Dec. 21.   “Unmanned aerial systems can make farms safer, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly – and that helps everyone,” said Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, president of National Corn Growers Association. “If you’re stuffing a stocking …

(Posted Mon. Dec 14th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board, action teams and committees convened in St. Louis last week to delve into the issues and opportunities that will impact corn farmers across the country during the coming year.   Gaining information from presentations by leaders from industry, academia and government, the team members explored possible changes to team policies and activities that could help their respective programs improve efforts to create and …

(Posted Fri. Dec 11th, 2015)

Commodity Classic has partnered with Successful Farming to provide programming for the AG CONNECT Main Stage, located inside the trade show hall. This partnership will bring together the nation’s largest farmer-led convention and trade show and Successful Farming’s resources and proven track record of innovation and information in the agricultural industry.   “We are excited to partner with Successful Farming to deliver best in class programing to the Commodity Classic …

(Posted Fri. Dec 11th, 2015)

The following is a statement from Chip Bowling, Maryland farmer and president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s announcement of a merger agreement between Dow and DuPont.   “The National Corn Growers Association is committed to protecting the best interests of our members and our nation's corn farmers.  With respect to the proposed merger, we anticipate that we will have an opportunity to submit comments regarding …

(Posted Thu. Dec 10th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association Nominating Committee will be accepting applications from members for the 2017 Corn Board for only a few more weeks.  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 …

(Posted Wed. Dec 9th, 2015)

With corn production estimates stable at 13.6 billion bushels in the 2015/16 season, farmers can still expect an average price of only $3.65 per bushel according U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released today. While all production data remained stable, demand estimates were revised to reflect newer information showing increases in the ethanol sector and decreased exports.   “We produce an abundant crop in a sustainable manner and, rightfully, are proud …

(Posted Tue. Dec 8th, 2015)

This holiday season, members of the National Corn Growers Association can save on travel expenses by using discounts available through NCGA. Through partnerships with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the NCGA Worldwide Hotel Discount Program, NCGA offers members valuable savings on car rentals and hotel bookings whether they travel across the country or even many locations around the world.   “NCGA works hard to increase opportunities for farmers in the market place, …

(Posted Mon. Dec 7th, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association today renewed its call for Congress to repeal the noncompliant provisions of the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law to honor our international trade obligations. NCGA’s appeal comes on the heels of a World Trade Organization (WTO) decision that Canada and Mexico can move forward with more than $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs for U.S. noncompliance on COOL labeling for meat.   “Congress must act …

(Posted Mon. Dec 7th, 2015)

Only days remain to apply for five $1,000 scholarships being offered by the National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corp. These scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field during the 2016-17 school year, but applications are due this Friday.   “The future of agriculture as an industry depends upon keeping our best and brightest interested in ag careers,” said Patty Mann, …

(Posted Fri. Dec 4th, 2015)

Thursday night, Congress passed the FAST Act, a bill that extends federal highway funding for the next 5 years and repeals a $3 billion cut to the federal crop insurance program enacted earlier this year. The following is a statement from National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Newburg, Maryland.   “Last month, Congress cut $3 billion from the federal crop insurance program, a devastating blow to …

(Posted Fri. Dec 4th, 2015)

With entry closed for the Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest, the National Corn Growers Association reminds everyone to help select the submissions which best tell the story of farming and harvesting field corn in America. Through this contest, NCGA captured more than 250 high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. During the month of December, log-on and help pick the pics that will receive …

NCGA Spotlights Sustainability of U.S. Ag during International Climate Change Talks

(Posted Thu. Dec 3rd, 2015)

Keywords: Conservation

A delegation representing America’s corn farmers brought their perspective to meetings held in conjunction with the COP21 United Nations climate talks in Paris this week. Through presentations and panel discussions, the National Corn Growers Association shared U.S. corn farmers’ perspectives on a wide array of sustainability and environmental issues.   The event, hosted by Field to Market, Business for Social Responsibility and Pepsico, brought together notable dignitaries, including French Foreign …

(Posted Wed. Dec 2nd, 2015)

Keywords: Conservation

The Soil Health Partnership helps lead a soil health symposium this week, providing researchers, farmers and conservation professionals a forum to discuss successful innovations in agricultural sustainability. Hosted by the Soil and Water Conservation Society, the “Nutrient Management and Edge of Field Monitoring Conference” is underway Dec. 1 through 3 in Memphis, Tenn.   Speaking at the conference, agronomist and soil scientist Nick Goeser, SHP director, emphasized the importance of …

(Posted Tue. Dec 1st, 2015)

Keywords: Conservation

The Soil Health Partnership is commemorating World Soil Day by encouraging farmers to consider new ways to make their land healthier. World Soil Day, Dec. 5, celebrates the importance of soil as one of our most crucial natural resources.   “Soil health is critical to the future sustainability of our agricultural industry,” said Nick Goeser, SHP director. “We want to acknowledge this worldwide day by encouraging farmers at …