NEWS STORIES

JANUARY 2016

(Posted Fri. Jan 29th, 2016)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association is optimistic that growers will have a new tool available in their struggles with resistant weeds next year. In an unconventional series of events, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review the registration of Enlist Duo, a herbicide developed by Dow Agrosciences to aid in the fight against hard to control weeds.   The court chose to …

(Posted Thu. Jan 28th, 2016)

As the Soil Health Partnership embarks on its third year, the organization has high hopes for network expansion and ground-breaking soil data results that will contribute to a sea change in farming. The partnership held its third annual Soil Health Summit in Indianapolis Jan. 21-22, hosting more than 140 attendees, including farmers, agriculture industry leaders, environmental groups and university representatives.     “It’s very striking to me that the …

Corn Farming Photo Contest Winners Announced

(Posted Tue. Jan 26th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association today announced the 16 winners of the 2015 Fields of Corn Photo Contest, a contest that provided aspiring shutterbugs of all types the opportunity to share in – and visually communicate – the great beauty and hard work that make up American agriculture.   “For the second year in a row, we opened up a photo contest to the general public, and we’re very pleased …

(Posted Mon. Jan 25th, 2016)

Volunteer women farmers involved in the CommonGround program, along with state and national staff, met in Washington at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History to share their experiences with the program and welcome new members last week. Through both general and breakout sessions, the participants worked intensively on the tools that they use to share their personal story and that of modern farming with urban and suburban moms through sessions …

(Posted Thu. Jan 21st, 2016)

The following is a statement from Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association and a farmer from Newburg, Maryland, regarding U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden’s decision to step down in February.   “Deputy Secretary Harden described today as bittersweet. We could not agree more,” said Bowling “The National Corn Growers Association has had a long relationship with her, before and during her time at …

(Posted Wed. Jan 20th, 2016)

The following is a statement from National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling regarding President Obama's veto of a resolution disapproving of the Environmental Protection Agency's new definition of "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS).   "We are disappointed in the President's veto, especially in light of the recent GAO report that stated EPA engaged in ‘covert propaganda’ in an effort to sell the American public on this rule.  This …

(Posted Tue. Jan 19th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association’s annual Priority and Policy Conference, held last week in St. Louis, brought together a wide array of stakeholders for discussions on the direction of the organization and the potential implications of situations in the foreseeable future.   “This meeting consistently provides a chance for NCGA leadership to gain valuable insight from our state affiliates while fostering deep discussions that help all of us examine the …

2015 Annual Report Highlights Strategic Path Toward Building Demand

(Posted Fri. Jan 15th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association’s annual report for the 2015 fiscal year is now available online.  A printed copy of the report, which highlights the association’s achievements over the previous year and features current financial information, will also be sent to all active members and made available at upcoming meetings.   Click here to view the full report.   “We remember not too long ago the …

(Posted Tue. Jan 12th, 2016)

With corn demand estimates lowered by 60 million bushels and U.S. corn supply lowered slightly by just over 40 million bushels, farmers can expect about five cents less per bushel according U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released today. While planted acres were revised slightly downward, harvested acreage remained the same.  National average yield was also reduced 0.9 bushels to 168.4.  The demand estimates were revised to reflect ongoing sluggishness in …

(Posted Tue. Jan 12th, 2016)

From a voodoo queen to unique cuisine, farmers and their families will have the opportunity to explore one of the nation’s most fascinating cities thanks to a line-up of unique optional tours available as the 2016 Commodity Classic comes to New Orleans, March 3-5.   The optional tour line-up for the 2016 Commodity Classic includes:   Attractions such as a mansion, plantation, the Garden District and other New Orleans area …

NCGA Welcomes Sarah Doese to DC Staff

(Posted Mon. Jan 11th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association today welcomes Sarah Doese, who joins the organization as the legislative assistant for the Washington office. In this position, Doese will help staff the Public Policy Action Team and provide administrative support to the Washington team.   “We are excited to welcome Sarah to NCGA,” said DC Office Manager Kendra Keller. “Her enthusiasm and passion for agriculture, as well as her past internships in DC, …

(Posted Fri. Jan 8th, 2016)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Members of the National Corn Growers Association’s Public Policy Action Team met in St. Louis recently to discuss progress in implementing the 2014 farm bill, as well as to hear updates on other federal programs affecting corn farmers. PPAT’s mission is to offer direction to NCGA in developing public policy issues. The action team is comprised of 16 farmers and staff from across the country.   Officials from U.S. Department …

(Posted Thu. Jan 7th, 2016)

This week, Bob Stallman concludes his 16-year tenure as president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling congratulated Stallman on his retirement and thanked him for his service to the agriculture industry.   “Over the past 16 years, Bob Stallman has been a champion for America’s farmers and ranchers as we work to feed and fuel the world. His has made countless contributions to …

(Posted Thu. Jan 7th, 2016)

Members of the National Corn Growers Association’s Production and Stewardship Action Team met in St. Louis recently to review program progress and fine-tune initiatives to assure alignment with evolving challenges facing family corn farmers.   “What we are really doing is looking for opportunities to meet society’s needs for corn and balance that with our farmers’ desire to do so in a way that is sustainable and better for the environment,” …

(Posted Thu. Jan 7th, 2016)

Thursday, January 14, is the last day to take advantage of early registration fees for the 2016 Commodity Classic, to be held March 3-5 in New Orleans.  Early registrations received so far indicate that this year’s Commodity Classic will be another record-breaker.   “At this point, registrations are running about 20 percent ahead of last year—and 2015 broke attendance records in virtually every category,” said event Co-Chair Wesley Spurlock, a …

(Posted Mon. Jan 4th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association Nominating Committee will be accepting applications from members for the 2017 Corn Board until 5 p.m. CST this Friday, January 8.  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.   “In my years on the Corn Board, I have enjoyed working with the talented, dedicated …