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 ask for a more robust review instead of denying the Agency’s request to scrap or vacate the herbicide’s registration. This science based path forward denies the requests both of the environmental groups who brought the suit and the EPA. .   “While we find this a positive development, we are tempering our optimism as concerns remain over pending...

(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 agricultural community is awakening to the positive impact soil health can have on the environment, crop yields and farm economics,” said Nick Goeser, SHP director. “Our annual Soil Health Summit brings progressive leaders together to learn about the research, innovations and technology taking place in the realm of soil...

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 with the high quality of the results,” said NCGA Graphic Communications Designer Beth Musgrove. “We’ve already started using some of these images on our websites and in our publications, and they help us tell the farming story in a more powerful and meaningful way.”   Winning the grand prize was Krista Kappes of Ada, Minn. Kappes, who also won last year. Her image of a father and young daughter...

(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 on social media, public speaking and interview skills.    Through a series of presentations from representatives of affiliated agricultural groups, such as the Center for Food Integrity, attendees explored a wide array of subjects including the most prevalent consumer attitudes toward agriculture and the most effective ways to share their story...

(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 USDA. We are sad to see her go, but we wish her well in her next chapter and hope to work with her again in the future.”   “On a personal note, I appreciate Deputy Secretary Harden for her no-nonsense, common-sense leadership. At a time when too many people in Washington seem to be shouting at one another, she knows how to build bridges and put...

(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 administration continues to ignore the will of Congress and the significant impact this will have on our country’s farmers at a time when they cannot afford more regulatory confusion and red tape.   “This resolution would have given us the opportunity to work together on a better rule we can all support. Instead, the future of WOTUS remains in the hands of the courts...

(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 issues more fully,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a grower from Newburg, Md. “This year, NCGA focused on finding new and innovative ways to foster discussion and deepen our exploration of the issues. The insight and ideas our attendees brought to discussions will provide us with sound guidance upon which to base...

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 concerns over corn availability,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a grower from Maryland.  “That was a short-term view of the world corn growers knew was changing. Corn farmers were going long by investing in equipment, technology and know-how to life production to a new plateau to meet and exceed demand. And did farmers ever succeed.   “This is why we, as farmers and...

(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 export markets and lowered expectations of demand from for sweetener production.   “The abundance we have produced this year, set to be the third-largest corn crop on record, demonstrates the prowess and determination of American farmers,” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Maryland.  “Yet, this...

(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 highlights; A deep dive into the religious history of New Orleans, including the legendary above-ground tombs, the area’s oldest church, historic Lafayette Cemetery and the gravesite of a notorious voodoo queen; A journey through one of the wildest swamps and marshlands in North America, with your choice of a flatboat or airboat as your mode...

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, will be an asset to the organization.”   Doese graduated from Iowa State University in December 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture education. She has completed internships with CropLife America, Iowa FFA Association, and the National Association of Agriculture Educators. Sarah is a former Iowa FFA state officer and was a member of the Sigma Alpha professional agriculture sorority at Iowa State.   She is a native of Fairbank, Iowa.

(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 of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service and Risk Management Agency briefed team members on how the agencies collect farm production data, which are essential to the delivery of federal commodity and crop insurance programs. Dr. Carl Zulauf, who recently retired from The Ohio State University, also shared his analysis and perspectives on changes in the...

(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 the ag industry, from serving as the inaugural chair of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance to helping expand new market opportunities for American agriculture through trade agreements. The National Corn Growers Association congratulates him on his retirement, and wishes him well in his next endeavor. His successor has big boots to fill.”

(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,” said Brent Hostetler, PSAT chairman and a farmer from Plain City, Ohio. “This can include dealing with an issue like aflatoxin that hurts crop quality, expanding farmer’s knowledge on ways to improve and protect soil health, or even assuring we have the transportation infrastructure to service global customers.”   Hostettler singled out the...

(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 corn grower from Texas.  “We’re confident that the 2016 Commodity Classic will be bigger and better than ever.”    Full registration includes admission to what will be the largest trade show in Commodity Classic history as well as access to all educational sessions, the Friday general session, the main stage presentations on the trade...

(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 volunteers who step forward to lead this organization,” said NCGA Chairman and Nominating Committee Chair Martin Barbre. “The willingness of farmers to step forward as volunteer leaders is crucial to NCGA’s continued success. A true grassroots organization, NCGA relies upon farmers to volunteer for leadership, helping to shape policy...