NEWS STORIES

FEBRUARY 2016

(Posted Mon. Feb 29th, 2016)

Members of the National Corn Growers Association’s NASCAR Advisory Committee met last week in Orlando, Florida to attend the Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference and discuss the 2016 NASCAR season programming. The conference agenda contained two days of presentations and panel discussions on the state of the ethanol industry.    “Spending time at forums with representatives from all sectors of the ethanol industry, gives corn growers the opportunity to contribute…

(Posted Mon. Feb 29th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association today expressed disappointment in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not 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.   While this action relates to the EPA’s so-called “blueprint” for restoring the Chesapeake Bay, it has national implications related to the power and reach of the federal…

(Posted Mon. Feb 29th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association welcomes Jim Bauman, who joins the organization as Director of Market Analysis in the St. Louis office. Bauman brings an excellent combination of marketing experience, market analysis skills and a product development background to the team. In this new position, he will provide key support and leadership for market development work in the areas of corn ethanol and livestock, coordinating projects and analysis with the public…

(Posted Fri. Feb 26th, 2016)

Keywords: Biotechnology Trade

The National Corn Growers Association explored solutions to food security challenges with leaders from academia, business and government in Indonesia during a meeting this week made possible by the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and arranged by the Meridian International Center.   The group held discussions with NCGA as part of an overall agenda designed to expand knowledge of U.S. policies on food security, global hunger and…

(Posted Thu. Feb 25th, 2016)

The educational experience at Commodity Classic will be even bigger and better in 2016, thanks to the addition of a new presentation area located right on the trade show floor.   The AG CONNECT Main Stage, which will be located near Aisle 100 on the trade show floor, is presented by Commodity Classic and Successful Farming.   The stage will feature a series of seminars, panel discussions and demonstrations that are…

(Posted Tue. Feb 23rd, 2016)

From microbes to honey bees, from unmanned aerial systems to measuring sustainability, from global weather patterns to a more efficient office space—the line-up of Learning Center Sessions at the 2016 Commodity Classic offers a wide range of topics designed to help farmers become even better in every aspect of their operations.   The 2016 Commodity Classic, held March 3-5 in New Orleans, Louisiana, promises to be the biggest ever, with…

(Posted Mon. Feb 22nd, 2016)

With Grain Bin Safety Week taking place this week, and many bins still full from the fall, the National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers of the importance of proper grain bin safety procedures – and is pleased to offer a video highlighting the importance of proper safety procedures.   To view the video, click here. While supplies last, a free DVD of the video can…

(Posted Fri. Feb 19th, 2016)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association today applauded Sen. Pat Roberts for his introduction of a bill to address the growing threat of a patchwork of state labeling laws and called for the urgent passage of this important legislation.   “The introduction of Roberts’s proposal is an important first step to restoring sanity to America’s food labeling laws,” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Maryland.  “GMOs…

(Posted Fri. Feb 19th, 2016)

The NASCAR 2016 season begins this weekend with the Daytona 500. For the sixth consecutive year, E15 American Ethanol will be fueling the sport.    Thanks to the National Corn Growers Association’s partnership with Growth Energy and NASCAR, fans will once again see the Green American Ethanol flag waving proudly for every race start and re-start during the season and in the national NASCAR Green television commercials running later this…

(Posted Thu. Feb 18th, 2016)

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will make his seventh visit to Commodity Classic, the nation’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show. Secretary Vilsack will deliver a keynote address to several thousand farmers and ag allies during the event’s General Session, to be held Friday, March 4, in New Orleans, Louisiana.   “Secretary Vilsack continues to be a strong voice for farmers and ranchers, and we are jazzed to…

(Posted Thu. Feb 18th, 2016)

Keywords: Research

The National Agricultural Genotyping Center signed a license agreement with Tuskegee University this week that will provide the center with access to cutting edge food safety testing technology. Using the technology developed at Tuskegee, NAGC will be able to shorten the time necessary to perform food safety tests. This partnership will provide students opportunities to gain valuable research experience and foster their career development.   “This agreement both improves NAGC’s…

(Posted Wed. Feb 17th, 2016)

The importance of trade to corn growers was emphasized by National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling in remarks made at the U.S. Grains Council’s 13th International Marketing Conference and 56th Annual Membership Meeting, taking place this week in Florida.   “We have set an ambitious goal of building demand in the years ahead, and it’s a goal we cannot meet without looking outside our nation’s borders,” Bowling said. “Exports…

(Posted Tue. Feb 16th, 2016)

CommonGround launched a new video today highlighting how ranchers care for their animals. The short piece, which features Colorado CommonGround volunteer and rancher Kelsey Pope and her mother, Cindy Frasier, helps consumers looking for the story behind their food.   Showing the family out together working in a pristine snowscape on their ranch, the video addresses topics of importance to consumers such as animal welfare and animal care. Together, Frasier…

(Posted Fri. Feb 12th, 2016)

The 2016 class of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program, now entering its third year of helping farming couples and individuals become better communicators, leaders and advocates for agriculture, kicked off this week in Des Moines, Iowa.   “We’re pleased to see this important program continue for a third year with DuPont’s generous support,” said Chip Bowling, NCGA president and a corn grower from Maryland. “NCGA has always…

(Posted Thu. Feb 11th, 2016)

Keywords: Ethanol

Members of the National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Committee gathered last week in Sacramento to meet with California regulators and ethanol industry representatives in this important market. Meeting discussions and presentations focused on existing market conditions, modeling to calculate greenhouse gas emissions and efforts being made to expand higher blends of ethanol at the retail level.   Anil Prabhu of the California Air Resources Board’s Transportation Fuel Branch in Sacramento…

(Posted Wed. Feb 10th, 2016)

Last week, the National Corn Growers Association’s Research and Business Development Action Team met in Phoenix, Arizona to review recommendations coming out of NCGA’s Priority and Policy Conference and explore potential economic opportunities for farmers while growing new markets for corn products.    Meetings included a tour of the U.S. Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center in Maricopa, Arizona. While there, the team explored phenotyping technology, including discussions of where phenotyping efforts…

(Posted Wed. Feb 10th, 2016)

Which do you love most about New Orleans: The food?  Or the music? When you attend the 2016 Commodity Classic in New Orleans March 3-5, you can vote for your personal favorite by contributing to the charity of your choice.   Commodity Classic has partnered with two New Orleans-based charities—Second Harvest and The Roots of Music—to give America’s farmers the opportunity to demonstrate their well-known generosity.     Second Harvest is…

(Posted Tue. Feb 9th, 2016)

CornPAC, the political action committee of the National Corn Growers Association, has launched a new website in advance of its annual auction fundraiser at Commodity Classic.   Through the new website, cornpac.ncga.com, members can donate to the PAC, purchase auction tickets, donate auction items, and view featured auction items. New auction items are being added daily. On the website, members can also learn more about the PAC and its…

(Posted Fri. Feb 5th, 2016)

Members of the National Corn Growers Association’s Grower Services Action Team met in Santa Fe, New Mexico, this week to review programs related to membership, leadership and communications.   At the meeting, they reviewed a proposal to get farm spouses engaged as members of the state and national corn associations and finalized the list of five students who will announced at the upcoming Commodity Classic as recipients of the 2016…

(Posted Thu. Feb 4th, 2016)

Defining, developing, expanding and measuring sustainable production practices is at the center of discussions taking place as members of the National Corn Growers Association Production and Stewardship Action Team met in North Carolina this week. The group spent a significant part of its meeting learning more about the critical role of pollinators in agriculture.   The insect population in the U.S. is valued at $16 billion annually, and three-quarters of…

(Posted Thu. Feb 4th, 2016)

The following is a statement from National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling regarding Wednesday's signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.   “After five years of negotiations, we are pleased to see the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement take another step forward today. The National Corn Growers Association supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership because it would give America’s farmers and ranchers greater access to some of the world’s fastest-growing economies. This agreement is…

(Posted Wed. Feb 3rd, 2016)

Keywords: Biotechnology Trade

Today, the National Corn Growers Association’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team wrapped up its spring meeting in Long Beach, Calif., where team members reviewed recommendations coming out of NCGA's Priority and Policy Conference held earlier in January and met with representatives from across the value chain to explore upcoming challenges and opportunities.    Looking at a variety of issues, including goals set out in NCGA’s strategic plan can be…

(Posted Wed. Feb 3rd, 2016)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to see continued increase in adoption of refuge- in-a-bag (integrated refuge) products, simplifying growers’ refuge requirements in the Corn Belt. According to the annual Compliance Assurance Program results, all growers surveyed in the Corn Belt planted at least one refuge in a bag product, and many growers planted exclusively refuge-in-a-bag products.   The CAP, implemented by Agricultural Biotechnology Stewardship Technical Committee, is designed…

(Posted Tue. Feb 2nd, 2016)

Every two years, staff from the National Corn Growers Association’s state affiliates and select grower volunteers come together to talk about the challenges and opportunities in growing and serving the organization’s membership.   This week in Santa Fe, participants from 15 states gathered for several days of presentations and dialogue on topics such as attracting new members, building member diversity, and engaging members through new technology. The group also looked…

(Posted Mon. Feb 1st, 2016)

As registrations for the 2016 Commodity Classic held March 3-5 in New Orleans continue at a record pace, hotel accommodations are filling up quickly, while some important housing-related deadlines are on the horizon.   Group rates at all Commodity Classic hotels are guaranteed through Wednesday, Feb.3 (based on availability). Continue to check the Commodity Classic website for additional hotel availability and updates.  The hotel reservation process is managed through Experient,…