NEWS STORIES

MARCH 2016

(Posted Thu. Mar 31st, 2016)

American farmers expect to plant 5.6 million more acres of corn in 2016, a six percent increase from 2015, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings report released today.   If realized, total corn plantings in the United States would total 93.6 million acres for the highest planted acreage since 2013. Notably, it would also be the third-largest U.S. corn acreage planted since 1944.   “U.S. farmers produced an abundant …

(Posted Wed. Mar 30th, 2016)

This week, the National Corn Growers Association kicked off its sixth season of Field Notes, a series that takes readers behind the farm gate to follow the year in the life of American farm families. While these growers come from diverse geographic areas and run unique operations, they share a common love for U.S. agriculture and the basic values that underpin life in farming communities.   To begin a new …

(Posted Tue. Mar 29th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association welcomed a group of French delegates interested in low carbon technology yesterday for a series of meetings designed to further understanding of U.S. corn farming practices and ethanol The delegation, organized under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program examined how U.S. agriculture reduces output of greenhouse gas emissions and examined U.S. perspectives on promoting a low-carbon economy.   The …

(Posted Mon. Mar 28th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association joined the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) as part of its strategic plan to increase research funding to expand demand and improve productivity and sustainability.   “As a partner of SoAR, NCGA will be able to further its efforts to achieve public polices in the research arena that will benefit all U.S. Corn farmers,” said NCGA Research and Business Development Action Team Chair Larry Hoffmann. “While …

(Posted Thu. Mar 24th, 2016)

Officers for the National Corn Growers Association and U.S. Grains Council spent the week in the Indianapolis area on a “look and listen” tour. The trip gave officers the chance to meet face-to-face with stakeholders in the grain, livestock, and ethanol industries, discuss challenges and opportunities, and ultimately drive demand for U.S. corn and corn co-products both domestically and around the world.   “To build profitable demand for U.S. corn, …

(Posted Thu. Mar 24th, 2016)

On Wednesday, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) along with 17 other senators sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging them to follow the congressional intent of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by increasing blending targets under the RFS for 2017.   The biofuels community commended the senators for their unwavering support for a strong and robust RFS and for sending a clear message to …

(Posted Thu. Mar 24th, 2016)

Corn farmers from across the country traveled to Washington this week to take part in the second phase of the annual leadership development programs co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and Syngenta. While in town, the group will visit numerous Congressional leaders and get an inside look at parliamentary procedure and how lobbying works on Capitol Hill.   “For more than a quarter of a century, Leadership At Its …

(Posted Wed. Mar 23rd, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association welcomed Edwin Uche, director of the Nigerian Corn Growers Association, yesterday for a series of meetings designed to further understand NCGA’s structure and benefit to U.S. corn farmers. Uche, who reached out for a meeting during the Maize Genetics Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, expressed his excitement for NCGA’s work and enthusiasm for doing similar for farmers in Nigeria.   Dr. Richard Vierling, who Uche initially …

(Posted Tue. Mar 22nd, 2016)

Before you step in the field this spring, why not invest an hour in learning more about ways you can protect the soil beneath your feet? Practices catching on among today’s top corn farmers include cover crops, nutrient and soil management, and precision business planning.   The Soil Health Partnership, a farmer-led initiative from the National Corn Growers Association, will soon embark on its third summer of field days to …

(Posted Mon. Mar 21st, 2016)

At the recent Commodity Classic in New Orleans, the National Corn Growers Association finalized a new strategic plan that will focus NCGA’s work on a vision of sustainably feeding and fueling a growing world.   The new plan sets four major strategic priorities that reflect the concerns heard through listening to farmers and key stakeholders:   Increase Demand Strengthen Customer and Consumer Trust Enhance Productivity & Environmental Sustainability Strive for …

(Posted Fri. Mar 18th, 2016)

The American Ethanol partnership of the National Corn Growers Association, Growth Energy and others to promote an E15 ethanol blend via NASCAR, debuts its first full paint-out this weekend in at the Auto Club 400 race in Fontana, Calif.   Fans and ethanol supporters can look for the AE design on the famous No. 3 car and driver Austin Dillon’s fire suit during the race, on Sunday, March 20. …

(Posted Thu. Mar 17th, 2016)

Irrigation systems managed from iPads, animal nutrition tracked by computer chips, and tractors that drive using GPS are only a few examples of the ways farmers and ranchers use technology to produce food in a sustainable manner. With each generation becoming further removed from agriculture, Discovering FARMLAND, a comprehensive education program created by U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance in conjunction with Discovery Education, is providing high school students nationwide with …

(Posted Thu. Mar 17th, 2016)

This week, representatives from agribusinesses are gathered with National Corn Growers Association leadership in Washington for NCGA’s Agri-Industry Council’s biannual meeting.  Over the course of two days, attendees will receive updates on key NCGA programs, hear from several outside speakers and discuss topics of special importance to the entire agricultural community.   “The discussion in AIC meetings helps NCGA fulfill its mission of creating and maintaining opportunities for corn growers,” …

(Posted Wed. Mar 16th, 2016)

Keywords: biotechnology

National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling issued the following statement today in response to the Senate’s failure to pass Chairman Pat Roberts’ uniform, national food labeling standard:   “U.S. corn farmers are disappointed that, despite the clear demonstration of support from nearly 800 groups, the Senate failed to move this reasonable legislation forward. This legislation would have provided consumers with a greater amount of information in a consistent, clear …

(Posted Wed. Mar 16th, 2016)

The newly updated NCGA Action app provides members and friends of the National Corn Growers Association with new tools to engage and influence elected officials on Capitol Hill and at home in their legislative districts.  Having our legislative issues, grassroots action alerts and social media channels at your fingertips makes staying engaged easier.   “Technology is changing rapidly,” said Grower Services Action Team Chair Patty Mann.  “Five years ago, we …

(Posted Mon. Mar 14th, 2016)

Twenty-five more farms have joined a groundbreaking research effort that could change the way farmers take care of their land. The Soil Health Partnership announced the addition of the new test sites at the 2016 Commodity Classic, March 3 – 5 in New Orleans.   This spring, the organization begins in its third year identifying, testing and measuring farm management practices that improve soil health. These include growing cover crops, …

(Posted Fri. Mar 11th, 2016)

Drew Stabler didn’t learn the importance of conservation and sustainable farming so much as he absorbed it throughout a lifetime and six decades of farming. His journey to achieve sustainability earned Stabler recognition from the National Corn Growers Association for Good Stewardship during the recent 2016 Commodity Classic convention and trade show.   Stabler, of Laytonville, Md., is the third honoree in NCGA’s Good Steward Recognition Program which began in …

(Posted Thu. Mar 10th, 2016)

U.S. corn farmers proved their production advances are the trend and not an aberration in 2015, growing the third-largest crop on record, at 13.6 billion bushels, with a near-record national average yield of 168.4 bushels per acre.   To highlight this achievement, the National Corn Growers Association delves into the facts about corn production, uses and offers a historical comparison in its newest edition of the World of Corn. This statistical …

(Posted Wed. Mar 9th, 2016)

With nearly a quarter more attendees compared to last year, the 2016 Commodity Classic convention and trade show, which took place last week in New Orleans, shattered many previous records for the landmark event.   “We had a great show in New Orleans, with terrific weather and a fantastic location,” said Commodity Classic Co-Chair Wesley Spurlock. “As it was the first time in that venue, and with a new affiliate …

(Posted Tue. Mar 8th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association released a video last week offering tips from perennial high-yield entrants of the National Corn Yield Contest during a breakfast at Commodity Classic in New Orleans honoring the state winners of the 2015 contest. The new video, which accompanies the traditional online NCYC Guide, offers farmers across the country a chance to apply the tips learned through the contest to their own operations to improve their …

(Posted Fri. Mar 4th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association, in conjunction with cosponsor BASF, honored five college students with scholarships today at Commodity Classic 2016 in New Orleans.  This year, the William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture scholarships, created to foster promising agricultural leaders for the future, again provided five winners with $1,000 for use in pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field.   “NCGA is pleased to partner with BASF to offer …

(Posted Tue. Mar 1st, 2016)

Keywords: biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association today thanked members of the Senate Agriculture Committee who voted to stand with farmers and move forward Sen. Pat Roberts’s bill to address the growing threat of a patchwork of state labeling laws and called for the full Senate to urgently take up this important legislation.   “We find the forward momentum building behind this bill encouraging, and we urge the Senate to quickly pass …

(Posted Tue. Mar 1st, 2016)

When corn farmers from around the country gather in New Orleans this week for the 21st annual Commodity Classic convention and trade show, it's not going to be just to enjoy much warmer weather than back on the farm - a series of important policy meetings are also taking place for members and leaders of the National Corn Growers Association.   "Commodity Classic gives us the opportunity not just to …