NEWS STORIES

APRIL 2016

(Posted Fri. Apr 29th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association continues 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.   This week, Field Notes caught up with …

(Posted Thu. Apr 28th, 2016)

This week, National Corn Growers Association staff took a deeper look into water quality issues during the Hypoxia Task Force Meeting in St. Louis. The HTF is a partnership of 12 states, five federal agencies and tribal representatives focused on collaborative efforts to reduce nutrient loading in the Mississippi and Atchafalaya River Basin and subsequent hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Task Force heard presentations from several non-governmental …

(Posted Tue. Apr 26th, 2016)

Off the Cob caught up with ITOCHU Chemicals America Sales and Marketing Manager Rick Muschi, a longtime exhibitor at the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Utilization and Technology Conference. During this audio interview, Muschi discusses what his company gains from CUTC participation, how this biennial conference presents a unique opportunity and why he would suggest others exhibit as well.   “What is nice about CUTC is that it brings everyone …

(Posted Mon. Apr 25th, 2016)

Corn planting surged even further ahead of the five-year average last week according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 30 percent of total corn acres planted by April 24, progress surpassed the five-year average for this point by 14 percentage points, ten percentage points further ahead of the average than this time one week ago.    Progress surpassed the five-year average by 50 percentage …

(Posted Fri. Apr 22nd, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association continues 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.   This week, Field Notes catches up with …

(Posted Fri. Apr 22nd, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association hosted a delegation of Cuban importers and officials yesterday visiting as part of a U.S. Grains Council trade team.  The group met with officials in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Missouri and Louisiana to learn about the U.S. grain production and exporting systems and see the advantages of purchasing U.S. coarse grains and co-products.   Back in Washington, NCGA continues to call on Congress to pass legislation …

(Posted Fri. Apr 22nd, 2016)

By Chip Bowling   Each April 22, thousands of Americans celebrate Earth Day. It’s a moment-in-time for us to think about the changes we each can make to improve the environment, whether that’s volunteering in our local community or implementing small steps in our own households. As a farmer who grows 1,400 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, barley and sorghum on land adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, my …

(Posted Wed. Apr 20th, 2016)

What better arena to showcase the environmental benefits of American Ethanol than during NASCAR Green Week? Since 2008, NASCAR Green has been collaborating with key stakeholders that care deeply about sustainability. Today, NASCAR Green puts the spotlight on American Ethanol with a video and feature story on the partnership.   Through strategic partnerships, NASCAR and its stakeholders are reducing the sport’s environmental impact, validating green technologies and educating fans. …

(Posted Wed. Apr 20th, 2016)

In 2015, the National Corn Growers Association launched the Reaching for Excellence award. Developed through the Grower Services Action Team, this award spotlights new approaches to challenges state corn grower associations face and brings forth creative solutions others in similar solutions might find helpful. While the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association took home the award during Commodity Classic in March, NCGA received six excellent submissions which all offer innovative …

(Posted Tue. Apr 19th, 2016)

In 2015, the National Corn Growers Association launched the Reaching for Excellence award. Developed through the Grower Services Action Team, this award spotlights new approaches to challenges state corn grower associations face and brings forth creative solutions others in similar solutions might find helpful. While the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association took home the award during Commodity Classic in March, NCGA received six excellent submissions which all offer innovative …

U.S. Corn Farmers Surge Beyond Average Planting Progress

(Posted Mon. Apr 18th, 2016)

Corn planting surged ahead of the five-year average last week according to a a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With thirteen percent of total corn acres planted by April 17, progress surpassed the five-year average for this point by four percentage points. Notably, it had remained inline with the average as recently as a week prior.    Progress surpassed the five-year average by 37 percentage points …

(Posted Mon. Apr 18th, 2016)

In 2015, the National Corn Growers Association launched the Reaching for Excellence award. Developed through the Grower Services Action Team, this award spotlights new approaches to challenges state corn grower associations face and brings forth creative solutions others in similar solutions might find helpful. While the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association took home the award during Commodity Classic in March, NCGA received six excellent submissions which all offer innovative …

(Posted Fri. Apr 15th, 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.   This week, Field Notes …

(Posted Fri. Apr 15th, 2016)

In 2015, the National Corn Growers Association launched the Reaching for Excellence award. Developed through the Grower Services Action Team, this award spotlights new approaches to challenges state corn grower associations face and brings forth creative solutions others in similar solutions might find helpful. While the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association took home the award during Commodity Classic in March, NCGA received six excellent submissions which all offer innovative …

(Posted Thu. Apr 14th, 2016)

Keywords: Production

The National Corn Growers Association and other agriculture organizations on Wednesday called on the Environmental Protection Agency to postpone a meeting scheduled for next week related to the pesticide chlorpyrifos.   In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, NCGA and 41 other organizations argue that the Science Advisory Panel meeting, scheduled for April 19-21, was “hastily called” and is an attempt by EPA to “fundamentally alter its process for …

(Posted Thu. Apr 14th, 2016)

This week, CommonGround was recognized for excellence at the National Agri-Marketing Association’s National Awards Ceremony. The group’s “Ask a Farmer” video, which was created to promote the refreshed website, won First Place for its category, Social Tactic, as well as Best of Show – Digital and the first-ever NAMA Grand Champion award. The redesigned CommonGround website also won First Place for its category, Website Directed to Consumers.   …

(Posted Thu. Apr 14th, 2016)

In 2015, the National Corn Growers Association launched the Reaching for Excellence award. Developed through the Grower Services Action Team, this award spotlights new approaches to challenges state corn grower associations face and brings forth creative solutions others in similar solutions might find helpful. While the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association took home the award during Commodity Classic in March, NCGA received six excellent submissions which all offer innovative …

(Posted Wed. Apr 13th, 2016)

In 2015, the National Corn Growers Association launched the Reaching for Excellence award. Developed through the Grower Services Action Team, this award spotlights new approaches to challenges state corn grower associations face and brings forth creative solutions others in similar solutions might find helpful.   The first award, which was presented in March at Commodity Classic, went to the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association for its The New Crop …

Remembering Brenda

(Posted Tue. Apr 12th, 2016)

Visitors to the National Corn Growers Association’s offices in Washington would have had a chance to meet Brenda Perkins, the receptionist who has warmly greeted all who came through the doors since we started sharing office space with the U.S. Grains Council in 2012.    Sadly this weekend, Brenda passed away unexpectedly after a short illness, and she will be terribly missed by all those who have known her. For …

(Posted Tue. Apr 12th, 2016)

With corn overall demand estimates lowered by 24 million bushels and U.S. corn ending stocks raised by 25 million bushels, farmers can expect about slightly less per bushel according U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released today. While production estimates were unchanged from March and the report indicates increased demand for ethanol, those gains are more than offset by a major increase in feed and residual demand.   “U.S. corn farmers …

(Posted Mon. Apr 11th, 2016)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Growers enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage program and whose farms cross county boundaries, or are located in a county other than their Farm Service Agency (FSA) office, have until April 15 to request a recalculation of their 2014 and 2015 benefits based on the farm’s physical location. Eligible farmers must contact their local FSA office to make this change.   FSA approved this one-time exception due to the late …

(Posted Mon. Apr 11th, 2016)

Keywords: Trade

The National Corn Growers Association today joined more than 220 national and state food and agriculture organizations in expressing support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and urging Congress to pass the agreement in 2016.   In a letter to Senate and House leaders, the organizations write, “Delaying the launch of TPP by even a year would represent a $94 billion permanent loss… to the U.S. economy. With net farm income at …

(Posted Fri. Apr 8th, 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.   This week, Field Notes …

(Posted Thu. Apr 7th, 2016)

The next time you hear about carbon neutrality, think of food security and sustainable agriculture solutions.  With 795 million people in the world who do not get enough food to lead healthy, active lives, you will hear about this issue more often.   NCGA Director of Soil Health and Sustainability Dr. Nick Goeser, who also directs the Soil Health Partnership, recently participated in a highly innovative, hands-on design lab for …

(Posted Thu. Apr 7th, 2016)

Next week, USDA’s Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network will be hosting the second in a series of engagement conference calls, with the theme of “Women as New and Beginning Farmers, Ranchers, and Producers.” National Corn Growers Association Past President Pam Johnson will take part in the panel.   Women looking to start a career on the farm or ranch, or who have just begun a career and are looking for …

(Posted Wed. Apr 6th, 2016)

Students from around the country had the opportunity Tuesday to take a farm field trip from the comfort and convenience of their classrooms as part of a special program created by U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance in conjunction with Discovery Education. Titled “The Smart Farm: Where Technology and Innovation Meet,” the live virtual field trip reached more than 1,200 schools.   The National Corn Growers Association is a proud founding …

(Posted Tue. Apr 5th, 2016)

For those who attended the blockbuster 2016 Commodity Classic in New Orleans, and even for those did not have the opportunity, a video library is now available online that offers complete recordings of more than two dozen educational sessions and the popular General Session.   Commodity Classic attendees will find the video library a great way to refresh their memory regarding the sessions they attended, and they also can experience …

(Posted Tue. Apr 5th, 2016)

By National Corn Growers Association Chief Executive Officer Chris Novak   The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), which represents the small engine industry, just released their annual survey results concerning consumer knowledge of small engine fuel options.  Based upon the results of the survey, corn farmers and small engine manufacturers can agree that consumers need and deserve more information about today’s fuel options.  We know from our own consumer research …

(Posted Fri. Apr 1st, 2016)

As many farmers return to the fields to prepare for spring planting, it marks the perfect time for soil sampling. Doing so can improve nutrient management for a successful corn crop, according to soil scientist Nick Goeser.   “Spring soil sampling is a great way to evaluate soil fertility levels in the preparation process,” said Goeser, director of soil health and sustainability for the National Corn Growers Association. “Many factors …