NEWS STORIES

MAY 2016

(Posted Tue. May 31st, 2016)

Keywords: ethanol

With the opening of the public comment period regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard by nearly 200 million gallons, the National Corn Growers Association urges farmers and their family and friends to email their opposition to this proposal as soon as possible, before the July 11 deadline.   For details on the proposal and a link to send a quick…

(Posted Fri. May 27th, 2016)

With the generous support of the Nebraska Corn Board, two college students from the Cornhusker State have joined the National Corn Growers Association as interns this summer to learn more about the industry.   NCGA’s headquarters office in suburban St. Louis is hosting Lauren Stohlmann of Murdock, Nebraska, as their summer intern supported by a partnership between NCB and NCGA. Lauren will be a senior in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences…

(Posted Thu. May 26th, 2016)

Keywords: Transportation

The National Corn Growers Association expressed disappointment that the House of Representatives failed to pass the FY17 Energy and Water Appropriations bill today and urged members to work collaboratively to find a way to pass this important legislation as quickly as possible.   “NCGA, along with 19 other ag groups, sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee earlier this spring supporting the revitalization of our deteriorating inland waterways infrastructure,…

(Posted Tue. May 24th, 2016)

Keywords: Trade

Exports of U.S. corn and corn products generated $74.7 billion in annual economic output in 2014, with sales of all U.S. feed grain products contributing $82 billion, according to a new analysis conducted by Informa Economics.   According to the analysis, the export of corn and corn products increased the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) by $29.8 billion over what would have occurred without such exports. The number of…

Hagan Joins NCGA as Vice President of Communications

(Posted Mon. May 23rd, 2016)

From corn prices, to corn syrup, to corn ethanol, corn is in the media and on the minds of consumers more today than ever before.  In the midst of this new notoriety, telling the corn farmer’s story—a story of productivity and sustainability—has never been more important.   Today, the National Corn Growers Association announced an elevated focus on telling this story by welcoming Mary Hagan as our new Vice President…

(Posted Thu. May 19th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association joins with others across the country this Infrastructure Week to highlight the critical role our Nation’s inland waterway system plays in agriculture and the incredible importance of maintaining the operational capacity of this system.   With more than 60 percent of the nation’s grain exports being transported by barge, the U.S. inland waterway system is vital for U.S. farmers. Farmers depend on the inland waterway…

(Posted Thu. May 19th, 2016)

Keywords: Trade

Yesterday, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released its report on the economic benefit of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to the U.S. economy. Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, said this report underscores the importance of TPP for America’s farmers and ranchers and called on Congress to pass the agreement this year.   “The ITC report confirms what we already know: the Trans-Pacific Partnership is…

(Posted Wed. May 18th, 2016)

The following is a statement from Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of the proposed renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.   “EPA has moved in a better direction, but we are disappointed that they set the ethanol number below statute. The Renewable Fuel Standard is working for America. It has made…

(Posted Tue. May 17th, 2016)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Experts from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine again confirmed the safety and efficacy of genetically engineered crops for federal legislators and regulators during the event releasing the group’s new report titled Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects today.   Asserting that safety and nutritional value of GE crops, as well as their societal and economic benefits, the detailed report offers a basis to open a conversation on…

(Posted Tue. May 17th, 2016)

Keywords: Ethanol

Last week, Reps. Bill Flores (R-Texas), Peter Welch (D-Vermont), Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) and Jim Costa (D-California) introduced a bill to cap ethanol blends to no more than 9.7 percent by volume.   Paul Jeschke, a farmer from Mazon, Illinois, and chair of the Ethanol Committee of the National Corn Growers Association, called the bill "a step backward for both farmers and consumers."   "Americans want cleaner air, affordable choices at…

(Posted Mon. May 16th, 2016)

This season, NASCAR will surpass 10 million successful miles racing on fuel blended with American Ethanol E15. Also this year, E15 fuel availability at fuel stations is expanding around the country. To celebrate these two milestones, American Ethanol is launching two sweepstakes giving lucky winners ultimate NASCAR experiences.   “NCGA’s relationship with American Ethanol and NASCAR has given corn farmers an incredible platform in which to communicate the economic and…

(Posted Fri. May 13th, 2016)

Yesterday’s overwhelming passage of the Senate’s FY17 Energy and Water Appropriations bill provides record funding for waterways infrastructure. Most notably, the bill includes full use of the estimated revenues going into the Inland Waterways Trust Fund and strong investment in the Army Corps of Engineers’ operations and maintenance account.   “In March, NCGA and 19 other ag groups sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee in support of revitalizing…

American Ethanol Makes a Showing at Kansas Speedway

(Posted Thu. May 12th, 2016)

Keywords: Ethanol

This past Saturday, Austin drove his way to a sixth place finish in the No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet at the Kansas Speedway in the GoBowling.com 400. During this event, farm broadcaster Susan Littlefield of KZEN Radio was on hand to cover the event and the farmers who represent corn’s interest in American Ethanol.   For further details, listen to Susan’s interview with NASCAR Advisory Committee Chair Jon Holzfaster.

(Posted Tue. May 10th, 2016)

The U.S. corn industry may see record demand in 2016 along with record production according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released today. With increased demand in the feed, ethanol and export sectors, corn use is projected to see a new high at 14.1 billion bushels in 2016/17.   “NCGA is pleased to see continuing demand increases in the ethanol, feed and export sectors in the report, but this report…

Boating Experts to Congress: Ethanol Best for Boats

(Posted Tue. May 10th, 2016)

Keywords: Ethanol

Certified mechanics, engine performance experts, and professional fishermen briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill today about the importance of ethanol in protecting the environment, preserving America’s energy security, and providing a high-octane boost to marine engines.   The briefing, hosted by Fuels America, provided an important opportunity for experts to dispel myths about ethanol and make the case for full implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The National Corn Growers…

(Posted Mon. May 9th, 2016)

With planting well underway in much of the country, the National Corn Growers Association invites farmers to register early for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest and save big on entry fees. Until June 30, fees will be reduced to $75. NCGA reminds growers that a small time investment now saves money later this summer.   “We are excited to announce that yield contest entry is now open. While it may…

CommonGround Celebrates This Kind of Love This Mother's Day

(Posted Fri. May 6th, 2016)

Today, CommonGround launched a Mother’s Day tribute celebrating both the moms who grow food and those who buy it. Featuring CommonGround volunteers and their families, this video highlights the kind of love that goes into raising a family – and the food that our families eat.   Share this video and help celebrate all moms by clicking here.   CommonGround is a joint program of the National Corn Growers…

(Posted Thu. May 5th, 2016)

Keywords: Ethanol

Even before the ink was dry on the establishment of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) legislation, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), its state affiliates and members have worked tirelessly to make it a success. Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule setting of the Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) last November, raised serious concern about the agency’s commitment to the RFS and the future of the ethanol industry.  As…

(Posted Tue. May 3rd, 2016)

Off the Cob caught up with Cibus President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Beetham, Ph.D. This year, Beetham will be speaking during the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Utilization and Technology Conference. During this audio interview, Beetham discusses what he believes will be most beneficial about CUTC and how this biennial conference presents a unique opportunity for the industry.   “I am looking forward to the conference this year because…

(Posted Mon. May 2nd, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association calls on photographers to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the third annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA hopes to capture high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. While the contest opened today, interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2016.   Open to all,…