NEWS STORIES

JUNE 2016

(Posted Thu. Jun 30th, 2016)

This article and podcast are the fourth in a series profiling candidates for the 2017 Corn Board.   Tom Haag chose to run for election to the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board so that he can be a part of creating a bright future for corn farmers. A team-oriented leader with the ability to find real solutions, he sees Corn Board service as an important way to contribute to …

(Posted Thu. Jun 30th, 2016)

American farmers planted 6.1 million more acres of corn in 2016 than they did the previous year, a seven percent increase, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Acreage report released today. The report indicates a more than 500,000-acre net increase from the prospective planting report released in March. Total corn acres planted in the United States total 94.1 million, for the third highest planted acreage in the United States …

(Posted Thu. Jun 30th, 2016)

Keywords: Sustainability

This summer, Midwestern farmers interested in adopting innovative practices to improve the health of their soil can get their hands dirty at a series of field days. The  Soil Health Partnership will showcase how changing nutrient management and tillage strategies, along with cover crop adoption, can create lasting environmental and even economic benefits.   The organization plans about 35 field days beginning in June and running through September, …

(Posted Thu. Jun 30th, 2016)

Today, national media gathered for the announcement of a letter signed by more than 100 Nobel Laureates supporting modern agricultural practices and condemning non-governmental organizations and those governments who oppose the use of these life-saving technological progressions.   The press conference followed an article yesterday in The Washington Post which reported that “107 Nobel laureates sign letter blasting Greenpeace over GMOs.”   Joining together to support agricultural biotechnology and …

(Posted Wed. Jun 29th, 2016)

This article and podcast are the third in a series profiling candidates for the 2017 Corn Board.   John Linder places a high value on paying the gifts bestowed by one’s predecessors. By giving his time and efforts, he hopes to help create a greater opportunity for families in agriculture as a member of the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board.     “For me, it is all about giving back,” …

(Posted Tue. Jun 28th, 2016)

This article and podcast are the second in a series profiling candidates for the 2017 Corn Board.   Jim Reed places a high value on the important role grassroots’ input plays in shaping every part of the National Corn Growers Association. With a keen awareness of the importance of valuing corn farmer input, he hopes to continue serving his peers as a member of the NCGA Corn Board.   Reed …

(Posted Mon. Jun 27th, 2016)

This article and podcast are the first in a series profiling candidates for the 2017 Corn Board.   Kevin Ross presents a unique combination of attributes, bringing both the energy of youth and seasoned experience of a veteran leader to his service of other farmers. Having already served one term on the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board, he hopes to continue his service through re-election to the post in …

(Posted Fri. Jun 24th, 2016)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association thanked a bipartisan group of 39 Senators who sent a letter today urging the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that the final blending targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2017 “promote[s] growth in the U.S. biofuel sector and capture economic opportunity rather than drive investment overseas.”   The letter follows the EPA 2017 proposal calling upon refiners to blend 14.8 billion gallons of conventional …

(Posted Fri. Jun 24th, 2016)

Keywords: Production

Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency signaled this week that they intend to extend until October 4 the public comment period on the preliminary Ecological Risk Assessment for the herbicide atrazine. The National Corn Growers Association was among several organizations requesting extension of the comment period.   If EPA’s draft recommendation stands, atrazine use would likely be banned in most U.S. farming areas. NCGA urged farmers to submit their comments …

(Posted Fri. Jun 24th, 2016)

Members of the National Corn Growers Association who also served in the U.S. military have a special savings opportunity now through July 5, 2016. By combining the special NCGA member pricing plan with Ford’s Military Appreciation Bonus Cash, veteran members are eligible for even greater savings on new Ford or Lincoln vehicles.   To take advantage of both offers, visit www.fordsalutesthosewhoserve.com for more information and to generate a certificate …

(Posted Fri. Jun 24th, 2016)

With only one month remaining, the deadline for the National Corn Growers Association’s Good Steward Recognition nominations is quickly approaching. State affiliates, as well as industry and organizational partners, are urged to submit qualified growers dedicated to production standards that deliver high sustainable yields with extraordinary conservation and environmental benefits.     “Practical solutions are what drive the adoption of best practices on the farm,” said Brent Hostetler, chairman of …

(Posted Thu. Jun 23rd, 2016)

Keywords: GMO Labeling

The National Corn Growers Association today thanked Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan for their work to put forth the agreement announced today that will address the growing threat of a patchwork of state labeling laws. NCGA strongly urges that the Senate and House both act as swiftly as possible to pass this important legislation.   “The introduction of this solution comes at …

(Posted Thu. Jun 23rd, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers to register now for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest and take advantage of the chance to save big on entry fees. Until June 30, fees are reduced to $75. A small time investment now saves money later this summer.   “We are excited to offer a discount to those who enter the contest early,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Brent Hostetler. …

(Posted Wed. Jun 22nd, 2016)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) yesterday announced its final rule governing commercial uses of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones.   “We’re pleased that the FAA recognizes the important commercial applications for UAS technology, and has created rules that will put the technology in farmers’ hands,” said Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, President of National Corn Growers Association.   “As with any technology, unmanned aerial systems can make farms …

(Posted Tue. Jun 21st, 2016)

The National Agricultural Genotyping Center officially opens its doors today with representatives from government and industry on hand for the grand opening of the new facility. Together North Dakota Ag Commissioner Goehring, Fargo Mayor Mahoney, legislative staff and agricultural association leadership discussed the center’s possibilities while touring the state-of-the-art laboratories.   “This facility is the first of its kind for a farmer-led association, giving growers more influence on research agendas,” …

(Posted Mon. Jun 20th, 2016)

Keywords: Sustainability

June 20-27, 2016 is Pollinator Week.  The Honey Bee Health Coalition hopes to draw attention to the importance of honey bees to many agricultural crops and the increased stresses that have been reducing populations in overwintering bees over the last decade.   The National Corn Growers Association is one of nearly 40 organizations involved in the Honey Bee Health Coalition trying to achieve a healthy population of honey bees and …

(Posted Fri. Jun 17th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board has elected Kevin Skunes of North Dakota to become the organization's first vice president for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.   “I am deeply honored that my colleagues on the board chose to place their trust in my capability and commitment to leading our association forward as we work to create greater opportunities for corn growers across the country,” said …

(Posted Thu. Jun 16th, 2016)

Keywords: Research

A graduate student from Iowa State University took home the top prize in the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Utilization and Technology Conference 2016 Poster contest held in St. Louis, Missouri recently. Lei Fang received top honors in the Gary Lamie Student Poster Competition, sponsored by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council for his work on increased oil recovery during ethanol fermentation and downstream processing.   “This is a premier scientific …

(Posted Wed. Jun 15th, 2016)

Keywords: Sustainability

By NCGA Director of Soil Health and Sustainability Nick Goeser, Ph.D.   We just celebrated World Oceans Day which carries the two-year theme of “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.” This is a reminder that we live together on one planet, with one global system that interacts across our society: Water, soil, air, plants and animals.    Farmers have a keen interest in understanding the diverse roles our oceans play and the …

(Posted Tue. Jun 14th, 2016)

Keywords: Sustainability

Farmers, environmentalists and consumers alike have expressed a growing interest in sustainability and soil health recently. Yet, many wonder what precisely is being done to actively advance this important cause?   To answer that question, Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture released the paper Exploring Opportunities to Advance Soil Health: The Role of Commodity Crop Supply Chains in Maintaining and Improving the Health of Our Nation's Soil, which …

(Posted Mon. Jun 13th, 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 Mon. Jun 13th, 2016)

Corn offers a variety of opportunities for biochemical engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, consumers and of course, farmers. The 10th biennial Corn Utilization and Technology Conference last week was a healthy reminder for attendees that yes, corn is an optimal resource for several different products and the researchers, like those at CUTC, are determining which processes are most efficient.   A common focus of the conference was the shift from biofuels, like …

(Posted Mon. Jun 13th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association this week urged farmers to submit comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, following publication of the Agency’s draft Ecological Risk Assessment for atrazine, an herbicide used for weed control in growing corn and other crops. If it stands, EPA’s recommendation would effectively ban the use of atrazine in most farming areas in the U.S.   “Atrazine is a safe and effect crop management tool. …

(Posted Fri. Jun 10th, 2016)

Increases to U.S. corn export forecasts led to higher price forecasts in the Department of Agriculture reports released today. With a 50-million-bushel increase to the export sector, corn price forecasts for the 2016/2017 crop year increased 15 cents to $3.50 per bushel.   “NCGA is pleased that demand from the export sector continues to grow and, thus, prices are rising slightly. At the same time, we know that this trend …

(Posted Fri. Jun 10th, 2016)

Keywords: Ethanol

National Corn Growers Association leaders joined farmers and biofuel advocates from across the country Thursday at a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) field hearing on proposed 2017 renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). They urged the EPA to follow the law and make more ethanol available to consumers in next year’s fuel supply.   Chip Bowling, a farmer from Newburg, Maryland, and president of the National Corn …

(Posted Thu. Jun 9th, 2016)

Keywords: Trade

More than 50 farmers, ranchers and representatives of state agriculture associations were in Washington this week to deepen their knowledge about trade issues and drum up support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Capitol Hill as part of the National Corn Growers Association Trade School.   “Trade policy has a significant impact on me as a farmer. The success of my business and the livelihood of my community depend on expanding …

(Posted Wed. Jun 8th, 2016)

  Society’s march toward a more sustainable society isn’t just a buzz word according to a panel of speakers at the National Corn Growers Association’s 2016 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference in St. Louis this week. It’s real, it’s happening and progress is being made in farming and the food industry.   According to Betsy Hickman of Field to Market, sustainability is the leading agricultural challenge of the 21st century …

(Posted Tue. Jun 7th, 2016)

Low prices in agriculture have created a little negativism these days but discussions at the 2016 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference took on a decidedly more positive tone starting with the opening session Monday night. Kris Lutt, President, Sweeteners, Starches and Acidulants, told the group of 250 scientists, students, farmers and corn milling industry representatives he is very optimistic about the industry outlook and noted several areas that will provide more opportunities for the use of …

(Posted Mon. Jun 6th, 2016)

Illinois farmers interested in adopting progressive agricultural practices to improve the health of their soil can learn from their peers at a series of field days this summer. The  Soil Health Partnership will showcase how changing nutrient management and tillage strategies, along with cover crop adoption, can create lasting economic and environmental benefits.   The organization plans about 12 field days throughout the state, beginning in June and …

(Posted Mon. Jun 6th, 2016)

The Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board (MGPUB) announced its “Drive Flex Fuels” video contest this week as part of their campaign to inform flex fuel vehicle (FFV) owners and general consumers of the increasing availability of E85 and E15 at the pump. Contest organizers are soliciting original videos from all U.S. citizens that highlight the benefits of consumers choosing cleaner-burning, homegrown renewable fuels, like E15 and E85.   “Many consumers …

(Posted Fri. Jun 3rd, 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. Jun 2nd, 2016)

Keywords: Research

Off the Cob caught up with DuPont Pioneer Vice President of Research and Development Neal Gutterson. This year, DuPont Pioneer is both an exhibitor and Platinum Sponsor of the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Utilization and Technology Conference.   During this audio interview, Gutterson discusses CRISPR-Cas and how DuPont Pioneer is using this advanced breeding technology to help benefit America’s corn farmers. From explaining the science behind CRISPR-Cas to discussing …

(Posted Thu. Jun 2nd, 2016)

Keywords: Ethanol

And the winners are … The National Corn Growers Association would like to congratulate, “Engine Insiders Talk Shop” scholarship winners Lincoln Tech students Eddie Nolan and Nicholas Decker.  The two each won $1,000 scholarships by participating in an event hosted by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council in Speedway, Indiana. Car-talk host Bobby Likis delivered a presentation debunking the myths and communicating the science and benefits of fuels blended with American …

(Posted Thu. Jun 2nd, 2016)

Keywords: Production

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its ecological risk assessment on the pesticide atrazine. The following is a statement from Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association.   “No one cares more about the safety of agricultural pesticides than farmers. Farmers make use of pesticides on their farms to ensure an abundant, affordable food supply of foods for consumers all over the world. We …