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 his industry in a concrete way.    “As a member of the Corn Board, I would work to represent not just my state but all of the states,” he said. “We need to work to represent states no matter if they have the largest membership or the smallest. We need to hear all of their concerns and about the situations in their states. If there is an opportunity to help, it is always a great achievement. To continue NCGA’s tradition of excellence, we must work to help all our nation’s corn farmers no matter where they may farm.”   As a Corn Board member, Haag would bring an ability to collaborate well with an...

(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 since 1944.   “While we are on track to break production records in 2016, corn farmers face significant challenges due to the persistently low price paid for their crop,” National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling said.  “U.S. farmers need the help of our legislators and regulators in opening markets. We need our EPA to step up and comply with its statutory obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. We need Congress to help us push export demand even further by opening new markets by passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and...

(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, with the majority concentrated in Iowa and Illinois. Events will also be scheduled in Indiana and other states.   “We ask a lot of our nation’s farmers:  To safely feed a growing world, grow more with less, and perform these tasks with continuous improvement,” said Nick Goeser, director of the Soil Health Partnership. “Time and again, they rise to the challenge with innovation and industriousness. Soil health is the next frontier, and more farmers are realizing that every day.”   Practices that protect and improve soil, such as...

(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 draw attention to the fear-based attacks on a safe, proven technology, this group of internationally renowned scientists highlighted the benefits of biotechnology as well as the safety of GMO crops.   “The National Corn Growers Association has long been a strong advocate for access to this safe, proven technology,” said Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair John Linder, a farmer from Edison, Ohio. “This is yet another strong affirmation from the most knowledgeable minds...

(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,” he said. “Agriculture has been so good to us, and my family has been able to enjoy farming for many years. We feel very bullish about agriculture still and love farming. The opportunity to give back and see a future for our children is motivation enough.”   Seeing NCGA as a premier commodity association with solid grassroots leadership, Linder would place dedication to the greater effort, integrity in service, collaboration with respect and a thoughtful attention to detail in his work to deliver value to all members. His prior experience with the Ag Credit’s loan committee helped him...

(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 believes that a Corn Board member should strive to facilitate communications between NCGA, the grassroots membership and the key decision makers who have an impact on agriculture. To do this effectively, he stays up-to-date on the wide array of issues confronting agriculture, investing the time necessary to investigate the issues fully before making policy decisions. As a member of the board, he strives to provide fair and balanced leadership that values every member’s input.   “Perhaps the greatest value of leadership is the ability to make a decision based on the information which you have...

(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 July.   Ross decided to run for re-election to the Corn Board because he wants to contribute to the greater good for the future of agriculture, solidifying the ability of future generations of farmers.   “My first term on the Corn Board has been a fantastic experience. Being able to represent our industry on behalf of the farmers and for the best interests of our crop has been a privilege,” said Ross. “The body and schedule of work that this organization touches, and its reputation, keep me inspired to continue to work even harder for our growers.”   As a member...

(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 biofuels, such as ethanol, in 2017. This level, proposed by the Agency, fails to meet the 15-billion-gallon level intended by Congress and outlined in the expanded RFS passed in 2007.   NCGA President Chip Bowling issued the following statement:   “U.S. corn farmers thank these leaders for their work to ensure the EPA finalizes a more robust RFS that returns the program to statutory levels. NCGA challenges the assumptions used by the Agency in setting the 2017 conventional biofuels targets as well as its authority to...

(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 as soon as possible, which they can do online at www.ncga.com/atz.   “Atrazine is a safe and effective crop management tool, and taking away this option will set farming practices back decades. That’s why we need farmers to be engaged on this issue. EPA needs to hear from all of us,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling.   In a letter to the EPA requesting an extension, Bowling called atrazine “a key component in weed management and modern conservation practices.” Losing access to this herbicide would have a...

(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 to take advantage of the Military offer. Then, visit www.fordpartner.com and follow the directions below.   NCGA participates in Ford’s X-Plan vehicle pricing plan. With a unique NCGA partner code, members can access a special website that gives them a reduced price on dozens of Ford and Lincoln vehicles.   Log in to www.fordpartner.com:   See and research the full range of vehicles available (very few models are excluded) Determine the special pricing available to members Find factory rebates and other incentives in their...

(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 NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team. “Discovering new methods for improving soil health, preserving water quality and improving the profitability of farming benefits all farmers. To highlight these important advances, we recognize individuals who excel at demonstrating leadership in sustainable corn production through this program.”   NCGA is looking for a farmer who implements best management practices validating environmental stewardship, efficiency and productivity. One...

(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 a critical time when Congress must act to restore sanity to America’s food labeling laws,” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Maryland.  “GMOs are perfectly safe and America’s farmers rely on this proven technology to protect our crops from insects, weeds and drought. Important food safety and labeling decisions should be made by qualified policymakers, not political activists and campaigns. Yet, despite the scientific evidence, Vermont will place into effect a costly, confusing mandatory labeling...

(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. “NCGA gains valuable data from the contest that helps develop improved production practices. I personally urge those who have not entered before to become NCGA members and try their hand at high-yield techniques as contest entrants in 2016.”   To enter today using the online form, click here.  The version of the online form released this year is suitable for use on mobile devices.   Entry will remain open at the full rate of $110 through July 29. All harvest forms will be due by November 21. Contest winners will be announced on December 16.   It is important to remember...

(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 safer, more efficient, and more sustainable. That’s good for farmers, consumers, and the environment. That’s why NCGA has taken a leadership role on this issue from the beginning, working with the UAS industry, federal regulators, and others to create reasonable rules and regulations for this technology.”   The rule, which goes into effect in August, simplifies the process for the commercial use of drones. Previously, the FAA only authorized commercial uses on a case-by-case basis. Under the new rule, drones...

(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,” said Larry Hoffmann, chair of the Research and Business Development Action Team. “NAGC will help growers increase production and lower costs. With so many stakeholders on hand and actively expressing interest, it was apparent to all present that the exciting potential for innovation is enormous and will lead to concrete results that can strengthen the bottom line for U.S. farmers.”   The National Agricultural Genotyping Center will translate scientific discoveries, such as...

(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 other pollinators.   “Corn does not require pollination by honey bees, but NCGA recognizes the integral role they play in a productive agriculture system. We are committed to improving the health and viability of pollinators as part of our overall sustainability efforts,” said Chip Bowling, NCGA president and Newburg, Maryland farmer. “We are also engaged to assure steps being taken to help pollinators are well researched and based on science.”   The activist community has been spearheading efforts to blame neonicotinoid seed treatments as a primary...

(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 Skunes. “We understand our farmers face a growing number of challenges. Working together as an industry and with regulators and legislators in Washington, we must grow markets through trade agreements, a return to statutory RVO levels outlined in the RFS while combatting the proliferation of regulations impacting U.S. farmers. I look forward to working with our grower leadership over the coming years to find innovative, impactful ways to grow the demand for our growing crop.”   Skunes his wife, Betty, and their two sons farm 4,900 acres of corn and soybeans in...

(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 conference on corn wet and dry milling and new uses for corn, so it is appropriate that we also have a high caliber poster competition like this,” said NCGA Research and Business Development Action Team Chairman Larry Hoffmann during the awards presentation. “The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to lend our support, encouragement and a cash stipend to young researchers who are shaping the future of this important industry.”   The second place award was presented to David Orrego and Dahewan Kim of Purdue...

(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 links across this global system. In agriculture, the links between society, water soil, air, plants and animals are paramount and something that deserves to be top-of-mind every day.   Farmers wear many hats. They act as biologists, ecologists, soil scientists, agronomists, accountants, market analysts and more. As a result, farmers understand complex interactions across diverse systems - including the terrestrial effects on marine environments.  Farmers also recognize that oceans serve as an important resource for international trade and business. Oceans afford...

(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 discusses the importance of soil health in the sustainability conversation and explores the current knowledge and status of testing and tools. Additionally, this paper provides information and guidance as to how Field to Market's Metrics and the Fieldprint© Calculator can be used to advance conversations about soil health in supply chain projects.   The publication is available on the Field to Market website. This paper came forth from the Alliance’s work to help inform how U.S. agriculture can improve soil...

(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 Dan Erickson, a farmer from Alden, Minnesota. Despite a cold snap earlier in the season, his corn crop has emerged and grown at a healthy pace thus far.   “Right now, our corn is in the V5 to V6 range,” he explained. “It is growing quite well right now.”   To listen to the full interview, click here.   Stay tuned over the coming weeks as Field Notes follows the growers who have opened their farms, families and communities up this year and meet the true faces of modern American agriculture.

(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 ethanol, to bio-based chemicals. Dr. Ray Chrisman of Purdue University recognizes the opportunity corn starch allows for a shift from fuel to using renewable resources. “We need to grow a technical base for making renewables,” says Chrisman. He noted that while the ideas for corn starch are being researched and understood, it takes five to ten years for a new product to be accepted in the market place.   Currently, a range of renewable chemicals are being developed, mostly related to glucose. Scientists are struggling to...

(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. If EPA succeeds in taking away this option, it will be sending farming practices back decades – and hurt the environment in the process,” said Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, President of NCGA. “As a farmer and a conservationist, I can’t let this go unanswered. That’s why I’m urging farmers to contact the EPA and make their voices heard.”   Atrazine is a widely used herbicide proven to combat the spread of resistant weeds, while also reducing soil erosion and improving wildlife habitats. When farmers have access to atrazine, they do not have...

(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 must continue at an accelerated pace.” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Maryland.  “Farmers need the EPA to step up and comply with its statutory obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. We need Congress to help us push export demand even further by opening new markets by passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and lifting the Cuban Trade Embargo. As this month’s report demonstrates, even small increases to demand can have an impact on prices. Working together, we can make each small impact add up to a real,...

(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 Growers Association, highlighted the investment in fuel infrastructure over the past year in partnership with USDA’s Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership.   “NCGA and our state corn associations helped match [USDA] funds, making an overall investment totaling more than $200 million. These are real dollars going toward real investments to help provide consumers a more affordable and cleaner fuel option at the pump,” said Bowling.   “The EPA and this Administration made a pledge to the American people to become energy independent by...

(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 markets for U.S. agricultural products,” said John Linder, a farmer from Edison, Ohio who serves as chairman of the NCGA Biotechnology and Trade Action Team.   “With so many trade issues front and center right now, we wanted farmers to walk away with the knowledge and resources to become trade advocates, here in Washington and back home in their communities.”   Over the course of two days, trade school attendees learned from public and private sector experts about the importance of trade to the agriculture sector; the role of the World Trade...

(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 because feeding, fueling and clothing 9 billion people will take new practices, new data collection and management and stronger connections to consumers.   The US food system is still the envy of the world Hickman said but some people wonder if we are heading down the right path. She says everyone with a stake in the game needs to work together to assure consumers get their questions answered and aren’t left wondering.   The move toward a more sustainable food system must be collaborative, says Rob Meyers of PepsiCo’s Sustainable Farming Initiative,...

(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 corn. These include building more foreign market demand, the development of new products made from corn, increasing worldwide demand for meat, focusing more on food safety and security and continuing to develop alternatives to petroleum. NCGA CEO Chris Novak says that the need for new technologies to utilize corn has come about since farmers realized that with new production technology they can create a surplus. NCGA is very attuned to this dynamic he said and the organization’s...

(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 running through September. Confirmed events include:   June 23: Auburn, Ill. June 30: Lexington, Ill. July 7: Petersburg, Ill. July 14: Decatur, Ill. July 13: Fairbury, Ill. Aug. 8: Altamont, Ill. Aug. 15: Hudson, Ill. Aug. 19: Assumption, Ill. Sept. 1: Rutland, Ill. Sept. 8: Trivoli, Ill.   “Healthy soil is more resistant to drought, and more resilient to floods – along with being an effective strategy for improving water and air quality,” said Jim Isermann, Soil Health Partnership field manager for Illinois. “Our...

(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 don’t realize they can make a choice to select a fuel that helps us breathe cleaner air, for instance,” commented Jennie Schmidt, MGPUB President. “It is exciting to see the growth of renewable fuel that is plant-based to support a cleaner environment and domestic economy.”   Entries are due to MGPUB by July 25, 2016. Visit www.DriveFlexFuels.org for contest rules, guidelines and suggested themes.

(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 farmers in Illinois, Iowa and Maryland to discuss corn planting, emergence and the crop conditions on the ground. From wet weather to cold snaps, farmers have seen challenges but remain optimistic.   On Wednesday, Jim Raben from southern Illinois provided perspective on how continual, heavy rains have impacted his half of the state. While he has heard better reports from counties further north, rain has impacted planting progress and growing conditions on his farm.   To listen to the full interview with Raben, click here.   Next, Field Notes talked with April...

(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 his company’s next generation waxy corn products developed through the advanced technology, Gutterson provides insight into the potential, applications and benefits of CRISPR-Cas.   To listen to the full interview, click here.   Held in St. Louis, Missouri this June 6 through 8, CUTC features scientists, researchers, farmers and industry leaders on the cutting edge of technology in the corn industry. In addition to riveting sessions, CUTC features exciting exhibits and the Gary Lamie Student Poster...

(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 Ethanol.   However, the winning doesn’t stop here. Engine technicians and professionals can still participate in one of three scheduled audio conferences this summer. Please visit www.americanethanolracing.com for more information and to register.   The hour-long audio conferences moderated by Motor Racing Network Announcer Jeff Striegle and featuring Engine Technical Director of ECR Engines, Dr. Andy Randolph are open to engine technicians and students, auto dealers and fuel retailer professionals interested in...

(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 care about keeping land, rivers, and ponds safe for our families, our neighbors, and our communities.   “Atrazine is a safe and effective crop management tool for farmers. It is widely used because it is among the most reliable herbicides available, and it plays a critical role in combating the spread of resistant weeds. It reduces soil erosion, increases crop yields, and improves wildlife habits. Over the last 50 years, atrazine has passed some of the most rigorous safety testing in the world. More than 7,000 scientific studies have...