NEWS STORIES

JULY 2016

(Posted Fri. Jul 29th, 2016)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association praised President Barack Obama today for signing into law an important agreement that protects America’s food supply from a harmful patchwork of state-level food labeling laws. The law will provide consumers with more information than ever before and ensure a transparent, national food labeling system.   “We are grateful to President Obama for swiftly signing into law a bill that is crucial for American farmers …

(Posted Fri. Jul 29th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association is seeking applications from members interested in working on an NCGA action team in the 2017 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. This service provides growers an opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future of their industry and to become a part of the national agricultural leadership community.   “As a grassroots organization, NCGA relies on its members to take an active …

(Posted Wed. Jul 27th, 2016)

Keywords: Trade

The National Corn Growers Association is working to vigorously promote trade policies that benefit U.S. farm families, First Vice President Wesley Spurlock told corn state stakeholders at the U.S. Grains Council’s Annual Board of Delegates Meeting this week in Louisville, Ky.    Spurlock, a farmer from Texas, provided his update during the General Session on Tuesday as part of a series of updates from various commodity group leaders.   He …

(Posted Tue. Jul 26th, 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 photographers …

(Posted Thu. Jul 21st, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers to register now for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest as only one week remains before the final entry deadline.   “We are very excited about the contest this year. The incredible trends in both yield growth and practice improvement that we have seen over the past few years are quite impressive,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Brent Hostetler. “NCGA gains valuable …

(Posted Thu. Jul 21st, 2016)

A busy week of meetings focused on our nation’s capital concluded the 2016 class of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program. Twenty-six farmers from 15 states took part in the overall program, which was generously co-sponsored by DuPont and is aimed at preparing participants to be strong advocates and leaders for today’s agriculture.   “It was great to meet many of those participating in our events this week, like the …

Senator Joe Donnelly Receives NCGA President's Award

(Posted Wed. Jul 20th, 2016)

National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling today presented the NCGA President’s Award to U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana. This award is given annually to a leader who has worked to advance issues important to corn farmers and agriculture.   “Senator Donnelly is a true advocate for farmers in Indiana and throughout the country,” said Bowling. “He is one of ethanol’s biggest champions in Congress. He understands the importance …

(Posted Wed. Jul 20th, 2016)

Delegates attending the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress in Washington this morning elected five farmers to serve on the organization’s Corn Board.  Taking office on Oct. 1, the start of NCGA’s 2017 fiscal year, are new board members Chris Edgington of Iowa, Don Glenn of Alabama, Tom Haag of Minnesota and John Linder of Ohio. Current board member Kevin Ross of Iowa was re-elected.   “Again this year, we …

(Posted Mon. Jul 18th, 2016)

Action teams and committees charged with in-depth analysis and consideration of the topics most relevant to corn farmers met in Washington as the initial phase of a full week of meetings held by the National Corn Growers Association.  These farmer-led teams discussed changing situations, and the possible ramifications of these changes, in areas including public policy, ethanol, biotechnology, government regulation, trade and grower services in anticipation of NCGA Corn Congress …

(Posted Fri. Jul 15th, 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. Jul 14th, 2016)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association praised the U.S. House of Representatives for its vote today passing s. 764. Particularly, the association praised Chairmen Conaway and Roberts, Ranking Members Peterson and Stabenow, Congressmen Pompeo and Butterfield, and all of the members of Congress, from both sides of the aisle, who worked together to pass this bill.   Now, NCGA calls upon President Obama to quickly sign this bill into law, thus …

(Posted Thu. Jul 14th, 2016)

Keywords: Sustainability

With only days 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 …

(Posted Thu. Jul 14th, 2016)

Please join the National Corn Growers Association and the U.S. Grains Council in welcoming Larry Byrd to their Washington, D.C. staffs.   Byrd will join NCGA and the Council in Washington as the receptionist and administrative assistant. In this capacity, Byrd will serve as the first point of contact for visitors and callers, as well as greet and direct guests to the appropriate staff members and assist them with office …

(Posted Wed. Jul 13th, 2016)

Keywords: Biotechology

The National Corn Growers Association urges all farmers to contact their representative and urge support of S.764, the Senate-passed legislation on biotech disclosure. This important legislation passed the Senate last week with strong bipartisan support. It is critically urgent that the House passes this bill before the end of the week.   This legislation brings continuity to the marketplace, ensuring that consumers have the access to product information they deserve …

(Posted Wed. Jul 13th, 2016)

Corn farmers from across the country traveled to Washington this week to take part in the second phase of the Advanced Leadership program co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and Syngenta. This program, now in its sixth year, offers high-level training for a select group of Leadership At Its Best alumni. While in town, participants visited numerous members of the Senate and House of Representatives, met with Secretary of …

(Posted Tue. Jul 12th, 2016)

Increases to U.S. corn acres, both planted and harvested, led to higher production and thus lower price forecasts in the Department of Agriculture reports released today. Despite a 30-million-bushel overall increase in demand, corn price forecasts for the 2016/2017 crop year fell ten cents to $3.40 per bushel.   “While NCGA is pleased with increased demand from the export sector, it is evident that far greater gains must be made …

(Posted Mon. Jul 11th, 2016)

Keywords: Ethanol

In comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today, the National Corn Growers Association called on the Agency to raise the amount of renewable fuel blended into the nation’s gas supply in 2017.   In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, NCGA President Chip Bowling writes, “The RFS is doing exactly what it was intended to do. It is successfully driving the adoption of renewable fuel alternatives …

(Posted Fri. Jul 8th, 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 Fri. Jul 8th, 2016)

Keywords: Ethanol

Do you want cleaner air, a stronger economy, vibrant rural communities, and energy independence? The EPA needs to hear from you by Monday, July 11. That’s the deadline to submit comments related to the 2017 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO), or the amount of ethanol and other renewable fuels blended into our national fuel supply.   EPA has proposed cutting the volume of ethanol by 200 million gallons – that’s 71.4 …

(Posted Fri. Jul 8th, 2016)

The deadline is fast approaching for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s “Faces of Farming and Ranching” to help put a real face on agriculture and show its true spirit. A proud affiliate and board member of USFRA, the National Corn Growers urges interested farmers to consider this opportunity.   “I’ve met a lot of corn growers with inspiring stories to share about what they do and the passion that …

(Posted Fri. Jul 8th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association praised the U.S. Senate for its vote today passing the Roberts-Stabenow agreement. Now NCGA urges the House to quickly take up and pass this important legislation.   “Today, our representatives in the Senate took an important step toward bringing consistency to the marketplace,’ said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Maryland. “The Roberts-Stabenow agreement ensures consumers have the access to product information they deserve …

(Posted Thu. Jul 7th, 2016)

This article and podcast are the seventh in a series profiling candidates for the 2017 Corn Board.   A diligent, thoughtful leader, Steve Ebke dedicates his time and energy to the service of his fellow farmer.  Now, he wishes to contribute at an even greater level as a member of the 2017 National Corn Growers Association Corn Board.   “I believe that NCGA is a well-respected leader and innovator in …

(Posted Wed. Jul 6th, 2016)

Keywords: Biotechnology

National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling released the following statement in response to the Senate’s cloture vote on the Roberts-Stabenow agreement:   “The National Corn Growers Association is pleased the cloture vote on the Roberts-Stabenow GMO labeling agreement received 65 votes, more than the 60 votes necessary to move the legislation forward. However, there is still important work that needs to be done. We urge the Senate to quickly …

(Posted Wed. Jul 6th, 2016)

This article and podcast are the sixth in a series profiling candidates for the 2017 Corn Board.   A committed and energetic leader, Chris Edgington does the homework necessary to contribute deeply to his service as a volunteer farmer leader. Having already served at many levels, he now wishes to help build a solid foundation for agriculture in the coming years as a member of the National Corn Growers Association’s …

(Posted Tue. Jul 5th, 2016)

This article and podcast are the fifth in a series profiling candidates for the 2017 Corn Board.   Having gained valuable knowledge and experience during his years of service to the National Corn Growers Association, Don Glenn hopes to put the lessons he has learned to use. This desire to give back to the association which has played an important role in his life inspired Glenn to run for election …

(Posted Fri. Jul 1st, 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 Fri. Jul 1st, 2016)

Commodity Classic staff took the spotlight this week at the Professional Convention Management Association Education Conference. Commodity Classic staffers Dave Buchholz and Peggy Findley took stage to discuss how the evolution of the Commodity Classic experience and messaging provide an example for others looking to improve the brand experience throughout all aspects of a trade show or convention.   With convention managers and meeting professionals from across the country in …

(Posted Fri. Jul 1st, 2016)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association urges all farmers to contact their senators and ask for their support of the Roberts-Stabenow agreement on GMO labeling. An important vote on this legislation is scheduled for Wednesday of next week.  It is imperative that all those desiring a common-sense, federal solution to the growing threat of a patchwork of state labeling laws act now to ensure swift passage.   The Roberts-Stabenow agreement brings continuity …