NEWS STORIES

SEPTEMBER 2016

(Posted Fri. Sep 30th, 2016)

As the fiscal year comes to a close, the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board will seat new members and officers this Saturday.  Among the changes: former NCGA President Chip Bowling, of Maryland, becomes Corn Board chairman, passing the role of president to Wesley Spurlock, of Texas.   The Off the Cob podcast series sat down with Bowling to discuss the priorities he sees as essential to success in the upcoming fiscal…

(Posted Thu. Sep 29th, 2016)

As the fiscal year comes to an end, the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board prepares to seat new members and officers on October 1.  When the 2016 Executive Committee steps down, NCGA Chairman Martin Barbre will complete his term, passing the role of chairman to current president Chip Bowling.   The Off the Cob podcast series caught up with Barbre, who paused at his local elevator to share his thoughts. During…

(Posted Thu. Sep 29th, 2016)

Keywords: Transportation

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5303, the Water Resources and Development Act of 2016 (WRDA 2016), late Wednesday, by a vote of 399-25. The National Corn Growers Association thanks the House for making the bill a priority during the short September legislative session.   “Farmers and ranchers need to be able to get their products to market quickly and safely, and inland waterways are a critical part of…

(Posted Wed. Sep 28th, 2016)

The National Corn Grower Association is asking farmers to express their support for the herbicide atrazine at www.ncga.com/atz before the Oct. 5, 2016 deadline.   “Atrazine is a safe and effective crop management tool, and EPA should base their decisions on sound science,” said National Corn Growers Production and Stewardship Action Team Chairman Brent Hostetler, a farmer from Plain City, Ohio.  “That’s why I’m urging farmers to contact the…

(Posted Tue. Sep 27th, 2016)

After 40 events in eight states, the Soil Health Partnership field days are coming to an end for this growing season. Hosted mostly by farmers enrolled in the program, and often cooperating with local groups, these field days have spread the word about cover crops, reduced tillage and advanced nutrient management to more than 1,500 attendees this year.   “I’m so encouraged to see the interest from farmers taking…

(Posted Mon. Sep 26th, 2016)

In a huge victory for American agriculture retailers and farmers, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violated the law when it changed its interpretation of regulations affecting agricultural retail facilities that supply anhydrous ammonia.   In July 2015, OSHA issued an enforcement memorandum that redefined the retail facility exemption to the Process Safety Management Standard. These changes would have…

(Posted Fri. Sep 23rd, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association announced the slate of new and returning farmer leaders who will serve their industry as members of the action teams and committees in the next fiscal year, which begins Thursday, October 1. These volunteer farmers will actively shape the future of their industry by guiding programs and carrying out the policies and priorities that guide NCGA.   “The year ahead will certainly offer many challenges…

(Posted Thu. Sep 22nd, 2016)

Keywords: Soil Health Partnership; SHP Sustainability

Top 5 Things Farmers Need to Know About Roots and Tiles   As cover crop acres increase throughout the Midwest, some farmers have questions about possible unintended consequences. Last spring, a few growers in Central Indiana reported tile blockages due to roots (See article).   Some assumed that cover crop roots were the culprit. Yet cover crop acres have increased the past five years, and almost no issues were…

(Posted Wed. Sep 21st, 2016)

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released a report Tuesday detailing examples of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts to expand their jurisdiction over U.S. waters beyond Congressional intent. The report is the result of the majority staff’s investigation into how EPA and the Corps are interpreting and implementing their authority under the Clean Water Act.…

(Posted Wed. Sep 21st, 2016)

Keywords: Trade

To date, 6,325 corn farmers from across the country have written letters to Members of Congress, urging them to take up and pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in 2016. The National Corn Growers Association will be delivering them to Capitol Hill starting today.   “America’s farmers and ranchers need Congress to step up and pass TPP now,” said Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association and a farmer…

(Posted Wed. Sep 21st, 2016)

With some parts of the country reporting extremely dry conditions this harvest, the National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers to carefully follow proper safety procedures that minimize the possibility of a combine or tractor fire. Even if the weather has not been warm and dry, fuel sources such as leaves, stalks, husks, dust, oil and fuel come into constant contact with potential sources of ignition…

(Posted Tue. Sep 20th, 2016)

Regulatory barriers facing agriculture are a major driver of agriculture industry consolidation, National Corn Growers Association Chief Executive Officer Chris Novak testified today at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on consolidation and competition in the U.S. seed and agrochemical industry.   “Domestic regulatory hurdles for crop protection chemicals and delays in international approvals for new seed traits represent significant barriers to market entry,” Novak testified.   “These barriers slow down…

(Posted Mon. Sep 19th, 2016)

Keywords: Trade

The United States exported more than 1.8 billion bushels of corn in the 2015/2016 marketing year, a 1.8 percent increase from the prior year, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly sales reports. Mexico, Japan and Colombia ranked in the top three for total accumulated exports of U.S. corn with more than 492.1 million bushels, 413.4 million bushels and 177.2 million bushels, respectively.   Export sales rose 16 percent to…

(Posted Fri. Sep 16th, 2016)

Keywords: Transportation

The National Corn Growers Association praised the U.S. Senate for passing S. 2848, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA 2016), and encouraged the House of Representatives leadership to make the bill a priority for the September legislative session.   “Inland waterways are a central part of our country’s transportation infrastructure, helping farmers and ranchers to get their products to market quickly and safely. The Water Resources Development Act is an…

(Posted Fri. Sep 16th, 2016)

Keywords: Trade

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Asian Trade Mission completed meetings in Hong Kong last Friday that explored the many opportunities for America’s farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses in the region.   National Corn Growers Association Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team member Janna Fritz, who farms in Michigan, and Communications Manager Cathryn Wojcicki participated in three days of intensive briefings, meetings and exploratory visits designed to gain a better understanding of…

(Posted Thu. Sep 15th, 2016)

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack celebrated the contributions farmers have made to improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay recently, proclaiming that the six states in the watershed lead the United States in conservation practices.   Vilsack made the announcement last Friday at Y Worry Farm in Davidsonville, Maryland, where he was joined by Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Jason Weller, National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling, Maryland Agriculture Secretary…

(Posted Thu. Sep 15th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation announced today that it is now accepting applications for five $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field during the 2017-18 school year.   "NCGA members are invested both on the farm and off the farm to build a successful industry based on productivity, stewardship and profitability. However, we must also help to…

(Posted Thu. Sep 15th, 2016)

Cuba represents an important market for American agriculture, and the time has come to ease trade restrictions, witnesses testified Wednesday at a hearing of the House Agriculture Committee. The hearing focused on U.S. agricultural trade with Cuba as a part of the H.R. 3687, the Agricultural Exports Act, which is sponsored by Arkansas congressman Rick Crawford.   Representatives from Bunge North America and CoBank were among the five witnesses testifying…

(Posted Wed. Sep 14th, 2016)

Keywords: NCYC Corn Yield Contest

With harvest underway in some areas and soon to begin in others, the National Corn Growers Association reminds 2016 National Corn Yield Contest entrants to complete the online harvest forms. While the harvest information form deadline may seem distant, entrants are asked to report within seven business days of their final yield check or by Nov. 21, whichever comes first.   “While many may still have weeks before…

(Posted Wed. Sep 14th, 2016)

Keywords: Merger; Bayer; Monsanto

Chip Bowling, Maryland farmer and president of the National Corn Growers Association   “The National Corn Growers Association is committed to protecting the best interests of our nation’s corn farmers. Our primary concern with respect to any merger is how it may affect input costs – particularly given the current farm economy. With respect to a previously announced merger, we completed a thorough analysis that informed the comments and information…

(Posted Wed. Sep 14th, 2016)

Keywords: Photo Contest

The National Corn Growers Association invites photographers of all skill levels to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the third annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA captures high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. Even those who have already submitted can enter additional photos as participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November…

(Posted Tue. Sep 13th, 2016)

Keywords: Trade

Statement by Chip Bowling, President of the National Corn Growers Association:   “The National Corn Growers Association is committed to the development and maintenance of fair and open global trade practices and policies as part of our efforts to feed and fuel a growing world. We believe in both strong trade policy and market development.   As a facilitator and arbitrator of global trade, the World Trade Organization provides structure…

(Posted Tue. Sep 13th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association is partnering with the National Grain and Feed Association to remind farmers of the importance of proper grain bin safety procedures this harvest. Jim Seibert, NGFA’s manager of training, safety and regulatory affairs, notes about 70% of grain entrapment happens on the nation’s farms.   The NGFA is pleased to introduce a new series - "Safety Tips" - that will be published periodically as part…

(Posted Mon. Sep 12th, 2016)

Keywords: Production

Corn production is forecast at 15.093 billion bushels, down 61 million from last month, according to the World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates Report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Corn supplies for 2016/17 are lowered from last month, but are still forecast at a record 16.859 billion bushels.   USDA also reduced the average U.S. corn yield by 0.7 bushels per acre to 174.4. If realized, these…

(Posted Fri. Sep 9th, 2016)

Keywords: Trade

With the largest corn crop on record about to be harvested, the need for trade policies that open export markets even further has never been stronger. The 2014/2015 marketing year saw U.S. corn exports of more than 43 million metric tons, with total U.S. feed grains in all forms exports exceeding 91 million tons equivalent. Similar success is expected from the 2015/2016 marketing year, which ended last week.…

Project to develop model for large-scale greenhouse gas reduction incentives

(Posted Fri. Sep 9th, 2016)

Keywords: Sustainability SHP Soil Health Partnership

A $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help spur a groundbreaking effort to optimize farm enterprise profitability, reduce Greenhouse Gases and improve agronomic productivity. The National Corn Growers Association received the grant to develop a system for scalable carbon accounting in agriculture, to be developed through its Soil Health Partnership initiative.   Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this year's Conservation Innovation Grant recipients on…

(Posted Fri. Sep 9th, 2016)

Keywords: Trade Biotech

  Representatives of the National Corn Growers Association, along with leaders from seven state departments of agriculture and 22 U.S. ag organizations and companies have embarked upon a trade mission to Hong Kong and Shanghai led by Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services Alexis Taylor. This mission extends activities of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Women in Agriculture initiative into foreign markets while working to grow export…

(Posted Thu. Sep 8th, 2016)

Every four years, countries spanning the globe come together to compete on athletic fields, celebrating a spirit of sportsmanship that links us all – an exciting fortnight of sports like the one that recently concluded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The Olympics is truly an entertainment juggernaut, but that wasn’t always the case. Footage was hard to come by until 1960, when the Summer Games from Rome, Italy, were first…

(Posted Wed. Sep 7th, 2016)

In a case of supreme irony, a recent report from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is highly critical of atrazine, an herbicide that helps reduce soil erosion and runoff, keeping our soil healthy and our water clean.    EPA released its draft ecological risk assessment for atrazine in June 2016, as part of the re-registration process for the herbicide. If the recommendation in the assessment stands, it will effectively ban atrazine,…

(Posted Tue. Sep 6th, 2016)

The Multi-Commodity Phenotyping Initiative kicked off joint activities by hosting an educational webinar for representatives from member organizations on the current state of phenotyping science and current U.S. government phenotyping programs. This first step, which was organized by the National Corn Growers Association, provided a strong foundation for the coalition moving forward.   “With this webinar, we took a first step together in a long journey toward a brighter future…

(Posted Fri. Sep 2nd, 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.   Yesterday, Field Notes discussed the corn crop…

(Posted Thu. Sep 1st, 2016)

With passionate farmers and ranchers across the country eager to share the story behind our food with consumers, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance announced the finalists in its third Faces of Farming and Ranching contest. This program searches for the men and women who grow and raise food, from row crops and veggies to beef and pork, to help put real faces on agriculture.   The following farmers and…