NEWS STORIES

OCTOBER 2016

(Posted Mon. Oct 31st, 2016)

Last week, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance held a news conference on Food Industry Sustainability that included members of the agricultural trade and consumer media. During the event, USFRA Chairwoman Nancy Kavazanjian, National Milk Producers Federation Chairman Randy Mooney, University of Arkansas Professor of Ecological Engineering Dr. Marty Matlock and USFRA CEO Randy Krotz unveiled plans for a "Straight Talk" campaign to engage the food industry in a dialogue on sustainable …

(Posted Fri. Oct 28th, 2016)

As the National Corn Growers Association prepares to issue applications for the FY 2018 Corn Board, interested members are invited to find out more about NCGA’s FY 2017 Nominating Committee. This group, which reviews applications and shapes the election process, welcomes questions, conversations and inquiries from association members.   In FY 2017, NCGA Chairman Chip Bowling chairs the committee, which includes Doug Albin, Jeff Jarboe, Chad Kemp and Joe Reed. …

(Posted Fri. Oct 28th, 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. Oct 27th, 2016)

Keywords: Farm Policy

National Corn Growers Association’s Risk Management Action Team Chair Steve Ebke, who farms in Daykin, Neb., sat down with Michael Clements of the National Farm Broadcasters to discuss the importance of responding to surveys distributed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Statistics Service. Responses to recent surveys from USDA have reached historical lows, and this can impact farmers’ bottom lines.    “There seem to be county-to-county differences that are …

(Posted Thu. Oct 27th, 2016)

This past weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase race at Talladega Superspeedway was more than just another race.  American Ethanol Sweepstakes winners were on hand to receive their ultimate NASCAR experience.  Alabama Soybean and Corn Association and Alabama Wheat and Feed Grains Producers educated fans at the Biofuels Mobile Education Center. On the track midway, American Ethanol driver Austin Dillon was on the bubble to advance to the final round of …

(Posted Wed. Oct 26th, 2016)

Keywords: Transportation

New research by the University of Tennessee quantifies what many in agriculture have known for years; failure of our aging river locks and dams along the Mississippi River and its tributaries would be ruinous with billions of dollars in lost jobs and reduced economic activity.   Recently, USDA released estimates of the economic implications to the agriculture sector should a disruption occur at either Lock & Dam 25 on the …

(Posted Tue. Oct 25th, 2016)

An innovative workshop on climate-smart agriculture this week emphasized soil health as a key element in carbon sequestration efforts. Several powerhouse organizations and companies hosted the one-of-a-kind event in St. Louis, called “C-Quest: Charting a Course for Climate Research in Agriculture,” and featured the Soil Health Partnership as a leader in helping farmers adopt progressive practices.   The ILSI Research Foundation, together with Monsanto Company, Soil Health Partnership, Washington …

(Posted Mon. Oct 24th, 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. Oct 21st, 2016)

Keywords: Trade Ethanol

A study recently released by the U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, finds that a significant portion of U.S.-produced corn ethanol will likely meet Japan's 50 percent greenhouse gas reduction threshold over gasoline, supporting the case for that fuel's competitiveness and its sustainability compared to other fuel sources.   These results will help the Council and its industry partners dispel myths about …

(Posted Thu. Oct 20th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association Nominating Committee is now accepting applications from members for the 2018 Corn Board.  Through the Corn Board, members can become an integral part of the organization’s leadership.  Click here for the application, which provides complete information on requirements, responsibilities and deadlines.   “I have had the privilege of working with so many talented, dedicated volunteers who step forward to lead this organization during my …

(Posted Wed. Oct 19th, 2016)

As the National FFA Convention begins in Indianapolis, the National Corn Growers Association invites attendees to visit them at booth 1755 to learn more about scholarship opportunities and take grassroots action on the important issues facing farmers. With opportunities to voice support for the Trans Pacific Partnership and to grab a photo with Captain Cornelius, NCGA representatives will be on hand to discuss how NCGA membership benefits U.S. corn farmers …

(Posted Tue. Oct 18th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association invites amateur and professional photographers alike 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 Mon. Oct 17th, 2016)

Put simply, the United States is falling behind in research related to its biggest industry, agriculture. To a large extent the kind of innovation and research that made the US a world Ag leader has been floundering for years due to a lack of funding, but the real pain is just beginning to surface.   Work related to sustainable production practices, genetic improvement and new uses is where the rubber …

(Posted Mon. Oct 17th, 2016)

As the NASCAR circuit journeys home to sweet Alabama this weekend, American Ethanol sweepstakes winners will be there to join in the excitement. This past May, American Ethanol launched two sweepstakes in celebration of NASCAR surpassing 10 million successful miles racing on fuel blended with American Ethanol E15. The contest to select one lucky NASCAR fan and one engine industry professional has ended with the winners randomly selected from a …

(Posted Wed. Oct 12th, 2016)

Keywords: Production

Corn production is forecast at 15.057 billion bushels, down 36 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 16.845 billion bushels.   “We must pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership this year. The farm economy continues to struggle so anything we can …

(Posted Tue. Oct 11th, 2016)

Keywords: infrastructure transportation

Solid infrastructure is the backbone of American agriculture and especially critical to the continued growth in exports of feed grains.  That’s why the National Corn Growers Association, along with the U.S. Grains Council, signed on as a sponsor of a special seven-part Agri-Pulse editorial series that is taking a close-up look at America’s infrastructure and the improvements that are needed to help farmers and ranchers remain competitive at home and abroad.  …

(Posted Fri. Oct 7th, 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.   Wednesday, Field Notes discussed the corn crop …

(Posted Thu. Oct 6th, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation are currently 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. While these scholarships are open to any NCGA members and their children or legal guardians, all submissions must be postmarked on or before December 2, 2016 for consideration.   "Building the leaders of tomorrow …

(Posted Wed. Oct 5th, 2016)

Keywords: Farm Bill

In the face of a struggling farm economy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that it will make $7 billion in risk management program payments to many of the 1.7 million farms enrolled in either Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs from the 2015 crop year. National Corn Growers Association President Wesley Spurlock said that these programs are more important than ever to help farmers …

(Posted Tue. Oct 4th, 2016)

When the National Corn Growers Association entered a new fiscal year Saturday, North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes assumed the role of first vice president.  Off the Cob spoke with the new officer to explore the challenges he sees as most important to corn farmers in the next year and discuss his thoughts on leadership.   To listen to the full interview, click here.   Skunes gave an overview of …

(Posted Tue. Oct 4th, 2016)

With public attention increasingly turning to environmental and sustainability issues, the National Corn Growers Association promoted Rachel Orf to director of stewardship and sustainability.  Focusing on areas of public prominence such as water quality and conservation, Orf will lead efforts to bring farmers together for conversations and action to improve the health of air and water in the United States.   “Rachel has served U.S. corn farmers effectively for years, …

(Posted Mon. Oct 3rd, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association entered a new fiscal year on Saturday and seated the 2017 Corn Board with Wesley Spurlock of Stratford, Texas, who assumed the presidency.  Off the Cob spoke with the new president to explore his views on what lies ahead for corn farmers in 2017 and his goals for his term.   “This year is much like the one we just finished,” he said. “We are looking at …