NEWS STORIES

JANUARY 2017

Corn and Animal Agriculture – Poised for Success

(Posted Mon. Jan 30th, 2017)

Commentary by Chris Novak, Chief Executive Officer, National Corn Growers Association   In less than a week’s time, colleagues in the cattle industry will head off to Nashville, Tennessee to participate in the 120th Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show.  Further south, our friends in the poultry industry will head to Atlanta, Georgia for the largest annual trade show for the poultry, meat and feed industries in the country.  With these two …

(Posted Fri. Jan 27th, 2017)

A new honey bee testing service announced this week will allow beekeepers to more effectively identify and address diseases plaguing bee colonies, according to the National Agricultural Genotyping Center.   NAGC conducted the research and developed the testing panel with the support of the National Corn Growers Association and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. The testing service called “Bee Care” will launch in February 2017.   “It’s the …

(Posted Fri. Jan 27th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

Newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump has already followed through with key campaign promises related to trade policy - moves that have rightfully caused concern among grain farmers whose price is being supported by robust export sales of this year.   Early this week, the Administration announced it would aim to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. Monday, the president signed an executive order to withdraw the …

(Posted Fri. Jan 27th, 2017)

Leaders of the National Corn Growers Association were in Washington last week to witness the historic Inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States.   “This was a once-in-a-lifetime event for me to witness the transfer of power,” said First Vice President Kevin Skunes, who farms in Arthur, North Dakota. “It was an honor and privilege to help represent the National Corn Growers Association at the week’s …

(Posted Thu. Jan 26th, 2017)

The Soil Health Partnership, an initiative of the NCGA, held its third annual Soil Health Summit last week in Des Moines, Iowa. About 185 Ag scientists, industry leaders, environmentalists, water quality experts and enrolled farmers discussed their efforts to make agriculture more productive and sustainable through healthy soil.   The key takeaway from the meeting: Building long-term data by its very nature takes time, but early indicators are promising …

(Posted Thu. Jan 26th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

All in all, 2016 was a good year for the ethanol industry. EPA followed statute and set renewable volume obligations at the levels intended by Congress.  Shortly after, USDA released its new lifecycle analysis of corn-based ethanol and reaffirmed the fuel’s ability to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions when compared to gasoline. However, as pointed out by Colorado Corn CEO Mark Sponsler in a recent Journal-Advocate article, ethanol advocates …

Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest Winners Announced

(Posted Wed. Jan 25th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association today announced the 22 winners of the 2016 Fields of Corn Photo Contest, a contest that provided aspiring shutterbugs of all types the opportunity to share in – and visually communicate – the great beauty and hard work that make up American agriculture.   “For the third year in a row, we opened up this photo contest to the general public, and we are again …

(Posted Tue. Jan 24th, 2017)

On the heels of comments from President Donald Trump that his administration may withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), more than 130 food and agricultural organizations have contacted the President to highlight the importance of the trade agreement to the industry and urge him to preserve and build upon that success.   "With the productivity of U.S. agriculture growing faster than domestic demand, the U.S. food and …

(Posted Tue. Jan 24th, 2017)

National Corn Growers Association President Wesley Spurlock today issued the following statement :   “Over the past several years, corn farmers and the National Corn Growers Association have been frustrated by a number of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decisions that undermined implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and burdened farmers with unworkable regulations. We have wanted leaders within EPA who were willing to listen to stakeholders, ensure a scientific foundation …

(Posted Mon. Jan 23rd, 2017)

President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, should “bode well for agriculture,” Jon Doggett, Executive Vice President and head of public policy for the National Corn Growers Association, said in an interview with the National Association of Farm Broadcasters last week.   “We’re looking forward to working with [Governor Perdue]. He has a background in ag, and we look forward to working together to further the …

Stronger Demand Leads to Brisk Exports of U.S. Grains

(Posted Mon. Jan 23rd, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

Exports of U.S. feed grains have a promising outlook after the completion of the first quarter of the 2016/2017 marketing year, according to recently published U.S. Department of Agriculture trade data.   Total exports of feed grains in all forms in September, October and November 2016 reached 1.1 billion bushels, up 32 percent from the same quarter last year.   The feed grains in all forms calculation takes into account …

(Posted Fri. Jan 20th, 2017)

Last week, the National Corn Growers Association was recognized for excellence at the Region 2 National Agri-Marketing Association Awards Ceremony. The association’s 2016 World of Corn publication took first place for the region in the Company Publications – Annual Reports category. Additionally, NCGA’s joint program with the United Soybean Board, CommonGround, took both first place and the merit prize in the Social Media Campaign Directed at Consumers category for the …

(Posted Thu. Jan 19th, 2017)

National Corn Growers Association President and Texas farmer Wesley Spurlock today congratulated former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue on his nomination to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.   “The National Corn Growers Association congratulates Governor Perdue on his nomination to lead USDA. We look forward to his confirmation hearing, and learning more about his positions on issues important to corn farmers and the entire agriculture industry.   “Agriculture …

(Posted Wed. Jan 18th, 2017)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published documents today addressing the pre-market regulatory oversight of biotechnology-based agricultural tools. The National Corn Growers Association is pleased that the agency has included input given by NCGA and others throughout the rule-making process while focusing on the importance of science-based regulations.   Corn farmers have a strong interest in the availability of new technologies to enhance the …

(Posted Tue. Jan 17th, 2017)

At Commodity Classic, the early bird catches some great education thanks to a great line-up of Early Riser Sessions.   Early Riser sessions begin each day at 7:00 a.m. They are eye-opening presentations on market trends, ag issues and other important topics.     Early Riser Sessions kick off the morning of Thursday, March 2 with “The Great 2017 Grain Marketing Debate” sponsored by Corn+Soybean Digest and Farm Futures Magazine, Penton …

(Posted Thu. Jan 12th, 2017)

Corn ethanol achieves a 43 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when compared to the 2005 baseline for gasoline, according to a new analysis released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Based on current trends in crop production and ethanol production efficiency, the study projected that by 2022, corn-based ethanol will achieve a 50 percent reduction in GHG emissions compared to the gasoline baseline. The study was …

(Posted Wed. Jan 11th, 2017)

Only one day remains to take advantage of early registration discounts for the 2017 Commodity Classic to be held March 2-4, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas. Thursday, January 12, 2017, is the last day the discounts will be in effect.   Registration fees vary depending on the number of days attended. Full registration covers all three days of the event, and one-day registrations are also available.  Members of the sponsoring …

(Posted Tue. Jan 10th, 2017)

Last week at CES, the largest consumer electronics show in the world, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance introduced a new communications concept, called SMART Farm, aimed at bridging the gap between the acceptance of innovation that's a part of consumers' everyday lives with the science and technology happening on today's farms and ranches.    "Science and technology are embraced by consumers in all aspects of their lives," said Brad …

(Posted Mon. Jan 9th, 2017)

The schedule of Learning Center Sessions has been announced for the 2017 Commodity Classic, March 2-4, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas. Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show.   Education is a hallmark of Commodity Classic—and Learning Centers are just one of the many educational opportunities during the event.  Learning Centers are in-depth discussions of current issues and topics that have a direct impact on a …

(Posted Mon. Jan 9th, 2017)

Last weekend, CommonGround volunteer Dawn Caldwell, who farms and ranches in Edgar, Neb., spoke about how the program addresses consumers concerns about food, farming and ranching as part of a panel at the annual meeting of the State and Ag Rural Leaders. SARL, which fosters cooperation, leadership and educational opportunities among and for state and provincial legislators, brought together this panel and focus group to help attendees better understand consumer …

NCGA Welcomes 115th Congress

(Posted Thu. Jan 5th, 2017)

National Corn Growers Association President Wesley Spurlock, First Vice President Kevin Skunes and staff from NCGA’s DC office spent Tuesday on Capitol Hill, welcoming the 115th Congress to Washington and discussing issues important to corn farmers and the agriculture industry.   “The National Corn Growers Association welcomes the new Congress. We hope they are ready to roll up their sleeves and work with the incoming Administration to make government work …

(Posted Thu. Jan 5th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association’s annual report for the 2016 fiscal year is now available online.  A printed copy of the report, which highlights the association’s achievements over the previous year and features current financial information, will also be sent to all active members.   Click here to view the full report.   “As the saying goes, change is the one thing we can count on,” said NCGA Chairman …

(Posted Wed. Jan 4th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association Nominating Committee reminds members it will be accepting applications for the 2018 Corn Board through this Friday. 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 …

Commodity Classic Early Registration Discount Ends January 12

(Posted Tue. Jan 3rd, 2017)

Only a few days remain to take advantage of early registration discounts for the 2017 Commodity Classic to be held March 2-4, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas. Thursday, January 12, 2017, is the last day the discounts will be in effect.   Registration fees vary depending on the number of days attended. Full registration covers all three days of the event, and one-day registrations are also available.  Members of the …