NEWS STORIES

MARCH 2017

(Posted Fri. Mar 31st, 2017)

American farmers expect to plant four million fewer acres of corn in 2017, a four percent decrease from 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings report released today.   If realized, total corn plantings in the United States will reach the lowest planted acreage since 2010.   “U.S. farmers produced an abundant crop in 2016. Given the strong carryover entering this growing season, the drop in planted acres…

(Posted Fri. Mar 31st, 2017)

This week, the National Corn Growers Association kicked off its seventh 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.   As the season begins,…

(Posted Thu. Mar 30th, 2017)

The Senate Agriculture Committee voted Thursday to send to the full Senate the nomination of Sonny Perdue as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The following is a statement from the National Corn Growers Association:   “Thank you to Chairman Roberts, Ranking Member Stabenow, and the Committee for moving quickly to advance Governor Perdue’s nomination to lead USDA. The National Corn Growers Association is proud to support Governor Perdue, and we stand…

(Posted Thu. Mar 30th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association today applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for dismissing a petition related to the crop protection tool chlorpyrifos.   “We are pleased with the EPA’s decision today to deny a petition against chlorpyrifos and return to the standard pesticides review process as called for under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA),” said NCGA President Wesley Spurlock. “The overwhelming scientific consensus is that chlorpyrifos…

(Posted Wed. Mar 29th, 2017)

Last weekend, the National Corn Growers Association put newer breeding techniques in the spotlight at Maryland Farm Bureau’s Women in Agriculture Conference, “Speak Up & Speak Out". The presentation, part of a full-day focused on spreading important information about farming and ranching, delved into the importance of providing consumers relevant, relatable information on budding breeding technologies and offered insight into effective communications in the area provided by the American Seed…

(Posted Tue. Mar 28th, 2017)

Keywords: Farm Policy

The Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) risk management program and crop insurance have been critical to helping corn farmers during a weak farm economy and should be maintained in the next farm bill, National Corn Growers Association President Wesley Spurlock testified today at House Agriculture General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee hearing.   “Together, crop insurance and the ARC-County program have helped many farmers weather the storm of a weak…

(Posted Tue. Mar 28th, 2017)

A group of veteran farmer leaders from across the country met in Washington last 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 seventh year, offers high-level training for a select group of Leadership At Its Best alumni. During the program, participants visited numerous members of the Senate and House of Representatives…

(Posted Fri. Mar 24th, 2017)

  Corn farmers from across the country traveled to Washington this week to take part in the second phase of the annual leadership development programs co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and Syngenta. While in town, the group visited numerous Congressional leaders and got an inside look at parliamentary procedure and how lobbying works on Capitol Hill.   “Leadership At Its Best has been a vital tool for helping…

(Posted Thu. Mar 23rd, 2017)

Today the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Sonny Perdue as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The following is a statement from the National Corn Growers Association:   “The National Corn Growers Association reiterates our support for Governor Perdue as the next Secretary of Agriculture, and we urge the Senate to move quickly to confirm him.   “Today, Governor Perdue promised to be a ‘strong and tenacious…

Get to know the Ethanol CEO – ACE’s Brian Jennings

(Posted Thu. Mar 23rd, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

NCGA joined ethanol producers and supporters this week in Washington, D.C. for the American Coalition for Ethanol’s (ACE) annual fly-in. ACE Executive Vice President Brian Jennings led a group of farmers, ethanol producers, fuel retailers and other business leaders on the “Biofuels Beltway March” to Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of the ethanol industry. A fourth generation South Dakota rancher and farmer himself, Brian knows first-hand the importance of…

We Are All in This Together

(Posted Thu. Mar 23rd, 2017)

When disaster strikes in rural America, you can always count on a neighbor to pitch in and lend a helping hand.  It is who we are and it is part of our tradition and heritage.  In times of large-scale devastation, all of us working in U.S. agriculture feel the effect because we know that our lives and our futures are inextricably linked.   American agriculture has been dealt a heavy…

(Posted Wed. Mar 22nd, 2017)

Keywords: Conservation

World Water Day is March 22, a good time to recognize the strides farmers are making to adopt practices that enhance water quality for everyone.   I’m a sixth-generation family farmer. My wife, Sara, and I grow corn, soybeans, alfalfa and run a 140-head cow/calf operation. We grow corn almost exclusively using no-till methods, and hope to someday pass the farm on to our four young sons. We also began…

(Posted Tue. Mar 21st, 2017)

NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DAY, 2017 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION   America's farmers and ranchers help feed the world, fuel our Nation's economy, and lead global markets in output and productivity.  The efficiency of American agriculture has provided this country with abundance our ancestors could not have imagined.   The agriculture sector of the United States is endlessly…

(Posted Fri. Mar 17th, 2017)

This week, the National Corn Growers Association kicked off its seventh 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.   To begin a new…

Commodity Classic Brings Farmers Together to Share Ideas and Experiences

(Posted Thu. Mar 16th, 2017)

Commodity Classic offers farmers across the country a chance to get together, learn about new technologies and explore innovative ways to improve their own farming operations. While this opportunity is open to all farmers, a special set had the chance to share their unique experiences as 12 of the National Corn Growers Association’s past presidents were on hand to help the association celebrate membership, conservation and excellence in production at…

(Posted Wed. Mar 15th, 2017)

In spite of challenging times in the farm economy, thousands of growers and agricultural advocates opted to “Farmer Up!” and attend the 2017 Commodity Classic March 2-4 in San Antonio, Texas, in huge numbers.    “Commodity Classic continued in its tradition of excellence this year, demonstrating the enthusiasm America’s farmers have for continuous learning and improvement,” said Commodity Classic Co-Chair Kevin Ross, an Iowa farmer.  “From the exhibit halls to the…

(Posted Tue. Mar 14th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association put out a call for photographers to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the fourth 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. While the contest opened recently, interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2017.   Open to…

(Posted Mon. Mar 13th, 2017)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Private crop insurance company returns have decreased significantly since the 2010 renegotiation of the Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA) between the insurance companies and the federal government, and are in line with benchmarks established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency, according to a new study released today by the National Corn Growers Association.   “The federal crop insurance program is the cornerstone of farm bill risk management…

(Posted Fri. Mar 10th, 2017)

A number of new corn products will come to market this year, including Qrome, Duracade and Enlist Corn. These new options provide growers with a wider variety of tools to address important concerns but, given market conditions, will only be made available through stewarded launches each provider has designed to ensure the need for technology and international markets is balanced.   The National Corn Growers Association’s Freedom to Operate Action…

(Posted Fri. Mar 10th, 2017)

Two public policy veterans have joined the staff of the National Corn Growers Association’s Washington, D.C. office in recent weeks.   Kathy Reding Bergren joined NCGA on February 21 as Director of Public Policy for ethanol. A Kentucky native, Bergren most recently served as Legislative Director for Representative Randy Neugebauer of Texas. She also previously worked for Representative Ron Lewis of Kentucky. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural communications…

NCGA Supports Ag Data Transparency Evaluator

(Posted Thu. Mar 9th, 2017)

The age of big data means big decisions for farmers as they decide who to trust with their information. An industry-wide effort to bring transparency to ag technology contracts is gaining momentum with the launch of a new website: agdatatransparent.com.   The Ag Data Transparency Evaluator is a tool designed to help farmers understand how their ag data is used when signing up with technology providers to use precision…

(Posted Thu. Mar 9th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association released a video last week offering tips from perennial high-yield entrants of the National Corn Yield Contest during a breakfast at Commodity Classic in San Antonio honoring the state winners of the 2016 contest. The new video, which accompanies the traditional online NCYC Guide, offers farmers across the country a chance to apply the tips learned through the contest to their own operations to improve their…

Maryland Grains Producers Recognized for Program Excellence

(Posted Wed. Mar 8th, 2017)

Ongoing curiosity to better understand the environmental ramifications of farming near the Chesapeake Bay brought an unforeseen bonus for the Maryland Grains Producer Utilization Board (MGPUB) recently. Their quest for knowledge earned Maryland corn growers the 2016 Reaching for Excellence Award from the National Corn Growers Association.   Developed through the NCGA Engaging Members Action Team, this award spotlights new approaches to challenges state corn grower associations face and brings…

(Posted Tue. Mar 7th, 2017)

This year, 35 more farms will join a revolutionary research effort that hopes to show U.S. farmers how sustainability through soil health can also lead to increased profitably. The Soil Health Partnership announced the planned expansion to 100 farms at the 2017 Commodity Classic, March 2 – 4 in San Antonio.   This is the largest farmer-led soil health research project of its kind, said Nick Goeser, SHP director.…

(Posted Sat. Mar 4th, 2017)

Joe Breker says learning and adopting conservation practices isn’t a decision so much as it is an ever evolving process and a life-long commitment. After nearly four decades of trying to farm better and more sustainably he is still learning and teaching others on his farm in Havana, North Dakota.   A Breker has been farming the land here since 1800, and it is his dedication to keeping the land…

(Posted Sat. Mar 4th, 2017)

National Corn Growers Association President Wesley Spurlock praised the introduction this week of the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517, H.R. 1311), which would extend the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to gasoline with ethanol blends above 10 percent, allowing retailers to sell E15 year-round.   “The Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act is an important step forward in increasing consumer choice at the pump every day…

(Posted Thu. Mar 2nd, 2017)

BASF, in partnership with the National Corn Growers Association, awarded five passionate and motivated agriculture students with the William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship. The scholarships, which recognize outstanding undergraduate or graduate students pursuing degrees in agriculture, were presented to recipients during a ceremony at the 2017 Commodity Classic tradeshow in San Antonio.   “These students have shown a commitment to the future of our industry through their…