NEWS STORIES

APRIL 2017

(Posted Thu. Apr 27th, 2017)

This week, the National Corn Growers Association continued 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.   This week, Field Notes caught…

(Posted Thu. Apr 27th, 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.   This week, Field Notes…

(Posted Wed. Apr 26th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

The National Corn Growers Association today denounced reports that the White House has drafted plans to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The following is a statement from NCGA President Wesley Spurlock.   "Mr. President, America's corn farmers helped elect you. We are strong supporters of your administration and continue to stand ready to work with you to build a better farm economy. That begins with strong…

(Posted Wed. Apr 26th, 2017)

A trio of industry groups hosted federal officials for a field day of demonstrations on seed treatments, planting practices, and equipment innovations that are bringing continuous improvement to sustainable farming practices.   The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) hosted more than three dozen officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of…

(Posted Tue. Apr 25th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

Selling 50 metric tons of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) may seem minor, but Javier Chávez, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Mexico marketing specialist, views these small sales to cattle and dairy producers in southeastern Mexico as the start of another big opportunity for U.S. feed grains.    DDGS is a well-known and frequently-used feed source in northern Mexico but does not benefit from the same recognition in the…

(Posted Mon. Apr 24th, 2017)

Today, the United States Senate voted to confirm Sonny Perdue as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The following is a statement from the National Corn Growers Association:   “The National Corn Growers Association congratulates Secretary Perdue on his confirmation. USDA has been without a Secretary for too long, but we are confident that Secretary Perdue will bring strong leadership to the Department. There are still more than 200 political appointments…

(Posted Mon. Apr 24th, 2017)

Corn planting progress is nearly even with the five-year average according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 17 percent of total corn acres planted by April 23, progress fell only one percentage point short of the five-year average. Additionally, the percentage of acres of corn that has emerged was on track with the five-year average of four percent in this report which first documents…

(Posted Mon. Apr 24th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

In response to oral arguments held earlier today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on the petition for review of the Renewable Volume Obligations for 2014-2016 filed by Americans for Clean Energy, et al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in January 2016, the American Coalition for Ethanol, BIO, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, National Sorghum Producers, and Renewable Fuels Association issued the following…

(Posted Fri. Apr 21st, 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.   This week, Field Notes…

Tune In! CommonGround Volunteer Talks GMOs with Bill Nye

(Posted Fri. Apr 21st, 2017)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Binge watching and GMO-centric conversations come together today as Netflix premiers the first season of Bill Nye Saves the World. The show, which became available at 4 a.m. CDT today, features a panel discussion on the use of GMO technology in agriculture that includes CommonGround volunteer Julie Kenney in episode four “More Food, Less Hype.”   The episode looks at the science behind and fear surrounding biotechnology in agriculture. Presenting…

Farmers Committed to Soil Health Stand Tall on Earth Day

(Posted Thu. Apr 20th, 2017)

Visit Jason and Misty Lay’s corn and soybean farm outside Bloomington, Ill., and it just may look like Earth Day all year long. They’re among a growing number of farmers adopting modern sustainable ag practices, including cover crops, reduced tillage, waterways and terraces. The techniques help restore soil health, one of our nation’s best opportunities to sequester carbon and improve water quality, while protecting against the threats of climate…

(Posted Wed. Apr 19th, 2017)

This story was republished with the permission of the original author, the Renewable Fuels Association. To see its format at the time of release, click here.   Gasoline consumed in the United States in 2016 contained more than 10% ethanol on average for the first time ever, according to an analysis of U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data released today by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). The EIA data dispels…

(Posted Tue. Apr 18th, 2017)

America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches and those who operate them.   “The Census of…

(Posted Mon. Apr 17th, 2017)

Corn planting progress appears to have fallen slightly behind the five-year average according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With six percent of total corn acres planted by April16, progress fell three percentage points short of the five-year average and six percentage points behind the same date in 2016.   Progress surpassed the five-year average in Texas by six percentage points, three points fewer than…

 Field Notes Meets Kansas Farmer Lowell Neitzel

(Posted Fri. Apr 14th, 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.   This week, Field Notes…

(Posted Thu. Apr 13th, 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.   This week, Field Notes…

(Posted Wed. Apr 12th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association invites farmers to become a part of the change they desire by actively honing their leadership skills through the NCGA Leadership Academy, part of Syngenta’s Leadership at Its Best Program.  Growers must be nominated by their state corn association for either program.  Interested members should contact their state associations now for further information and get completed applications in to state offices by the end of…

(Posted Tue. Apr 11th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds photographers that they can 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 all, the…

(Posted Mon. Apr 10th, 2017)

Corn planting appears to be precisely on pace with the five-year average overall according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With three percent of total corn acres planted by April 9, progress paralleled the five-year average for this point and sat only one percentage point behind planting progress recorded at this point in 2016.    Progress surpassed the five-year average in Texas by nine percentage…

(Posted Fri. Apr 7th, 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.   Field Notes met a…

(Posted Thu. Apr 6th, 2017)

As planting season begins across the country, the National Corn Growers Association joins the American Seed Trade Association in reminding farmers to follow five basic steps for stewardship of treated seed:   Follow Directions: Follow directions on treated seed container labels for handling, storage, planting and disposal practices.  Eliminate Flowering Weeds: Eliminate flowering plants and weeds in and around the field prior to planting. Minimize Dust: Use advanced seed flow lubricants that minimize dust.…

(Posted Mon. Apr 3rd, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

U.S. grain farmers are voicing their support and appreciation for trade with Mexico, a message U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Chairman and Maryland farmer Chip Councell carried with him when he traveled to meet with Mexican buyers in March.    “If you look at the logistics of Mexico, no other country can replace it as a customer for U.S. grain,” Councell said this week to the National Association of Farm Broadcasting…