NEWS STORIES

MAY 2017

(Posted Wed. May 31st, 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 Tue. May 30th, 2017)

As corn planting nears completion, corn emergence remains within two percentage points of the five-year average according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While progress remains on track, this first report showing information on crop condition indicates that acres rated in good or excellent condition sit seven percentage points lower than it did at this time last year.   With 91 percent of total corn …

(Posted Tue. May 30th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

Late Sunday night, American Ethanol driver and spokesperson, Austin Dillon captured his first Monster Energy Cup Series win, driving the celebrated No. 3 car to victory at the Coca-Cola 600. Dillon’s win came at his home track, the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and is the first for the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 car since October 15, 2000, when Dale Earnhardt won at Talladega.   “NCGA is obviously thrilled by the …

(Posted Tue. May 30th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers that time is running out 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. Interested members should contact their state associations now for further information and get completed applications into state offices by the end …

Starbuck Retires from NCGA

(Posted Fri. May 26th, 2017)

It is with mixed emotions that the National Corn Growers Association announces the retirement of Max Starbuck, Director of Market Development, after nearly 13 years of professional and dedicated service to the organization and to corn farmers nationwide.   During his tenure with NCGA Max wore many hats, from managing mycotoxin research efforts and the National Corn Yield Contest, to stewardship programs and most recently, focusing on key demand initiatives …

(Posted Fri. May 26th, 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.   Earlier this week, Field Notes …

(Posted Thu. May 25th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association commended the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation states that National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) permits are not required when applying pesticides according to their EPA-approved labels.   “We are pleased the House of Representatives recognizes this permit requirement for what it is: expensive, duplicative, and unnecessary red tape,” said Brandon Hunnicutt, Vice …

(Posted Thu. May 25th, 2017)

With just over one month remaining, the National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers to register early for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest and save big on entry fees. Until June 30, fees will be reduced to $75. NCGA reminds growers that a small time investment now saves money later this summer.   “While the early entry deadline may seem a ways out, we all know how quickly times goes by …

(Posted Wed. May 24th, 2017)

Last weekend, farmers and consumers came together to enjoy corn-based spirits and conversations about sustainability at the Heartland Craft Spirits Festival. The Illinois Corn Marketing Board organized the event, held in Chicago, as a pilot project to test the learnings gained through the National Corn Growers Association’s corn reputation research. A number of state corn associations, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin, sponsored state-specific …

(Posted Tue. May 23rd, 2017)

Keywords: Farm Policy

  The White House today released its detailed proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The budget proposal includes the following: Cutting the federal crop insurance program by $28.56 billion over the 2018-2027 period Eliminating funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) ($200 million/year) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program ($34.5 million/year) Reducing conservation program funding by $5.8 billion over the 2018-2027 period   The following is a statement from the …

(Posted Mon. May 22nd, 2017)

Corn planting progress and emergence are within one percentage point of the five-year average according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 84 percent of total corn acres planted and 54 percent emerged by May 21, progress fell only one percentage point short of the five-year average in both categories. Notably, the percentage of acres planted at this point equaled progress in 2016 while the …

(Posted Fri. May 19th, 2017)

Keywords: livestock

National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) staff met with the U.S. Meat Export Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), and Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) this week to discuss trade, policy, and opportunities for collaboration in the future.   At USMEF topics covered included the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement to both meat and corn exports, current beef and pork export trends, challenges, and future opportunities for international trade. …

(Posted Thu. May 18th, 2017)

Keywords: Conservation

Agricultural and conservation leaders are amplifying the drum beat on the importance of soil health in 21st Century land management. The National Corn Growers Association showed its support for this effort today, participating in the Soil Health Institute’s unveiling of its new Soil Health Action Plan in Washington, D.C.   Speakers at the event said soil health must emerge as the cornerstone of land use management decisions, in part …

(Posted Thu. May 18th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico have quintupled since the ink dried on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) more than 20 years ago. And Mexico’s animal agriculture and feed manufacturing industries want to keep buying even more U.S. corn, sorghum, distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and other products, according to a team of Mexican grain buyers, livestock and feed processing representatives who traveled to Nebraska and Washington, D.C. …

(Posted Thu. May 18th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

Today U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer formally notified Congress of the Trump Administration’s plans to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico.   National Corn Growers Association President Wesley Spurlock urged Lighthizer to remember the interests of U.S. agriculture as they begin modernizing the agreement.   “The Trump Administration understands that NAFTA has been an unequivocal success story for American agriculture,” said Spurlock.   “Exports …

(Posted Wed. May 17th, 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.   Field Notes caught up with …

(Posted Wed. May 17th, 2017)

With another growing season underway across corn country, the National Corn Growers Association encourages farmers to complete a mental check list and assess your farming operation and any potential impact for pollinators like honey bees.   If you are using treated seed, remember to consider the following five basic steps for stewardship of treated seed during planting season:   Follow Directions: Follow directions on treated seed container labels for handling, storage, planting …

(Posted Tue. May 16th, 2017)

Keywords: Farm Policy

The National Corn Growers Association filed comments yesterday with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on ethanol and the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulations, following President Trump’s executive order, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.”   NCGA urged the EPA to use its authority to give drivers year-round access to higher blends of ethanol such as E15. EPA has previously issued a Reid Vapor Pressure waiver for 10 percent ethanol blends. …

(Posted Tue. May 16th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been a boon for America’s farmers and ranchers, and we must maintain a strong partnership between the U.S. and Mexico, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and national and state grain industry leaders told Mexican officials today at a press conference highlighting the importance of Mexico to U.S. agriculture.   “Bilateral trade with Mexico has helped grow agriculture in our state over the years,” …

Nominations for NCGA’s Good Steward Recognition Program Open Today

(Posted Fri. May 12th, 2017)

Do you have a farmer friend, neighbor or family member who always does their job with a keen eye on improving the productivity of the soil and the viability of the farm for future generations? The National Corn Growers Association thinks their special too, and we want to meet them. Furthermore, we want to put them in the spotlight and reward them for their stewardship.   The fifth year of …

(Posted Fri. May 12th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

The Canadian government has set an aggressive goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 megatons by 2030 - and U.S. ethanol is a proven and economically viable tool to help achieve that objective. A U.S. ethanol industry mission delivered that message and more information about the benefits of U.S. ethanol during a mission to Canada in April, followed by formal comments on the proposed Canadian Clean Fuel Standard.    …

(Posted Fri. May 12th, 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.   Tuesday, Field Notes checked in …

(Posted Thu. May 11th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the creation of a USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs as part of a broader reorganization of the department. The following is a statement from Wesley Spurlock, president of the National Corn Growers Association:   “The National Corn Growers Association has long advocated for a dedicated position at USDA focused on increasing U.S. agricultural exports, and we pushed for …

(Posted Thu. May 11th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

Join the National Corn Growers Association and the U.S. Grains Council in highlighting agricultural exports during World Trade Month this May.    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports reached $134.8 billion in 2016, and imports totaled $114.6 billion, creating a trade surplus of $20.3 billion.    Exports remain a bright spot in a challenged farm economy. More than 26 percent of U.S. corn in all forms, including …

(Posted Thu. May 11th, 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.   Tuesday, Field Notes checked in …

(Posted Wed. May 10th, 2017)

The U.S. corn industry may see strong, but not record setting, production according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released today. With increased domestic demand offset by lower export forecasts, corn use is projected to see high, but not record, levels at 14.3 billion total bushels in 2017/18.    This report, the first forecasting overall U.S. corn supply and demand for the next marketing year, projected ethanol use to increase …

VIDEO: NCGA Showcases Technology and Sustainability at Field Day

(Posted Wed. May 10th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association joined with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the American Seed Trade Association in late April to host officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture for demonstrations on planting practices, seed treatments, and equipment innovations that are bringing continuous improvement to sustainable farming practices.   To view a video from the event, click here.   The field day …

Free Trade, Relationships Key to Market Competitiveness in South Korea

(Posted Tue. May 9th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

Recent events in foreign policy and the ongoing conversation about the value of U.S. trade agreements have put a spotlight on South Korea as a close U.S. ally and an important customer for U.S. products, including grains.  South Korea is now the fifth largest market for U.S. agricultural exports, totaling $6.2 billion in purchases in 2016. The country was the fourth largest importer of both U.S. corn and distiller's dried …

(Posted Tue. May 9th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

The National Corn Growers Association, along with the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports and the Agribusiness Coalition for Foreign Market Development, welcomed the introduction late last week of a bill to gradually increase investment in the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) programs, ultimately improving the competitiveness of the U.S. agricultural community in the global economy.   H.R. 2321, the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural …

Turn Your Smartphone Into an Ag Advocacy Power Tool

(Posted Mon. May 8th, 2017)

Want to play a more active role in the future of agriculture? Download the National Corn Growers Association’s Action app today. Featuring tools that help growers engage and influence elected officials on Capitol Hill and at home in their legislative districts, the app puts NCGA’s legislative issues, grassroots action alerts and social media channels at your fingertips.   The legislative issues facing farmers have grown increasingly complicated. No longer will …

(Posted Thu. May 4th, 2017)

Keywords: Stewardship

Whether you are a longtime advocate of cover crops—or have never even considered using them—the Soil Health Partnership is encouraging all farmers to participate in the USDA’s 2017 Cover Crop Survey.    In its fifth year, the survey helps the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program understand why farmers choose to use cover crops, or the reasons that they don’t. The information will help guide cover crop research, …

(Posted Tue. May 2nd, 2017)

Larry Byrd will rejoin NCGA and the Council in Washington this week as the receptionist and administrative assistant. In this capacity, Byrd will serve as the first point of contact for visitors and callers, as well as greet and direct guests to the appropriate staff members and assist them with office projects.   Prior to NCGA and the Council, Byrd worked for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company as an agribusiness underwriting …

(Posted Mon. May 1st, 2017)

With planting underway in much of the country, the National Corn Growers Association invites farmers to register early for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest and save big on entry fees. Until June 30, fees will be reduced to $75. NCGA reminds growers that a small time investment now saves money later this summer.   “We are excited to announce that yield contest entry is now open. While the early entry …