NEWS STORIES

JUNE 2017

(Posted Fri. Jun 30th, 2017)

American farmers planted 3.1 million less acres of corn in 2017 than they did the previous year, a three percent decrease, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Acreage report released today. The report indicates an 890,000-acre net increase from the prospective planting report released in March. Total corn acres planted in the United States total 90.9 million.   “Farmers face challenges in 2017, from a wet planting season in …

(Posted Fri. Jun 30th, 2017)

As of today only 30 days remain to nominate a farmer friend, neighbor or family member for the National Corn Growers Association’s Good Steward Recognition Program. We’re looking for a farmer who always does their job with a keen eye on improving the productivity and sustainability of their farm for future generations.   Every profession has its early adopters that point the way for others, and National Corn Growers …

Meet the FY18 Corn Board Candidates: Don Glenn

(Posted Thu. Jun 29th, 2017)

This article and podcast are part of a series profiling candidates for the 2018 Corn Board.   Having gained knowledge and experience as a leader at both the state and national level, Don Glenn brings years of experience and insight to his service of fellow farmers. Having already served one year, he hopes to continue his service through reelection to the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board.   Glenn seeks …

Meet the FY18 Corn Board Candidates: Kenneth Hartman, Jr.

(Posted Thu. Jun 29th, 2017)

This article and podcast are part of a series profiling candidates for the 2018 Corn Board.   As the past president of the Illinois Corn Growers Association and chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Kenneth Hartman’s passion for agriculture keeps him returning to grower leadership service. . A team player, Hartman hopes to put his dedication to grassroots activism and desire for collaboration to use for farmers across the …

Meet the FY18 Corn Board Candidates: Brandon Hunnicutt

(Posted Wed. Jun 28th, 2017)

This article and podcast are part of a series profiling candidates for the 2018 Corn Board.   Dedicated to service since watching his parents’ example as a boy, Brandon Hunnicutt envisions a future where farmers communicate in a transparent, transformative way with the public. This combined dedication to giving back and forward-facing attitude have led him to find a new, national way to better service farmers as he runs for …

Meet the FY18 Corn Board Candidates: Dennis Maple

(Posted Wed. Jun 28th, 2017)

This article and podcast are part of a series profiling candidates for the 2018 Corn Board.   Having worked with many types of boards, Dennis Maple gives his time, energy and leadership to find solutions for the good of the whole. Seeing the Corn Board as a melting pot of corn grower leaders coming together to help improve productivity, policy and profitability, he hopes to continue his service as a …

(Posted Wed. Jun 28th, 2017)

As President Donald Trump approaches the 200-day mark of his administration, more than a dozen prominent agriculture organizations are urging him to move quickly to fill vacancies within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).   “With a struggling rural economy—which has seen a 55 percent decrease in income over the last three years—we need leaders and decision makers in place to serve farmers, ranchers and consumers,” reads a letter

(Posted Tue. Jun 27th, 2017)

The following is a statement from Texas farmer Wesley Spurlock, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s announcement of the proposal to repeal the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule:   “The goal of the Clean Water Act is to restore and maintain the integrity of the nation’s waters. The 2015 rule moved us further away from that goal. Repealing it is an important first …

(Posted Tue. Jun 27th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is critical for corn farmers and agriculture at large, and continuing its long-term success is a top priority to our members, National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Kevin Skunes testified Tuesday at a hearing of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to examine priorities for the upcoming NAFTA renegotiations.   “North America has become the most important export market for the …

(Posted Tue. Jun 27th, 2017)

Keywords: Conservation

When it comes to caring for farmland and adopting the next generation of farming practices, there cannot be enough sharing. That’s the philosophy of the Soil Health Partnership, hosting its fourth year of field days this summer and fall within its network of more than 100 farms.   At the field days, Midwestern farmers can learn how changing nutrient management and tillage strategies, along with cover crop adoption, can …

Meet the FY18 Corn Board Candidates: Harold Wolle, Jr.

(Posted Tue. Jun 27th, 2017)

This article and podcast are part of a series profiling candidates for the 2018 Corn Board.   Harold Wolle brings both academic knowledge of business administration and extensive leadership experience to his service of fellow farmers. Having already served as president of his state association and on the national level, he hopes to continue his work on the behalf of his industry as a member of the National Corn Growers …

Meet the FY18 Corn Board Candidates: Gary Porter

(Posted Tue. Jun 27th, 2017)

This article and podcast are part of a series profiling candidates for the 2018 Corn Board.   Having already served nine years with the Missouri Corn Growers Association, Gary Porter feels ready to take on a new challenge. Given the knowledge he has gained and, also, bringing a positive, “why not’ attitude, he hopes to further his work on behalf of corn growers as a member of the National Corn …

NCGA Expands Ethanol Staff with Addition of Magner

(Posted Tue. Jun 27th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association welcomes Peter Magner, who joins the organization this week as manager of renewable fuels in the St. Louis office. Magner brings an excellent combination of experience in research, public policy and energy management to the team. In this new position, he will provide key support to ethanol programs as a direct report to the director of renewable fuels.   “Peter’s impressive education, along with his work …

New Leaders Program Launches Fourth Year with Great Success

(Posted Mon. Jun 26th, 2017)

The 2017 class of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program, now entering its fourth year of helping farming couples and individuals become better communicators, leaders and advocates for agriculture, held its first session last week in Johnston, Iowa.   “We’re pleased to see this important program continue for a fourth year with DuPont’s generous support,” said Pam Johnson, NCGA past president and a corn grower from Iowa. “NCGA has always …

NCGA Board Elects Lynn Chrisp as Next Farmer to Help Lead Organization

(Posted Fri. Jun 23rd, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board has elected Lynn Chrisp of Nebraska to become the organization's first vice president for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.   “I am deeply honored that my Corn Board colleagues chose to place their trust in my capability and commitment to leading our association forward,” said Chrisp. “America’s corn farmers face a growing number of challenges. Working together as an industry …

(Posted Fri. Jun 23rd, 2017)

With only one week 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 planting season seems to have flown by, the early entry deadline for the 2017 National Corn Yield Contest …

(Posted Thu. Jun 22nd, 2017)

Keywords: Conservation

Eight years ago, the U.S. Senate approved designating a week each June as Pollinator Week. June 19-25, is the official week in 2017. In the wake of that decision, many positive steps have been taken to help pollinators from Monarch butterflies to honey bees, and the National Corn Growers Association is proud to be part of these efforts.   Corn does not require pollination by honey bees, but NCGA recognizes …

NAGC Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

(Posted Wed. Jun 21st, 2017)

Keywords: Research

The National Agricultural Genotyping Center, championed by the National Corn Growers Association, marks its one-year anniversary today and it does so with a significant list of accomplishments of importance to corn farmers.   NAGC’s mission is to translate scientific discoveries, such as the information from the maize genome project, into solutions for production agriculture, food safety, functional foods, bioenergy and national security.   “We are extremely excited to see this …

(Posted Tue. Jun 20th, 2017)

Keywords: conservation water quality

Wetlands are among the most productive ecosystems in the world, comparable to rainforest and coral reefs. Now, modern agriculture is trying to capture some of nature’s wetland magic as a means to manage nutrients on the farm.   State and national corn organizations’ staff that work on water quality issues recently toured the Franklin Research & Demonstration Farm near Lexington, Illinois, to learn more about how research into “constructed wetlands” …

(Posted Mon. Jun 19th, 2017)

Using ethanol personally, promoting the fuel to the public and supporting ethanol-friendly legislation have been bread-and-butter activities for corn farmers and their respective associations for more than two decades. Although this is not likely to change in the months and years ahead, challenges and pressures on the ethanol front make strategic thinking and demand-driving initiatives increasingly critical.   State and National Corn Grower staff just concluded two days of meetings …

(Posted Fri. Jun 16th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

The following is a statement from Texas farmer Wesley Spurlock, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s announcement on U.S. policy toward Cuba.   “Cuba should be an easy market for U.S. corn farmers. Instead, that market has gone to our competitors—costing us an estimated $125 million in lost opportunity each year. If trade with Cuba were normalized, it would represent our 11th largest market for …

(Posted Thu. Jun 15th, 2017)

Keywords: Conservation

Farmers’ continuous commitment to adopting more sustainable agricultural practices is reaping significant benefits such as healthier soil and cleaner water. But, despite these successes, there is more work ahead to juggle the science and economic factors that must be blended and balanced as the speed of change increases.   Finding the best path and striking that balance is the central theme of a water quality and ag nutrient meeting being …

(Posted Tue. Jun 13th, 2017)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association brought the voice of farmers into important conversations on U.S. biotechnology regulations during the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service public comment meeting held at the University of California, Davis, earlier today. This session, which was the second of three, offered the opportunity to personally provide input on the part 340 proposed rule that would modify the science-based federal regulatory framework …

(Posted Mon. Jun 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.   Field Notes caught up with …

(Posted Mon. Jun 12th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

Trade equals huge success for exports of U.S. feed grains in all forms, particularly to the 20 countries with which the United States has a free trade agreement (FTA).   Exports of feed grains in all forms to FTA partner countries have increased by nearly 24 percent over the last 10 marketing years (2006/2007 to 2015/2016), according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) trade data and analysis by the U.S. …

(Posted Fri. Jun 9th, 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 Fri. Jun 9th, 2017)

U.S. corn production remains on track to produce an abundant, but not record-setting, crop according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released today. With projections to production, supply and demand unchanged from the May report, farmers now wait to see how the picture might change with the release of the Acreage report, which provides a survey-based estimate of the area planted and a forecast of harvest acres, on June 30. …

(Posted Thu. Jun 8th, 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.   More than a decade after the original renewable fuel standard (RFS) was signed into law, tremendous progress has been made toward its goals of energy security, clean air and boosting local economies, according to a new analysis by the …

(Posted Wed. Jun 7th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association applauded President Trump’s pledge today to make rebuilding America’s infrastructure a national priority and committed to work with his Administration on the issue.   “It's time to recapture our legacy as a nation of builders, and to create new lanes of travel, commerce, and discovery,” President Trump said at a speech in Cincinnati on the backdrop of the Ohio River.   Ken Hartman, chair of …

NCGA Launches Open Innovation Challenge to Find the Next Big Thing for Corn

(Posted Wed. Jun 7th, 2017)

Keywords: Research

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), along with innovation facilitator NineSigma, today announced the launch of a global competition to identify new and innovative uses for field corn as a renewable feedstock for making sustainable chemicals with significant market demand.   Growing interest in America’s emerging bio-economy and continued improvements in sustainable corn production underscore the versatility and potential of this crop.  The “Consider Corn Challenge” is a starting point …

(Posted Mon. Jun 5th, 2017)

Identifying corn diseases and pursuing the best management plan available just got easier, faster and more cost effective due to new testing protocols announced today by the National Agricultural Genotyping Center located in Fargo, North Dakota.   “Farming is a complicated pursuit that involves many choices. Making the right choice at the right time can have a huge effect on profitability,” said Larry Hoffman, Chairman of the National Corn Growers …

(Posted Thu. Jun 1st, 2017)

Consumer choice at the pump takes a step backward today as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) restriction on summertime E15 ethanol sales goes into effect, underscoring the need for Congress to pass the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act and restore consumer choice year-round.    An arcane regulatory barrier limits the ability of fuel retailers to offer 15 percent ethanol blends in most of the country from June 1 to …