NEWS STORIES

AUGUST 2017

NCGA Officers Highlight the Need for Action to Strengthen Markets

(Posted Thu. Aug 31st, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association leaders interacted with farmers, ag media, academic and industry partners, and participated in the House Agriculture Committee’s farm bill listening session at this year’s Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois.   “We need stronger markets to help drive the agriculture economy, but we cannot do that by ourselves,” said Kevin Skunes, NCGA’s incoming president.  “We need Congress and the Trump Administration to work to break …

(Posted Thu. Aug 31st, 2017)

Keywords: ethanol

In comments submitted today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Corn Growers Association asked the Agency to maintain the proposed amount of conventional ethanol blended into the nation’s gas supply for 2018, and to raise the amount of cellulosic, advanced, and total biofuels.   In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, NCGA President Wesley Spurlock writes, “In the 10 years since Congress expanded the RFS in …

(Posted Tue. Aug 29th, 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. Aug 28th, 2017)

A fewer number of corn acres have reached dented stage than the five-year average according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 51 percent of total corn acres planted by August 27, maturity in progressing to dent reached only 44 percent, seven percentage points short of the five-year average. Additionally, 62 percent of all corn acres in the top 18 corn-planted states in 2016 remained …

(Posted Fri. Aug 25th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association joined with the other members of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF) today, uniting to develop recommendations to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) as it develops regulations to implement the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law. In response to a series of questions posed by AMS, CFSAF achieved a strong consensus on a broad range of topics critical to the successful implementation …

(Posted Thu. Aug 24th, 2017)

There was a time it was rare to see environmental groups in the same room with agricultural organizations unless it was a court room or a Congressional hearing. Those days are gone as evidenced by a Celebration of Collaborative Conservation in America’s Heartland held at the Donald Danforth Science Center in St. Louis this week.   The event, hosted by the Environmental Defense Fund and the National Corn Growers Association, …

(Posted Thu. Aug 24th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

The following piece originally ran as a press release created and distributed by the Renewable Fuels Association.     A new economic modeling study that will soon be published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics finds that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has substantially benefitted the U.S. economy by lowering gasoline and crude oil prices, cutting crude oil imports, adding value to U.S.-produced agricultural commodities and reducing …

Julie Busse Joins NCGA as Communications Manager

(Posted Tue. Aug 22nd, 2017)

Today, the National Corn Growers Association welcomes Julie Busse to the team as communications manager in the St. Louis office.  Busse brings more than 10 years of agricultural communications experience, including media relations and strategic planning. In her position, she will provide support for market development programs including ethanol and livestock, along with other key communication initiatives.   “We are excited to have Julie as a part of the communications …

(Posted Mon. Aug 21st, 2017)

National Corn Growers Association officers and senior staff gathered last week in Montana for the biannual NCGA Agri-Industry Council meeting. Here, representatives of 14 leading agribusinesses discussed vital issues facing agriculture, shared information on their companies and sectors, heard from recognized speakers and learned about NCGA’s current initiatives.  Established in 2007, the Agri-Industry Council facilitates dialogue between agribusinesses and NCGA to collectively address issues of mutual concern.   “By providing …

(Posted Fri. Aug 18th, 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. Aug 16th, 2017)

The confidential crop survey from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be arriving in the mailboxes of Southern farmers soon, and it is very important that recipients take the time to complete it.   The number of farmers completing the confidential NASS crop survey has been declining in recent years—and that’s bad news for farmers. This is bad news for farmers as results of the confidential NASS crop survey …

(Posted Tue. Aug 15th, 2017)

Growers gathered in Minneapolis, Minn. last week for the first session of the NCGA Leadership Academy, co-sponsored by Syngenta. This year’s class includes 15 aspiring leaders from nine states. Upon completion of the program in January, the participants will join more than 500 colleagues who have graduated from this program in the past 30 years.   At the meeting, participants got an up-close look at NCGA from President Wesley Spurlock, …

NCGA Welcomes Sarah McKay as New Manager of Market Development

(Posted Mon. Aug 14th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association welcomes Sarah McKay, who joins the organization this week as manager of market development in the St. Louis office. McKay brings an excellent combination of experience in public policy and food industry supply chain management to the team. In this new position, she will provide key support to NCGA’s animal agriculture, industrial use and new use efforts as a direct report to the director of market …

(Posted Fri. Aug 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.   Field Notes caught up with …

(Posted Fri. Aug 11th, 2017)

Keywords: Conservation

What will improve soil health to make farmland more productive, efficient and sustainable for the next generation, and how does it impact the business side? Get the scoop from area farmers and other experts at a field day across Illinois throughout August, including:   Aug. 15: Oglesby, Ill. John Hochstatter Cover Crop Meeting Aug. 16: Monticello, Ill. Lieb Farms Soil Health Meeting Aug. 22: Decatur, Ill. Dave and Chase Brown …

(Posted Thu. Aug 10th, 2017)

U.S. average corn yield was estimated today at 169.5 bushels per acre, down from last year's record 174.6. This is the first report of the year based on actual survey results rather than the previous 170.1 bushels trend yield used in earlier WASDE projections.    Yield projections were generally higher than last year in the south and east, and lower in the central and western …

(Posted Wed. Aug 9th, 2017)

Keywords: Conservation

The Soil Health Partnership has endorsed a set of 19 soil health measurements, encouraging the agriculture industry to quickly adopt them. Once widely adopted, the indicators are expected to help farming become more sustainable and precise in areas such as nutrient management.   Research shows that the benefits of improving soil health include: Improved crop yield, enhanced water quality, increased drought resilience and flood resistance, and decreased greenhouse gas emissions. …

(Posted Tue. Aug 8th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

Every successful industry needs advocates of heroic stature. If they happen to be gregarious, fearless and zealous in their beliefs that’s a huge bonus. Keith Holmes was that guy, and today he is being remembered at a memorial service in Spring Lake, Michigan.   Keith, who was killed in a crash recently during the St. Clair River Classic offshore powerboat race in Michigan, throttled and raced boats in the …

(Posted Tue. Aug 8th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

Last month, a delegation from the International Maize Alliance (MAIZALL), including NCGA Past and MAIZALL current President Pam Johnson, met with their South American counterparts in Argentina to collaborate on strategic planning for MAIZALL and to meet with a number of senior Argentine government officials.   While the participants in MAIZALL compete for markets abroad, they came together to reaffirm their commitment to and discuss their work toward common goals …

(Posted Mon. Aug 7th, 2017)

With harvest nearing across the country, the National Corn Growers Association announces that online harvest forms for the 2017 National Corn Yield Contest are now available. While the harvest information form deadline may seem distant, entrants are asked to report within two weeks of their final yield check or by Nov. 17, whichever comes first.   “While harvest has only begun in a few areas, we ask contest applicants to …

(Posted Fri. Aug 4th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association is seeking applications from members interested in working on an NCGA action team in the 2018 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. This service provides growers an opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future of their industry and to become a part of the national agricultural leadership community.   “As a grassroots organization, NCGA relies on its members to take an active …

Have a Corn Story? Tell It in Pictures and Win

(Posted Thu. Aug 3rd, 2017)

If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, the National Corn Growers Association Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest will provide enough fodder for a novel telling the story of American agriculture.   Photographers can help tell that story of farming field corn in America through this fourth annual contest by capturing high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. Interested photographers wishing to help tell …

(Posted Wed. Aug 2nd, 2017)

Today, growers from across the Corn Belt wrapped up a conference in St. Louis where they shared ideas and practiced effective communications techniques.  This group, which included female farmers and association staff from nearly 20 states, listened to presentations by industry experts and participated in workshops designed to improve presentation skills and social media presence.   This national conference, which looked back at both the program’s nearly seven years of …

(Posted Tue. Aug 1st, 2017)

Renewable fuels benefit our economy, our energy security, and our environment, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should set a strong volume for all renewable fuel types, National Corn Growers Association Board member Keith Alverson testified today at an EPA hearing on the 2018 renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).   “My local ethanol plant was constructed one year prior to my college graduation. That plant and …