NEWS STORIES

OCTOBER 2017

(Posted Fri. Oct 20th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

In a letter to seven senators sent late Thursday, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt took significant strides toward strengthening the foundation for ethanol and renewable fuels.  The Administrator emphasized his commitment to implementing renewable fuel volumes at or above levels proposed, as well as to examining the Agency’s authority to fix regulations that currently limit the year-round sale of E15 and higher ethanol blends.  Administrator Pruitt also said the Agency would …

(Posted Fri. Oct 20th, 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 Thu. Oct 19th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today urged EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to pull back on the further reductions to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contemplates in the October 4, 2017 Notice of Data Availability (NODA).   In the NODA, EPA requested additional comments on potential reductions in volume requirements under the RFS. While EPA proposed no direct changes to the implied 15 billion …

(Posted Wed. Oct 18th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association thanks Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for continuing to stand up for farmers, rural communities and biofuels. Senator Grassley, along with Senators Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska), Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), John Thune (R-South Dakota), Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) and Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) met yesterday with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to discuss concerns regarding EPA's administration of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), including proposals to reduce RFS volumes.   “We would like to thank …

(Posted Wed. Oct 18th, 2017)

Six Wisconsin farms have joined the Soil Health Partnership, a move that expands an innovative long-term research project to the upper Midwest. The results could convince more farmers to engage in agriculture practices that do everything from making farms more resilient to extreme weather to improving state water quality.   Reduced tillage, the use of cover crops in winter, and advanced nutrient management are key practices used to improve soil …

(Posted Tue. Oct 17th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

When planning a family vacation, you probably don’t put a lot of thought into which gas stations you are going to stop at, when you are going to stop and the type of gasoline you are going to fill-up with. Well, Renewable Fuels Association’s Vice President of Industry Relations, Robert White, did just that and recently shared his journey.   The following piece originally ran as a blog post …

(Posted Mon. Oct 16th, 2017)

With harvest continuing across the country, the National Corn Growers Association will accept online harvest forms for the 2017 National Corn Yield Contest until Friday, December 1 at 4:30 pm CST. These forms are available online for those who entered the contest. Please do remember though, entrants are asked to report within two weeks of their final yield check or by Dec. 1 now, whichever comes first.   “While NCGA …

(Posted Fri. Oct 13th, 2017)

Consuming more than 5 billion bushels annually, the animal feed industry is the #1 customer of U.S. corn. Within animal feed, poultry and egg farms use the most corn, followed by beef and pork. The largest growth opportunity for U.S. poultry and egg products exists in foreign markets, where consumer demand for safe, reliable protein continues to outpace supply. Last year, NCGA became a member of the USA Poultry & …

(Posted Thu. Oct 12th, 2017)

Keywords: production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s WASDE report released today has corn production forecasted at 14.280 billion bushels, up 96 million from last month. Corn supply remains unchanged despite yield again being raised by almost a bushel to 171.8. The yield increase was offset by an adjustment in acreage planted and lower stocks. Lower planted acres likely reflects more accurate accounting of spring weather difficulties.  Corn price projections also remain unchanged …

American Ethanol and NCGA to Roll Out Big Promotion at Talladega Race

(Posted Wed. Oct 11th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

Talladega Motor Speedway will once again be the home of “the big one” on Oct. 13-15, only this time it will be the National Corn Growers Association conducting their largest American Ethanol NASCAR promotion to date, not the seemingly inevitable fast racing and wrecks that make the track famous.   NCGA will be partnering with corn farmers from across the U.S. - including Alabama, Kansas, Iowa and Michigan - to …

CommonGround Launches Video Highlighting Farmer’s Sustainability Story, Opens Dialogue Based in Shared Values

(Posted Tue. Oct 10th, 2017)

CommonGround launched a new video highlighting how farmers care for the environment and why they take more and more steps to increase sustainability on their farms. The short piece and accompanying blog posts, which feature Nebraska CommonGround volunteer Diane Karr, help consumers looking for the story behind their food.   Showcasing the many practices farmers use to improve air, water and soil on their own unique farms, the video addresses …

(Posted Fri. Oct 6th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of 38 senators, led by Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, urging him to implement a strong final 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule as intended by Congress.   “We urge you to continue to implement the RFS as intended by Congress and release a strong final rule that would give consumers more choices at the pump, strengthen …

Spurlock Sees Great Progress, Anticipates Further Success in FY18 Through Grassroots Action

(Posted Wed. Oct 4th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association entered a new fiscal year on Sunday and seated the 2018 Corn Board with Wesley Spurlock of Stratford, Texas, who moved into the role of chairman.  Off the Cob spoke with the chairman to explore his views on NCGA’s work over the previous years, what lies ahead for corn farmers in 2018 and his thoughts on the importance of grassroots advocacy.   “What we have done as …

(Posted Wed. Oct 4th, 2017)

Keywords: New Uses

The National Corn Growers Association’s innovative search for new corn uses, called the Consider Corn Challenge, wrapped up last week, and reports just in show the effort to be a complete success. Initial results show that the group’s first-ever Open Innovation Contest attracted strong interest from the United States and six other countries.   Entrants shared their lab bench-vetted ideas on new ways to convert corn or corn-based products …

(Posted Tue. Oct 3rd, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association and other biofuel advocates sent a letter to President Donald Trump today, urging the White House to “act quickly to prevent actions” at the Environmental Protection Agency that could undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).   “The proposed changes are inconsistent with the law and threaten the growth and prosperity of the U.S. biofuels industry,” wrote the National Corn Growers Association, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, …

Chrisp Focuses on the Future, Provides Insight as FY18 NCGA First Vice President

(Posted Tue. Oct 3rd, 2017)

When the National Corn Growers Association entered a new fiscal year Sunday, Nebraska farmer Lynn Chrisp assumed the role of first vice president.  Off the Cob spoke with the new officer to explore the challenges he sees as most important to corn farmers in the next year and discuss his thoughts on leadership.   To listen to the full interview, click here.   Chrisp began by giving an overview of …

Skunes Enters 2018 Hopeful for the Future, Passionate About Grassroots Action

(Posted Mon. Oct 2nd, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association entered a new fiscal year on Sunday and seated the 2018 Corn Board with Kevin Skunes of Arthur, North Dakota, who assumed the presidency.  Off the Cob spoke with the new president to discuss his thoughts on the previous year, explore his views on what lies ahead for corn farmers in 2018 and his goals for his term.   “Over the last year, we have been able …