NEWS STORIES

OCTOBER 2017

(Posted Tue. Oct 31st, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

The following piece originally ran as a news release created and distributed by Growth Energy at: https://growthenergy.org/2017/10/30/growth-energy-2-billion-miles-surpassed-e15/.   Growth Energy announced that in just five months, American drivers have surpassed another billion miles on E15, bringing the total miles driven across the U.S. to 2 billion. This comes  on the heels of Growth Energy’s recent announcement that more than 1,000 stations across the country are currently offering …

(Posted Mon. Oct 30th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

The following piece originally ran as a news release created and distributed by the Renewable Fuels Association at: http://www.ethanolrfa.org/2017/10/rfa-data-more-than-4000-u-s-stations-offering-e85/   Drivers of flex fuel vehicles (FFVs), which can handle higher ethanol blends up to 85 percent, now have even more places to fuel up. According to E85prices.com, operated by the Renewable Fuels Association, there are now more than 4,000 stations throughout the U.S. offering E85.   There are more …

NCGA Promotes Membership, Engagement to Young Farmers

(Posted Fri. Oct 27th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association welcomed attendees to booth 1755 at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis where they learned about scholarship opportunities and teachers picked up curriculum provided by our state corn associations. Students, chaperones, and advisors also had the opportunity to become a grassroots advocate by joining our Stand Up for Corn campaign and to grab a photo with Captain Cornelius. NCGA representatives had many in-depth discussions on how NCGA membership benefits U.S. corn farmers and …

(Posted Fri. Oct 27th, 2017)

Two decades ago today, the corn plant got a huge boost with the announcement of the National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI). The historic research effort to map the corn genome - supported and shepherded by the National Corn Growers Association – has resulted in significant economic and environmental dividends for farmers and society at large.   The gene mapping effort, which ran parallel to the mapping of the human genome, …

(Posted Thu. Oct 26th, 2017)

Keywords: NASS crop insurance

The National Corn Growers Association urges growers to respond to surveys distributed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Statistics Service. Responses to recent surveys from USDA have reached historical lows, and this can impact farmers’ bottom lines.   “There seem to be county-to-county differences that are unaccounted for and, when you look at it, some counties did not have enough information from responses to the National Agricultural Statistics Service …

(Posted Wed. Oct 25th, 2017)

The following is a statement from National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Skunes regarding the introduction of a bill yesterday by Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D – N.D.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) directing the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to use crop yield data from the Risk Management Agency for yield calculations.   “NCGA applauds Senators Heitkamp and Ernst for recognizing the importance of having a strong revenue-based program for farmers and …

Harvest Photos to Capture the Story of Corn

(Posted Wed. Oct 25th, 2017)

As combines roll across golden fields, the National Corn Growers Association Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest asks interested farmers to snap shots that share their 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 that story …

(Posted Mon. Oct 23rd, 2017)

  Farmers interested in using dicamba as part of their crop strategy in the 2018 growing season need to be aware only certified applicators, or those under their direct supervision, will be allowed to apply the product.   The label change reflects an agreement between the Environmental Protection Agency, Monsanto, BASF and DuPont on measures to further minimize the potential for drift to damage neighboring crops from the use …

(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 …