NEWS STORIES

JANUARY 2018

NCGA Welcomes New Director of Accounting & Administration

(Posted Mon. Jan 22nd, 2018)

The National Corn Growers Association welcomes Marie Nelson as its new Director of Accounting and Administration.  Nelson, who began last week, will be working with current Director of Accounting Darcy Wolf to prepare to assume responsibilities for this crucial area of work prior to Wolf’s retirement, which will come in late June of this year.   “It is bittersweet that Darcy will be retiring, and thus leaving us, in June,” …

(Posted Mon. Jan 22nd, 2018)

Only a few days remain to take advantage of standard registration fees for the 2018 Commodity Classic to be held Feb. 27-March 1, in Anaheim, California. The last day regular registration fees are in effect is Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. Late registration fees will apply after that date.    Hotel group rates are also guaranteed through Jan. 29. Reservations after that date will be based on availability and may be charged …

(Posted Fri. Jan 19th, 2018)

Last week, the National Corn Growers Association was recognized for excellence at the Region 2 National Agri-Marketing Association Awards Ceremony. The poster accompanying the association’s 2017 World of Corn publication took first place for the region in the Company- or Producer-Funded PR Campaign Element Directed Toward Consumers category. Additionally, the Missouri Corn Growers Association took a merit prize for its Missouri-specific outreach efforts on atrazine re-registration themed “Fight the EPA.” …

(Posted Thu. Jan 18th, 2018)

Keywords: Trade

A broad-based group of over 30 organizations representing growers, refiners, producers, transporters, retailers and consumers announced the formation of Americans for Farmers & Families (AFF), a coalition that will work to ensure President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders understand the importance of preserving and modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to America’s agricultural and retail economies.   Since taking effect in 1994, the positive impacts of NAFTA extend …

(Posted Wed. Jan 17th, 2018)

Attendees at the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif., can make their experience even more memorable by signing up for one or more of the fascinating tours available during the event. These optional tours provide the opportunity to discover even more about the history, attractions and culture of Southern California—and this year’s tour schedule is among the most varied ever offered.   In addition, this year’s Commodity Classic is scheduled …

(Posted Fri. Jan 12th, 2018)

America’s corn farmers are projected to produce a larger corn crop than previously expected according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released today. The increased production forecast is the result of increased yield projections, with the national average now projected at 176.6 bushels per acre. This new record-high yield projection accompanies record yield projections from major corn-producing states such as Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio.   "While the range of prices …

(Posted Thu. Jan 11th, 2018)

With a trade show featuring more than 360 exhibitors commanding nearly 2,000 booth spaces, Commodity Classic attendees are strongly encouraged to wear comfortable shoes!   The 2018 Commodity Classic, the nation's largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, will be held Feb. 27-March 1 in Anaheim, Calif.  The trade show is open all three days.   "The farmers who attend Commodity Classic are aggressively pursuing in making their farms even …

(Posted Wed. Jan 10th, 2018)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Southern corn growers will pull their planters out of the shed and into the field in only a few short weeks. Bt corn will be planted on millions of acres across the South, protecting plants from damaging insects like corn borer and corn earworm. But to ensure that the technology remains effective, farmers in cotton-growing areas must plant a structured refuge alongside their Bt corn.   “Planting a refuge is …

(Posted Wed. Jan 10th, 2018)

Time is running out to take advantage of early registration discounts for the 2018 Commodity Classic to be held Tuesday, February 27 through March 1, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Thursday, January 11, 2018, is the last day for early registration discounts.  Lesser registration discounts are available through January 29.   Registration fees vary depending on the number of days attended. Members of the sponsoring commodity associations receive additional discounts on registration.  …

(Posted Tue. Jan 9th, 2018)

For more than seven years, CommonGround volunteers have served as resources for consumers who have questions about how their food is grown. In a newly-released video, CommonGround Iowa volunteer Sara Ross shares her perspective on plant breeding innovation with the help of a fellow mom – and plant breeder – Jessie Alt.   “Plant breeding innovation will help us continue to be sustainable and improve on our sustainability so …

(Posted Mon. Jan 8th, 2018)

Education is a hallmark of Commodity Classic and this year’s schedule is one of the most robust in recent memory.   The 2018 Commodity Classic will be held Feb. 27-March 1 in Anaheim, Calif.  Attendees can register for all three days or register for one day only.    Gerry Hayden, a Kentucky farmer and co-chair of the 2018 Commodity Classic, said that every educational session was selected by farmers, for …

(Posted Wed. Jan 3rd, 2018)

As we prepare to ring in 2018, “getting healthy” will be a common New Year’s Resolution among millions of people. But for farmers, the New Year is also an opportunity to set goals for getting their soil healthy, a practice taking on elevated importance for protecting natural resources, and helping farmers manage extreme weather, increase profitability and sequester carbon.   The Soil Health Partnership has developed the Top 5 Resolutions for …

(Posted Wed. Jan 3rd, 2018)

Only a few days remain to take advantage of early registration discounts for the 2018 Commodity Classic to be held Tuesday, February 27 through March 1, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Thursday, January 11, 2018, is the last day for early registration discounts.  Lesser registration discounts are available through January 29.   Registration fees vary depending on the number of days attended. Members of the sponsoring commodity associations receive additional discounts on …