NEWS STORIES

JANUARY 2018

(Posted Wed. Jan 31st, 2018)

Keywords: Farm Policy

With only days remaining, the National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers to complete U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service’s 2017 Census of Agriculture before the February 5 deadline.   Conducted once every five years, the census aims to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture. The resulting data are used by farmers, ranchers, trade associations, researchers, policymakers and many others to help make decisions in community planning, farm assistance programs, technology development, farm advocacy, agribusiness setup, rural development and more.   "The Census of Agriculture is USDA's largest data collection endeavor, providing some of the most widely used statistics in the industry," said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny...

Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest Winners Announced

(Posted Tue. Jan 30th, 2018)

The National Corn Growers Association today announced the 25 winners of the 2017 Fields of Corn Photo Contest, a contest that provided aspiring shutterbugs of all types the opportunity to share in – and visually communicate – the great beauty and hard work that make up American agriculture.   “Again this year, we opened up this photo contest to the general public, and we are deeply impressed with the high quality and large number of entries submitted,” said NCGA Graphic Communications Designer Beth Musgrove. “These images will help us tell the story of farming in a meaningful, powerful way and, in fact, they are already featured in some of our publications and on our website.”   Winning the grand prize was Lance Otto of Redwood Falls, Minnesota. His image, “Harvest Glow,” came from the...

Commodity Classic General Session Features “Blackhawk Down” Army Ranger

(Posted Mon. Jan 29th, 2018)

During the General Session held on Wednesday morning, attendees at the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif. will hear the amazing story of the harrowing U.S. Army mission that was recounted in the movie “Blackhawk Down.”  Commodity Classic takes place Feb. 27-March 1.   The General Session is one of the most popular events at Commodity Classic.  Comedian Mark Mayfield returns to the stage, along with commodity organization leaders, for a discussion of the hottest issues facing our nation’s corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum farmers. Additionally, there will be an update from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.   U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has also been invited to present.   The General Session concludes with an appearance by Keni Thomas, a...

Annual Report Shows How NCGA Lays the Groundwork for Success

(Posted Mon. Jan 29th, 2018)

The National Corn Growers Association’s annual report for the 2017 fiscal year is now available online.  Themed “Groundwork,” the 2017 report spotlights efforts made by NCGA throughout the year to reach long-term, strategic goals to improve the future of the industry by increasing demand. A printed copy of the report, which also features current financial information, will also be sent to all active members.   Click here to view the full report.   “It could be applying fertilizer to ensure a healthy crop. Or applying crop protection products to reduce pressure from weeds and insects that steal a crop’s potential. Perhaps it’s adding a cover crop. Whatever practices you use on your farm, you understand the importance of laying groundwork- taking care of the little things that...

(Posted Thu. Jan 25th, 2018)

Keywords: Conservation

Family farmers face daily challenges from low prices to battling insect and weed pests but today they are digging deeper to find a new resiliency in their management tactics as they face weather extremes.  Heavier rainfall, more total rain, changing growing seasons, warmer night-time temperatures, shifting frost dates, and higher total CO2 levels frame the climate puzzle.   The National Corn Growers Association’s Climate Task Force is working to better understand these developments and conducted its third meeting this week in Chicago. However, the meetings follow months of study and engagement to have a clearer picture of emerging agronomic challenges.   “Attaining profitability and sustainability in tandem are key goals for corn farmers. Changes in climate patterns have short-...

(Posted Tue. Jan 23rd, 2018)

Keywords: Conservation Sustainability

Innovators. Educators. Communicators. Those are just some of the words used to describe the four recipients of the newly inaugurated “Seeds of Change Awards” at the 2018 Soil Health Partnership Summit, Jan. 18-19 in Chicago. These awards were developed to highlight those members of the Soil Health Partnership who go above and beyond to advocate for the partnership and for soil health throughout the year.     “The Soil Health Partnership could not exist without the willingness and enthusiasm of our partners—especially the farmers and agronomists on the front lines of our research,” said Nick Goeser, director of the Soil Health Partnership. “These four individuals exemplify the very best of our dedicated partners, and we look forward to honoring others as the research...

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,” said NCGA Vice President of Operations Fred Stemme. “At the same time, I am thrilled to be adding someone with Marie’s experience and credentials to the NCGA team. We all look forward to working with her and look forward with excited anticipation to seeing the improvements she will make.”   Nelson most recently served as Chief Financial Officer for Galen...

(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 at the hotel’s prevailing rate.   Registration fees vary depending on the number of days attended. Members of the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Sorghum Producers and National Association of Wheat Growers receive additional discounts on registration.    All registration and housing reservations should be...

(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.” The South Dakota Corn Growers Association took first place in Region 3 in the category for Direct Mail - Directed at Farmers, Growers and Ranchers.   The World of Corn, a publication NCGA puts out annually, features a statistical guide that shows in a clear, graphic manner the facts about...

(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 beyond America’s farming community, and have helped the food and agricultural industries to grow to support more than 43 million jobs.  But it is rural economies and communities that are among the biggest winners under NAFTA, the very same communities that...

(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 for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, (Feb.27-March 1) which allows attendees to add a weekend on either end of their visit to enjoy the sights and attractions of southern California including Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and more.  Disneyland is just a few blocks from the Anaheim Convention Center, where Commodity Classic activities...

(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 seen rose slightly, it is obvious that America’s farmers have supplied an abundance of affordable, sustainable corn," said National Corn Growers Association Chairman Wesley Spurlock, a farmer from Texas. "Given the incredible resource U.S. farmers supply consistently, it is imperative that we have public policies...

(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 better," said Gerry Hayden, a Kentucky farmer and co-chair of the 2018 Commodity Classic. "That quality of farmer encourages exhibitors to staff their booths with knowledgeable people who can answer challenging questions. It's really about getting the best of the best...

(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 the single most important thing we can do to keep Bt traits working for years to come,” said Chad Wetzel, a farmer from Tom Bean, Texas, and member of the National Corn Growers Association Freedom to Operate Action Team. “If we lose Bt technology as a defense against insects, growing corn will change dramatically.”   Southern corn growers must plant their fields to...

(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.    Full registration covers all three days.  One-day registration is also available.  Details are available on the website.   The 2018 Commodity Classic will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center. The schedule includes a robust line-up of educational sessions on a wide range of current and relevant...

(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 our sons can one day possibly step into the role of farmer on our family farm,” says Ross.   Changes in the earth’s climate, along with new pests and diseases can impact our food supply. For that reason, among others, farmers are focused on continuous improvement and new technologies that allow them to produce more with less. Plant breeding...

(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 farmers. “We're continuing to look for new ways to be more efficient, to learn more about our crops, how to sell our crops, how to market our crops,” he said. “Commodity Classic is a means of putting this all together under one roof. It's farmer-led, farmer-focused, so we know what the average person that comes needs to understand and what's on their...

(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 2018, from your soil’s point of view:   1. Watch my nutrient intake. Using science-based nutrient management strategies on the farm can help curb unwanted loss and improve farm economics. Split nitrogen (N) fertilizer applications, or dividing total nitrogen application into two or more treatments per year, can help growers enhance...

(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 registration.    Full registration covers all three days.  One-day registration is also available.  Details are available on the website.   The 2018 Commodity Classic will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center. The schedule includes a robust line-up of educational sessions on a wide range of current and...