NEWS STORIES

FEBRUARY 2018

(Posted Tue. Feb 20th, 2018)

There are only a few days left to pre-register for the 2018 Commodity Classic held Feb. 27-March 1 in Anaheim, Calif.   The deadline for pre-registration is Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.     Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show.  The 2018 event will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center.    Both full registrations and one-day registrations are available during pre-registration.  Walk-in registrations for one day or …

(Posted Fri. Feb 16th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

The following was first issued as a press release from the Renewable Fuels Association.   A new analysis from the University of Illinois shows that the conditions that caused high conventional biofuel (D6) RIN prices are changing rapidly and that “…it is not out of the realm of possibility for D6 RINs prices to fall back their pre-2013 level of just a few cents without making any changes to the RFS.” 

(Posted Thu. Feb 15th, 2018)

Earlier this month, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) held their 2018 Cattle Industry Convention. NCBA set their policy priorities for the year, discussed trends in the industry and provided additional details on their updated "Beef. It's What's for Dinner." campaign.   NCBA launched the updated campaign in the fall of 2017. At the convention, NCBA presented research conducted on the rebranded campaign with consumer focus groups.    NCGA …

We are Ethanol Strong!

(Posted Thu. Feb 15th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

This week, the Renewable Fuels Association held their annual National Ethanol Conference with a focus on growing markets in the U.S. and abroad. RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen opened the conference with the State of the Industry address, focusing on everything the ethanol industry has done to be "Ethanol Strong."   "I am more confident than I have ever been that the U.S. ethanol industry, led by the …

(Posted Wed. Feb 14th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

Agriculture leaders came together last week to discuss why biofuels are so important to the industry. At Growth Energy’s Executive Leadership Conference, NCGA past President and Chairman Chip Bowling was part of a panel to discuss the current state of the farm economy and how biofuels can help.   "If the renewable fuels standard stays intact, we will get higher blends of ethanol in the fuel system and that creates …

(Posted Tue. Feb 13th, 2018)

The National Corn Growers Association proudly announces that Dr. Nick Goeser, currently NCGA’s Director of Soil Health, has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Production and Sustainability.   “While we had a number of outstanding candidates for this position, it is always nice to find the ideal candidate is already on the job working for you,” said NCGA CEO Chris Novak. “We are excited to see how …

(Posted Tue. Feb 13th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

Ron Alverson, a farmer, founding member of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, and board member of Dakota Ethanol LLC, is the recipient of the RFA 2018 Industry Award.   The Industry Award is given annually to individuals that demonstrate great dedication and innovation within the industry. Alverson was presented the award this morning during the 23nd Annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC).   For more than 40 years, Alverson has …

(Posted Mon. Feb 12th, 2018)

The White House today released its detailed proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2019. The budget proposal includes the following:   Cutting the federal crop insurance program by $22.4 billion over the 2019-2028 period Targeting program subsidies to those producers that have an Adjusted Gross Income of $500,000 or less for a savings of $3 billion over the 2019-2028 period Reducing underwriting subsidies to participating insurance companies by placing a cap …

(Posted Mon. Feb 12th, 2018)

Keywords: Transportation

The National Corn Growers Association thanked President Trump following the announcement detailing his plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure and making it a national priority today. Noting the particular importance of improving rural infrastructure, and pledging $50 billion dollars to do so, this announcement clearly shows the value the Administration places on rural communities, and NCGA looks forward to working with them in their efforts to achieve this important goal.   …

(Posted Mon. Feb 12th, 2018)

Members of the National Corn Growers Association’s Action Teams met last week to review programs, budgets and policies associated with the association’s work and explore topics critical to the future of the corn industry. While there, the teams met with representatives from across the value chain to explore upcoming challenges and opportunities.    Looking at a variety of issues, including how goals set out in NCGA’s strategic plan can be …

(Posted Fri. Feb 9th, 2018)

Santana. Lynyrd Skynrd. Journey. Boston. Steppenwolf. The Evening of Entertainment at the 2018 Commodity Classic will be rocking with classic rock hits, performed by the artists that first made them famous as World Classic Rockers take the stage.    The Evening of Entertainment at the 2018 Commodity Classic on Thursday, March 1 puts the cherry on top of America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show. Commodity Classic will be held Feb. …

(Posted Thu. Feb 8th, 2018)

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), in response to Wednesday’s debate on the Senate Floor.   “The Senate Agriculture Committee approved Bill Northey’s nomination unanimously, and the full Senate could have approved his nomination today. Farmers need Bill Northey on the job at USDA, and Senator Cruz’s hold is harmful to farmers.    "Senator Cruz claims he …

(Posted Thu. Feb 8th, 2018)

Increased export projections and decreased stock estimates caused the U.S. Department of Agriculture to raise projected prices according to reports released today. Export forecasts for U.S. corn were raised due to lowered corn production projections for Argentina and Ukraine based on weather and official government reports respectively.   "Despite increases to price forecasts, America’s farmers have clearly supplied an abundance of affordable, sustainable corn," said National Corn Growers Association President …

(Posted Tue. Feb 6th, 2018)

Keywords: Research

Being immersed in the latest ideas and technology related to machinery, crop inputs and agronomic practices is expected at the annual Commodity Classic, February 27-March 1, 2018 in Anaheim, Calif. But this year’s attendees are in for a treat as they get a sneak peek at the best emerging ideas in new uses for corn.   Attendees have an open invitation to see the announcement of the winning research and …

(Posted Mon. Feb 5th, 2018)

Conversations in the hallways and over lunch are an integral part of the educational experience at Commodity Classic as farmers share their knowledge, passion and insight with their colleagues from across the nation.   The 2018 Commodity Classic will be held February 27-March 1 in Anaheim, Calif.  Attendees can register for all three days or register for one day only.    Attendee surveys indicate that networking with other farmers is …

(Posted Mon. Feb 5th, 2018)

A group of veteran farmer leaders from across the country met in Washington this week to take part in the NCGA Policy and Media Training program co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and Syngenta. This program, which replaces Advanced Leadership, offers high-level training for a select group of Leadership At Its Best alumni. During the program, participants received an insider’s view of how lobbyists work on Capitol Hill and …

NCGA Past President Inducted into State’s Ag Hall of Fame

(Posted Fri. Feb 2nd, 2018)

The National Corn Growers Association congratulated past president Chip Bowling and his family who were inducted into the Governor’s Agriculture Hall of Fame last night. Gov. Larry Hogan and Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder presented the award at the “Taste of Maryland” dinner hosted by the Maryland Agriculture Council. Bowling and his wife, Lynn, accepted the honor on behalf of the family, which is the 49th recipient of the prestigious honor.   …

(Posted Thu. Feb 1st, 2018)

Corn farmers from across the country traveled to Washington this week to take part in the second phase of the annual leadership development programs co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and Syngenta. While in town, the group visited numerous Congressional leaders and got an inside look at parliamentary procedure and how lobbying works on Capitol Hill.   “For more than a quarter century, Leadership At Its Best has been …

(Posted Thu. Feb 1st, 2018)

Attendees at the 2018 Commodity Classic February 27-March 1, in Anaheim, California will have the opportunity to hear from a wide range of well-known speakers on the Main Stage, presented by Commodity Classic and Successful Farming®.  The Main Stage is located right on the trade show floor and offers a robust schedule of educational programs, demonstrations and panel discussions.   The Tuesday line-up on the Main Stage includes:    Al Kluis, …