MARCH 2018

NCGA Applauds Midwest Governors for Continued Support on the RFS

(Posted Thu. Mar 15th, 2018)

Keywords: Ethanol

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), on the letter to President Trump from Midwest Governors regarding the importance of not weakening the Renewable Fuel Standard.   “We want to thank these governors for their leadership and continued support on this very important issue that has such a large impact on America’s farmers and rural communities,” said Skunes. …

NCGA Statement to 199A Resolution

(Posted Thu. Mar 15th, 2018)

The following is a statement made Tuesday, March 14, from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), in response to the Legislation Amending Section 199A:   “We are pleased with the outcome of the recent negotiations to craft a solution for Section 199A of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This agreement is extremely important for addressing the provision’s unintended consequences and restoring certainty …

NCGA Encourages Participation in Updated Pollinator Initiative

(Posted Tue. Mar 13th, 2018)

Corn farmers and Midwest landowners who want to help honey bees and Monarch butterflies have a unique opportunity to do this in a strategic fashion through The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund’s SEED A LEGACY Pollinator Habitat Program, which is being supported by the National Corn Growers Association.   The updated program, expanded in 2018 to include 11 states, seeks partnerships between landowners and beekeepers to provide cost-effective, high-quality …

Soil Health Partnership Builds One of Largest U.S. Databases of Soil Health Sample Info from Working Farms

(Posted Mon. Mar 12th, 2018)

The seeds of good data have been planted—and the Soil Health Partnership is eager to harvest early results.   The organization’s team is currently preparing for another round of robust soil sampling, a critical part of identifying, testing and measuring farm management practices that improve sustainability through soil health. An initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, the program’s goal is to quantify the benefits of these practices–like growing …

Mr. President, Don’t Cap Our Future

(Posted Fri. Mar 9th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Skunes told US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue this morning that proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard would trigger significant losses in farm income and in rural jobs.  Skunes asked the Secretary to work with President Trump to ensure the President understands the economic challenges farmers are facing today.   “Corn farmers have fought hard the past ten years, within Congress, with the …

NCGA Response to Trade Tariff Announcement

(Posted Thu. Mar 8th, 2018)

Keywords: trade

The National Corn Growers Association issued the following statement in response to the trade tariff actions taken today by the Administration:   “Trade plays an important role in many facets of the U.S. economy and impacts various industries in different ways. Agricultural trade has been a bright spot for U.S. economy, positively impacting our overall trade balance, while providing an important avenue to grow demand for America’s farmers and ranchers. …

Latest RFS Bill Ignores Wealth of Science Documenting Ethanol’s Environmental Benefits

(Posted Thu. Mar 8th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

Statement by Kevin Skunes, National Corn Growers Association President, and Arthur, North Dakota farmer regarding the Udall/Welch Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Legislation H.R. 5212/S. 2519)   “This legislation seeks to kill our most successful American renewable energy program. The bill ignores current science reflecting the significant environmental benefits of ethanol and would have catastrophic consequences for our nation’s economy, our energy security, and family farmers.   The sponsors of this …

Celebrate the Women Sharing Ag’s Story this International Women’s Day

(Posted Thu. Mar 8th, 2018)

This International Women’s Day, the National Corn Growers Association invites those on and off the farm alike to consider the important role women play in conversations in food and farming through their work in programs such as CommonGround. For more than seven years, CommonGround volunteers have served as resources for consumers who have questions about how their food is grown.   Sharing their personal stories, the volunteers who make up …

Purdue University Analysis Confirms Potential Economic Fallout from Changes to RFS

(Posted Wed. Mar 7th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

Economists at Purdue University have analyzed the potential economic implications of a price cap on RINs in conjunction with an E15 RVP waiver. Their analysis finds that a price cap—even when paired with an RVP waiver--would prevent achievement of the objectives of the Renewable Fuel Standard, reduce overall biofuel blending, and halt investment in higher blend infrastructure.   Statement by National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Skunes regarding a new …

NCGA Welcomes Addition of IRM to Take Action Resources

(Posted Wed. Mar 7th, 2018)

The Take Action Program, supported by the National Corn Growers Association continues to expand with the addition of Insect Resistance Management (IRM) resources for farmers.   After more than four years of providing resources to help farmers manage herbicide resistance, the Take Action program now includes insect-resistance management. No matter the pest, Take Action promotes the use of management practices that prevent the development of resistance and preserve the …

RFS Tinkering Would Deal Substantive Blow to Farmers

(Posted Tue. Mar 6th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

Statement by National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Skunes regarding a new study by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.   “This economic analysis backs up what corn farmers have been telling the Administration – that manipulating the RIN market mechanism would reduce ethanol blending and impact corn prices. A drop of 25 cents per bushel in corn prices, as CARD economists project from …

NCGA Yield Contest’s Top Growers Offer Yield-Increasing Insights

(Posted Tue. Mar 6th, 2018)

The National Corn Growers Association released a video last week offering tips from perennial high-yield entrants of the National Corn Yield Contest during a breakfast at Commodity Classic in Anaheim honoring the state winners of the 2017 contest. The new video, which accompanies the traditional online NCYC Guide, offers farmers across the country a chance to apply the tips learned through the contest to their own operations to improve their yields …

Corn Congress Stands Up in Support of RFS

(Posted Mon. Mar 5th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol

During last week’s Corn Congress, the National Corn Growers Association’s biannual delegate meeting, 124 delegates representing 28 states delved into policy and debated the most pressing issues facing America’s farmers. The thoughtful discussion yielded significant insight into many issues, but the most pressing discussion turned to the current debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard.   The farmers in attendance voted unanimously to approve a “Sense of the Corn Congress” motion …

NCGA Statement on Today's White House Meeting

(Posted Thu. Mar 1st, 2018)

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), in response to today’s White House meeting on the Renewable Fuel Standard.   “For corn farmers, the question for the ongoing White House discussions is simple – what is the problem you are trying to solve?” said Skunes.   “According to EPA, refiners don’t have a problem.  EPA concluded in November …

Kansas Farm Family Showcases New Sustainability Ethic on the Farm

(Posted Thu. Mar 1st, 2018)

A Kansas farm family’s soil-friendly, progressive farming practices and contributions to sustainable crop production earned them national notoriety as they were presented with the National Corn Growers Association’s 2018 Good Steward Recognition. Randy and Nicole Small of Neodesha, Kansas received the Good Steward designation at the Commodity Classic convention and trade show in Anaheim, CA. The program and recognition funding is provided by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation as …

Explore the World of Corn

(Posted Thu. Mar 1st, 2018)

U.S. corn farmers reached new heights in 2017 with a record national average yield of 176.6 bushels per acre and 14.6 billion bushels of corn produced in the United States, the second-highest production on record.   To highlight these achievements and all they mean, the National Corn Growers Association delves into the facts about corn production, using a historical comparison in its newest edition of the World of Corn. This statistical …