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(Posted Wed. Dec 10th, 2014)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association applauded the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health for holding a hearing today regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s role in regulating GMOs and the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. The hearing serves to advance an ongoing open, transparent conversation about the importance of this technology both to farmers and consumers. Furthermore, it highlighted that a science-based federal solution to the labeling …

(Posted Wed. Oct 15th, 2014)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of Dow AgroSciences 2,4-D herbicide, a part of the ENLIST system. This approval, which follows USDA’s September approval of corn and soybean varieties designed to tolerate this herbicide, will provide farmers with a valuable tool to combat instances of weed resistance.   “The battle for approval of all components of this important technology has taken both determination and …

(Posted Wed. Oct 1st, 2014)

Keywords: Trade Biotechnology

Yesterday, the National Corn Growers Association joined with 12 other organizations representing farmers and agribusiness in sending a letter urging President Obama to keep Chinese agricultural biotechnology policy and its impact on U.S. crop exports to China in mind as he prepares for the 2014 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit.   During the summit, hosted by the People’s Republic of China, the group asked the Administration to remain …

(Posted Tue. Sep 23rd, 2014)

Keywords: Biotechnology Trade

The National Corn Growers Association has launched an online campaign reminding growers of the importance of properly channeling grain this harvest. Through a series of online placements on AgWeb.com, email blasts and text message alerts, the association will focus farmer attention during this critical harvest period, running from mid-September through early November.   “NCGA’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team always stresses the importance of balancing access to …

(Posted Wed. Sep 17th, 2014)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s approval of Dow AgroSciences 2,4-D and glyphosate-resistant corn, a part of the ENLIST system. This approval, which will still require U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval of the accompanying pesticide before the system comes to market, represents the first time in which USDA approved a crop modified to be resistant to more than one herbicide.   “Gaining approval for this …

(Posted Tue. Sep 16th, 2014)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Ohio corn grower John Linder, a member of the National Corn Growers Association’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team, testified before  a committee of the National Research Council (NRC) on the importance of innovation and biotechnology to agricultural production during  a hearing Monday. The hearing, which was held in Washington, was part of a broader review of crop biotechnology.   “Farmers take pride in producing food not only for American …

(Posted Thu. Sep 11th, 2014)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association is pleased that the Environmental Protection Agency indicated it will provide flexibility for farmers in Herbicide Resistance Management (HRM) plans for new herbicide products, a position which NCGA has strongly urged.   “By moving toward a more flexible, yet still effective stance, the EPA made progress toward a set of real world solutions to an important issue,” said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team …

(Posted Tue. Sep 9th, 2014)

Keywords: Biotechnology

The National Corn Growers Association reminds growers of the importance of properly channeling grain this harvest, particularly that planted as part of the Right to Grow system for limited release of Duracade.   The Right to Grow system tightly controlled the sale of seed corn produced using Duracade technology in a vigorous attempt to keep it out of export channels and limited the amount of Duracade released to ensure corn …

(Posted Wed. Sep 3rd, 2014)

Keywords: Trade Biotechnology

Japan is consistently among the world’s leaders in biotechnology regulation, boasting a system that is science-based and, therefore, effective, timely and transparent. This does not happen by accident. Among the key contributing factors are the sophistication and scientific integrity of the regulatory teams that implement the system.   To help sustain this benchmark of success within one of our most important trading partners, the U.S. Grains Council, of which the …

(Posted Wed. May 28th, 2014)

Keywords: biotechnology

Last week, the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, held its inaugural board meeting in Washington. The culmination of years of effort, USBCA members elected a formal executive committee and adopted its Business Plan and Operating Structure during the meeting.   The original Executive Committee was expanded in the formation of the official structure to include additional representation for growers and …

(Posted Thu. May 22nd, 2014)

Keywords: biotechnology

As the Maize Genetics and Genomics Database project moves forward, Off the Cob caught up with MGGDB Curator Dr. Jack Gardiner for an update on the progress made over the past few months. In the interview, Gardiner explained the newest project that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service-supported database in Ames, Iowa, has undertaken to develop translational data.   Gardiner begins with an explanation of what translational data …

(Posted Wed. Apr 2nd, 2014)

Keywords: Trade Biotechnology Video

The second video in a six-part miniseries debuts today at the National Corn Growers Association’s YouTube page, talking about the importance of biotechnology to corn farmers as they seek ways to help feed and fuel a growing world population.   “By the year 2050, we will need to have doubled our output for the food supply,” said Jim Zimmerman, chairman of NCGA’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team. “We know …

(Posted Mon. Feb 3rd, 2014)

Keywords: Biotechnology

  Continued Strong Adoption of Integrated Refuge Products Provide Compliance Convenience   The National Corn Growers Association announced today that it is pleased the enhanced Compliance Assurance Program is seeing strong success. The program,  which includes on-farm refuge assessments, an online survey and IRM education and awareness, has documented an increase in both the overall  number of growers planting proper corn refuge and use of integrated refuge products.    The …

(Posted Tue. Dec 24th, 2013)

Keywords: CommonGround Biotechnology GMO

Dec. 24: Lifetime TV welcomes CommonGround Iowa volunteer Sara Ross to its morning program The Balancing Act this Thursday to further an ongoing conversation between the American moms on and off of the farm. Ross will answer questions and address concerns about food safety and the benefits of GMOs while clearing up myths surrounding organically grown foods and conventionally grown foods.   This is the third of a four-segment mini-series …

(Posted Wed. Dec 18th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Biotechnology

Dec. 18: Members of the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance, a collaborative effort to improve the environment for technology innovation and the market for U.S. crops produced through modern biotechnology, met in Washington this week to discuss recent progress and plan for the future. In addition to examining the next steps necessary toward achievement of overall goals, the group invited additional commodities to attend and is considering expanding to include canola, …

(Posted Wed. Dec 18th, 2013)

Keywords: CommonGround Biotechnology GMOs

Dec. 18: Lifetime TV welcomes CommonGround Iowa volunteer Sara Ross to its morning program The Balancing Act tomorrow to further an ongoing conversation between the American moms on and off of the farm. Ross will answer questions and address concerns about food safety and the benefits of GMOs while clearing up myths surrounding organically grown foods and conventionally grown foods.   This is the third of a four-segment mini-series in …

(Posted Tue. Nov 19th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Biotechnology MAIZALL

Nov. 19: The first international MAIZALL mission is underway in Asia this week, bringing representatives of corn farmers from the United States, Argentina and Brazil to South Korea and China for meetings with key industry and government officials. The team, which includes National Corn Growers Association Chairwoman and MAIZALL board member Pam Johnson, will discuss issues important to both parties including biotechnology, current corn production, product regulatory issues and domestic …

(Posted Tue. Aug 27th, 2013)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Aug. 27: This week, the National Corn Growers Association brought the corn farmers perspective on American agriculture to an international group of an agronomists and soil scientists hosted by the International Fertilizer Development Center in St. Louis. Addressing participants from 10 nations, NCGA Vice President of Production and Utilization Paul Bertels and Director of Biotechnology and Economic Analysis Nathan Fields shared an overview of American agriculture focusing on production techniques, …

(Posted Tue. Aug 6th, 2013)

Keywords: Biotechnology

It’s no secret: the biotechnology industry hasn’t done the best job communicating about GMOs. That’s about to change with GMO Answers, a new joint initiative by the agricultural and biotechnology companies that create genetically modified seeds, now endorsed by the National Corn Growers Association. The GMOAnswers.com website is a new resource committed to transparency about the use of GMOs in agriculture, research and data – all in one …

(Posted Tue. Jul 30th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Biotechnology

July 30:  A travelling group of journalists representing major Japanese news outlets visited the offices of the National Corn Growers Association today, to learn about corn farming in the United States and specifically about the use of biotechnology.   “It’s always great to welcome visitors from countries to which we export U.S. corn,” said NCGA Director of Biotechnology and Economic Analysis Nathan Fields, who spoke with the group about biotech …

(Posted Thu. Jul 25th, 2013)

Keywords: Biotechnology

July 25: This week National Corn Growers Association Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair Jim Zimmerman participated on a panel at the U.S. State Department National Foreign Affairs Training Center.  Zimmerman was the only agriculture producer to be invited to speak during the State Department’s course.  The panel focused on biotechnology and global challenges related to trade, food security, energy and climate change.   “With a rapidly growing world …

(Posted Wed. May 8th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Biotechnology

May 8: Today, the National Corn Growers Association expressed appreciation to Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for co-authoring a letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack and USTR Acting Ambassador Marantis addressing international regulatory challenges for agricultural products derived from biotechnology. Biotech varieties accounted for 88 percent of corn planted in 2012. As the world’s leading exporter of corn, NCGA strongly supports efforts to ensure the uninterrupted flow of …

(Posted Thu. May 2nd, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Biotechnology

May 2: Key members of the U.S. agricultural value chain have joined together to applaud the work of the United States and like-minded governments to promote the importance of science-based regulations to facilitate trade of agricultural commodities derived from agricultural biotechnology. In a joint statement, the United States was joined by the governments of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Paraguay to announce their intention to work collaboratively to remove global …

(Posted Thu. Apr 4th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Biotechnology

Apr. 4: This week, the National Corn Growers Association and the American Soybean Association convened key industry stakeholders to continue a dialogue on ways to improve cooperation and communication on biotechnology and trade issues. The discussions highlighted a broad array of opportunities to establish improved, more transparent communication regarding issues that potentially threaten the development, production or delivery of products derived from modern crop biotechnology. “We are encouraged that …

(Posted Wed. Mar 27th, 2013)

Keywords: Biotechnology Exports Trade

Mar. 27: Farmers looking for information about the approval status of U.S.-grown corn hybrids in certain export markets now have access to the most current data through the National Corn Growers Association’s Know Before Your Grow program. Recently updated, Know Before Your Grow, featured on the association’s website, provides a comprehensive look at this vital information in an easily accessible format. “It’s important for farmers and others to know …

(Posted Mon. Mar 11th, 2013)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Mar. 11: The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to announce that it has become a signatory to the Accord: Generic Event Marketability and Access Agreement. Along with NCGA, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the American Soybean Association also became signatories to the GEMMA portion of the Accord, which was created by Biotechnology Industry Organization and the American Seed Trade Association. “Having the Farm Bureau, ASA and NCGA as …

(Posted Fri. Feb 1st, 2013)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Feb. 1:  The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to announce that the enhanced Compliance Assurance Program, which includes on-farm refuge assessments, an online survey and IRM education and awareness, is seeing strong success and an increase in the number of growers planting their corn refuge. The CAP is designed to improve compliance with Insect Resistance Management requirements. The Agricultural Biotechnology Stewardship Technical Committee, a consortium of Bt corn …

(Posted Wed. Dec 12th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

By Rick Tolman  CEO, National Corn Growers Association  General Mills, the maker of Cheerios and other foods, is catching grief from a small group of Internet bullies because of its use of genetically engineered ingredients.  Oddly and ironically enough, these social media loudmouths have chosen a product that is predominantly made from oats, a commodity that is not genetically modified. But of course, Cheerios was not targeted because it …

(Posted Wed. Dec 5th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Dec. 5: The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers that early refuge planning helps ensure a smooth planting season. As many complete planting planning, the time to make concrete preparations is now.  “Refuge planning is important for all farmers because it supports the continued viability of important tools,” said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair Jim Zimmermann. “While seed companies work hard to keep a pipeline of …

(Posted Tue. Nov 20th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Nov 20: With the failure of a California ballot initiative to require labeling of some foods with biotech ingredients, the National Corn Growers Association reiterated its support of federal efforts to provide guidance for voluntary labeling that indicates whether goods have been developed using biotechnology.  “We were pleased voters in California saw through this misleading campaign,” NCGA President Pam Johnson said. “Roughly 70 percent of food in the grocery …

(Posted Fri. Oct 26th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology Trade

Oct. 26: The National Corn Growers Association recognizes the European Union for opening its markets to U.S. corn-based ethanol co-products, including distillers dried grains with solubles and corn gluten feed, through the official approval of MIR 162 Agrisure Viptera, a Syngenta corn variety.  The decision follows years of industry leadership and efforts orchestrated by the U.S. Grains Council, of which NCGA is a founding member, and its partners in the …

(Posted Thu. Oct 25th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Oct. 25: It is hard to ignore the fact that the topics of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and biotechnology are getting a lot of attention. Every day there seems to be more information from all kinds of sources bombarding people about GMOs and biotech. How do consumers know what to believe?  As people raising America’s food, CommonGround farmer-volunteers want to assure grocery shoppers that biotechnology is not something to …

(Posted Thu. Sep 20th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Sept. 20: Yesterday, a group of primarily French researchers published a paper questioning the safety of Roundup Ready corn and glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup. The National Corn Growers Association, after reviewing this study, has concluded that the research is questionable, at best, and does not offer credible evidence that biotechnology in agriculture negatively impacts animal health.  “There has been a strong backlash against the validity of this study …

(Posted Tue. Sep 18th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Sept. 18:  Citing numerous concerns about a fundamentally flawed ballot measure, the National Corn Growers Association has joined a large and broad coalition to oppose California Proposition 37, which, if approved by voters in November, will require labeling of some food products sold in that state that contain genetically engineered ingredients.  “We have several good reasons to oppose Prop. 37,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer.  “First and foremost, while …

(Posted Thu. Aug 30th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology Research

Aug. 30: The second edition of the National Corn Growers Association’s Research Glossary is now available online. This glossary, which covers the terms most frequently used in agricultural discussions of genomics, genetics and biotechnology, provides a simple, accessible resource for those looking to better understand and communicate on programs such as the corn genome sequence.     Click here for the online glossary. A pocket guide version is …

(Posted Fri. Jun 29th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

This week, National Corn Growers Association Corn Board member Bob Bowman participated on a panel at the U.S. State Department National Foreign Affairs Training Center.  Bowman, who also serves as board liaison to the Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team, was the first agriculture producer invited to speak during the State Department's course.  The panel focused biotechnology and global challenges related to trade, food security, energy and climate change.  …

(Posted Mon. Jun 4th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology Research

June 4: The research journal Nature Genetics published two manuscripts this week offering an unprecedented glimpse into the diversity of modern corn in their online edition.  Gathered through the U.S. Maize Diversity Project, the information in these studies provides important data that will aid breeders and geneticists in efforts to develop improved traits.  “The information in these studies has very exciting implications for corn farmers,” said National Corn Growers …

(Posted Fri. May 25th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

May 25: Both the farmers and citizens of countries using biotechnology reap considerable economic and environmental benefits, according to a study released this week by PG Economics Limited.  Spanning 15 years, the report documents important gains in production, improved incomes and reduced risk for farmers.   “The environment in user countries is benefiting from farmers using more benign herbicides or replacing insecticide use with insect-resistant GM crops,” said Graham Brookes, …

(Posted Mon. May 7th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

May 7: Last week, the Obama Administration released a National Bioeconomy Blueprint that outlines a comprehensive approach to drive the bioeconomy and guides federal agencies and the private sector to enhance economic growth and job creation.  The Bioeconomy Blueprint emerged as a priority not only for economic reasons, but also because it enables Americans to live healthier lives, develop new sources of bioenergy, address environmental challenges and increase the …

(Posted Thu. May 3rd, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

May 3:  As advertising budgets decline and competition increases, media outlets and food manufacturers alike find themselves needing to exploit any possible factor that could differentiate their product from the crowd.  In many ways, the increased attention both parties pay to the use of biotechnology in agriculture stems from this predicament.  Without solid, scientific claims against these products, news providers and food makers alike have found that exploiting the …

(Posted Wed. May 2nd, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

May 2: Today, the National Corn Growers Association’s “Off the Cob” podcast series speaks with Dr. Jack Gardiner, the curator of the Maize Genome and Genetics Database, where NCGA has funded activities that will add functional genomic software tools into the preexisting USDA ARS database.  When completed, these tools will allow researchers to easily isolate and examine manageable data sets, thus decreasing the time and effort needed to utilize …

(Posted Fri. Apr 27th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Apr. 27: As planting progresses, the National Corn Growers Association calls on all parties involved in proper stewardship of biotechnology traits, from seed dealers to farmers, to renew their commitment to responsible use of these indispensable products. NCGA offers an Insect Resistance Management refuge calculator that easily clarifies refuge options, thus helping in the development of an appropriate management plan.  “It is vitally important that every actor involved with …

(Posted Wed. Apr 4th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Apr. 4: This week, the National Corn Growers Association is participating in the New Development in GM Crop Farming meeting held in Manila, Philippines celebrating the tenth anniversary of the country’s adoption of this important form of technology. Considered the most progressive country in terms of biotech adoption, officials from the government of the Philippines, major technology companies and other stakeholders, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, are meeting …

(Posted Thu. Mar 29th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology Research

Today, the National Corn Growers Association launches a new series featuring information on the scientific topics relevant to farming, food, biofuels and agriculture as a whole.    What Do Chemical, Organic, Synthetic and Natural Really Mean?  By Dr. Pam Keck, NCGA Director of Biofuels Programs and Business Development  Would you vote to ban a substance with the following characteristics?  Recent scientific evidence has shown the substance hydrogen oxide to …

(Posted Fri. Mar 16th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology Production Trade

Mar. 16: Farmers looking for information about the approval status of U.S.-grown corn hybrids in certain export markets now have access to the most current data through the National Corn Growers Association’s Know Before Your Grow program.  Recently updated, Know Before Your Grow, featured on the association’s website, provides a comprehensive look at this vital information in an easily accessible format.  To learn more about this program, Off the …

(Posted Mon. Mar 5th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology Production

Mar. 5:  As a preview to National Agriculture Day events in Washington this week, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance is holding a panel discussion on Capitol Hill that will be streamed live online, and is inviting questions from the public. While he is not a panelist, National Corn Growers Association Chairman Bart Schott, a North Dakota corn farmer, will be present in his role as Vice Chair of …

(Posted Thu. Feb 23rd, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Feb. 23:  When the biotechnology revolution hit the U.S. corn industry, it did more than change the way people farmed. For NCGA, it changed the roles grower leaders had to play if they were going to represent their members effectively.  “With biotech, early on we could see this was something new,” says Leon Corzine, who chaired NCGA’s Biotechnology Working Group before becoming an NCGA officer.  “The biotechnology providers were …

(Posted Thu. Feb 9th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Feb. 9:  As planting for the 2012 season approaches, the National Corn Growers Association notes that newly revamped on-farm refuge assessments are part of the enhanced Compliance Assurance Program (CAP) implemented last year, which is designed to improve compliance with Insect Resistance Management (IRM) requirements. Corn growers found to be out of compliance with refuge requirements will be checked more frequently by the Bt corn registrants and have a …

(Posted Wed. Jan 25th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology Trade

Jan. 25:  The National Corn Growers Association’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team convened today in Orlando, Fla., to review the organization’s policy and recommendations coming out of the Priority and Policy Conference held earlier in January. Additionally, team members will meet with representatives from government and industry to explore current challenges and opportunities in the areas of trade and biotechnology.   Looking at a variety of issues including how …

(Posted Thu. Jan 5th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology Trade

Jan. 5: The National Corn Growers Association’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team was created in 2010 by the unification of two existing action teams. Seeing that trade issues facing the corn industry most often involved a biotechnology component, leadership saw it prudent to create a single group to explore these issues and develop an in-depth understanding of the nuanced areas of overlap involved.  In 2012, the team, along …

(Posted Thu. Dec 22nd, 2011)

Keywords: Biotechnology Trade

Dec. 22: The decision to allow Russia to become a member of the World Trade Organization can be a benefit to American agriculture, the National Corn Growers Association said. WTO ministers adopted Russia’s terms of entry at the Eighth Ministerial Meeting, held recently in Geneva, and Russia has 220 days to ratify its accession agreement.  “Russia’s membership makes the WTO a more universal trade organization,” Chad Blindauer, Chair of …

(Posted Mon. Dec 5th, 2011)

Keywords: Biotechnology Production

Dec. 5: High-yield technologies like those used in the United States will have to be effectively adapted for use world-wide in order to meet growing global food demand, according to the findings of a study released by University of Minnesota Professor David Tilman and colleagues in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Estimating that global food demand will double by the year 2050, the scientists project that, in …

(Posted Tue. Nov 22nd, 2011)

Keywords: Biotechnology Research

Nov. 22: The National Corn Growers Association actively defended the importance of publicly funded research into corn last week to a panel of industry stakeholders tasked with discussing the future of federally funded agricultural research programs. Noting that corn is not only the largest crop in the United States but also a major export product, NCGA staff defended against calls to kill public funding for corn research, stressing the …

(Posted Tue. Nov 15th, 2011)

Keywords: Biotechnology Conservation Trade

Nov. 15: Last week, the National Corn Growers Association met with Dr. Saturnina Halos, a senior agriculture science consultant at the Philippines Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Agricultural Research, to discuss biotechnology usage in the United States. NCGA staff emphasized the practices in place to ensure safe and responsible use of these improved varieties, also providing information on structured refuge, new refuge-in-a-bag options and farmer attitudes toward compliance.  Marketing …

(Posted Tue. Nov 8th, 2011)

Keywords: Biotechnology Trade

Today, the National Corn Growers Association hosted a group of Brazilian dignitaries, including World Food Prize winner Alysson Paolinelli, who was key in transforming the country’s infertile high plains region, Cerrado, into highly productive crop land. Now the CEO of the Brazilian Corn Growers Association, Paolinelli, along with colleagues from his organization, the food processing industry, agribusiness and an environmental consulting group, met with NCGA marketing and biotechnology staff …

(Posted Tue. Oct 25th, 2011)

Keywords: Biotechnology Conservation Trade

Oct. 25: Last week, staff from the National Corn Growers Association took to the fields of South Dakota taping video footage to be used in updates of the group’s online Insect Resistance Module . This footage, which features NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair Chad Blindauer of Mitchell, S.D., will be used along with interviews taped late this summer to create a module that helps to explain …

(Posted Wed. Sep 7th, 2011)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Sept. 7:  Today, the National Corn Growers Association and the American Soybean Association brought together key industry stakeholders to start a discussion about how to best begin construction of a framework for addressing biotech events and impacts on end use markets.   Acknowledging that all parts of the value chain share a common goal of an uninterrupted flow of corn, soybeans and technology, attendees shared ideas and insights on finding …

(Posted Tue. Aug 23rd, 2011)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Aug. 23: As demand for corn and other crops continues to grow, farmers are meeting the challenge through the use of biotech crop varieties. Producing higher yields and alleviating stressors, the scientifically designed crops are growing in popularity the world over as farmers see firsthand their many advantages.  “Biotechnology has helped me produce more corn more consistently,” said South Dakota farmer Chad Blindauer, chair of the National Corn Growers …

(Posted Tue. Jun 28th, 2011)

Keywords: Biotechnology

June 28:  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced appointments Monday to the reactivated Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture, including two past presidents of the National Corn Growers Association, Darrin Ihnen of Hurley, S.D., who currently serves as NCGA chairman, and Leon (Len) Corzine of Assumption, Ill.  The committee will continue investigating the challenges of coexistence among different forms of production agriculture with the goal of recommending workable …

(Posted Thu. Jun 23rd, 2011)

Keywords: Biotechnology

This morning the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development, Biotech, Specialty Crops and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing to review the opportunities and benefits of agricultural biotechnology. The subcommittee received testimony from Chuck Connor, president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives; Dr. Roger Beachy, president emeritus, Donald Danforth Plant Center, St. Louis, Mo.; and Dr. Calestous Juma, professor of the Practice of International Development, Harvard University.  …

(Posted Wed. May 18th, 2011)

Keywords: Biotechnology

This year, the dedicated efforts of agri-business, farmers, biotechnology advocates and others, including the National Corn Growers Association, are producing results as a new generation of corn technologies are set to enter the market. Now, farmers can look forward to specialty products intended for specific markets and corn capable of better coping with climate-based stressors.  “Fifteen years of biotechnology advocacy and support for science-based regulation created the conditions for …