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(Posted Wed. Oct 29th, 2014)

Keywords: Farm Policy

This Friday, the University of Illinois will host a free webinar to provide information on the web-based tools released by the USDA to help farmers make decisions about the new risk management programs authorized through the 2014 farm bill.   The webinar starts at 8 a.m. CDT and is free, but registration is required and is limited to 1,000 attendees. Click here to register. The webinar will last 90 …

(Posted Thu. Oct 2nd, 2014)

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Last week, the USDA released web-based tools to help farmers make decisions about the new risk management programs authorized through the 2014 farm bill.   The University of Illinois will host a free webinar this Friday, October 3 at 8 a.m. CDT to review these tools and their Farm Bill Toolbox, which includes 7 steps for making FSA farm decisions.   In the coming months, farmers will make a …

(Posted Thu. Sep 25th, 2014)

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The National Corn Growers Association today thanked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for rolling out regulations related to the new revenue-based Agriculture Risk Coverage program and other risk management options designed to help growers facing sharp declines in commodity prices or significant production losses.   “Many farmers are facing a difficult harvest this year – a lot of corn coming in, but at a very low price,” said NCGA President …

(Posted Thu. Aug 21st, 2014)

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On Thursday, the National Corn Growers Association and DTN hosted a webinar about new risk management options created under the 2014 farm bill, offering growers and landowners an early look into what the new programs will mean for them over the next five years.   Nearly 700 people signed up for the webinar. An archive of the audio, as well as printable materials, will be available on DTN’s website in …

(Posted Tue. Aug 19th, 2014)

Keywords: Farm Policy

This winter, farmers and landowners will need to make important, one-time decisions about risk coverage packages authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill.   To help growers and landowners understand their options and choose the right fit for their situation, DTN and the National Corn Growers Association are hosting a free webinar this Thursday, Aug. 21, at 9 a.m. CDT.   The webinar will be hosted by DTN executive editor Marcia …

(Posted Thu. Aug 14th, 2014)

Keywords: Farm Policy

One week from today, farmers and landowners are invited to attend a free DTN webinar, co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association, that will help them choose the right farm bill risk coverage package in the months ahead.   “It’s very important for farmers to understand the ramifications of one-time program decisions that will affect their farms for years to come,” said Jim Reed, an Illinois corn grower and chair …

(Posted Fri. Feb 7th, 2014)

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The National Corn Growers Association thanked President Obama for signing the Agricultural Act of 2014 today. The farm bill passed the House on January 29 and the Senate on February 4.   “This new five-year farm bill means certainty and stability for farmers. It means food on the table for hungry families. And it means taxpayers will save money,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “We thank President Obama for signing …

(Posted Tue. Feb 4th, 2014)

Keywords: Farm policy

The National Corn Growers Association thanked members of the Senate for their passage today, with a 68-32 vote, of the 2014 farm bill. The bill passed the House on January 29 and now goes to President Obama for signing.   “We’re happy to see the farm bill pass the Senate and are looking forward to seeing it signed and implemented,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “It was a long time …

(Posted Tue. Jan 28th, 2014)

Keywords: Farm Policy

The following is a statement from National Corn Growers President Martin Barbre on the Agricultural Act of 2014, released by the House-Senate conference committee:   “We appreciate the hard work of the committee, especially Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Thad Cochran and Reps. Frank Lucas and Collin Peterson, for crafting a balanced compromise that ensures market-oriented reforms and effective risk management tools.   Their work, and that of many of their colleagues, …

(Posted Fri. Jul 26th, 2013)

Keywords: Farm Policy

July 26:  In a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees today, the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association and the U.S. Canola Association made it clear that their position in favor of more market-oriented farm policies would not change as both chambers prepare their respective bills for a potential conference in September, and that the organizations would oppose any bill containing a risk management program …

(Posted Thu. Jul 11th, 2013)

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July 11: National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives voting on the split version of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (2013 farm bill):   “The farm bill affects every American; those who eat and those who produce. We view the proposed actions to be taken on the floor of the House today with disappointment.  Legislation that …

(Posted Mon. Jun 10th, 2013)

Keywords: Farm Policy

June 10:  The National Corn Growers Association today congratulates the Senate on passage of the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (2013 farm bill). The legislation was agreed to by a vote of 66-27. NCGA now urges the House of Representatives to quickly follow suit. “America’s farmers greatly appreciate the leadership and bipartisan efforts by the Senate to complete their work on the farm bill,” NCGA President Pam Johnson said. …

(Posted Thu. Jun 6th, 2013)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Jun. 6:  National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson released the following statement in response to the Senate’s farm bill cloture vote: “The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to see the cloture vote on the farm bill received 75 votes, well over the 60 votes necessary to move the legislation forward. However, there is still important work that needs to be done. We urge the Senate to quickly take …

(Posted Thu. May 23rd, 2013)

Keywords: Farm Bill Farm Policy

May 23: National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson released the following statement in response to the Senate’s progress toward a farm bill today: “We greatly appreciate the work by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and the Committee to put forth a well-crafted farm bill, and we thank the U.S Senate for the time given to debate and for floor votes today. The National Corn Growers Association is pleased …

(Posted Tue. May 14th, 2013)

Keywords: Farm Bill Farm Policy Crop Insurance

May 14: National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson released the following statement in response to the Senate Agriculture Committee’s farm bill passage: “We greatly appreciate the work by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and the Committee to put forth a well-crafted farm bill. The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to see the Committee listened to the concerns of our nation’s corn farmers and have done a great …

(Posted Mon. Mar 4th, 2013)

Keywords: Ethanol Farm Policy

Mar. 4: Delegates to the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress policy meeting and corn growers elsewhere during the 2013 Commodity Classic last week talked up the importance of defending the Renewable Fuel Standard and getting a smart and strong five-year farm bill passed this year after the numerous delays of 2012. At a time when corn yields are still rising strong, the importance of protecting a growing market like …

(Posted Tue. Nov 27th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Nov. 27: The National Corn Growers Association today voiced support for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement that rate adjustments will be made to crop insurance premiums over the next two crop years.   “Crop insurance rating reforms have been a priority for our members for many years,” NCGA President Pam Johnson said.  “NCGA feels the Risk Management Agency’s announcement represents real reform in decreasing the widening gap between the …

(Posted Fri. Nov 16th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Nov 16: With very few days left in the 112th Congress, the National Corn Growers Association asks members to contact their representatives and tell them to pass the 2012 farm bill now; no more delay, no extensions.  The House Agriculture Committee passed their version of the legislation in July but it has yet to be scheduled for a vote on the House floor.  "Passage of a new five-year farm …

(Posted Thu. Oct 25th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy Trade

Oct. 25: The expiration of the 2008 farm bill on Sept. 30 brought with it the end of funding for the Foreign Market Development program and the Market Access Program.  These two programs leverage farmer and agribusiness investments to build an active outreach program in more than 50 countries.   “Agricultural trade continues to be a success story and one of the few bright spots among our nation’s economy,” NCGA …

(Posted Wed. Sep 19th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Sept. 19: As the Farm Bill Now message resonates throughout the country, state affiliates of the National Corn Growers Association are also doing their part.  During Husker Harvest Days, the Nebraska Corn Board created banners for visitors to sign, showing their support of Congress passing new farm bill legislation.  The banners were sent to Washington this week for delivery to the Nebraska delegation in the House of Representatives as …

(Posted Wed. Aug 22nd, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Aug. 22:  The National Corn Growers Association has joined a coalition of 39 of the nation’s foremost agricultural organizations in an effort to raise public awareness of the need for Congress to pass a new, comprehensive, five-year farm bill before current farm programs expire in September.  The coalition, called Farm Bill Now, comprises associations and coalitions representing commodity crops, livestock, dairy, specialty crops, state and local governments, minor crops, …

(Posted Wed. Aug 1st, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Aug. 1:  The undersigned farm organizations support finding a path forward to reaching agreement on a new five-year farm bill before current program authorities expire on Sept. 30.  We are disappointed that the House Republican leadership has decided to not move forward with the House Agriculture Committee’s bill before adjourning for the August recess. That bill would provide the disaster relief our farm and ranch families need at this …

(Posted Fri. Jul 27th, 2012)

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July 27:  National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to a decision by the House of Representatives to take up a one-year extension of the farm bill:  “America’s farmers need a new farm bill that will allow them the ability to make sound business decisions for the next five years.  An extension of current law fails to provide the needed level of certainty.  …

(Posted Wed. Jul 18th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

July 18:  National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer today presented NCGA’s President’s Award to Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) during NCGA’s Corn Congress meeting in Washington. The President’s Award is given annually to a leader who has worked to advance issues important to corn growers and agriculture.  “It is my great pleasure to present the NCGA President’s Award to Senator Debbie Stabenow for her continued leadership and support for …

(Posted Thu. Jul 12th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

July 12:  National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the House Agriculture Committee’s 35-11 passage of the 2012 farm bill early Thursday morning:  “The National Corn Growers Association is disappointed the House Agriculture Committee’s passed version of the 2012 farm bill does not include a more viable market-oriented risk management program.  We support moving the legislative process forward and urge Speaker Boehner …

(Posted Mon. Jul 9th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

July 9: As a follow-up to last week’s statement, the National Corn Growers Association today issued a joint letter to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson expressing the need to get a farm bill done this year.  Five other commodity organizations also signed on to the letter.  “We write to express our appreciation that the House Agriculture Committee is moving forward with the 2012 …

(Posted Thu. Jul 5th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

July 5: National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the House Agriculture Committee’s proposed 2012 farm bill:  “The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to see the House Agriculture Committee propose their version of the 2012 farm bill. Our board is assessing similarities and differences between the legislation and our grower-developed policy. NCGA continues to call on Congress to pass a new farm …

(Posted Thu. Jun 21st, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

June 21: The National Corn Growers Association today congratulates the Senate on passage of Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (2012 farm bill).  The legislation was agreed to by a vote of 64-35. NCGA also urges the House of Representatives to take action quickly.  “America’s farmers greatly appreciate the leadership and cooperative work by the Senate to pass the 2012 farm bill in a timely manner,” NCGA President Garry …

(Posted Wed. Jun 20th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

June 20: National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the Senate passing Chambliss amendment #2438:  “The National Corn Growers Association is very disappointed to see passage of Senator Saxby Chambliss’ conservation compliance for crop insurance amendment in the 2012 farm bill.  Our members have spent a significant amount of time discussing this issue and feel this addition to the farm bill would …

(Posted Thu. Jun 7th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

June 7:  National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the Senate voting in favor 90-8 to advance the 2012 farm bill to the Senate Floor:  “The overwhelmingly positive vote on the floor reaffirms that senators understand the importance of passing the 2012 farm bill this year.  The National Corn Growers Association cheers the strong bipartisan vote and appreciates the work of Sens. …

(Posted Thu. Jun 7th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol Farm Policy

By Garry Niemeyer, NCGA President:   My fellow farmers,  Sometimes it is easy to become the victim of your own success.  I think our industry has more than a bit of that going on right now, and this has me terribly concerned.  Times are pretty good right now on the farm.  Prices are relatively high and we have seen significant increases in yields and reductions in chemical and fertilizer …

(Posted Wed. Jun 6th, 2012)

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June 6:  As the Senate prepares to begin debate on the 2012 farm bill, the National Corn Growers Association participated in a news conference with Senate Ag Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Pat Roberts to stress the importance of the reformed legislation.   Lyle Pugh, a member of NCGA’s Public Policy Action Team and a farmer from Chesapeake, Va., participated in the event along with dairy farmers and …

(Posted Tue. Jun 5th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

June 5: National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filing for cloture on the 2012 farm bill:  “The National Corn Growers Association appreciates the actions taken today by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to move forward with Senate consideration of the 2012 farm bill this week.  We support this action and look forward to working with members …

(Posted Fri. Jun 1st, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

June 1: This week Dr. Carl Zulauf, an economist at the Ohio State University, published a Farm Bill study outlining the benefits of using a 5-year Olympic average of price.  He stated using this type of moving average would have provided sizable protection to all U.S. crop producers during the low price period of the late 1990s, the last multi-year low price period for the U.S. This rate is …

(Posted Thu. May 31st, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

May 31:  A new report from the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute shows how a key farm bill program being considered by Congress treats crops like corn, soybeans, rice, wheat and peanuts equitably. This study comes at an important time, as the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, which was passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee on April 26, is expected to be considered on the …

(Posted Wed. May 16th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

May 16: Marking the first of a two day series, National Corn Growers Association Board Member Chip Bowling testified today before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Commodities and Risk Management on the 2012 farm bill.  Bowling, who also serves on the Public Policy Action Team, outlined NCGA’s priorities for a strong federal crop insurance program and a revenue-based, risk management tool.   “The ability to purchase federal crop insurance …

(Posted Mon. May 14th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

May 14: As the House Agriculture Committee continues farm bill hearings this week, the National Corn Growers Association and several other agriculture groups today sent a letter to House Ag Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson on the importance of crop insurance.   “Federal crop insurance provides an effective risk management tool to farmers and ranchers when they are facing losses beyond their control,” the letter stated. “It …

(Posted Tue. May 8th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

May 8: A week after the Senate Agriculture Committee completed its work on the farm bill, the National Corn Growers Association and more than 120 agricultural and other organizations sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.  The letter advocated for floor consideration of the legislation as soon as possible to enhance prospects of completing the process this year instead of having to extend …

(Posted Mon. May 7th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

May 7: After the U.S. Department of Labor announced it would withdraw its proposed rule limiting farm children’s involvement in agricultural activities, the National Corn Growers Association sent a letter to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis applauding her decision.   “On behalf of the National Corn Growers Association, I commend you for your decision to withdraw the proposed child labor rule,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer.  “As a family farmer, there …

(Posted Fri. Apr 27th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Apr. 27: Since late last year, the National Corn Growers Association has been monitoring the Department of Labor’s proposed restrictions on farm children.  The rules would have placed an age requirement of 16 on workers and would have also place limits on pesticide handling, heavy machinery operation and working with animals.  The Department of Labor announced yesterday evening they were withdrawing the regulations.  “We were very pleased to hear …

(Posted Thu. Apr 26th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Apr. 26: The National Corn Growers Association applauds the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry’s decision to promptly reschedule the markup of proposed farm bill legislation for this morning.  This decision, which quickly amends yesterday’s postponement, follows a joint letter sent by the National Corn Growers Association and more than 70 other ag organizations to leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee Wednesday night, urging an end to delay …

(Posted Thu. Apr 26th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Apr. 26: Today, National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer testified before the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry as part of a series of hearings on the 2012 farm bill. Today’s hearing examined USDA conservation programs that are authorized within the farm bill.  Niemeyer testified on behalf of a broad coalition of agricultural organizations, including the American Soybean Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation, …

(Posted Thu. Apr 26th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Apr. 26: National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the Senate Agriculture Committee’s passage of the 2012 farm bill:  “The National Corn Growers Association appreciates the efforts by the Senate Agriculture Committee to pass the 2012 farm bill.  We realize a lot of hard work was put in by committee members and staff over the past several days and we are pleased …

NCGA Disappointed in Senate Farm Bill Delay

(Posted Wed. Apr 25th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Apr. 25:National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the postponement of the Senate Agriculture Committee's 2012 farm bill markup:  "The National Corn Growers Association is disappointed with the delay in the Senate Agriculture Committee's markup of the 2012 farm bill.  Our organization is committed to working with members of Congress and other organizations on this vital piece of legislation.  The process needs …

(Posted Mon. Apr 23rd, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Apr. 23:  National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to Senate Agriculture Committee’s proposed 2012 farm bill legislation:  “We greatly appreciate the work by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Pat Roberts to put forth a well-crafted 2012 farm bill.  The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to see the Committee listened to the concerns of our nation’s corn growers …

(Posted Fri. Apr 20th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

April 20: The Senate Agriculture Committee confirmed today that it will mark up its version of the 2012 farm bill next week.  Members are scheduled to begin work at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 25.  The committee has stated the legislation reforms farm policy, consolidates and streamlines programs, and will reduce the deficit by $23 billion.   The National Corn Growers Association is grateful that the Senate Ag Committee developed a …

(Posted Thu. Apr 19th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Apr. 19:  In a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) this morning, a group of eight prominent agricultural associations, including the National Corn Growers Association, voiced its support for the Senate’s approach to the 2012 Farm Bill, and raised several issues related to commodity and risk management programs.  Co-signed by NCGA, the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Association of …

(Posted Fri. Apr 13th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Apr. 13:  Because the estate tax remains a concern for thousands of farmers around the country, the National Corn Growers Association sent letters this week with more than 30 other agriculture organizations supporting House and Senate legislation that calls for permanent repeal of the so-called “death tax.” Kevin Brady (R-Tex.) introduced legislation in the House of Representatives and John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.  “Family farmers …

(Posted Thu. Apr 12th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

By Garry Niemeyer, NCGA President  Apr. 12: I have spent much of my time over the past month in Washington visiting with members of Congress and other policy makers about the importance of the 2012 farm bill.  Each meeting seems to end in the same fashion as the others: Democrats blame Republicans and Republicans blame Democrats.  If I ask someone from the House, I hear that it is the …

(Posted Wed. Apr 11th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Apr. 11:  U.S. Senator Roy Blunt shared his thoughts on today’s political environment with St. Louis Agribusiness Club members and guests at a lunch this week, co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association. NCGA CEO Rick Tolman was on hand to thank the senator for his work on behalf of U.S. agriculture, and draw attention to the lengthy list of unresolved issues that concerns farmers.  “When big decisions are …

(Posted Fri. Mar 30th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Mar. 30:  As Congress prepared to depart Washington for a two-week recess, Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) introduced a new farm bill proposal, the Revenue Loss Assistance and Crop Insurance Enhancement Act of 2012.  The legislation would include a farm-level revenue-based program, a narrower band of coverage and a reduced percentage of planted acres eligible for payments.  “The National Corn Growers Association has …

(Posted Thu. Mar 15th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Mar. 15: Today, National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Pam Johnson testified before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.  Johnson participated in the final series of farm bill hearings focusing on the Commodity Title.  “NCGA has invested time and resources to develop and analyze concepts for a new farm bill that would help farmers in times of need and be a good investment of taxpayer dollars,” …

(Posted Fri. Mar 9th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Mar. 9: Last week at Commodity Classic, National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer had a chance to address the General Session during an interview with his fellow commodity association leaders on the issues he sees as key to farming in the coming years.  From his response to the address by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to the halls of the trade show, one sentiment was reiterated consistently …

(Posted Thu. Mar 1st, 2012)

Keywords: Commodity Classic Farm Policy

Mar. 1:  The following statement on the 2012 farm bill was released today by National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer, a corn grower from Auburn, Ill.; National Association of Wheat Growers President Wayne Hurst, a wheat producer from Burley, Idaho; American Soybean Association President Steve Wellman, soybean farmer from Syracuse, Neb.; and National Sorghum Producers Chairman Terry Swanson, a sorghum grower from Walsh, Colo.  “Commodity Classic provides our …

(Posted Mon. Feb 27th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Feb. 28: As crop insurance purchase deadlines approach for the majority of the Corn Belt on March 15, the National Corn Growers Association urges farmers to explore how changes in policies can make coverage more affordable.  With lower insurance premiums being offered for most coverage levels this year and adjustments to historical-yield trend calculations, many growers can take advantage of lower rates and increases in coverage.  “At NCGA, we …

(Posted Wed. Feb 22nd, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Feb. 22:  As Congress continues work on the 2012 farm bill, the Crop Insurance Industry’s Annual Convention hosted a panel discussion focusing on the farmers’ perspective.  NCGA Public Policy Action Team Chair Anthony Bush participated in the panel and provided his thoughts on farm policy and the new farm bill.  The panel also hosted soybean, cotton, wheat and rice growers.  “Ensuring an effective, affordable crop insurance program is NCGA’s …

(Posted Tue. Feb 14th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Feb. 14:  From NCGA’s earliest days, long before issues like ethanol or biotechnology arose, farm policy has been at the top of the association’s priority list.  Farm policy was a “natural” for organization founder Walter Goeppinger, who made a point of working with presidents and congressional leaders of both parties on behalf of corn growers. His close relations in government and his stature as a spokesman for growers established …

(Posted Mon. Feb 13th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Feb. 13:  As the Senate begins to prepare for farm bill hearings, the National Corn Growers Association signed a letter with more than 80 other agriculture groups urging Congress to pass a new bill this year.  The letter was sent to the chairs and ranking members of the Senate and House Ag Committees.   “The 2012 farm bill is among the most important pieces of legislation the U.S. Congress will …

(Posted Thu. Feb 9th, 2012)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Feb. 9:  As Congress continues the 2012 farm bill process, members of the National Corn Growers Associations’ Public Policy Action Team met in Washington this week to hear more about the subject from experts from inside the beltway.  PPAT’s mission is to offer direction to NCGA efforts to address public policy issues.  The action team is comprised of 17 growers and staff from across the country.  “We came together …

(Posted Tue. Dec 13th, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Dec. 13: After efforts to pass the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011, H.R. 872, failed in the Senate earlier this fall, a bipartisan group of Senators sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) asking for full consideration on the Senate floor before the end of the year. The legislation previously passed the House of Representatives in March and passed the …

(Posted Wed. Dec 7th, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Dec. 7: During a Farm Journal Forum Tuesday in Washington, National Corn Growers Association Senior Director of Public Policy Sam Willett outlined NCGA’s priorities for a new farm bill. Willett was joined on the panel by representatives of USDA’s Risk Management Agency and the National Sustainable Ag Coalition.  “NCGA continues advocating for our members as Congress begins writing the new farm bill,” Willett said. “Our farmers are looking for …

(Posted Mon. Nov 21st, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Nov. 21: National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction’s failure to produce a deficit reduction plan:  “We’re disappointed the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction did not agree on a plan to reduce our federal deficit. We appreciate the hard work of the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Ag Committees to …

(Posted Thu. Nov 3rd, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy Production

Nov. 3: The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers and their allies to submit comments opposing a petition filed with the Environmental Protection Agency that would ban atrazine use and production before the public comment period closes on November 14. The petition, originally submitted this spring by an activist organization named Save the Frogs, asks for both further review of this proven herbicide and regulatory changes. The EPA posted …

(Posted Thu. Nov 3rd, 2011)

Keywords: Conservation Farm Policy

Nov. 3: Today, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry held a hearing on the EPA’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Chesapeake Bay watershed. TMDLs are a common pollution control mechanism established by the Clean Water Act. The TMDL for the Chesapeake Bay watershed sets a firm limit on the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment that can be discharged in six states and the …

(Posted Thu. Oct 27th, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

In a letter to Roll Call published today, the National Corn Growers Association, American Farmland Trust and the National Farmers Union explain why maintaining a strong safety net for growers remains important even as farm programs face reform.  The authors note that, while farmers support reform that will help our nation during these difficult economic circumstances, government support of a farm safety net is necessary if American agriculture is …

(Posted Mon. Oct 17th, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Oct. 17:  National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the House and Senate Agriculture Committees’ proposed reductions in farm bill spending:  “NCGA appreciates the bipartisan work of the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Ag Committees to reach an agreement on farm bill spending reductions.  Our farmers have previously stated we are willing to do our part to help …

(Posted Fri. Sep 23rd, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Sept. 23: The National Corn Growers Association today applauded the bipartisan work of Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), John Thune (R-SD), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Dick Lugar (R-IN) to introduce legislation that will create the Aggregate Risk and Revenue Management (ARRM) Program.The bill is designed to simplify, consolidate and streamline existing commodity programs that were authorized as part of the 2008 farm bill.  “We greatly appreciate the senators’ work to …

(Posted Mon. Sep 12th, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Sept. 12: The National Corn Growers Association today unveiled the Agriculture Disaster Assistance Program, a commodity title proposal for the 2012 farm bill that will modify and replace the existing Average Crop Revenue Election Program and provide a more effective and responsive safety net for growers.  “Responding to a charge by our voting delegates to investigate transitioning direct payments into programs that allow producers the ability to mitigate risk, …

(Posted Tue. Aug 30th, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Aug. 30: The National Corn Growers Association held a news conference with Congressman Bobby Schilling (Rep.- Ill.) at the Farm Progress Show today n Decatur, Ill., highlighting preparations for the 2012 farm bill in light of the looming debt crisis. NCGA also focused on the top priorities for corn farmers regarding the need for a substantive safety net in today’s volatile economic environment.  “The Farm Progress Show is an …

(Posted Thu. Aug 11th, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Aug. 11: One week after NCGA President Bart Schott sent a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration outlining concerns on the proposed guidance for operators of farm vehicles and off-road agricultural equipment, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released a statement saying no further regulations would be placed on the transport of agricultural products. Secretary LaHood also mentioned that more than 1,700 comments from agricultural organizations …

(Posted Wed. Aug 3rd, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Aug. 3:  The National Corn Growers Association this week submitted comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regarding proposed guidance for operators of farm vehicles and off-road agricultural equipment.  NCGA President Bart Schott identified several areas of concern that could impact growers, including whether grain being transported from the farm to the local elevator should defined as “interstate commerce.”  “When it comes to the shipment of agricultural commodities, …

(Posted Wed. Aug 3rd, 2011)

Keywords: Corn Sugar Farm Policy

Aug. 3: National Corn Growers Association CEO Rick Tolman today highlighted the ways in which the farm bill impacts U.S. corn growers as he addressed the 28th Annual International Sweetener Symposium in Stowe, Vt.  The program focused on overall farm policy while allowing attendees to explore related topics such as the U.S. and world supply and demand outlook and the effect of trade agreements on world sugar policies and …

(Posted Tue. Aug 2nd, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Aug. 2: The new White House Rural Council, established by President Obama this summer, is the first entity of its kind to focus on policy initiatives for rural Americans. The National Corn Growers Association hopes that it will help residents in rural areas to see improved programs and services that provide the maximum benefit possible, thus creating vibrant communities that will help attract the next generation of farmers back …

(Posted Thu. Jul 28th, 2011)

Keywords: Conservation Farm Policy

July 28: During testimony before an Environmental Protection Agency Scientific Advisory Panel evaluating the effects of atrazine on human health, NCGA Director of Public Policy Sarah Gallo explained the importance of the product to combat weeds effectively and affordably. She also discussed how farmers have been safely applying atrazine for more than a half century.  Click here for her testimony.  “The United States is the world’s …

(Posted Tue. Jul 26th, 2011)

Keywords: Conservation Farm Policy

July 26: In comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency today on the draft guidance that identifies which waters are protected under the Clean Water Act, the National Corn Growers Association outlined concerns including the new proposal could expand EPA’s authority over isolated waters such as ditches and farm ponds.  Click here for the letter.  The draft guidance, which was announced in April, was developed to …

(Posted Tue. Jun 21st, 2011)

Keywords: Conservation Farm Policy

The National Corn Growers Association applauds the Senate Agriculture Committee for passing H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011, with a strong bipartisan vote. This legislation clarifies that National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits are not required when applying pesticides according to their EPA approved label. The House of Representatives passed this legislation in April.  “NCGA greatly appreciates the work of Senate Ag Committee Chairwoman Debbie …

(Posted Mon. Jun 20th, 2011)

Keywords: Conservation Farm Policy

Agricultural conservation programs make up a significant portion of mandatory farm program spending. The National Corn Growers Association has developed a survey to collect information on how farmers utilize these Farm Bill programs.  In the current budget environment, tough decisions will need to be made about how to structure these programs to provide optimum environmental and economic benefit. The purpose of this survey is to gather information that will …

(Posted Tue. Jun 14th, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

The National Corn Growers Association today urged the House of Representatives to protect the jurisdiction of the House Agriculture Committee when it takes up debate on H.R. 2112, legislation making appropriations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and related agencies. Policy debate over farm safety net programs belongs as a part of the legislative process for writing the 2012 farm bill.  “We understand the …

(Posted Wed. Jun 1st, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

National Corn Growers Association Board Member and Michigan Corn Growers Association President Clark Gerstacker testified during the first Farm Bill field hearing hosted by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich). Focused on the upcoming reauthorization of the farm bill, the hearing examined commodity programs, energy conservation and rural development.  “While farmers are eager to provide a safe, abundant, and affordable food supply, we face increasingly tumultuous markets that …

(Posted Tue. May 31st, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

The National Corn Growers Association today expressed disappointment in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s food tolerance revocation for carbofuran. While usage of the insecticide has greatly decreased since the introduction of biotech traits more than a decade ago, the product has continued to serve as an important rescue treatment for corn rootworm if a grower determines that other products used at planting …

(Posted Mon. May 23rd, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Wednesday, June 1 is the signup deadline for the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program, and the National Corn Growers Association once again urges growers to review the program and determine if it make sense for their operation. Numerous resources are available to help farmers make the right decision.  “As farmers, we understand how important it is to carefully evaluate our risk management options,” said NCGA Public Policy Action …

(Posted Fri. May 6th, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

With news of the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to open the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway in southern Missouri to ease some of the swell in the Mississippi River, farmers affected by the floods began to grow concerned about crop insurance coverage. In past man-made disasters, crop insurance coverage has been denied. The National Corn Growers Association and the Missouri Corn Growers Association want to ensure our farmers are …

(Posted Wed. May 4th, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

May 4: The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committees held a joint hearing Tuesday to review the Endangered Species Act (ESA) interagency consultation process when approving pesticides for use in the United States. This hearing was scheduled in response to regulatory inefficiencies as well as a series of recent ESA lawsuits that could limit the availability of pesticides for growers.  Witnesses testifying at the hearing included experts from the …

(Posted Thu. Apr 28th, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy

Apr. 28: The possibility of federal government regulation of ditches and farm ponds has led the National Corn Growers Association to be concerned about the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s recently announced guidelines for determining federal waters that are jurisdictional under the Clean Water Act.  “The proposed guidelines are worrisome to our farmers as federal agencies could have the authority to regulate ditches and …