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(Posted Fri. Aug 29th, 2014)

Keywords: Research

The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board today announced that Fargo, N.D., will be the site of the National Agricultural Genotyping Center. The final decision follows careful deliberations by the site selection committee, who visited Illinois and North Dakota to assess the possibility of locating the center in either Decatur or Fargo, and NCGA’s Research and Business Development Action Team.   “This is a first-time-ever, huge step for a farmer-led …

(Posted Fri. Aug 8th, 2014)

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This week, the National Corn Growers Association National Agricultural Genotyping Center site selection committee visited Illinois and North Dakota to assess the possibility of locating the center in either the DeKalb or Fargo area.   The visits were arranged following a July vote taken by NCGA’s Research and Business Development Team narrowing the final list of site location proposals under consideration. Carefully scrutinizing a number of factors, team members will …

(Posted Wed. Oct 9th, 2013)

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Oct. 9:  The National Corn Growers Association participated earlier this week in an inter-commodity research meeting hosted at Cotton Incorporated in Cary, N.C. Along with corn, national research staff from soy, wheat, sorghum, and cotton associations met to exchange ideas and discuss potential collaborations among the groups.   “One common area of concern expressed by attendees was regarding the data utilized in lifecycle analysis,” said Richard Vierling, NCGA Director of …

(Posted Tue. Nov 13th, 2012)

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Nov. 13: The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) announce the incorporation of the National Agricultural Genotyping Center (NAGC). Structured as a non-profit initiative for the purpose of agricultural development, the NAGC will leverage the benefits of high-throughput genotyping with the support of two of the nation’s most prominent organizations in the fields of science and agriculture. With incorporation complete, the NAGC now seeks …

(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. Jul 27th, 2012)

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July 27:  The National Corn Growers Association’s Research and Business Development Action Team met in Washington July 16-17 to discuss current programs and hear presentations from biotech providers on product pipeline research related to higher corn yield, the White House’s National Bioeconomy Blueprint, and potential research collaborators describing potential new uses and high throughput phenotyping.  “In looking back over this last year, the most significant accomplishment that the team …

(Posted Wed. Jun 6th, 2012)

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June 6: A successful Corn Utilization and Technology Conference concluded today with the presentation of awards recognizing the top poster contest entries this year.  “The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to lend our support and encouragement to young researchers,” said NCGA Director of Research and New Uses Dr. Richard Vierling. “Corn offers a variety of solutions for many of today’s problems, and we are honored to play a small …

(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. Jun 1st, 2012)

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June 1:  The National Corn Growers Association is ramping up for the 2012 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference, which will opens June 4 in Indianapolis. With a theme of “Back to the Grind,” the biennial conference will feature the cutting-edge technologies and new uses that continually improve and dynamically change the corn industry.  This year, the conference debuts a third tier of presentation options offering participants the opportunity to …

(Posted Tue. May 22nd, 2012)

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May 22: The National Corn Growers Association proudly launched a redesigned version of the National Agricultural Genotyping Center website.  The site, which features more intuitive navigation and a more pleasing visual layout, offers an abundance of information on the project, the partners involved in the center and many resources for those interested in its work.  “We believe strongly in the mission of the National Agricultural Genotyping Center and hope …

(Posted Mon. May 21st, 2012)

Keywords: Research

May 21: With the 2012 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference rapidly approaching, the National Corn Growers Association’s Off the Cob podcast series spoke with Indiana Corn Marketing Council Secretary Gary Lamie, one of the event’s platinum sponsors.  Lamie welcomed attendees to his home state and invited them to attend the Amazing Maize exhibit at the Indiana State Museum.   “Those of us on the boards of the Indiana Corn Growers …

(Posted Thu. May 17th, 2012)

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Recent Purdue University research about growing efficiency in nitrogen use shows the importance of science in making modern production agriculture not only more efficient, but more sustainable in the long run, the National Corn Growers Association said.  “At a time when farmers need to work smarter and harder to grow their crops and maintain their farms for future farming generations, we’re especially looking for ways to reduce inputs and …

(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 Wed. Mar 14th, 2012)

Keywords: Research

Mar. 14:  The National Corn Growers Association announced today that the early registration period for 2012 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference has been extended by one week and will now close on Friday, April 6.  The biennual event will be held June 4-6 in Indianapolis. With a theme of “Back to the Grind,” CUTC will feature the cutting-edge technologies and new uses that continually improve and dynamically change the …

(Posted Thu. Feb 16th, 2012)

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Feb. 16:  Feb. 28, 2008, a red-letter day for modern corn production, also marked what may be the National Corn Growers Association’s greatest research achievement to date.  It was the day scientists from Washington University’s Genome Research Center announced the completion of a working draft of the corn genome – a breakthrough expected to accelerate the production of new corn hybrids, allow researchers to develop better varieties without using …

(Posted Fri. Jan 27th, 2012)

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Jan. 27:  The National Corn Growers Association’s Research and Business Development Action Team investigated plant nitrogen use efficiency at its meeting this week in Fresno, Calif. Team members toured Biagro Western, where they saw several varieties of citrus crops, and heard a presentation on nitrogen efficiency in plants.  Biagro is commercializing a metabolite, developed by Pat Unkefer of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Bioscience Division, that modifies a plant’s metabolism …

(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 Thu. Jul 21st, 2011)

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July 21: Today, Off the Cob speaks with Carolyn Lawrence, a research geneticist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. Coming from the understanding that growers need the results of research such as the Maize Genome Sequencing Project to result in technology that produces real world results, the National Corn Growers Association will fund a functional genomic data base coordinator. This project will incorporate needed software tools into the Maize …

(Posted Wed. Jul 20th, 2011)

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July 20: Keeping research at the forefront of our national agenda is always a challenge. However, the research done today has a direct impact on the technologies available for farmers to utilize ten and fifteen years from now. NCGA understands this situation, and will fund a functional genomics data utilization project that will incorporate needed software tools into the Maize Genetics and Genomics Database (MaizeGDB).  “Congress is talking about …

(Posted Wed. Jun 22nd, 2011)

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The National Corn Growers Association’s new Research Glossary is now available online. This glossary, which covers the terms most frequently used in agricultural discussions of genetics, 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 also available through the mail by contacting NCGA at