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(Posted Wed. Oct 22nd, 2014)

Keywords: Trade

Nearly 180 international coarse grains buyers from 39 countries arrived yesterday in Seattle, Washington, for Export Exchange 2014, ready to meet with U.S. suppliers and service providers across the value chain.    Export Exchange 2014, co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, and the Renewable Fuels Association, is a biennial event aiming to make connections that will build and sustain …

(Posted Wed. Oct 8th, 2014)

Keywords: Trade

While price is an important consideration for buyers of corn and other commodities, the United States’ reputation for reliability and honesty is also a significant market asset. The U.S. Grains Council has been promoting these benefits in top markets around the globe and will continue to do so as the United States begins harvest for another record corn crop.   The United States exported more than 11 percent of the …

(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 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 Mon. Aug 25th, 2014)

Keywords: Trade

A team of national news reporters and key opinion leaders from Japan visited the United States recently to learn about the latest developments in biotechnology, gaining accurate information and first-hand observations to share with interested audiences back home.   “Japan has a good record on managing biotechnology, including event approvals,” said Tommy Hamamoto, U.S. Grains Council director in Japan, who accompanied the group. “The Council wants to maintain that status, …

(Posted Mon. Aug 18th, 2014)

Keywords: Trade

The United States is on track to capture more than 95 percent of Colombia’s 141 million bushel corn market this marketing year, which ends Aug. 31. This is a dramatic turn-around from 2013 exports of just 25 million bushels to that country. “The trend that we are seeing clearly illustrates both why the National Corn Growers Association’s work in promoting trade agreements benefits U.S. corn farmers and the effectiveness of …

(Posted Thu. May 29th, 2014)

Keywords: trade

The Philippines has been the target of rampant smuggling, fraud and price and quantity mis-declaration in commodity imports. To address these issues, the Philippine Bureau of Customs recently announced new regulations, effective June 1, 2014, requiring inspection and certification of all bulk and container imports at the port of loading, to be performed by one of a limited number of BOC-approved inspection companies. Importers are expected to absorb the costs …

(Posted Wed. May 7th, 2014)

Keywords: trade

The highly sophisticated Korean market, which has the ability to diversify sourcing and reformulate rations in response to pricing, has once again returned to purchasing U.S. corn. Driven by the record 2013 U.S. corn crop, so far this marketing year (Sept. 1 through April 24), U.S. corn exports to Korea have totaled almost 3.3 million metric tons (130 million bushels) versus 359,000 tons (14 million bushels) over the same period …

(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 Tue. Mar 18th, 2014)

Keywords: Trade

The National Corn Growers Association hosted guests from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture Chicago Branch today for a series of presentations on the U.S. corn crop outlook  for 2014, recent trends in demand and supply, and updates on trade negotiations, the farm bill, and transportation and infrastructure. This annual visit provides an opportunity to build relationships and foster understanding with important representatives from the Japanese market, historically the largest importer …

(Posted Wed. Feb 5th, 2014)

Keywords: Trade

Today, the National Corn Growers Association’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team concluded its spring meeting in Portland, Ore., where team members reviewed the organization’s policy in their area of expertise, reviewed recommendations coming out of the Priority and Policy meeting held earlier in January and met with representatives from government and industry to explore upcoming challenges and opportunities.    Looking at a variety of issues, including how to best …

(Posted Thu. Jan 9th, 2014)

Keywords: Trade

Jan. 9:  The National Corn Growers Association praised the introduction of bipartisan updated Trade Promotion Authority legislation today that will establish strong rules for trade negotiations and Congressional approval of trade pacts, to deliver trade agreements that boost U.S. exports and create American jobs. NCGA now urges Congress and the Administration to act swiftly to move the legislation forward.   “We applaud the legislation introduced today as it would improve …

(Posted Mon. Dec 23rd, 2013)

Keywords: Trade US Grains Council

Dec. 23: Record production, high quality and minor weather-related impacts are the top-line findings of the 2013/2014 Corn Harvest Quality Report, released last week by the U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member.   "After a record drought last year, the world has been watching intently the 2013 U.S. corn crop," said USGC President and CEO Tom Sleight. "Production has rebounded, and quality …

(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 Mon. Dec 16th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade

Dec. 16: Timely action by the U.S. Grains Council, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative averted a patently protectionist seasonal market closure in Panama, keeping this important market open for U.S. corn exports.   “U.S. corn farmers increasingly understand the importance of working diligently to maintain all markets for our product both at home and abroad,” said National Corn Growers Association Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team …

(Posted Tue. Nov 26th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade MAIZALL

Nov. 26: Last week, MAIZALL met with key government and feed industry leaders in South Korea and China. This delegation, which follows two years of intensive planning and preparation, marked the initial effort of MAIZALL, a partnership of the national corn producer organizations of Argentina, Brazil and the United States, in its work to bring the world's top three corn exporting countries together to advocate for the elimination of trade …

(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 Thu. Oct 3rd, 2013)

Keywords: trade DDGS

Oct. 3: The strength of U.S. exports of distiller's dried grains with solubles has been bright spot in a tough year for U.S. feed grains, with particularly strong export growth in Southeast Asia contributing substantially to that growth. Through the first half of calendar year 2013, total U.S. DDGS exports rose six percent. At the same time, growth rose nine percent in Southeast Asia, with major gains in Thailand (53 …

(Posted Mon. Sep 30th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade

Sept. 30: Only hours remain before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1, leaving Congress little time to pass a Continuing Resolution to continue funding federal government activities in order to avoid a government shutdown. The legislation provides funding for export promotion programs, utilized by organizations like the U.S. Grains Council, which are subject to enactment of a new farm bill or an extension of current law. …

(Posted Mon. Sep 9th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade

Sept. 9:  In 2012 Korea was the third largest corn importer in the world and the fourth largest market for U.S. corn. Yet because of the drought of 2012, U.S. imports have dropped to less than 1 percent so far in the 2013 calendar year, according to Korean import statistics. This has propelled the U.S. Grains Council to engage in aggressive programming to reinvigorate Korean buyers for U.S. corn.   …

(Posted Thu. Sep 5th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade

Sept. 5: After two years of discussions, MAIZALL will begin actively working on behalf of corn farmers in North and South America soon, commencing activities in Korea and China. Earlier this year, the U.S. Grains Council joined the National Corn Growers Association, and MAIZAR and ABRAMHILO, the leading corn producer's organizations in Argentina and Brazil, formally announced the creation of MAIZALL as a strategic alliance focused on food security, market …

(Posted Fri. Aug 30th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade

Aug. 30: The United States is on track to export $140 billion in agricultural exports in Fiscal Year 2013, which would set a new record, according to a report released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Following the release of the Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement:   "Driven by the productivity of U.S. farmers and ranchers, we have achieved five years …

(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 Tue. Jul 9th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade

July 9: Last week, a large Colombian importer, with the guidance of the U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, networked with U.S. grains exporters in Texas, Alabama and Louisiana resulting in the purchase of more than 787,000 bushels of U.S. corn. This was the importer’s first purchase of U.S. corn in more than two years. With seven plants in Colombia, this importer …

(Posted Wed. Jun 26th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade

June 26: During a House Committee on Small Business hearing today in Washington, National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson provided policy recommendations for the U.S. Trade Representative on growing export opportunities.  Johnson focused on the benefits for family famers of expanding export markets and maximizing foreign market access.   “Agricultural producers succeed when industry and government work side-by-side,” NCGA President Pam Johnson said during her testimony.  “It is critical …

(Posted Tue. May 14th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade corn farming

May 14: The National Corn Growers Association, along with the U.S. Grains Council, MAIZAR, representing Argentina producers and the maize supply chain, and the Brazilian Association of Corn Producers (ABRAMILHO) today signed a memorandum of understanding to form an alliance of North and South American maize producers to collaborate on a global basis to address key issues concerning food security, biotechnology, stewardship, trade and producer image. The organizations will function …

(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 Fri. Apr 12th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Exports Japan

Apr. 12: The National Corn Growers Association applauds today’s announcement that the United States has concluded preliminary consultations to approve Japan’s participation in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Japan announced its intention to join TPP last month. Since November 2011, U.S. negotiators have held discussions with Japan regarding the comprehensive, high-standard agreement. Japan must secure the approval of all current TPP members before it can participate in future rounds of talks. NCGA …

(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 Thu. Apr 4th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Crop Production Quality US Grains Council

Apr. 4: The U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, released the second annual USGC Corn Export Cargo Quality Report yesterday. Despite the severe drought in 2012 that reduced the projected size of the U.S. corn crop, testing indicated the 2012 crop was superior in quality across a number of key variables to the U.S. 2011 harvest, which was already a high quality …

(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 Wed. Mar 20th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade

Mar. 20: The U.S. Grains Council's 2013 Officers Mission is now underway. The delegation, which includes National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson, will visit with key customers and end users in Korea, China and Japan, providing details and receiving feedback on the U.S. 2012-13 corn crop. "Ever since the drought took hold last year, we've been getting questions. It's important to service these customers, present our harvest quality report, …

(Posted Fri. Mar 8th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade

Mar. 8: Implementations of U.S. free trade agreements in Latin America contributed to an increase of U.S. exports to the region by 9.3 percent in 2012, lowering the U.S. trade deficit by 24.7 percent, according to an article in Latinvex, a Latin American business journal. Currently, the 11 Latin American countries involved in the two regional and three bilateral FTAs with the United States account for nearly 80 percent …

(Posted Wed. Feb 20th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade

Feb. 20: While trade talks between the United States and European Union have yet to begin, the National Corn Growers Association, along with many other agricultural trade associations and members of Congress, are working to ensure U.S. agricultural interests receive proper attention in any final agreement. For NCGA members, the most obvious challenge is approval of corn and corn products derived through biotechnology. The EU is a market that holds …

(Posted Tue. Feb 19th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade USGC

Feb. 19: More than 200 delegates attended the U.S. Grains Council's 10th International Marketing Conference and 53rd Annual Membership Meeting in Charleston, S.C., last week. There, attendees, including leadership from the National Corn Growers Association, reviewed strategies and opportunities for competing in the rapidly changing global marketplace.“Coordination is essential to best leveraging the checkoff dollars entrusted to us,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson. “The programs run by NCGA and USGC …

(Posted Fri. Jan 25th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade

The U.S. Grains Council launched its 2012 online Annual Report, available now at www.usgcAnnualReport.org. The online report includes success stories from the year, video highlights, photographs, and market profiles from more than 25 countries and regions. Market profile pages display supply/demand charts, market growth potential and other information viewers may find useful, including highlights from Council programs in each country. "Since the Council was founded 52 years ago, …

(Posted Wed. Jan 23rd, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Government

Jan. 23: The National Corn Growers Association today thanked U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk for his commitment to promoting global trade during his tenure. Kirk announced yesterday he will leave his post at USTR at the end of February. “The National Corn Growers Association greatly appreciates and thanks U.S. Trade Representative Kirk for his tireless efforts to promote American agricultural products in the global marketplace,” NCGA President Pam Johnson said. …

(Posted Wed. Jan 23rd, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Ethanol Feed DDGS

 Jan. 23: A barrier impeding the rapid export growth of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles came down earlier this month as the ethanol co-product gained official classification as a non-hazardous cargo. The reclassification, which became final and mandatory under the code of the International Maritime Organization on Jan. 1, 2013, was the culmination of a process initiated by the U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association …

(Posted Tue. Jan 8th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade

Jan. 8: As growers prepare to travel to St. Louis for the annual National Corn Growers Association Priority and Policy Conference, Off the Cob revisits conversations held with chairmen of the action teams and committees following meetings in December. During these interviews, the attendees offer information on a variety of subjects covered that they feel to be of particular interest to farmers. Today, Off the Cob features …

(Posted Tue. Jan 8th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Ethanol Feed

Jan. 8: Last week, the U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, announced an important milestone in the growth of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles exports. According to the Ministry of Finance Customs, Japan imported more than 384,000 metric tons of U.S. DDGS between January and October 2012, marking the highest imports on record. “The growth of U.S. DDGS exports to Japan …

(Posted Thu. Dec 6th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

Dec 6: Today, the U.S. Senate passed legislation paving the way for Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russia.  The National Corn Growers Association previously urged Congress to lift the decades old Jackson-Vanik restrictions.  Farmers will soon be allowed to take advantage of a more open and level playing field with Russia.  The House of Representatives passed the legislation before adjourning for Thanksgiving.  “We are pleased to see both chambers …

(Posted Mon. Dec 3rd, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

Dec. 3: The U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, demonstrated the importance of relationship-building during the recent Export Exchange 2012 in Minneapolis, Minn. The conference, which brought together a variety of groups including foreign feed millers and U.S. corn and ethanol coproduct providers, helped foster sales of feed ingredient distiller’s dried grains with solubles for years to come.  "The U.S. Grains …

(Posted Fri. Nov 30th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

Nov 30: Yesterday, the United States Department of Agriculture released its second ‘Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade’ report showing American farm exports have climbed more than 50 percent in value since 2009.  The most recent forecast for 2013 is $145 billion, up from $96.3 billion in 2009. The National Corn Growers Association is committed to the development and maintenance of fair and open global trade practices and policies.   “Continued …

(Posted Fri. Nov 16th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

Nov 16: Today, the House of Representatives approved legislation granting Russia Most Favored Nation status.  The National Corn Growers Association previously urged Congress to lift the Jackson-Vanik restrictions thereby allowing farmers to take advantage of a more open and level playing field with Russia.  The Senate Finance Committee passed the legislation in July. Full Senate consideration is expected after Thanksgiving.  “America’s farmers will be able to take advantage of …

(Posted Wed. Oct 31st, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

Oct. 31: The National Corn Growers Association applauds the Panama Free Trade Agreement going into effect today.  NCGA testified before the Senate Finance Committee on the importance of the FTA to America’s farmers in May 2011 and remains committed to the development and maintenance of fair and open global trade policies. Congress passed the Panama FTA last October.   “We are very pleased to see the Panama FTA go into …

(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: 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 Mon. Oct 22nd, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

Oct. 22: Last week, the National Corn Growers Association hosted a team of government officials from the Philippines brought here by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service to look at current trends and legislation relating to biotechnology and to examine the effects biotechnology has on small farms and rural incomes.  The team, which included Committee Affairs Bureau of the House of Representatives Executive Director Viola Veloso, Department …

(Posted Fri. Oct 5th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol Livestock Trade

Oct. 5:  With significant advancements in research and experience in feeding U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS), the U.S. Grains Council has released a third edition of A Guide to Distiller's Dried Grains with Solubles.  "When you look at the increased breadth of knowledge surrounding U.S. DDGS, plus the new types of DDGS, we believe this edition will help buyers and end users stay up-to-date on this high-quality …

(Posted Tue. Aug 28th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

Aug. 28: Demand for distillers dried grain with solubles in China is growing at a robust pace according to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Reporting Service report. While use of the ethanol coproduct, widely considered a high quality feed ingredient, remains experimental, the agency expects to see a steady rise as China’s feed demand expands rapidly over the next 10 years.  “As the people of China continue …

(Posted Tue. Jul 17th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

July 17: The Senate Finance Committee will mark up legislation Wednesday to grant Russia permanent Most Favored Nation status.  In December 2012, Russia was invited to join the World Trade Organization.  However, if the United States does not take steps to lift the Jackson Vanik amendment and grant Russia MFN status, U.S. farmers will not be able to take advantage of Russia’s accession to the WTO.  NCGA urges Congress …

(Posted Thu. Jun 28th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

June 28: The National Corn Growers Association was pleased to hear the U.S. joined current Trans Pacific Partnership members in inviting Canada and Mexico to join negotiations. Canada made its official request to join TPP in March 2010. Mexico initiated its efforts to join in November 2011. Canada and Mexico’s participation in TPP is significant because it ensures all NAFTA partners have a seat at the negotiations.  “With both …

(Posted Wed. May 16th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

May 16:  In a letter to the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the National Corn Growers Association requested a 30-day public comment period before grain traders are allowed 22-hour-per-day electronic trading of grain and oilseed futures contracts. NCGA believes it is important for CFTC to take input and further analyze the proposals from the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and the CME Group.  “As currently formulated, both ICE’s plans …

(Posted Tue. May 15th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

May 15: As the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement takes effect today, NCGA applauds implementation of the agreement and appreciates the work of U.S. trade negotiators and Congress to get the FTA across the finish line.  “NCGA is excited to see an additional FTA go into effect,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer.  “Colombia is traditionally one of the top ten export markets for U.S. corn, but we have seen a …

(Posted Fri. May 11th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

May 11:  The U.S. Grains Council reports this week strong and growing overseas interest in importing some key corn products from the United States, great news for stateside corn farmers, especially looking at the crop now being planted that is expected to break many records.  For example, Japan's 2011 imports of dried distillers grains with solubles – a key ethanol coproduct – surged 31 percent ahead of 2010 levels. …

(Posted Tue. Apr 24th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

Apr. 24: Yesterday, the National Corn Growers Association welcomed a high level team of Japanese officials to discuss planting intentions, weather forecasts, farm programs and potential demand-drivers including ethanol .  The visit also served as a chance to reaffirm the importance farmers place on their trade relationship with Japan, which continues its historic role as the largest export market for U.S. corn.  “It is essential that we recognize that …

(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 Thu. Mar 15th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

Mar. 15: After being passed by Congress last fall, the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement took effect this morning.  NCGA praises the full implementation of the FTA and thanks the two countries for working together on this achievement.     “NCGA greatly appreciates all the work put forth to fully implement the U.S./Korea FTA,” said Chad Blindauer, chair of NCGA’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team.  “Korea is an important market …

(Posted Thu. Mar 8th, 2012)

Keywords: Production Trade

Mar. 8: U.S. corn farmers harvested a high-quality crop in 2011, according to a report released by the U.S. Grains Council. With good test weights, low damage and relatively high protein concentrations, the crop will require little drying and store well.  The first report of this kind issued by the Council, this initial edition sets a baseline for subsequent annual updates while establishing credible criteria and processes through which …

(Posted Wed. Feb 22nd, 2012)

Keywords: Trade Transportation

By Rick Tolman, NCGA Chief Executive Officer  Feb. 22:  Along with others from farm country, I recently returned from a visit to Panama, where we were treated to a tour of the Panama Canal and got to see very closely the third canal and series of locks being constructed to expand capacity.    The existing canal is breathtaking with its scale and scope and what it accomplishes, particularly when one …

(Posted Tue. Feb 21st, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

Feb. 21:  The U.S. Trade Representative announced today that the free trade agreement with Korea will go into effect on March 15, five months after approval by Congress. The move was greeted with praise by the National Corn Growers Association, which remains committed to the development and maintenance of fair and open global trade policies.   “We are very pleased to see the USTR announce movement on the U.S.-Korea FTA,” …

(Posted Fri. Feb 17th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

Feb. 17:  At the invitation of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, an NCGA representative this week attended a U.S.-China Trade Symposium in Iowa that focused on sustainable agriculture, food safety and food security. The symposium was part of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping’s week-long trip to the United States; also at the meeting were U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and China Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu.  “Secretary Vilsack …

(Posted Mon. Feb 13th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol Trade

Feb. 13:  This week, the U.S. Grains Council, a sister organization to the National Corn Growers Association that develops export markets for U.S. corn, barley, grain sorghum and related products, meets in Panama for its annual membership meeting, and a new chart provided by USGC shows how much the global corn supply has grown in previous years to meet all needs worldwide.  “Total corn use outside …

(Posted Thu. Feb 9th, 2012)

Keywords: Trade

Feb. 9:  Trade is critically important to U.S. corn growers’ balance sheets – just look at what happens to corn prices when export demand wanes – but trade issues never seem to take center stage the way ethanol or farm programs do.  As a result, NCGA’s sustained efforts in the trade arena are too often overlooked.  But they are still essential.  Walter Goeppinger, NCGA’s founder, recognized the importance of …

(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 29th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Dec. 29: As the entrepreneurial spirit in Vietnam continues its rapid growth, U.S. farmers see increasing potential in this rapidly growing market. During a recent mission to the country, organized by the U.S. Grains Council, participants saw first-hand the opportunities in this market while also learning the importance of a carefully nuanced approach to the expansion of U.S. agricultural exports in this region.  The nine team members, all of …

(Posted Wed. Dec 28th, 2011)

Keywords: Livestock Trade

Dec. 28: Increased export demand for U.S. pork is raising pork profitability and leading to an overall rise in the national hog inventory according to a December reports released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service and Economic Research Service. The National Corn Growers Association welcomes this growth, which translates into stronger demand for corn and distillers dried grains.  “Corn farmers value our relationship with the …

(Posted Fri. Dec 23rd, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Dec. 23: Late last week, the World Trade Organization concluded its Eighth Ministerial Conference in Geneva. The meetings are held every other year and allow international trade negotiators an opportunity to tackle the most pressing trade issues. At the ministerial meeting, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk joined colleagues assessing the state of the Doha Round of WTO negotiations.  “The National Corn Growers Association appreciates the efforts of U.S. trade …

(Posted Fri. Dec 23rd, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Dec. 23: Earlier this month, the National Corn Growers Association joined more than 60 agriculture organizations to send a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk urging the administration to work with Japan to facilitate Japan’s full participation in the Trans Pacific Partnership. The negotiations currently include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States.  “The addition of …

(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 19th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Dec. 19: An elite delegation of agricultural leaders , sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council, made history as the first group to meet with key officials in Panama and Colombia following passage of free trade agreements with the United States. National Corn Growers Association Chairman Bart Schott and USGC Chairman Wendell Shauman, along with Council staff, explored the outlook for FTA implementation with government officials, private sector grain customers, …

(Posted Thu. Dec 15th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol Livestock Trade

Dec. 15: The U.S. Grains Council continued efforts to educate Chinese feed ingredient buyers about the many advantages of dried distillers grains from the United States. DDGS, an ethanol coproduct, act as a competitively priced, environmentally friendly source of protein for animals and present an excellent opportunity for both ingredient buyers and ethanol producers alike.  The Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, held …

(Posted Tue. Nov 22nd, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Nov. 22: U.S. farmers achieved an important trade milestone today as the Korean National Assembly ratified the U.S.-Korea free trade agreement. With a vote of 151 to 7, the assembly approved all 14 implementation bills accompanying the agreement as well. The National Corn Growers Association, along with many others in the U.S. and Korean business communities, applauded this announcement which they have championed since the first announcement of 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 15th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol Trade

Nov. 15: This week, the National Corn Growers Association participated in a roundtable that brought experts from various areas within agriculture to Kansas City for a discussion of upcoming issues that will impact agriculture. Focusing on issues such as the sustainability of utilizing corn stover as a biofuels feed stock, increasing grain exports from the Black Sea region and the future of ethanol, these discussions helped both the host …

(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 Wed. Nov 2nd, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Nov. 2: Last week, National Corn Growers Association CEO Rick Tolman joined U.S. Grains Council leadership and others on a mission to China during which they assured Chinese leaders of the United States’ ability and commitment to being a reliable corn supplier to their market. Speaking at several meetings on U.S. corn production and marketing systems, the delegation followed up on contacts made during the agricultural tour to the …

(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 Thu. Oct 13th, 2011)

Keywords: Production Trade

Oct. 13: National Corn Growers Association Corn Board member Mike Geske answered questions on what farmers will need to maximize productivity and profitability over the next five to ten years at the World Food Prize’s Truth About Trade and Technology 2011 Global Farm Roundtable, held this week in Des Moines.  Responding to inquires from an international panel, Geske stressed the myriad of benefits that biotech crops provide growers, the …

(Posted Wed. Oct 12th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Oct. 12:  National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives’ passage of the free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama:  “NCGA applauds the House of Representatives for its swift passage of the pending free trade agreements a mere week after being transmitted. In May, NCGA testified before the House Agriculture Committee and outlined the importance of FTAs to …

(Posted Wed. Oct 12th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Oct. 12:  National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the Senate’s passage of the pending free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama:  “NCGA is encouraged to see the U.S. Senate act swiftly following House passage of these FTAs. The strong bipartisan vote shows senators understand the importance and potential benefits to America’s corn farmers of free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia …

(Posted Mon. Oct 3rd, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Oct. 3: The National Corn Growers Association today applauded President Obama for sending the pending Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Korea, Colombia and Panama to Congress for consideration.   “NCGA strongly supports the pending FTAs with Korea, Colombia and Panama, and we are pleased to see President Obama understands the importance of expanding trade,” NCGA President Garry Niemeyer said.  “The United States is the largest producer and exporter of corn in …

(Posted Tue. Sep 6th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Sept. 6: Now more than ever, it is critical the Congress ratify the pending U.S.-Colombian Free Trade Agreement and ensure that U.S. farmers compete on a level playing field against foreign suppliers set to make significant headway into the country’s feed market. Traditionally a Top 10 export market for U.S. corn, Colombian corn imports have eroded substantially over the past four years and stand to further decline in light …

(Posted Mon. Aug 15th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Aug. 15: Culminating years of U.S. Grains Council efforts, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has added corn gluten feed and distillers dried grains with solubles to its import feed ingredient subsidy list, creating a strong incentive for sales of these important ethanol coproducts.  The new list establishes a subsidy for 31 specified imported feed ingredients, which is to be passed down the supply chain to keep feed input costs …

(Posted Wed. Aug 10th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Aug. 10: Today, Off the Cob spoke with National Corn Growers Association Director of Public Policy Sarah Gallo, who assists NCGA’s grower-led Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team, about the importance of free trade agreements to farmers and U.S. ag exports as a whole. In this interview, Gallo addressed pending FTAs with Colombia, Panama and Korea, as well as what farmers and their allies can do to promote passage …

(Posted Wed. Aug 10th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Aug. 10: The National Corn Growers Association today expressed its disagreement with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission’s decision to raise the daily trading limit on corn. Under the CME Group plan approved by the U.S. futures regulator, the trading limit will rise from 30 cents per bushel to 40 cents per bushel, beginning August 22. NCGA believes that this will not aid price discovery and that, ultimately, growers will …

(Posted Tue. Jul 19th, 2011)

Keywords: Production Trade

July 19: The Chicago Mercantile Exchange has added a new product to their portfolio. Contracts for urea, urea ammonium nitrate (UAN), and di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) began trading last week on the New York trading floor and are cleared through CME ClearPort.  These new fertilizer contracts provide opportunities for fertilizer companies and farmers to manage their risk. Ideally, the option to manage risk will make contracts between fertilizer retailers …

(Posted Fri. Jul 8th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees held mock mark-ups Thursday of the pending free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama. The National Corn Growers Association is encouraged that both committees reported all draft implementing language out favorably without any amendments. The White House will now prepare final implementing bills to be sent to Congress for an up or down vote.  “NCGA is pleased members of both …

(Posted Wed. Jul 6th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

The National Corn Growers Association today applauded the House of Representative’s Ways and Means Committee announcement of a meeting to consider draft implementing language for the pending free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama. The committee, chaired by Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), is planning to consider the draft implementing bills on Thursday.  “We’re happy to see movement toward the ratification of the pending FTAs,” NCGA President Bart Schott …

(Posted Wed. Jun 29th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

By Rick Tolman, NCGA Chief Executive Officer  On Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a mock mark-up of the pending free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama. This action signifies the beginning of the ratification process in Congress and NCGA wants to ensure members hear us loud and clear when we say that now is the time to pass the pending FTAs.  Use of the latest technologies …

(Posted Tue. Jun 28th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

The National Corn Growers Association today applauded the Senate Finance Committee’s announcement of a mock mark-up on the pending free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama. The committee, chaired by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), is planning to consider the draft implementing bills on Thursday.  Mock mark-ups provide committees of jurisdiction the opportunity to offer amendments to the Administration’s proposals. Final versions of implementing bills are submitted to Congress …

(Posted Tue. Jun 21st, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol Trade

Historically, distiller’s dried grains with solubles has been an unknown product throughout Jordan and the Middle East. Promotion of DDGS in the Middle East has two significant obstacles. Ethanol has been viewed with suspicion as a possible competitor to Middle Eastern oil and DDGS seen as an offshoot of the forbidden alcohol trade.  However, two years of marketing efforts by U.S. grain farmers, bolstered by Market Access Program and …

(Posted Thu. Jun 2nd, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

Reports coming out of Geneva this week confirm that it will be impossible to conclude the Doha round of World Trade Organization negotiations by the end of 2011. Negotiators are discussing a potential smaller package of trade concessions; however, no consensus has been reached on what is to be included. WTO Director General Pascal Lamy indicated during a May 31 meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee that the package …

(Posted Wed. May 25th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Garry Niemeyer, a farmer from Auburn, Ill., today testified before the House Agriculture Committee during a hearing to review the pending Trade Promotion Agreement with Panama. The hearing focused on the impact and advantages that agreement would have for the U.S..  “The Panama Trade Promotion Agreement will establish a 298,700-ton duty-free preferential tariff rate quota for corn with an elimination of the …

(Posted Tue. May 24th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

At a news conference today in Washington, the National Corn Growers Association and several other organizations representing family farmers and ranchers urged Congress to pass the pending free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama. Failure to pass the FTAs will place U.S. producers at a competitive disadvantage and impede the growth of agricultural exports, one of the few areas in which the United States enjoys a trade surplus.  …

(Posted Tue. May 17th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

The National Corn Growers Association recently sent a letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission stating the organization’s opposition to a proposed rule change that would increase daily price limits on Corn Futures and Options CBOT Rule 10102.D. A petition filed by the CME Group requests approval to increase the daily cap on corn futures and options trading from $0.30 per bushel to $0.40 per bushel. NCGA believes that …

(Posted Thu. May 12th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

National Corn Growers Association CEO Rick Tolman today testified before the House Agriculture Committee during a hearing to review pending free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama. The hearing focused on the impact and advantages these agreements would have for the agriculture industry.  “Increased production and a consistent product make the United States a reliable supplier of corn in the world market,” Tolman said. “Beyond increasing domestic and …

(Posted Thu. May 5th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

May 5: The Obama administration announced that it is ready to begin technical discussions with Congress on the draft implementing bill for the pending free trade agreement with Colombia. With prior announcements indicating the White House’s willingness to move forward with similar talks on the draft FTAs with South Korea and Panama, Republican leadership in the House Ways and Means Committee reiterated their desire to ready the pacts for …

(Posted Wed. Apr 27th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

With the House in recess, the time is now to contact legislators and remind them of the importance of the pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia. By letting them to know that America’s farmers want a level, open playing field upon which to compete, friends of agriculture can help move these essential agreements forward.  Despite the recess, some progress has already been made.  On April …

(Posted Tue. Apr 26th, 2011)

Keywords: Trade

The U.S. Grains Council has provided an update on the trade situation with Japan following its devastating earthquake and tsunami. The council, founded in 1960, has offices in Tokyo and elsewhere around the world, where it develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, grain sorghum and related products.  The Japanese government’s latest tally of damage to the nation’s agricultural sector reports that more than 59,000 acres in the Iwate, …