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NCGA Statement on House Failure to Pass Farm Bill

(Posted Fri. May 18th, 2018)

Keywords: Farm Bill

North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), made the following statement after the House failed to pass the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2).    “Passing a farm bill through the House is the first, critical, step in getting a new bill. NCGA urges House Leaders to quickly find a way forward to pass a new farm bill as soon as possible. Depressed commodity prices, the increasing threat of a trade war, and disruptions in the ethanol market are creating uncertainty across rural America. Our farmers need clarity on the prospects of a new farm bill signed into law this year.   “While today’s action is disappointing, we will continue to work with members of Congress and advocate for a strong farm bill that can be signed into law this year.”

(Posted Wed. Oct 5th, 2016)

Keywords: Farm Bill

In the face of a struggling farm economy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that it will make $7 billion in risk management program payments to many of the 1.7 million farms enrolled in either Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs from the 2015 crop year. National Corn Growers Association President Wesley Spurlock said that these programs are more important than ever to help farmers manage risk and weather difficult economic times.   “Farmers are struggling. This is a shot in the arm when they need it most,” said Spurlock. “We advocated for a shift to a market-based program that kicks in only when needed. Now is that time.”   According to USDA calculations, these payments will account for 10 percent of 2016 projected net farm income. Net farm incomes have declined 55 percent over the last two years, and most farms will be operating at a loss in 2016.   “These payments will help provide reassurance to America’s farm families,...

(Posted Thu. Sep 4th, 2014)

Keywords: farm bill

Farmers have until late September to verify their current base acres, yields and 2009-2012 planting history with their Farm Service Agency office. This marks the first step growers will take under the farm bill’s new risk management programs.      Farmers should have received a letter from USDA in late July or early August, with a report of their base acres and yields for the past several years. These figures are used to calculate eligibility and payment for crop risk management programs through 2018, so it’s imperative that the information be accurate. Later this fall, farmers and ranchers will have an opportunity to update their crop yield information and reallocate their base acres.   “These risk management programs are only as good as the information used to calculate them,” said Jim Reed, chairman of the National Corn Growers Association Public Policy Action Team. “In some cases, the current base acres may not accurately reflect changes in farm operations in recent years....

(Posted Wed. Aug 27th, 2014)

Keywords: Farm Bill

Those who missed the webinar on risk management options created under the 2014 farm bill recently hosted by the National Corn Growers Association and DTN can now access the information presented online.   To view a recording of the webinar, click here. (Note: Registration is required to view the recording, but there is no cost to attend.) To download a PDF of the presentation, click here.    “ARC or PLC Choices: Which Farm Bill Contingency Plan Is Right for You?” featured insights from economists Carl Zulauf of Ohio State University and Gary Schnitkey of the University of Illinois, who explained the new programs and fielded questions from attendees.   Farmers will need to update their base acres at the Farm Service Agency office in the coming months. Later this winter, they will make a one-time choice between Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage for their 2014-2018 crops.   Tenants and landlords on a FSA farm must reach a unanimous decision on which program to...

(Posted Wed. Jan 29th, 2014)

Keywords: Farm Bill

The National Corn Growers Association thanked members of the House of Representatives for quick passage today of the 2014 farm bill, the Agricultural Act of 2014. The bill passed the lower chamber with a 251-166 vote.   “We’re thrilled to see today’s action on the part of the House and look forward to an equally fast consideration in the Senate,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre, who observed the floor vote from the House gallery while visiting the Capitol. “This legislation provides an adequate and flexible farm safety net, as well as a strong federal crop insurance program. More importantly, farmers need the certainty of a new five-year law, and we are happy to see this legislation includes many reforms we’ve supported and stressed over the years, reforms that make sense both for farmers and taxpayers.”   Among other specific provisions, the bill:   Eliminates controversial direct payments while maintaining decoupled farm support programs that will minimize the...

(Posted Thu. Jun 20th, 2013)

Keywords: Farm Bill

June 20: National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives failing to pass the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (2013 farm bill):   “The National Corn Growers Association is extremely disappointed to see the House of Representatives fail to pass the 2013 farm bill.  Up to the last minute our organization has actively and consistently called for passage of the legislation.  We will be engaged in all efforts needed to secure passage in the House and bring the bill to Conference.” 

(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 to see progress is being made and a priority is being placed upon passage of this vital legislation. “We are disappointed with the passage of the Durbin-Coburn Amendment that would significantly reduce premium support for crop insurance participants through an Adjusted Gross Income means test. As the Senate moves forward, we reinforce our opposition to proposed amendments which would cut crop insurance programs and damage the farm safety net that supports our nation’s family farmers when facing adversity. “Now, we reiterate our call to continue...

(Posted Tue. May 21st, 2013)

Keywords: Public Policy Farm Bill

May 21: As the U.S. Senate resumes debate on the 2013 farm bill approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee last week, the National Corn Growers Association joined a broad coalition of commodity organizations and conservation and environmental groups in announcing its opposition to a variety of proposed amendments that would have an adverse impact on the federal crop insurance program. The amendments include provisions that would introduce means testing, subsidy caps and public disclosure of information on crop insurance participants into the program. NCGA, along with the other coalition partners, cited particular amendments as harmful to the federal crop insurance program including the Begich-Flake Amendment, the Durbin-Coburn Amendment, two Flake Amendments, Gillibrand Amendments #931 and #944, and the Shaheen-Toomey Amendment. The Begich-Flake Amendment would require the disclosure of information on crop insurance program participants who receive benefits including their...

(Posted Thu. May 16th, 2013)

Keywords: Farm Bill

May 16: National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson released the following statement in response to the House Committee on Agriculture’s farm bill passage late Wednesday night: “We greatly appreciate the work by House Committee on Agriculture’s Chairman Frank Lucas, Ranking Member Collin Peterson and the Committee to move forward in the process to develop a five-year farm bill. NCGA is assessing similarities and differences between the legislation and our grower-developed policy. “While we are pleased the process is moving forward, NCGA remains extremely concerned with the Committee’s decision to adopt a fixed-target-price program that moves U.S. farm policy away from the market-oriented reforms that have made possible a robust rural economy. It is also disappointing the Committee failed to use this opportunity to ensure a Revenue Loss Coverage program that is a genuine risk management option for producers. “We understand this is only the second step in a long...

(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 job keeping our priorities, especially the importance of crop insurance and risk management, under consideration while drafting the legislation. “While we understand this is the first step in a very long process, we applaud the Senate Ag Committee for completing their bill and are encouraged that the House Agriculture Committee will swiftly follow suit. We look forward to continued work with members and staff on this important piece of legislation and urge Congress to pass a farm bill as soon as possible this...

(Posted Mon. Apr 15th, 2013)

Keywords: Crop Insurance Farm Bill Risk Management ACRE

Apr. 15: As Congress has extended the 2008 farm bill for one year, farmers have an opportunity to enroll in the Average Crop Revenue Election program and Direct Cyclical and Counter-Cyclical programs in 2013. With sign-up for the programs closing on June 3 for ACRE and August 2 for DCP and CCP, those interested are urged to consider which option better suits their risk management needs and proceed accordingly. “It is important for farmers to remember that, while a new farm bill has yet to pass, they still have a variety of options to manage risk during the 2013 crop year,” said National Corn Growers Association Public Policy Action Team Chair Jim Reed. “As farmers, we all understand the importance of formulating a strategy to manage risk and selecting the right tools. While you work in the fields , we will continue our work in Washington to ensure that the best possible risk management tools are available for farmers and our safety net remains strong.” For those considering these...

(Posted Fri. Mar 15th, 2013)

Keywords: Farm Bill Public Policy

Mar. 15: At its recent Corn Congress policy meeting and in a board meeting held this week in Washington, the National Corn Growers Association upheld its call for a new, substantive five-year farm bill that includes a strong federal crop insurance program and a market-oriented risk-management program. “As our country continues to rack up record budget deficits, NCGA appreciates the need for more efficient programs that help farmers better manage risk and cost taxpayers less money,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson. “In the midst of an unprecedented level of national debt, corn growers believe it is time to make fundamental changes to long-established farm programs. We support reforms that will provide growers only when assistance is most needed.” For growers, especially young and beginning farmers, managing the potential loss of revenue is vital. Johnson said that NCGA has long supported risk management tools that complement federal crop insurance to protect farmers against...

(Posted Thu. Feb 28th, 2013)

Keywords: Commodity Classic Farm Bill RFS ethanol

Feb. 28: Today, the Commodity Classic Trade Show opened, showcasing the latest farming products and innovations. With opening remarks by National Corn Growers Association Joint Venture Committee 2013 Co-Chair Mark Schwiebert closing the ribbon cutting ceremony along with his American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers counterparts and Jessica Simmons, the Corporate Communications Lead for Monsanto, the show flung open its doors and welcomed farm families, their friends and industry allies to agriculture’s premier showcase. “The Commodity Classic Trade Show is always a popular event, and this year is no exception with a sold out event that offers attendees a chance to see the most cutting edge technology while interacting with industry leaders,” said Schwiebert. “Those searching for new ideas and a better picture of what is now and soon will be available to farmers will find the most extensive, comprehensive offering to date...

(Posted Wed. Jan 2nd, 2013)

Keywords: farm bill

Jan. 2:  National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson released the following statement in response to Congress’ inaction to pass a new five-year farm bill before the end of 2012: “America’s farmers have clearly made known the importance and need of a new farm bill in 2012. Once again Congress’ failure to act pushes agriculture aside hampering farmers’ ability to make sound business decisions for the next five years. The National Corn Growers Association is tired of the endless excuses and lack of accountability. The system is clearly broken. “We hope the 113th Congress proves to be more fruitful and that the leaders in Congress can place petty partisanship aside to create a bill that benefits all of America.”