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NCGA Grant Supports State Educational Events for Beef Producers 

(Posted Mon. Apr 9th, 2018)

Keywords: Livestock

The following was first issued as a press release from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.    The National Corn Growers Association is stepping up to support the education of U.S. beef producers in states around the country. The assistance is being provided through a grant program offered to state affiliates of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association that conduct Cattlemen’s Education Series events.   The Cattlemen’s Education Series is a collaborative effort to advance grassroots education on topics that improve cattle production efficiency, profitability and sustainability. The partnership builds on other successful programs currently in NCBA’s Producer Education portfolio, such as Stockmanship & Stewardship, Cattlemen’s College and the Cattlemen’s Webinar Series. The Cattlemen’s Education Series provides grants for state affiliates to host timely and relevant education sessions for their local members.   “Corn plays an important role in the cattle industry, and NCGA...

NCGA Expands Partnership with USA Poultry and Egg Export Council

(Posted Tue. Apr 3rd, 2018)

Keywords: Livestock

The National Corn Growers Association partnered with the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council to conduct a study on the benefits of poultry exports to corn. The study, conducted by World Perspectives, Inc., entitled “Corn and Poultry: A Great Partnership,” outlined the benefits realized by America’s corn farmers from exports of poultry and eggs.   “Continuing to partner with the poultry industry is a key priority for our organization,” said Feed, Food & Industrial Action Team Chair Bruce Peterson, a grower in Minnesota. “Poultry producers are a large customer of corn, both domestically and abroad. It’s important to grow demand through our partnerships in animal agriculture, which is why we funded the study.”   Some highlights of the study include:   Poultry feed utilization:   6 lb. broiler uses 8 lb. of corn, 1 lb. of DDGS and 3 lb. SBM 28 lb. turkey uses 47 lb. of corn, 4 lb. of DDGS and 18 lb. SBM 1 dozen eggs from a layer represents 2 lb. of corn and 1 lb. of...

Aquaculture: Looking at the Potential for Corn Growers

(Posted Wed. Mar 21st, 2018)

Keywords: livestock

The National Corn Growers Association recently attended the Aquaculture America Conference to learn more about the industry and make connections with companies to discuss the benefits of corn and corn byproducts in aquaculture diets.   NCGA met with a number of companies and representatives while at the conference, including tru SHRIMP of Minnesota, Prairie Aquatech of South Dakota, Eagles Catch of Iowa, and various feed mills and feed ingredient companies including Cargill, Zeigler, ADM, Blue Ridge Aquafeeds and BlueWater Feed Company.   “Aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector in the world,” said Feed Food & Industrial Action Team Chair Bruce Peterson.  “However, 90 percent of U.S. seafood is imported today, representing a large opportunity to expand domestic production facilities.  Aquaculture farmers continue to explore opportunities to increase the amount of plant-based feed ingredients used in their operations.  Corn-based feed could provide an economical and...

(Posted Fri. May 19th, 2017)

Keywords: livestock

National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) staff met with the U.S. Meat Export Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), and Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) this week to discuss trade, policy, and opportunities for collaboration in the future.   At USMEF topics covered included the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement to both meat and corn exports, current beef and pork export trends, challenges, and future opportunities for international trade. Also, ideas were shared for partnering on future projects.   Discussion continued at NCBA and CBB where staff considered partnering on research projects to improve feed efficiency and decrease the environmental impact of meat production.  New corn traits that might be of benefit to livestock producers because of feed quality and price efficiency were also discussed.   An ongoing dialogue between the organizations to compare goals and current policy priorities is critical to collaboration, said Chris Novak,...

(Posted Tue. Feb 10th, 2015)

Keywords: Livestock trade

Export value for both U.S. beef and pork reached new heights in 2014, posting double-digit gains over the previous year’s totals, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation.   Supporting meat exports is an important part of the National Corn Growers Association’s commitment to building profitable demand for corn, noted NCGA President Chip Bowling, a Maryland corn farmer. Several of NCGA’s affiliated state checkoff programs support the work of the U.S. Meat Export Federation.   “Providing quality corn-fed meat to consumers around the world, many of whom are looking for new and healthy sources of protein, helps support corn growers here at home – especially when you consider how livestock feed is our largest corn use,” Bowling said. “We value our ties to livestock and would like to work closely with them as partners in building demand for beef and pork products worldwide.”   According to the federation, beef export value was $7.13...

(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 feed ingredient," said Alvaro Cordero, USGC manager of global trade.  "The handbook is designed to provide buyers the tools they need in understanding U.S. DDGS and to aid in developing relationships with sellers," he said. "In the end, we believe it will help buyers be more confident of the value of the U.S. DDGS they purchase."  The third edition is greatly expanded over the previous edition. New chapters and expanded feeding sections provide greater detail in feeding methods. For example, the chapter on feeding DDGS to beef cattle doubled in length...

(Posted Thu. Jan 19th, 2012)

Keywords: Livestock

Jan. 19: Corn’s second-largest livestock market is set for a rebound, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released earlier this week. With poultry forecast to consume more than 1.2 billion bushels of corn in the 2011-2012 marketing year, the significant recovery in broiler production since its September low benefits poultry producers and corn farmers alike.  “Corn farmers have always understood the importance of strong livestock markets to support corn demand,” said National Corn Growers Association Chairman Bart Schott. “The recovery in poultry markets plays an essential role in maintaining demand for our crops. Now, more than ever, we are seeing how cooperation and understanding between grain farmers and livestock producers plays a pivotal role in ensuring our own future success.”  While broiler placements were slightly lower than at this time in 2011, the significant recovery bodes well for the coming year. Current USDA projections forecast a continued...

(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 hog industry, which consistently provides an important market for our product,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer. “In 2011-12 marketing year, it is estimated that hogs will consume 960 million bushels of corn. As demand grows for pork both internationally and domestically, corn farmers benefit also thus reinforcing the importance of cooperation among all sectors in the agricultural community.”  USDA Economic Research Service projects a significant increase in pork exports during the fourth quarter of 2011, with...

(Posted Mon. Dec 19th, 2011)

Keywords: Livestock

Dec. 19: Milk production is on the rise according to reports released today by the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.   As the U.S. dairy industry is a major market for feed corn, distillers dried grains and corn silage, the National Corn Growers Association noted that this trend benefits not only dairy but also grain farmers across the country.  “It is important to value our relationship with dairy farmers, a constant and valued customer for our product,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer.  “In 2011 alone, it is estimated that the U.S. dairy herd will consume more than 800 million bushels of corn.  As they grow, so do we thus reemphasizing the importance of cooperation throughout the agricultural community.”  The report indicates that production increases came from both a per cow production increase of 16 pounds and a herd expansion of 108,000 head since this time in 2010.  Notably, California continues to lead the nation in milk...

(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 workshops in Guangzhou and Qingdao, China. These day-long sessions provided the more than 450 attendees a comprehensive overview of the most current data on the DDGS market, including discussions about and analysis of the value of U.S. DDGS in particular. Organized in cooperation with FoodChina Company, the learning sessions also included presentations from respected industry officials on the use of DDGS in swine, poultry and dairy rations and on quality control procedures.  The events benefitted Council members as they...

(Posted Mon. Oct 24th, 2011)

Keywords: Livestock

Oct. 24: Cattle in U.S. feedlots has risen to 11.3 million head, a five percent increase since this time last year, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released last week. Additionally, the number of cattle placed on feed rose slightly from 2010 also. Texas, the state with the largest feedlot industry, in particular saw inventories rise to 2.95 million head, a 12 percent increase over Oct. 1, 2010.  In the near future, this increased demand for feed will boost demand for corn. The initial rise in demand is not likely to be sustained, however, as the cattle cycle as a whole continues to contract. This influx of cattle into feedlots and subsequent contraction of the overall cattle industry are some of the lingering ill effects of the devastating drought that set into the southern Plains last fall. Currently, these drought conditions persist without sign of imminent relief.  “This year, farmers and ranchers alike have faced weather-related challenges,” said...

(Posted Wed. Sep 14th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol Livestock

Sept. 14:  As the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry held a hearing today examining the availability of feed and its effect on the livestock industry, the National Corn Growers Association submitted a statement for the record that reminded critics we don’t need to choose between using corn for feed or fuel.  “Corn fuels nations around the world, as a food ingredient, a feedstock, a fuel, a fiber, an ingredient in building materials and beyond,” NCGA’s statement said. “It is possibly the most versatile crop in the world, and demand is at an all-time high.”  Many areas of the country saw a more difficult than average growing year for corn with record heat, floods and drought plaguing the Corn Belt. But even still, the U.S. Department of Agriculture still estimates the United States is on track to produce the third largest corn crop in history with a 12.5 billion bushel harvest. This is up substantially from even 10 years ago when production totaled only...

(Posted Fri. Aug 5th, 2011)

Keywords: Livestock

Aug. 5: Economic conditions have improved for beef and dairy farmers since the implementation of the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard in 2007, according to a new study by Texas A&M University and Doane Advisory Services.  “For years, corn farmers have understood that we have the ability to supply both growing ethanol and livestock producers simultaneously without negatively impacting these valued customers,” said NCGA President Bart Schott. “With advances in both seed and farming technology, we have increased our average yield substantially in the past few decades. This abundance allows us to meet increased demand, providing both feed and fuel that benefit our nation’s economic security.”  The study, which utilized Texas A&M University’s Agricultural & Food Policy Center’s premier farm-level modeling system and data from the University of Missouri’s Food & Agricultural Policy Research Institute, determined that net cash farm incomes for representative beef-cow and dairy...

(Posted Tue. Jul 19th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol Livestock

July 19: According to reports released by the USDA this month and data supplied by PRX, domestic and international livestock continues to be the No. 1 use for U.S. corn, totaling approximately 7.7 billion bushels per year. An estimated 1.5 billion bushels of corn, or 80 percent of projected U.S. corn exports, is used for feed overseas in the past year. Additionally, U.S. livestock consume totals 6.2 billion bushels, 5.0 billion in whole corn and an additional 1.2 billion bushels of corn displaced by ethanol coproducts.  “While media attention has focused more on ethanol production recently, the livestock industry continues to purchase more corn than any other sector year after year,” said National Corn Growers Association President Bart Schott. “Livestock and poultry continue to be a valuable market for corn farmers and one which we continue to provide with an ample supply of corn and corn coproducts.”  When discussing corn usage by livestock it is completely inaccurate to...

(Posted Tue. Jul 5th, 2011)

Keywords: Ethanol Livestock

July 5: As the debate over ethanol policy continues in Washington, reviewing recent research on the subject of ethanol and corn prices may prove insightful especially when one set of ethanol opponents blames the biofuel as the leading cause of higher livestock and poultry feed prices.  “There is a lot of false rhetoric out there about the impact of ethanol policy on corn prices and by extension the price of food and feed,” said NCGA President Bart Schott. “The research does not support this rhetoric and it is time to move past this and work together for stronger economic security and a broad approach to energy independence that can help reduce costs.”  Last month, Bruce Babcock of Iowa State University released a report for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development that looked at the impact of the ethanol blender’s credit on corn prices and found that corn prices would have been only up to 17 percent lower had the credit not been extended in late 2010. The...