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Exploring the Role of Corn Sustainability in the Beef Supply Chain

(Posted Wed. Apr 3rd, 2019)

Keywords: Sustainability Livestock Animal Agr

The National Corn Growers Association participated in the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef’s Feed Transparency Summit at McDonalds Headquarters in Chicago last week. Representatives from the major grain aggregators, feed yards, packers, brands and retailers, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were also present.   “Continuing to be a part of these conversations is extremely important, as corn and DDGs are a primary component of rations fed to beef cattle,” said NCGA First Vice President and Iowa farmer Kevin Ross. “The meeting was the first step towards exploring opportunities to pilot a collaborative project between the grain and beef value chains to improve transparency. Consumers are asking more and more questions about where their food comes from. The summit brought together stakeholders from across the beef supply chain to discuss that.”   Each group in attendance had the opportunity to expand upon the challenges and opportunities within their industry and...

Diving into the Changing Nutrient Profile of Distillers Feed Products

(Posted Tue. Mar 26th, 2019)

Keywords: ethanol animal ag livestock

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) held the first Distillers Feed Products Nutrition Roundtable, bringing together animal ag partners, animal nutrition experts and ethanol technology providers to discuss the changing number and nutrient profile of distillers feed products.   “Our goal is to start a meaningful dialogue across segments of the supply chain,” said NCGA Director of Market Development Sarah McKay. “This is just one of the many steps to better understanding how new corn fractionation technologies are being deployed in dry mills in the U.S.  These technologies create value by separating out the various components of corn to allow improved utilization of the subsequent product streams.  While this technology has a lot of potential for early adopters and could increase corn grind, it will require a change in how the value chain views and uses the products of ethanol plants.  Gathering stakeholder input and starting a dialog early should help the rollout of this...

NCGA USMEF Study Highlights the Value to Corn Producers through Red Meat Exports

(Posted Thu. Feb 21st, 2019)

Keywords: exports animal agriculture livestock

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) partnered with the U.S. Meat Export Federation to update a study on the value of red meat exports to domestic U.S. corn growers. The original study was conducted in 2015. In 2018, the study showed beef and pork exports used a combined total of 14.9 million tons of corn and DDGS, which equates to an additional 459.7 million bushels of corn produced – an increase of 29 percent over the 2015 projections.   Other highlights from the updated study:   Since 2015, one in every four bushels of added feed demand for corn is due to beef and pork exports. About 11 percent of the price of corn this year will be derived from red meat exports. Red meat exports’ impact on corn price is 39 cents per bushel (based on the annual average price of $3.53 per bushel). There would be a loss of $5.7 billion in corn value without red meat exports.   “It’s important to continue to foster these types of relationships to continue to grow demand for red...

NCGA Farmer Leaders and Staff Attending #CattleCon19

(Posted Fri. Feb 1st, 2019)

Keywords: LIvestock

This week, beef producers from across the country are in New Orleans for the annual Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show.   National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) board member and Missouri farmer Gary Porter serves as the liaison between NCGA & NCBA and is attending the event this week. “Beef is one of the largest customers of the U.S. corn crop,” said Porter. “It’s important to engage with this large end user of corn. In fact, more than one billion bushels of corn are consumed each year by beef production in the U.S.”   “Since 2015, corn utilized in U.S. beef and pork exports has grown by 29 percent,” Porter added. “Corn farmers see a return of 39-cents per bushel from red meat exports, so this is an important industry to support.”   Last year, NCGA & NCBA announced a partnership to offer the Cattlemen’s Education Series to state beef affiliates. The Feed, Food and Industrial Action Team (FFIAT) is sponsoring the program...

Sarah McKay Named Director of Market Development

(Posted Mon. Oct 29th, 2018)

Keywords: animal ag livestock

The National Corn Growers Association would like to announce that Sarah McKay, manager of market development, has been promoted to the role of director. McKay joined NCGA in August of 2017. She replaces Jim Bauman, who was promoted to the position of vice president of market development.   “Since coming to NCGA, Sarah has made a huge impact on our work and relationship with our animal agriculture industry partners,” said Jim Bauman, vice president of market development. “Sarah has taken the lead on a number of sustainability initiatives for NCGA and has helped shape the Feed, Food and Industrial Action Team into what it is today. Her work and knowledge of issues impacting the livestock industry has been an important asset for NCGA.”   Before coming to NCGA, McKay worked as a part of the procurement / supply chain team supporting dairy operations at General Mills. She interned with both Senator Mark Warner and former Representative Eric Cantor. McKay has a master’s degree in...

Fostering Relationships with the Animal Ag Industry

(Posted Tue. Jun 19th, 2018)

Keywords: livestock NCGA

Farmers and industry representatives from around the world participated in various animal ag events over the past three weeks.   National and state staff, members of the Feed Food and Industrial Action Team (FFIAT) and state grower leaders participated in World Meat Congress, World Pork Expo and the American Feed Industry Association’s Feed Industry Institute.   NCGA was a sponsor of World Meat Congress in Dallas, Texas. With more than 700 people in attendance, the event featured sessions focused on the latest trends in the red meat supply chain including block chain, whole genome sequencing, and gene editing. Other sessions included panels of experts on agricultural trade, consumer engagement and branding.   At World Meat Congress, NCGA was able to share information on corn-fed beef and pork, as well as help host pork and beef tasting and seminars for VIP international customers. Making these connections and having these conversations is key to building upon, maintaining and...

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...