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Jul 9, 2020

NCGA Joins Launch of AgTalks Town Hall Series on the Future of Agricultural Trade and Supply Chains

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today joined Farmers for Free Trade, the National Milk Producers Federation, the Corn Refiners Association, the U.S. Dairy Export Council, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), the Iowa Soybean Association, Minnesota AgriGrowth, the Plant Based Products Council, KCoe Isom and World Strategies to announce that they would be jointly launching a series of town hall discussions starting this summer focused on the future of agriculture.   The AgTalks series will focus specifically on the big challenges American agriculture faces on trade, international supply chains and global competitiveness. The Town Halls will be led by ag leaders in five states vital to American ag’s role in feeding the world – Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.   Iowa (Moderated by Sara Wyant, President of Agri-Pulse) – July 30th Minnesota – August 6th (tentative date) Michigan – August 13th (tentative...

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Jul 9, 2020

Soil Health Partnership Releases Cover Crop Planting Report

Key Issues:Sustainability

The Soil Health Partnership’s Cover Crop Planting Report shows that farmers are using diverse strategies to plant cover crops and a variety of plant species to accomplish their soil health goals.   SHP is the flagship sustainability program of the National Corn Growers Association. They conducted a detailed survey on cover crops with more than 80 farmers across 11 states in the SHP network about cover crop usage on their trial sites in the fall of 2019.   “We know farmers in our network are innovators, and that there is a huge range of cover crop management practices across our network depending on the farmer’s management goals, where they are located, their soils, and cropping systems,” said Dr. Maria Bowman, Lead Scientist for the Soil Health Partnership.   Bowman says the most significant finding was that although more than half of farmers planted their cover crops between the middle of September and the beginning of November, almost...

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Jul 7, 2020

Meet the FY21 Corn Board Candidates: Dan Wesely

This article is part of a series profiling candidates for the 2021 Corn Board.   Working to positively impact the future of agriculture for fellow farmers is what drives Nebraska farmer Dan Wesely to run for the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Board. In past experiences, Wesely has come to realize how each one of us can truly make an impact. Both open-minded and oriented toward a big picture worldview, he remains willing to stand his ground for what he believes to be right for corn farmers.   “NCGA is well-respected as an organization both at home and abroad. This history of grassroots-driven success gives us the power to defend and advance the interests of the industry to build a better future for farmers.”   As a board member, Wesely will work to proactively find new uses for corn, building upon his previous work in this area, in a manner that is both concrete and results-oriented. Understanding the magnitude of the need to grow demand, he also will work...

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Jul 7, 2020

Meet the FY21 Corn Board Candidates: Brian Thalmann

This article is part of a series profiling candidates for the 2021 Corn Board.   Working with his fellow farmers and staff, Minnesota farmer Brian Thalmann will bring passion and perspective as a member of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Board. Thalmann values the positive impact agriculture has had on him personally, as well as the many ways in which corn-based products touch the lives of so many people every day.     If elected, Thalmann will place a high priority on bringing NCGA to the forefront of the many new and improved ideas for decreasing the environmental footprint of corn production while expanding current market opportunities. Brian also believes strongly in the importance of laying the foundation for a successful tomorrow by actively exploring the realm of possibilities for new products and markets that corn offers.    “NCGA is able to complement the work done in all of the states by keeping a larger perspective and scope to projects and...

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Jul 7, 2020

Meet the FY21 Corn Board Candidates: Gary Porter

This article is part of a series profiling candidates for the 2021 Corn Board.   As the global marketplace continues to expand, Missouri farmer Gary Porter knows it is necessary to aggressively explore new strategies and new partners to move the industry forward.  Given today’s growing pile of corn, Porter recognizes just how crucial of a time it is for corn growers.   Porter and his family own and manage a local fuel station offering E15 and other higher ethanol blends. This provides a unique perspective when Porter and his wife Lori testify at EPA hearings and other policy-related events. In addition to ethanol, he’s passionate about growing opportunities in export markets, also actively serving as a farmer leader for the U.S. Grains Council.   “NCGA works to promote and better the corn industry and the thousands of farmers it represents. I have personally seen the strength of strong grassroots. I was humbled when my fellow farmers elected me to the Corn Board. Now, I want...

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Jul 7, 2020

Meet the FY21 Corn Board Candidates: Brandon Hunnicutt

This article is part of a series profiling candidates for the 2021 Corn Board.   Making sure the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is the leading voice in all of agriculture is the focus of Nebraska farmer Brandon Hunnicutt. Working with new partners to build a bright future for agriculture, he envisions a tomorrow where farmers communicate in a transparent, transformative way with the public. As a member of the Corn Board, he uses his wide array of experiences, while engaging listening skills, to actively foster a productive conversation that finds innovative solutions.    “NCGA is the leading voice and advocate for the corn farmer in America regardless of the situation. More importantly, though, it is truly a grassroots organization that brings together individuals with different perspectives, to do what is best for the corn industry as a whole.”   If re-elected, Hunnicutt will push NCGA to continue to drive and protect innovation and technology within the industry....

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Jul 7, 2020

Meet the FY21 Corn Board Candidates: Bob Hemesath

This article is part of a series profiling candidates for the 2021 Corn Board.   Balancing the specific needs of members with the broader perspective of factors influencing the industry to achieve the best possible future outcomes is why Iowa farmer Bob Hemesath is running for the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Board. Hemesath wants to help move NCGA’s portfolio of issues and programs forward to build a positive future for farmers.   Drawing upon his passion for both NCGA and the Iowa Corn Growers Association, his service is motivated by a desire to help the entire industry remain strong for the benefit of all members. As a member of the Corn Board, Hemesath will utilize the problem-solving skills he has honed through years of leadership experience and work collaboratively with corn grower members, state and national staff, and industry partners.   “NCGA is built on grassroots membership and grower leadership. I would bring passion and commitment to my service...

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Jul 7, 2020

Meet the FY21 Corn Board Candidates: Kenneth Hartman, Jr.

Looking beyond the curve and embracing innovative thinking, Illinois farmer Kenneth Hartman, Jr. aims to improve the corn industry for the years to come. Seeking another term on the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Board, Kenneth hopes to continue his service to NCGA as he feels the work of this grassroots-oriented organization puts members first without being dominated by personal agendas.   “I would like to continue my service on the NCGA Corn Board to help find opportunities for today’s producers while, at the same time, looking to find the long-term opportunities that will make us profitable and sustainable in the future. By working hard today, we can position U.S. corn farmers for a successful future, offering solutions that better the nation as a whole.”   Hartman strongly believes that it is imperative for board members to be dedicated, sharing both their talents and experiences for the betterment of NCGA’s members and holding themselves to a higher standard...

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Jul 7, 2020

Meet the FY21 Corn Board Candidates: Jed Bower

This article is part of a series profiling candidates for the 2021 Corn Board.   Providing a stable, sustainable, and profitable environment for today’s farmers and future generations is why Ohio farmer Jed Bower is running for the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Board. Currently the vice chair of the Market Development Action Team and member of the NCGA Corn Sustainability Advisory Group, he hopes to be an asset at moving NCGA into the future.   As a member of the Corn Board, Bower would hold to the belief that we should always lookout for the best interest of corn farmers as a whole while remaining vigilant to find the best new ideas that will drive forward progress for the association and its members.    “NCGA is the voice of the corn farmer and, as an organization with a history of great leadership, I appreciate your consideration. With my leadership skills and confidence gained through both personal experience and service as a grower leader, I will continue...

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Jul 6, 2020

Ohio and Nebraska Field Notes

Key Issues:Production

This year, the National Corn Growers Association launched its tenth season of Field Notes, a series that takes readers behind the farm gate to follow the year in the life of American farm families. While these growers come from diverse geographic areas and run unique operations, they share a common love for U.S. agriculture and the basic values that underpin life in farming communities.   Now, the series is being presented in an exciting new format that features reports in a short format with insight and provides a real picture of American farm life through visuals.   “We are hot, dry, and begging for rain. We’ve had a few pop-up showers in the area, but our farm hasn’t had rain since a week ago Saturday. With temperatures in the 90s, we are really cooking. I don’t think that the damage to our corn crop is critical yet, but it looks stressed with leaves that roll in the afternoon. As we near pollination, a popup storm this week would improve the situation substantially. We...

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