Nov 16, 2022EP. 39 - Inflation, Interest Rates & the Farm Economy, with Todd Van Hoose from the Farm Credit Council
Author: Dusty Weis
Like other moments of economic uncertainty, this too shall pass... but how soon, and how much damage will it do?
Inflationary costs—and rising interest rates—are hitting growers where it hurts worldwide.
Add to these worries the impact of the North American drought, transportation and logistics headaches, and other market uncertainties, and growers may feel like the high price of corn is the only good news they've heard in more than a year.
But what do you need to know to maintain your operation in this changing economic situation? What tools do we have to keep operating costs from spiraling out-of-control? And how much worse is it going to get before it gets better?
In this episode, we’re talking to Todd Van Hoose, President and CEO of the Farm Credit Council, for the answers.
Plus, we send our best to Jon Doggett, NCGA CEO and podcast host, as he nears his retirement date.
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Nov 15, 2022New Lead Economist Krista Swanson Joins the NCGA Team
Author: Stacey Stiens
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is pleased to announce Krista Swanson joined the organization as Lead Economist. Swanson will serve as the economic analyst resource for NCGA and its state affiliates. She will be responsible for developing analysis and research needs on a wide variety of economic and political issues which impact corn farmers. Swanson comes to NCGA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she served as a Research Specialist for the Gardner Agricultural Policy Program. Her responsibilities there included researching data on economic and policy topics, designing models for projecting future farm income under specific policy scenarios, and writing articles and budgets for the farmdoc website. “As NCGA moves forward with defining economic sustainability for corn growers, Krista’s background in economic analysis—with specific emphasis in corn--will assist us with initial goal-setting, benchmarking and measurement,” said NCGA...Read More
Nov 14, 2022NCGA Announces National Search for New CEO
Author: Julie Busse
The National Corn Growers Association Board of Directors has hired Hedlin Ag Enterprises of Ankeny, Iowa to assist with the search for a new CEO. The initial part of the search involves identifying and vetting potential candidates for the position which will occur through the end of this year and into the beginning of 2023. Candidate interviews for the CEO position will be held in February with the intention of introducing the new CEO during Commodity Classic in March. “We have been very thoughtful and put a lot of time and effort into this process,” said NCGA President Tom Haag. “We started with a task force who developed the qualities and characteristics we want in our next CEO and now a search committee will work with Hedlin Ag Enterprises on finding the next leader of our organization to help us meet the many challenges we face.” The board will entertain both internal and external candidates. Anyone interested in applying for the CEO position with NCGA can email their...Read More
Nov 9, 20222023 Commodity Classic Offers Wide Range of Unique Tours in Orlando Area
Author: Kris Martinez
Special Pricing Also Available on Tickets to Orlando Theme Parks Attendees at the 2023 Commodity Classic in Orlando can make their experience even more memorable by signing up for one or more of the fascinating, family-friendly tours available during the event. These optional tours provide the opportunity to discover more about the history, attractions, and culture of the Orlando area — and this year’s tour schedule is packed with local delights: Learn how NASA supports agriculture from space to seeds on the NASA Agricultural Tour A Day at the Beach offers sandy beaches, fresh seafood, and the unique shops of New Smyrna Beach Enjoy an oyster tasting and the craft of oyster farming on the Indian River Oyster Company Paddle Tour Your journey awaits at the Kennedy Space Center Tour, Florida’s gateway to space Look for manatees, cypress forests, and alligators on the Blue Spring State Park St. Johns River Cruise A tour to Beck Citrus Farm and Southern Hill Farm...Read More
Nov 8, 2022Meet the Action Team Helping to Bring STEM to Classrooms Across the Country
Key Issues: Research
Author: Stacey Stiens
Today is National STEM Day! The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) believes that agriculture is a vital partner in engaging students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concepts which directly—and indirectly—impact their lives. Not only does teaching an ag-based curriculum in the science classroom spark students to solve real-world science issues, but it also familiarizes them with ag-related careers, many of which go unfilled. NCGA is committed to growing a more sustainable future—which includes carving a legacy for future generations. Today’s students will be tomorrow’s decision-makers and stewards of the land. NCGA’s Sustainable Ag Research Action Team (SARAT) recently led the charge in impacting change by partnering with DonorsChoose—a teacher-founded nonprofit which helps bridge the gap and create equity for underfunded schools. Through matched funds with donors, NCGA’s 2022 project supported 122 STEM-based projects at 107 different schools...Read More
Nov 4, 2022After Calls for Action Over Dispute on Biotech Corn Exports, USTR Discusses Issue with Mexican Counterpart
Author: Bryan Goodman
Following repeated calls from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) asking the Biden administration to respond to plans by Mexico to block imports of biotech corn, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai met virtually on Thursday with Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, Raquel Buenrostro. During the meeting, Tai talked about the importance of avoiding a disruption in U.S. corn exports. “We applaud Ambassador Tai for listening to corn grower leaders and sharing our concerns with the leadership in Mexico,” said NCGA President Tom Haag. “But, given the magnitude of Mexico’s threats and the fact that the embargo is set to be fully implemented by 2024, we need USTR to resolve the impasse as soon as possible by filing a dispute under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).” The dispute centers around Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s decree that would end imports of corn grown using biotech and certain herbicides by 2024. Biotech corn makes up...Read More