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Aug 2, 2022

EP. 37 - UAN Fertilizer Tariffs Rejected by the International Trade Commission: A Big Win for Growers

Key Issues: TradeFarm PolicyProduction

Author: Dusty Weis

Two key players who argued their case on behalf of NCGA discuss the win and what it means for farmers.   Over the last several years, tariffs and trade have been a major pain point for growers.   But this summer, the NCGA has helped bring home a huge win for America’s farmers in a recent International Trade Commission case involving proposed tariffs on imported Urea Ammonium Nitrate fertilizers.   So in this episode, we'll talk to Andy Jobman, a Nebraskan corn farmer, and Jared R. Wessel, an attorney with Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C. These two played major roles in arguing NCGA's case at the ITC hearings.   Andy and Jared will discuss how they argued their case, why this win was so important, and what the industry needs to do next to continue to fight unnecessary trade restrictions.     DIRECT SHARE LINK: https://cms.megaphone.fm/channel/ncga?selected=PDM7121861421   TRANSCRIPT   Andy Jobman: The fact that CF industries said that farmers aren't their...

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Jul 21, 2022

EP. 36 -  The 2023 Farm Bill: A Panel Discussion at this Summer's Corn Congress

Key Issues: Farm Policy

Author: Dusty Weis

Thought leaders from D.C. discuss important considerations for the upcoming farm bill legislation   The Farm Bill is an important piece of legislation that affects everything that is governed by the USDA. With Congress working to pass a new version for 2023, NCGA believed it was a topic worth discussing at this summer's Corn Congress in Washington, D.C.   Led by NCGA's VP of Public Policy, Brooke Appleton, this discussion panel, straight from the floor of Corn Congress, includes several experienced legislators and thought leaders in the field of agriculture:   Daniel Glickman, former Secretary, USDA Heidi Heitkamp, former Senator and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee Richard Fordyce, former Administrator of the Farm Service Agency Together, these four discuss important topics to consider, and the work and relationships necessary to achieve our goals in creating a farm bill that is beneficial to everyone affected by agriculture.     Direct Share Link: Read More

Jun 17, 2022

EP. 35 - Ethanol Mythbusting: How Corn Ethanol Can Take the Edge Off Inflation for America, with Geoff Cooper

Key Issues: Ethanol

Author: Dusty Weis

The CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association helps Jon knock down some common misconceptions about ethanol.   The rising cost of food and fuel are everywhere right now.   From big headlines in the news to your own wallet, Americans are feeling the pinch of rising prices.   And in the corn industry, we're still leveraging a powerful tool to help take the edge off the financial pain we all feel each week: corn ethanol.   In this episode, we’re talking to Geoff Cooper, CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, about how ethanol can help Americans weather this economic storm.   And we’re busting some common ethanol myths that keep on turning up everywhere from policy discussions to social media.       DIRECT SHARE LINK     TRANSCRIPT   Geoff Cooper: Consumers, the most obvious sign that they see of inflation is when they drive past a gas station and see that record pump price. We've got a good story to tell there. Ethanol reduces those gas prices.   Dusty...

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May 26, 2022

EP. 34 - Mental Health: Breaking the Stigma in the Agriculture World, with Lowell Neitzel and Dr. Heather Sedges

Author: Dusty Weis

With May designated as "Mental Health Awareness Month," a reminder that saying something can save lives.   Farmers work in a business where the finances keep getting tighter and the stakes keep getting higher.   That kind of pressure takes a toll. According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate in the agriculture industry is nearly 10 points above the national average, and about one in four farmers struggle with mental health issues.   But mental health doesn’t typically get talked about a lot in the ag community.   So in this episode, we meet Lowell Neitzel, a grower from Kansas who’s trying to change that by sharing his personal story about mental health. Lowell also leads the NCGA Member and Consumer Engagement Action Team, which has targeted grower mental health as a priority.   Lowell is joined by Dr. Heather Sedges, an associate professor from the University of Tennessee who’s working to prioritize mental health...

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May 5, 2022

EP. 33 – 4-Time National Corn Yield Contest Record Holder David Hula’s Winning Formula

Author: Dusty Weis

Along the banks of the James River in Virginia, David Hula is harvesting some real bin-busters.   The NCGA National Corn Yield Contest is an annual tradition that dates back to 1965.   But in that time, no one has had quite the sustained success as Charles City, Virginia’s David Hula, who has won the contest with record-setting yields on four separate occasions.   In this episode, we talk to David about his formula for success, which includes a combination of precisely-targeted fertilizer applications and a blend of strip-till and no-till.   Plus, we discuss the unique environmental challenges he faces as he works tirelessly to preserve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and how his farm traces its historic roots back to a time when growers planted a dead catfish with their corn seed.     DIRECT SHARE LINK   TRANSCRIPT   David Hula: I like to say there's three great things that produce high yield and corn. A good Lord blesses you. Number two, you got...

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Apr 13, 2022

EP. 32 - Agriculture Industry Authorities: the Commodity Classic Executive Round Table

Author: Dusty Weis

Leaders from NCGA, ASA, NAWG, NSP and AEM discuss the changing state of ag in 2022.   150 years of experience, at the very highest levels of the agriculture industry, was on display at the Commodity Classic Executives Round Table a few weeks ago.   As leaders from the five Commodity Classic presenting organizations, these five executives have their fingers on the pulse of the agriculture world and those issues affecting farmers.   Panel members included: Jon Doggett, CEO of the National Corn Growers Association. Steve Censky, CEO of the American Soybean Association Chandler Goule, CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers Tim Lust, CEO of the National Sorghum Producers Curt Blades, Senior Vice President of Ag at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers Together, we discussed policy, supply chain, sustainability, infrastructure, biofuels, precision ag, the next Farm Bill, and just about every other issue facing the ag industry today.   And in this episode,...

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Mar 29, 2022

EP. 31 - Smooth Sailing on River Transportation Infrastructure, with Jim Tarmann and Tracy Zea

Key Issues: Farm PolicyTransportation and Infrastructure

Author: Dusty Weis

Jon celebrates a big win in Congress with the leaders of the Illinois Corn Growers and the Waterways Council.   The Mississippi River transports 60% of American corn and soybean exports to market. The massive barges that ply America’s waterways are more cost-effective than any other form of transportation, and also play a role in getting vital inputs to growers.   And yet, much of the infrastructure that makes this possible hasn’t been updated since the 1930s… until now.   In this episode, we talk about a key win for the NCGA and other groups who have spent decades pushing Congress to act on this critical infrastructure problem.   Joining us are Jim Tarmann, the managing director with Illinois Corn Growers, and Tracy Zea, the president and CEO of the Waterways Council, which is an association dedicated to advocating for a modern national system of inland waterway infrastructure.   We discuss how we got to this point, what it means for growers in the Midwest, and what...

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Mar 17, 2022

EP. 30 - AgriTalk's Chip Flory: Flipping the Script on Chip at Commodity Classic

Author: Dusty Weis

"The Voice of Rural America," Chip Flory has been informing growers about the ag industry for decades.   Chip Flory is sometimes called the Voice of Rural America.   Host of the AgriTalk radio program and podcast, he brings ag news, policy updates and expert insights to a network of more than 135 radio stations across the U.S.   So in this episode, we flip the script on Chip, interviewing him at the National Corn Growers Association booth on the show floor at Commodity Classic.   Plus, we finally settle, once and for all, who’s the biggest music buff—Chip Flory or NCGA CEO Jon Doggett—with a classic rock trivia contest for the ages.     DIRECT SHARE   Transcript   Chip Flory: We went from one day being an operating family farm, a farm that I saw my future on, and the next morning when the bank president called and said, "We've got to have a conversation because things have changed." To being in a position that I felt like I could help farmers make better business...

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Feb 18, 2022

EP. 29 - National Security, Food and Geopolitics, with Col. Mark Purdy from Aimpoint Research

Author: Dusty Weis

A potential Russian invasion of Ukraine and other global flashpoints have real implications for the corn industry.   Heightened tensions in Eastern Europe have dominated the news lately, as Russia seems poised to invade Ukraine.   As a result of this and other global flashpoints, the unstable geopolitical climate is creating uncertainty in the world of agriculture, and growers are already feeling the effects.   So in this episode, we’re talking to Colonel Mark Purdy, the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Aimpoint Research, about how food security is vital to national security.   We’ll sort out the context of the showdown in Eastern Europe, explore scenarios for what’s likely to happen, and provide some insight about what this could mean for growers here in the U.S.   Most importantly, we’ll revisit how food power is vital to national security in the U.S.     DIRECT SHARE LINK   Mark Purdy: When it comes to the stability of society, I call it...

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Jan 26, 2022

EP. 28 - New Challenges and Opportunities for Growers in 2022, with NCGA President Chris Edgington

Author: Dusty Weis

We're taking a close look at the state of the market, and its impact on Chris’s own operation.   Last year was a mixed bag of news for the nation’s corn growers.   Corn prices climbed, but so did input costs. News about supply lines, infrastructure and politics came fast and heavy.   And 2022 is giving every indication of continuing on that chaotic, breakneck pace.   So in this episode, we check in with NCGA President Chris Edgington to hear how all these big national news stories have impacted his operation in Iowa, what lessons he learned in 2021 and what growers need to know to thrive in 2022.     DIRECT SHARE   Transcript     Chris Edgington: NCGA and Corn are present. They're involved. They're engaged, at the local level, at the state level, at the national level. Whether it's a federal policy meeting, whether it's a tax discussion, whether it's a local water waste problem, it's not about the people that are sitting on the board, but it's the organization as...

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Dec 13, 2021

EP. 27 - Bipartisanship Revisited, with Congressional Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) and Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.)

Author: Dusty Weis

A Democrat and a Republican work together for reason and compromise in our national politics.   Bipartisanship is how things get done in Washington, and what holds us together as Americans. So how’s that going in our nation’s capital?   “Things are not good, from a bipartisan perspective right now,” Republican Rep. Dusty Johnson from South Dakota tells us in this episode.   And Democrat Abigail Spanberger from Virginia agrees.   As members of the bipartisan “Problem Solvers’ Caucus,” these two Congresspeople have developed a reputation for trying to work together instead of tear one another down.   But they can’t do it alone. And so in this episode, they join us once again to discuss how Americans can help bring compromise back, and why it’s important for the corn industry.     Direct Share Link   Rep. Abigail Spanberger: I value bipartisanship. It's being intentional with the desire to say, "I don't need you to agree with everything I'm about to say, but I want...

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Oct 27, 2021

EP. 26 - Ringing in the "New Year" with NCGA's Incoming President Chris Edgington

Author: Dusty Weis

It may not be January 1, but there’s a new president at NCGA, and we’re getting to know him better.   With harvest season winding down, NCGA members are observing another fall milestone—the induction of a new NCGA president, Chris Edgington.   Administratively speaking, NCGA’s “new year” began on October 1.   And, hailing from St. Ansgar, Iowa, Chris has been sworn in to lead the organization in the year ahead.   So in this episode, we’re going to get to know him a little bit better… his operation, what drives him to lead, and what he sees as the biggest hurdles that growers face in the year ahead.     Direct Share Link   Transcript   Chris Edgington: Those of us in agriculture, we need a team. We need people that are working on this daily because we can produce a lot of products in the U.S. that we cannot consume here. So we need a team promoting them.   Dusty Weis: Hello and welcome to Wherever Jon May Roam, the National Corn Growers Association podcast. This...

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Sep 28, 2021

EP. 25 - Meat-ing Customer Needs with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Certified Angus Beef

Key Issues: Animal Agriculture

Author: Dusty Weis

NCBA’s Colin Woodall and CAB’s Nicole Erceg discuss corn partnerships and how you might be cooking steak wrong.   After a long day in the field, there's no reward like a tender juicy, corn-fed cut of steak.   And it's made all the sweeter by the fact that the US beef industry is one of the largest consumers of American corn.   So, in this episode, we're going to talk to two beef industry leaders, Collin Woodall from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Nicole Erceg from Certified Angus Beef, about how corn growers can be good partners to the beef industry, what it means to meet modern consumer expectations, and how you might be cooking your steaks wrong.   As Nicole notes, sustainability is a team sport. And with consumer expectations evolving year in and year out, close partnerships between corn growers and beef producers are more important than ever before.   Colin shared his favorite recipe for Grilled Cowboy Steaks.   And Nicole invites you to: Access...

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Sep 15, 2021

EP. 24 - Former White Sox Outfielder Ron Kittle Recaps the MLB Field of Dreams game, with NCGA President John Linder

Author: Dusty Weis

NCGA's involvement in the baseball game in Dyersville, Iowa was a "stalk-off" home run for corn, for MLB and for America.   The Field of Dreams is an iconic movie for baseball fans and corn growers alike, and the image of an idyllic baseball diamond set amongst the Iowa corn stalks has endured now for decades.   But this summer, the NCGA had the opportunity to be part of Major League Baseball’s plan to bring baseball back to that field in Dyersville.   And on this episode, we’ll relive the event with Ron Kittle, former White Sox outfielder and 1983 AL Rookie of the Year, as well as NCGA President John Linder.   Together with Jon and Dusty, they'll revisit the planning that made this special event possible, share stories from game day and explore Ron's career in Major League baseball. Plus, John Linder shares the tale of his run-in with actor Kevin Costner at the game itself.     Direct Share Link   Ron Kittle: If nobody knew what the Corn Growers Association is all...

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Sep 1, 2021

EP. 23 - Congressional Rep. Cheri Bustos and the Next Generation Fuels Act: A Full Tank of Good Policy

Key Issues: EthanolHigh-Octane Low-Carbon

Author: Dusty Weis

The fifth-term Congresswoman from Illinois is the recipient of the NCGA’s President’s Award.    The Next Generation Fuels Act is poised to reinforce the market for American ethanol, and it’s been introduced in Congress with bipartisan support.   And in this episode of the podcast, we’re joined by Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, who was honored with the NCGA President’s Award this year for her support as sponsor of the Next Generation Fuels Act.   She’ll outline the specifics of the bill, share the outlook from Washington and detail what you can do to make sure this important piece of legislation becomes law.     Direct Share Link   Transcript   Rep. Cheri Bustos: Creating jobs, opening up opportunities for our family farmers, driving down carbon emissions. All of that happens if we can get the Next Generation Fuels Act passed, this is an opportunity that we have, and I would love to be able to get this signed into law and make this part of how we do business...

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Jul 29, 2021

EP. 22 - Transportation Energy Reality Check, with Fuels Institute Executive Director John Eichberger

Key Issues: Ethanol

Author: Dusty Weis

Corn and ethanol still have an important role to play in fueling America’s transportation needs.   Between a couple of recent high-profile court cases and all the hype surrounding electric vehicles, stakeholders in the corn and ethanol industry are looking for a little reassurance right now.   But the reality of the transportation energy puzzle is a little more complex than what you’ve heard on the news.   So in this episode, we’re joined by John Eichberger, executive director of the Fuels Institute, for a reality check about the present and future of the transportation energy sector. Together with NCGA CEO Jon Doggett, he discusses the shifting makeup of the American transportation fleet, the hurdles to mass adoption that electric vehicles still face, the probable impact of recent court cases, and why ethanol remains the best option for decarbonizing American transportation today.         Direct Share Link   TRANSCRIPT   John Eichberger: There are very low carbon...

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Jun 9, 2021

EP.21-Leading the Field in Sustainability, with Nebraska Corn Grower Brandon Hunnicutt

Key Issues: Sustainability

Author: Dusty Weis

NCGA charts a course on the future of U.S. corn sustainability for continued improvement, increased marketability and a better future.   In today’s world, farmers face growing consumer expectations, a need for economic resilience and the very real pressures of global climate change.   And they’re meeting these challenges head-on with science-driven practices that prove that sustainability is more than a buzzword in the agriculture industry.   In this episode, Nebraska farmer and NCGA board member Brandon Hunnicutt outlines NCGA’s new sustainability goals, and the benefits he’s seen from thinking about the sustainability of his own operation. He shares his personal insights about smart farming advances, cover crop use, advanced irrigation management and other techniques that make his farm more sustainable, and how he’s saved money and improved yields as a result.   Plus, Jon offers up the view from Washington, and why it’s important for growers to be perceived as part of the...

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May 12, 2021

EP. 20 - Corn & Bourbon: Powering Partnerships and Kentucky’s Economic Revival

Author: Dusty Weis

The Kentucky Corn Growers Association and Green River Distilling have teamed up to produce a locally sourced bourbon that supports corn research.   With a grain content of at least 51% corn, bourbon is a drink that’s near and dear to every grower’s heart.   But in the heart of bourbon country, there’s a really neat partnership taking root between the Kentucky Corn Growers Association and the producers of Yellow Banks bourbon, who source their corn from local growers and donate a portion of their profits to support corn research.   In this episode, we’re back at the Frazier Kentucky History Museum in Louisville for part two of our discussion about bourbon, as 8th generation master distiller Jacob Call from Green River Distilling talks about the partnerships… and the relationships… that make Yellow Banks possible.   Plus, Frazier Kentucky History Museum president and CEO Andy Treinen talks about how bourbon tourism is helping people reconnect with life on the farm.   And...

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Apr 28, 2021

EP 19-Bourbon, the Spirit of America, and Corn's Deep Roots in Kentucky

Author: Dusty Weis

Jon visits the Frazier Kentucky History Museum bourbon exhibit and hears from an 8th generation master distiller.   Bourbon is a uniquely American beverage.   Not only is its heritage deeply rooted in early Appalachian history, but up to two-and-a-half pounds of corn go into every bottle that’s distilled.   So in this episode of the podcast, we’re going on the road with Jon as he pays a visit to the Frazier Kentucky History Museum in Louisville. There, in the midst of the exhibit on bourbon, we’ll learn about the unique way that corn farming contributed to the history of this singular beverage from museum president and CEO Andy Treinen.   We'll also follow the crop from kernel to kettle to bottle with 8th generation master distiller Jacob Call from Green River Distilling. And we'll explore how the corn industry and bourbon celebrate their shared history together from Laura Knoth and Adam Andrews from the Kentucky Corn Grower's Association.       DIRECT...

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Apr 7, 2021

Follow the Science: How Farm Country Can Beat COVID-19, with the National Rural Health Association

Key Issues: COVID-19

Author: Dusty Weis

Rural America faces unique challenges when it comes to beating COVID-19, and vaccination will play a vital role in winning the battle.   Two and a half million Americans are getting their COVID-19 vaccine every day. And as America takes this critical step to beating the virus and re-opening the economy, it’s more important than ever that rural America does NOT get left behind.   So the NCGA has joined a nationwide effort to support that process, the COVID-19 Community Corps. Together with other founding members, NCGA will promote the science behind the safe and effective vaccines that are a critical component in the battle against Coronavirus.   In this episode, we talk about the unique challenges we face in getting rural Americans vaccinated with Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association, and Carrie Saia, the CEO of a small-town hospital in Holton, Kansas.       DIRECT SHARE       TRANSCRIPT     Alan Morgan: You understand how science plays a...

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Mar 25, 2021

EP.17-Short Stature Corn and Other New Ag Tech, with Bayer Crop Science’s Brett Begemann

Author: Dusty Weis

With planting season upon us, we continue our focus on agronomy for the month of March.   In this episode, we catch up with Brett Begemann, the Chief Operating Officer at Bayer Crop Science. He shares details about the new inputs they’ve got in their technology pipeline, what that means for the future of farming and how their role in the ag industry is evolving.   We also catch a bit of the March Madness and hear Jon Doggett’s secret for filling out his bracket every year.   Before joining Bayer, Brett served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Monsanto Company, where he led global efforts to connect farmers with solutions for growing better harvests. Brett worked for 35 years at Monsanto, holding a number of leadership roles, including Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.     Direct Share TRANSCRIPTS   Brett Begemann: I think things are changing faster now than at any time I've seen them, and mostly for the good. And when things are...

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Mar 18, 2021

EP. 16-Inside the C-Suite with Corteva Agriscience's Tim Glenn

Author: Dusty Weis

Planting season is almost here. So we’re digging in on the topic of agronomy this month, talking to the leaders of some of the world’s foremost providers of agriculture inputs.   In this episode of Wherever Jon May Roam, Jon catches up with Tim Glenn, the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Corteva Agriscience, about how they’ve navigated the roller coaster of the last couple years, what new technologies they’re bringing to bear, and what kind of barbecue they cook up in Alabama.    Tim has been in the ag inputs business with Corteva and its heritage organizations for 30 years, and shares insights to help growers maximize their productivity after a roller coaster couple of years in the ag business.       Direct Share Link   Transcripts   Tim Glenn: Twelve months ago, commodity markets were depressed, we had elevated stocks and we had a lot of market uncertainty. Things got to be very concerning about the health of our commodity markets and what...

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Feb 3, 2021

EP. 15-Going Whole Hog to Serve Our Pork Customer: A Conversation With National Pork Board CEO Bill Even

Key Issues: Animal Agriculture

Author: Dusty Weis

The U.S. pork herd consumed over 1.2 billion bushels of corn in 2020. Not only does that make the pork industry a key customer segment for NCGA’s growers, but many of the same trade and sustainability issues that we grapple with in corn impact them as well.   So in this episode, NCGA CEO Jon Doggett chats with Bill Even, CEO of the National Pork Board, to review some of the cooperative efforts the two groups have underway, the challenges they face and the opportunities that await if they work together.   They also recount some of their favorite mouthwatering pork dishes. Spoiler alert: bacon is involved.       Direct Share Link Transcript   Bill Even: We've got producers out there that are paying the corn checkoff, they're paying the soybean checkoff, and they're paying the pork checkoff, and what they're expecting out of their respective boards and their respective staffs of these organizations is that they work together and share those checkoff dollars around and...

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Jan 5, 2021

EP. 14 - New Year, New Challenges: What's On Tap for 2021, with NCGA President John Linder

Author: Dusty Weis

After a 2020 calendar year in which it seems like we were always asking, "What next?", we take a look at what the future holds for America's corn industry with the President of the NCGA, John Linder, in the latest episode of Wherever Jon May Roam.   Linder is a fifth-generation farmer from the little town of Edison, Ohio. Prior to his elevation to the role of President, John served as the Corn Board liaison to the Market Access Action Team, on the Resolutions Committee and chaired the Finance and Engaging Members Committees. He also represented NCGA at the National Coalition for Food and Agriculture Research and the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center.   Together with association CEO Jon Doggett, they'll discuss new demand generation opportunities, why it's important to get new growers involved with the NCGA, and what Commodity Classic is going to look like in a pandemic year.     DIRECT SHARE TRANSCRIPTS John Linder: This is where we're heading this year with the...

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Dec 8, 2020

EP 13-CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jeff Zeleny Discusses the Biden Administration and Agriculture on the New Episode of Wherever Jon May Roam

Author: Dusty Weis

From his roots on a Nebraska corn farm, Jeff Zeleny has gone on to become one of the nation's foremost experts on presidential politics, covering the White House and campaigns for the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. Now as CNN's Senior White House Correspondent, he's spent every day of 2020 with his finger on the pulse of the election for U.S. president.   In this episode, Jeff joins Jon to talk about the issues that defined the campaign, what we can expect as President-Elect Joe Biden transitions to the presidency, the future for President Donald Trump, and what it all means for America's corn farmers. With the economy and the COVID-19 response hanging in the balance, he also offers insights about what a Biden presidency means for agriculture-focused issues like trade and the environment.    And, Jeff shares tales about how growing up in the heart of corn country shaped his world view and his work ethic as a world-renowned journalist.     Direct Share...

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Oct 20, 2020

EP. 12 - A Wild Ride: Outgoing NCGA President Kevin Ross on his Eventful Term in Office

Key Issues: Farm Policy

Author: Dusty Weis

The NCGA’s outgoing President Kevin Ross had a term in office unlike any other. From a Twitter battle with the world’s largest beer brewer, to a public speech with President Donald Trump, to the NCGA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, his year at the helm was anything but boring.   In this episode, NCGA CEO Jon Doggett asks the Iowa grower to unpack all the highlights from his term and look to the future of the industry. And, in spite of all the uncertainty, Kevin shares his reasons for optimism and a love of farming that's stronger than ever.     DIRECT SHARE   TRANSCRIPT   Kevin Ross: Having that opportunity to speak to the leader of the free world about what you've got going on in your industry and it did hit me right as I was walking up onto the stage and like you said, you see that seal of the president of the United States on a podium and you're sitting there going, "Hmm, that's kind of a big deal standing behind that thing and give a speech."   Dusty...

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Sep 30, 2020

Ep. 11 - Applying a Military Strategic Mindset to Corn Demand, with Col. Mark Purdy

Author: Dusty Weis

NCGA’s efforts to spur corn demand have made great strides toward big-picture, far-horizon initiatives that will grow corn consumption in the future. But with the extra hit to corn demand posed by the pandemic, farmers could use a little extra help this harvest season.   And so the NCGA is partnering with Aimpoint Research, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in applying a military mindset to solving business problems. In this episode, Jon discusses the issues with Aimpoint Senior Vice President Mark Purdy, a former Army Colonel who graduated from West Point Academy. He served as Director of War Games at the U.S. Army War College, and his experience ranges from leading combat units to managing multi-billion dollar security assistance portfolios. He traces his roots back to a family farm in Ohio where he grew up raising sheep, corn soybeans and hay.   They’re also joined by Jim Bauman, NCGA’s Vice President of Market Development.     Direct Share...

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Aug 27, 2020

Ep. 10 - Broadband a Big Challenge for Small Towns During COVID-19, with Elsie Wetzel

Author: Dusty Weis

With kids in farm country headed back-to-school, rural broadband access is a bigger issue than ever before.   The poor quality of internet access in rural America has been an issue for a long time. The lack of reliable broadband has impacted farms, communities and the rural economy, and that was BEFORE the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Now that kids in farm country are headed back to school, some virtually and some in-person, broadband access is a bigger issue than ever before.   In this episode, Jon talks with Elsie Wetzel--a school administrator, teacher, mother, farmer and Common Ground volunteer from North Texas--about how they’re making it work in these unprecedented times. Together, they explore the need to connect our rural communities, discuss the pandemic's impact on kids, families and rural schools, and share some important advice for staying grounded in the midst of all this uncertainty.     Direct Share   Transcript   Elsie Wetzel: We need the...

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Jul 21, 2020

Ep. 9. Corn’s Place at the Table in Global Trade Policy, with Amb. Darci Vetter and Ryan LeGrand

Key Issues: Trade

Author: Dusty Weis

In this episode, NCGA CEO Jon Doggett talks to a pair of the world’s foremost experts in global agricultural trade about what comes next for U.S. ag trade policy.   Ambassador Darci Vetter is the Former USTR Chief Agricultural Negotiator and USDA Deputy Under Secretary and currently works as a consultant at Edelman. And Ryan LeGrand is the CEO of the U.S. Grains Council.       Direct Share   Transcript Darci Vetter: Lots of our competitors are out there concluding bilateral or regional free trade agreements. We can't take our eye off the fact that our competitive position is declining. We're really falling behind here.   Ryan LeGrand: We have to have a seat at the table. We used to be the dominant player in corn exports to the world, and that has just been chipped away year after year.   Dusty Weis: Hello, and welcome to Wherever Jon May Roam, the National Corn Growers Association podcast. This is where leaders, growers, and stakeholders in the corn industry can...

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Jun 9, 2020

Ep. 8. Gold Medal Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee on Urban Farming and Common Ground

Author: Dusty Weis

  Ep. 8. Gold Medal Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee on Urban Farming and Common Ground The JJK Foundation provides hope to kids in the inner city and bridges the urban-rural divide.   The so-called “Urban-Rural Divide” has played a growing role in American life, politics and social issues recently. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Together, Jackie and Jon agree that there’s more to unite us than divide us.   In this episode, NCGA CEO Jon Doggett has a candid discussion with three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee about her experience growing up in East St. Louis, the issues facing residents of the inner city, and her accomplishments as a world-class athlete.   She also talks about the JJK Foundation’s efforts to educate city kids on the art of urban farming, including corn and soybeans, and the valuable life lessons they take away from the experience.   Learn more about the JJK Foundation        Direct Share Link

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May 21, 2020

Ep. 7-Creating Corn Demand with Biobased Materials, with CRA’s John Bode and Iowa State’s Dr. Brent Shanks

Key Issues: New Uses

Author: Dusty Weis

Corn-based materials technology is ready to compete with traditional plastics for market share.   When new materials can increase demand for corn, offer low-cost alternatives to traditional plastics AND benefit the environment, everybody wins.   And, backed by organizations like Iowa State’s Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) and the Corn Refiners Association (CRA), researchers in the heartland are pioneering new uses for corn that could reinvent the future of manufacturing.   In this episode, NCGA CEO Jon Doggett explores the possibilities with CRA CEO John Bode, CBiRC Director Dr. Brent Shanks, BioCognito Principal Nathan Danielson, and NCGA Director for Market Development Sarah McKay.     Direct Share   Transcript Dr. Brent Shanks: We think an important driver for new bio-based products is when we can get products that are produced from molecules generated from corn that can actually create added value in the product.   John Bode: Our industry of...

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Apr 16, 2020

Ep. 6-Ethanol: The Future of the Fuel Industry, with RFA's Bob Dinneen and NCGA's Mark Palmer

Key Issues: Ethanol

Author: Dusty Weis

This may be a tumultuous time for corn farmers and ethanol producers.   But then again, the ethanol industry's entire history has been a roller coaster ride.   In this episode, NCGA CEO Jon Doggett revisits the battles that got us to this point with "the Godfather of Ethanol" himself, Bob Dinneen from the Renewable Fuels Association. Plus, they're joined by NCGA's Director of Renewable Fuels, Mark Palmer, to discuss what the future might hold as the ethanol industry navigates a new set of uncertain times.     Direct Share   Transcript   Bob Dinneen: When times are tough, farmers, the ethanol industry don't look around trying to blame others, they look for ways that they can help.   Jon Doggett: What this industry has been about, it's been about the land, it's been about community, it's been about family, it's been about our country. And you're right, Bob. We have so much to be proud of and we're just starting today to build the future that we could be even more...

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Apr 2, 2020

Ep. 5 - Breaking Our Political Addictions, with U.S. Reps. Abigail Spanberger and Dusty Johnson

Key Issues: Farm Policy

Author: Dusty Weis

Creating a place to have a conversation instead of yelling at each other is one reason why NCGA CEO Jon Doggett started this podcast.    And in this episode, he takes that philosophy to one of the most contentious places in America—Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.   From the Congressional office of Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger, Jon interviews the Democratic Congresswoman and her Republican colleague, South Dakota Rep. Dusty Johnson, about what it takes to bridge the partisan divide in Washington. As members of the bipartisan “Problem Solvers Caucus,” Spanberger and Johnson discuss their efforts to pass the USMCA trade agreement and find common ground on other topics that are important, not just to farmers, but to Americans nationwide.   They’re also joined by NCGA Vice President of Public Policy Brooke Appleton.     Direct Share   Transcript   Jon Doggett: We wanted to create an opportunity to talk to one another instead of yelling at one another. So we're going...

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Mar 26, 2020

Ep. 4. Coronavirus Update: "Business As Unusual," with Nutrien CEO Mike Frank

Key Issues: COVID-19

Author: Dusty Weis

Jon and Mike examine the status of farm inputs availability amid the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.   Description:  In response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, the institution of social distancing protocols has left growers and ag stakeholders with more questions than answers as they head into planting season.   So we're interrupting your normal programming to provide a timely update with the President and CEO of inputs supplier Nutrien, Mike Frank.   In this episode, Mike tells NCGA CEO Jon Doggett that Nutrien is on-track to deliver all the inputs growers need to get a jump on the season, and enacting special protocols to keep staff and farmers safe.   Ultimately, the fate of the nation hangs on its uninterrupted food supply, and Jon has details on NCGA's efforts to ensure the supply lines remain open and farmers have the support they need.     Direct Share https://cms.megaphone.fm/channel/ncga?selected=PDM8499963047   Transcript   Mike Frank: The...

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Feb 26, 2020

Ep. 3: Climate-Proofing Agriculture and Adding Value to the Industry, with EDF

Key Issues: Sustainability

Author: Dusty Weis

Listen to Wherever Jon May Roam on iTunes, GooglePlay, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.   Farmers are the original environmentalists. For generations, they’ve tended the land, kept track of its health and put their hearts, backs and livelihoods into keeping it productive.   But in an era of climate change and extreme weather events, it’s going to take new allies and new tactics to help farmers in that mission, and the National Corn Growers Association has found an important partner in an unexpected place.   In this episode, NCGA CEO Jon Doggett and Environmental Defense Fund Senior VP of Ecosystems David Festa discuss the common ground they’ve discovered in helping growers weather storms, grow their profits and reduce their impact on the environment. They’re joined as well by NCGA VP of Production and Sustainability Nathan Fields.   Learn more about EDF’s conservation efforts to bolster farm finances.      Direct share TRANSCRIPT   David Festa: I've never...

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Jan 28, 2020

Ep. 2 The Bud Light Corntroversy of 2019

Author: Dusty Weis

With the Super Bowl just a few days away, many in the corn industry will be thinking about a Super Bowl ad that ran during last year’s big game. In it, Bud Light launched a year-long attack against the corn syrup that Coors Light and Miller Lite use during their brewing process.   This misleading smear campaign could have been a new low point in what was already a bad year for corn producers. But instead, the National Corn Growers Association teamed up with MolsonCoors, the company behind Coors Light and Miller Lite. Together, they hit back against Bud Light parent company Anheuser-Busch, and they made it hurt.   In this episode, NCGA CEO Jon Doggett relives the "Corntroversy" of 2019 with help from MolsonCoors CCO Adam Collins, NCGA President Kevin Ross, and NCGA VP of Communications Neil Caskey.     Direct Share   Transcripts   Kevin Ross:                  My reaction, though, it simply was that they just attacked my product. They just attacked corn directly, and...

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Jan 22, 2020

National Corn Growers Association Launches New Podcast to Tell the Stories Behind the Issues

Author: Dusty Weis

Get a behind the scenes look at the corn industry and corn issues in Wherever Jon May Roam, a new podcast launched today and hosted by National Corn Growers Association CEO Jon Doggett and a cast of friends. Wherever Jon May Roam is a forum for big picture conversations about the future of farming and the corn industry. Wherever Jon May Roam launched today and can be found at ncga.com/podcast on iTunes, Google Play and wherever you get your podcasts. “Punchy headlines and clever tweets may be easy to consume, but they don’t always foster understanding,” said Doggett. “The idea behind Wherever Jon May Roam is to have real conversations with the many disparate players that are shaping the world of corn so that we can get to know who they are as people and see how that affects what they want to get done for our industry. They say good conversation starts with good listening, and I’ll be doing a lot of that as host of our new podcast.” New episodes of Wherever Jon May Roam will be...

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Jan 22, 2020

Ep. 1 - Hello, My Name is Jon

Author: Dusty Weis

  Jon Doggett, the CEO of the National Corn Growers Association, travels thousands of miles each year in his mission to protect the future of the American corn-growing industry. And he's got the stories to prove it.   But in this age of quick sound bites and snappy tweets, Jon believes it's time to have a real conversation again. And so he's launching "Wherever Jon May Roam," a podcast dedicated to telling the story behind the headlines and exploring the issues that impact corn producers' bottom lines.   In this episode, Jon shares some stories about growing up on a ranch in Montana, laments the changing nature of politics in Washington D.C., and shares his plans for the podcast with NCGA VP of Communications Neil Caskey.     Direct Share Show Transcript Jon Doggett:                  I roam a lot and I'm looking forward to bringing this podcast to different places around the country and having different conversations with different people. I'm going to roam into some...

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Jan 8, 2020

Wherever Jon May Roam… Roaming Soon on a Streaming Service Near You

Author: Dusty Weis

Have you ever wondered, “What in the world are they thinking at NCGA?” If you have, you’ll be pleased to know we’ll be answering that very question by going behind the headlines of our priorities with NCGA’s new podcast, Wherever Jon May Roam. Hosted by CEO Jon Doggett, Wherever Jon May Roam will provide listeners an insider's view of corn issues, the thinking behind them and the people behind the thinking. Episode 1 will be available on ncga.com/podcast, iTunes, Google Play and wherever you get your podcasts on Jan. 22.    Watch the trailer.

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