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Julie Busse Joins NCGA as Communications Manager

(Posted Tue. Aug 22nd, 2017)

Today, the National Corn Growers Association welcomes Julie Busse to the team as communications manager in the St. Louis office.  Busse brings more than 10 years of agricultural communications experience, including media relations and strategic planning. In her position, she will provide support for market development programs including ethanol and livestock, along with other key communication initiatives.   “We are excited to have Julie as a part of the communications …

(Posted Mon. Aug 21st, 2017)

National Corn Growers Association officers and senior staff gathered last week in Montana for the biannual NCGA Agri-Industry Council meeting. Here, representatives of 14 leading agribusinesses discussed vital issues facing agriculture, shared information on their companies and sectors, heard from recognized speakers and learned about NCGA’s current initiatives.  Established in 2007, the Agri-Industry Council facilitates dialogue between agribusinesses and NCGA to collectively address issues of mutual concern.   “By providing …

(Posted Fri. Aug 18th, 2017)

This week, the National Corn Growers Association continued its seventh 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.   Field Notes caught up with …

(Posted Wed. Aug 16th, 2017)

The confidential crop survey from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be arriving in the mailboxes of Southern farmers soon, and it is very important that recipients take the time to complete it.   The number of farmers completing the confidential NASS crop survey has been declining in recent years—and that’s bad news for farmers. This is bad news for farmers as results of the confidential NASS crop survey …

(Posted Tue. Aug 15th, 2017)

Growers gathered in Minneapolis, Minn. last week for the first session of the NCGA Leadership Academy, co-sponsored by Syngenta. This year’s class includes 15 aspiring leaders from nine states. Upon completion of the program in January, the participants will join more than 500 colleagues who have graduated from this program in the past 30 years.   At the meeting, participants got an up-close look at NCGA from President Wesley Spurlock, …

NCGA Welcomes Sarah McKay as New Manager of Market Development

(Posted Mon. Aug 14th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association welcomes Sarah McKay, who joins the organization this week as manager of market development in the St. Louis office. McKay brings an excellent combination of experience in public policy and food industry supply chain management to the team. In this new position, she will provide key support to NCGA’s animal agriculture, industrial use and new use efforts as a direct report to the director of market …

(Posted Fri. Aug 11th, 2017)

This week, the National Corn Growers Association continued its seventh 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.   Field Notes caught up with …

(Posted Fri. Aug 11th, 2017)

Keywords: Conservation

What will improve soil health to make farmland more productive, efficient and sustainable for the next generation, and how does it impact the business side? Get the scoop from area farmers and other experts at a field day across Illinois throughout August, including:   Aug. 15: Oglesby, Ill. John Hochstatter Cover Crop Meeting Aug. 16: Monticello, Ill. Lieb Farms Soil Health Meeting Aug. 22: Decatur, Ill. Dave and Chase Brown …

(Posted Thu. Aug 10th, 2017)

U.S. average corn yield was estimated today at 169.5 bushels per acre, down from last year's record 174.6. This is the first report of the year based on actual survey results rather than the previous 170.1 bushels trend yield used in earlier WASDE projections.    Yield projections were generally higher than last year in the south and east, and lower in the central and western …

(Posted Wed. Aug 9th, 2017)

Keywords: Conservation

The Soil Health Partnership has endorsed a set of 19 soil health measurements, encouraging the agriculture industry to quickly adopt them. Once widely adopted, the indicators are expected to help farming become more sustainable and precise in areas such as nutrient management.   Research shows that the benefits of improving soil health include: Improved crop yield, enhanced water quality, increased drought resilience and flood resistance, and decreased greenhouse gas emissions. …