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(Posted Tue. Dec 12th, 2017)

While U.S. corn production remains on track to set another record, increased demand from the ethanol sector is expected according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released today. Given increased ethanol demand, ending stock forecasts were lowered and prices were raised slightly.   "Despite the mildly positive changes to demand shown in this report, America’s corn farmers need further market growth to positively impact the ongoing pricing situation so negatively …

(Posted Mon. Dec 11th, 2017)

Insect pests can have a devastating impact on a corn crop. Many farmers turn to in-plant insect protection traits to help protect yield potential and profitability. Now, the industry is announcing the expansion of the Take Action program to help farmers fight insect resistance and preserve the long-term effectiveness of Bt technology.   “If we lose the tools we have, there’s a financial risk of facing insects we can no …

(Posted Thu. Dec 7th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

More than four decades of partnership and a free trade agreement have benefitted agribusinesses in both the United States and South Korea. But the preservation of past success must be coupled with an innovative look at the future in order for that positive trading relationship to continue in years to come, South Korea customers told a delegation of leaders and staff from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the National …

(Posted Thu. Dec 7th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

Mexican Market Is Growing, But Will the U.S. Capture That Demand?   Increasing demand in Mexico could mean big business for U.S. agriculture, but U.S. farmers and agribusinesses may have to work harder to capture a share due to the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).   Mexican customers and government officials conveyed that message to officers and staff leaders from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and …

(Posted Thu. Dec 7th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

Farmers and ranchers across the country took to Twitter on Wednesday to let the  President and other administration officials know that staying in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a win for farmers.  Corn growers from around the United States tweeted about the economic benefits of NAFTA, which supports 25,000 corn industry jobs and stimulates the rural economy.   For the past twenty-three years, NAFTA has been a …

Grant will help more farmers commit to farming methods to protect land, environment

(Posted Tue. Dec 5th, 2017)

A new grant will support research and education that accelerate adoption of soil health practices on farms nationwide, benefiting farmers, consumers and the environment alike. The Soil Health Partnership, an initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, is one of three recipients of the grant and matching funds, which total nearly $20 million – one of the largest ever public/private investments in soil health.   The Foundation for …

(Posted Mon. Dec 4th, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association urges farmers to take part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture, which will be hitting mailboxes soon.   The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) began mailing the Census to the nation's producers last week. Conducted once every five years, the census aims to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture. The resulting data are used by farmers, ranchers, …

(Posted Fri. Dec 1st, 2017)

The National Corn Growers Association Nominating Committee reminds interested members that it is now accepting applications for the 2019 Corn Board.  Through the Corn Board, members can become an integral part of the organization’s leadership.  Click here for the application, which provides complete information on requirements, responsibilities and deadlines.   “I have had the privilege of working with so many talented, dedicated volunteers who step forward to lead this …

(Posted Thu. Nov 30th, 2017)

Keywords: trade

The leaders of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) traveled to South Korea and Mexico this week in concurrent missions to engage with customers and government officials during a period of policy uncertainty in the U.S. corn industry’s #1 and #3 markets.    “Trade equals huge success for U.S. feed grains in all forms,” said Deb Keller, USGC chairman and farmer from Iowa. “The Council …

NCGA Statement on EPA’s Final 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation

(Posted Thu. Nov 30th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), in response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the final 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).   “NCGA is pleased to see the EPA meet the Administration’s commitment to keep the RFS on track when it comes to conventional ethanol. Not only has EPA hit the …