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(Posted Thu. Apr 27th, 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.   This week, Field Notes caught …

(Posted Thu. Apr 27th, 2017)

This week, the National Corn Growers Association kicked off 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.   This week, Field Notes …

(Posted Wed. Apr 26th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

The National Corn Growers Association today denounced reports that the White House has drafted plans to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The following is a statement from NCGA President Wesley Spurlock.   "Mr. President, America's corn farmers helped elect you. We are strong supporters of your administration and continue to stand ready to work with you to build a better farm economy. That begins with strong …

(Posted Wed. Apr 26th, 2017)

A trio of industry groups hosted federal officials for a field day of demonstrations on seed treatments, planting practices, and equipment innovations that are bringing continuous improvement to sustainable farming practices.   The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) hosted more than three dozen officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of …

(Posted Tue. Apr 25th, 2017)

Keywords: Trade

Selling 50 metric tons of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) may seem minor, but Javier Chávez, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Mexico marketing specialist, views these small sales to cattle and dairy producers in southeastern Mexico as the start of another big opportunity for U.S. feed grains.    DDGS is a well-known and frequently-used feed source in northern Mexico but does not benefit from the same recognition in the …

(Posted Mon. Apr 24th, 2017)

Today, the United States Senate voted to confirm Sonny Perdue as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The following is a statement from the National Corn Growers Association:   “The National Corn Growers Association congratulates Secretary Perdue on his confirmation. USDA has been without a Secretary for too long, but we are confident that Secretary Perdue will bring strong leadership to the Department. There are still more than 200 political appointments …

(Posted Mon. Apr 24th, 2017)

Corn planting progress is nearly even with the five-year average according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 17 percent of total corn acres planted by April 23, progress fell only one percentage point short of the five-year average. Additionally, the percentage of acres of corn that has emerged was on track with the five-year average of four percent in this report which first documents …

(Posted Mon. Apr 24th, 2017)

Keywords: Ethanol

In response to oral arguments held earlier today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on the petition for review of the Renewable Volume Obligations for 2014-2016 filed by Americans for Clean Energy, et al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in January 2016, the American Coalition for Ethanol, BIO, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, National Sorghum Producers, and Renewable Fuels Association issued the following …

(Posted Fri. Apr 21st, 2017)

This week, the National Corn Growers Association kicked off 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.   This week, Field Notes …

Tune In! CommonGround Volunteer Talks GMOs with Bill Nye

(Posted Fri. Apr 21st, 2017)

Keywords: Biotechnology

Binge watching and GMO-centric conversations come together today as Netflix premiers the first season of Bill Nye Saves the World. The show, which became available at 4 a.m. CDT today, features a panel discussion on the use of GMO technology in agriculture that includes CommonGround volunteer Julie Kenney in episode four “More Food, Less Hype.”   The episode looks at the science behind and fear surrounding biotechnology in agriculture. Presenting …