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NOVEMBER 2018

EPA Fails to Account for Future Refinery Waivers in Final 2019 RVO Rule

(Posted Fri. Nov 30th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol policy

The National Corn Growers Association today said the EPA’s final 2019 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) rule under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) moves renewable fuels and energy security forward in 2019, but the growth will only be realized if EPA does not grant refiners further RFS exemptions.   “We are pleased the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintained the implied conventional ethanol volume of 15 billion gallons and increased the total 2019 renewable fuel volume as intended by the RFS. However, EPA granted refineries 2.25 billion gallons in RFS waivers over the past year but did nothing to account for those lost volumes. If EPA continues to grant large amounts of waivers in this manner, the volumes set in this final rule cannot be met,” said NCGA President Lynn Chrisp.   In comments on the rule, NCGA and its grower members urged EPA to take steps to maintain the integrity of the RFS, including projecting 2019 waivers and accounting for those gallons to keep the...

NCGA: USMCA Signing an Important Step Forward

(Posted Fri. Nov 30th, 2018)

Keywords: trade policy

National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp today released the following statement applauding the important step taken by U.S., Mexican and Canadian officials today in signing the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).   “U.S. corn farmers are proud of the strong trading relationships NAFTA has enabled us to build with our North American trading partners, exporting more than $3 billion of corn and corn products to Mexico and Canada last year. Today’s signing is an important step toward cementing a modernized relationship with these important partners. NCGA commends leaders from all three nations and looks forward to engaging on next steps as the USMCA moves to Congress for consideration.”

NCGA Welcomes News of Farm Bill Agreement

(Posted Thu. Nov 29th, 2018)

Keywords: Farm Bill farm policy

National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp today released the following statement after an announcement that farm bill negotiators – Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, and Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., have reached an agreement in principle on a new farm bill.   “It’s imperative that farmers and rural communities have a new farm bill this year. NCGA is grateful for today’s announcement that sets the steps in motion to ensure that happens. Our grower members have been making phone calls and sending emails to Capitol Hill urging lawmakers to reach a deal before year’s end. We thank them for heeding this call and look forward to fully reviewing the conference agreement.”

NCGA Welcomes Sarah Doese Back to DC Team

(Posted Thu. Nov 29th, 2018)

The National Corn Growers Association welcomes back Sarah Doese, who rejoins the organization as the manager of regulatory affairs and public policy in the Washington office. Doese previously served at NCGA as the legislative assistant. In her new position, she will manage a diverse issue portfolio with an emphasis on regulatory affairs and emerging issues, including precision agriculture and technology, labor and immigration, and rural broadband.   “Sarah is a talented, knowledgeable and passionate advocate for agriculture. We are excited to welcome her back to NCGA,” said CEO Jon Doggett. “With her new experience on Capitol Hill and a long family history in production agriculture, she will be a strong advocate for corn farmers on policy and regulatory matters affecting their operations. I am confident that she will help us expand our relationships on the Hill and find common ground on our most important policy priorities for agriculture.”   Doese comes to NCGA from the House...

Only Days Remain! Share Your Ag Pics for Chance to Win

(Posted Wed. Nov 28th, 2018)

With only days remaining, the National Corn Growers Association reminds photographers, both amateur and professional, they are invited to help share our story of farming field corn in America through the fifth annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA captures high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. Interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2018.   Open to all, the Fields-of-Corn photo contest offers a free opportunity for photographers to share their work while competing for 25 cash prizes.   Prizes include cash awards for the top three entries in eight categories: Corn Growing Field Corn Farm Family Lifestyle Scenery/Landscape Farming Challenges SHP Conservation True Grit Most popular as determined by Facebook “likes”   The new True Grit category was borne out of the Farm Family Lifestyle category. This new category focuses on the people getting work...

Soil Health Partnership Hires Maria Bowman as New Lead Scientist

(Posted Wed. Nov 28th, 2018)

The Soil Health Partnership has tapped Dr. Maria Bowman, a notable and experienced agricultural and resource economist, for the new position of Lead Scientist. Her role will be significant, guiding the organization in building a unique and extensive U.S. database of soil health samples from working farms, analyzing them, and drawing conclusions that could impact agriculture for decades to come.    Bowman comes to the SHP having worked as an economist for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. In that role, she focused on the drivers of farmer adoption of soil health and conservation practices, the economics of antibiotic use in U.S. livestock production, and emerging issues related to food labeling. She holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.   “The Soil Health Partnership project has the potential to create powerful change in agriculture, and our very foundation is substantive data...

(Posted Tue. Nov 27th, 2018)

Keywords: Trade

National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp yesterday submitted NCGA’s negotiating objectives for a United States-Japan Trade Agreement to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Japan is the second largest market for U.S. corn exports and U.S. corn farmers have been a reliable supplier to this market for more than 50 years.   “Corn farmers have long counted on Japan as a leading export market and have spent decades developing this important partnership,” Chrisp wrote. “NCGA has been advocating for a formal trade agreement with Japan for years and we are pleased to see the Trump administration take this important step, one that we hope will be followed up with other trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region.”   NCGA’s top priorities for this negotiation are to secure this market access for corn amid intensifying competition from other corn suppliers, to improve market access for other corn co-products, and to address technical, sanitary and phytosanitary, and...

(Posted Tue. Nov 27th, 2018)

Lawmakers are returning to Washington this week with just a few legislative days to reach an agreement on a new farm bill before Congress adjourns in December. Your representatives need to hear from you! Restarting the process next year, even passing an extension, will put vital programs in jeopardy and increase uncertainty across rural America.   Click here to contact your Representatives in Congress and tell them agriculture needs a farm bill now!

(Posted Mon. Nov 26th, 2018)

Beginning next year, Tennessee corn growers could see over a million dollars invested annually in research, promotion and education activities designed to increase corn grind and the profitability of the state’s corn farmers. That is if they pass a one cent per bushel corn checkoff during the checkoff authorization vote on November 28-29, 2018 at farmers’ local extension office.   A checkoff program represents strength in numbers. Supported by all corn growers, a small investment in the program results in a larger pool of resources that can be used more efficiently and effectively.  Those funds will be administered by a board of Tennessee corn farmers.  Plus, growers who do not want to participate will be able to request a refund after the sale.   “We need to continuously make improvements in farming – from yield increases at home to the creation of more uses for our crops,” said Mike Holman, president of the Tennessee Corn Growers Association.  “A state corn checkoff with a...

Charlie Daniels Band to Perform at 2019 Commodity Classic

(Posted Mon. Nov 26th, 2018)

The Charlie Daniels Band will provide the Evening of Entertainment at the 2019 Commodity Classic, held Thursday, February 28 through Saturday, March 2 in Orlando, Fla.   The band will perform Saturday night to close the three-day event which attracts thousands of America’s top farmers and agricultural advocates.   The Charlie Daniels Band has populated radio with such memorable hits as “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” and of course, his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1979 as well as single of the year at the Country Music Association Awards.   An outspoken patriot and still a road warrior, Charlie Daniels has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum, award-winning career.  He’s a member of the Grand Old Opry and has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.    The Evening of Entertainment is...

(Posted Mon. Nov 26th, 2018)

The National Corn Growers Association Nominating Committee reminds interested members that it is now accepting applications for the 2020 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.   “As a true grassroots organization, we rely upon farmers to volunteer to lead, helping to shape policy and drive efforts,” said NCGA Chairman and Nominating Committee Chair Kevin Skunes. “I have had the privilege of working with so many talented, dedicated volunteers who step forward to lead this organization during my years on the Corn Board. Their willingness to step forward as volunteer leaders plays a crucial role in building NCGA’s future successes. Serving on the Corn Board empowers farmers to play a proactive role in determining the collective future of our industry.”   The NCGA Corn Board represents the...

(Posted Wed. Nov 21st, 2018)

With only weeks remaining, the National Corn Growers Association reminds photographers, both amateur and professional, they are invited to help share our story of farming field corn in America through the fifth annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA captures high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. Interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2018.   Open to all, the Fields-of-Corn photo contest offers a free opportunity for photographers to share their work while competing for 25 cash prizes.   Prizes include cash awards for the top three entries in eight categories: Corn Growing Field Corn Farm Family Lifestyle Scenery/Landscape Farming Challenges SHP Conservation True Grit Most popular as determined by Facebook “likes”   The new True Grit category was borne out of the Farm Family Lifestyle category. This new category focuses on the people getting work...

NCGA Calls for More Equitable Trade Relief

(Posted Tue. Nov 20th, 2018)

Keywords: trade market access aid

National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp today urged U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to consider changes to the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) ahead of the second round of payments.   In a letter to Perdue, Chrisp said that he continues to hear from farmers who are disappointed in USDA’s approach to calculating the first round of MFP payments because it was too narrow in scope and did not capture the real-time impacts of trade disruptions on our markets.   Chrisp asked Perdue to add ethanol and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to the calculation of damages for corn. Using USDA’s methodology, gross trade damages for ethanol and DDGS amounts to $254 million, which was not accounted for in the first MFP payments. Chrisp also asked the Secretary to allow farmers who suffer production losses from disasters to use an alternative to 2018 production for their MFP calculation. This would ensure farmers suffering from drought,...

(Posted Tue. Nov 20th, 2018)

As families across the country begin to prepare for the holidays, the National Corn Growers Association reminds its members that they can save when purchasing gifts and supplies that make their outdoor activities, from camping to hiking to hunting, possible. By using the benefits NCGA offers, members can purchase Cabela’s gift cards at a 15 percent discount.   “We always look for benefits that match the interests of our growers, and this partnership is perfect for their active outdoor lifestyle,” said Brandon Hunnicutt, chairman of NCGA’s Engaging Members Action Team. “For many of us, these benefits hold even more value because our love for the outdoors extends far beyond our chosen profession. Using the Cabela’s partnership can help members save while purchasing gear and supplies for loved ones this holiday season.”   Save 15 percent on gift cards in denominations of $25, $50 and $100. NCGA members may purchase cards by calling their state corn association or the national...

(Posted Mon. Nov 19th, 2018)

The Soil Health Partnership welcomes a new field manager to the growing staff, along with a program coordinator to support farmers in the soil health effort. Madelyn Rabenhorst joins the SHP team to cover the state of South Dakota as a field manager, and Stacey Stiens is already making an impact in her role as Program Coordinator.   “As we build our organization, our priority remains ensuring that our enrolled farmers have the support they need to adopt practices that promote soil health, manage the SHP test plots, and help us in the critical process of data collection and insights generation,” said Shefali Mehta, executive director for the Soil Health Partnership. “We welcome Madelyn and Stacey to the SHP team and look forward to their expertise and enthusiasm.”   SHP field managers help new farmers get started in the program, assisting them with making decisions on which soil health-promoting practices best suit their farms. The field managers help farmers with setting test...

Commodity Classic Educational Sessions Focus on Bottom-Line Impact

(Posted Fri. Nov 16th, 2018)

As farmers look to improve their profitability in an unpredictable agricultural environment, the educational sessions at the 2019 Commodity Classic are designed to help farmers make better-informed decisions that can have a powerful impact on their bottom line.   The 2019 Commodity Classic will be held Thursday, February 28 through Saturday, March 2 in Orlando, Fla.   Educational sessions in Orlando will cover a wide range of important topics including soil health, grain marketing, farm policy, cover crops, farm succession planning, nutrient stewardship, weed and herbicide management, rural economic development, soybean cyst nematode (SCN), wheat yields, Blockchain technology, corn residue, weather trends and more.   The 2019 Commodity Classic will offer nearly 50 educational sessions including Learning Centers, Early Risers, What’s New, Mini What’s New and additional presentations on the Main Stage on the trade show floor.   Applicable educational sessions are offered at no...

NCGA, USFRA Put Farming Sustainability in the Spotlight in Denver

(Posted Thu. Nov 15th, 2018)

The National Corn Growers Association joined other agricultural groups in telling farmers’ sustainability story during the “Cultivating Collaboration for Sustainable Food Systems” at the 2018 Sustainable Agriculture Summit in Denver this week. Lauren Biegler, a farmer from Minnesota who participates in both CommonGround and the Soil Health Partnership, represented the association during this dynamic panel, which was hosted and organized by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance.   USFRA believes that farmers and ranchers are the solution to enhanced sustainability practices and varying climate patterns. The panel, hosted during this value chain- inclusive event, shared the current practices farmers employ and the potential for further improvement in the future with retailers and companies focused on consumer packaged goods.   During the session, farmers representing various commodities discussed the importance of communication and collaboration in working towards a shared goal of...

NCGA Names Robyn Allscheid Director of Research and Productivity

(Posted Thu. Nov 15th, 2018)

The National Corn Growers Association welcomes back Robyn Allscheid, who rejoins the organization as the director of Research and Productivity in the St. Louis, Mo. office.  Allscheid previously served at NCGA as manager of research and business development from 2008 to 2010. She will serve as staff lead for the Corn Productivity and Quality Action Team as well as leading NCGA’s research programs.   “Robyn has a deep background, both academically and professionally, that will help NCGA coordinate and develop research programs across the state and national levels,” said Vice President of Production and Sustainability Nathan Fields.  “Her proven skill and previous experience have allowed her to hit the ground running, already adding to the team in a positive, productive way that will benefit our efforts to maintain and create opportunities for U.S. corn farmers.”   Allscheid comes to NCGA from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center where she ran the lab for the Center’s...

Environmental Defense Fund, National Corn Growers Association Launch First-of-Its-Kind Partnership

(Posted Wed. Nov 14th, 2018)

Keywords: sustainability farm policy

Powerful collaboration will scale conservation through data, policy and farmer outreach   Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today announced a first-of-its-kind partnership between an environmental organization and commodity crop association. The partnership aims to address one of the most pressing challenges for today’s farmers, rural communities and natural resources – how to improve environmental outcomes while optimizing productivity and profitability.   “Many practices that increase soil health and water quality also boost farmers’ bottom lines,” said Suzy Friedman, senior director of agricultural sustainability at EDF. “EDF and NCGA have worked together for many years to align economic incentives and environmental outcomes. Formalizing our partnership was a natural next step to accelerate progress toward our shared goals.”   “The public expects greater stewardship and transparency from farmers, and it’s critical for the...

Tell Congress: Pass a Farm Bill Now

(Posted Tue. Nov 13th, 2018)

Keywords: farm policy

Time is running out for Congress to pass a Farm Bill before major programs lapse at the end of the year. Adjourning for the year without passing a new bill will leave farmers without the safety and stability needed in this time of low prices, falling farm incomes, and trade uncertainty. With only a few joint legislative days left, farmers need Congressional leaders to compromise on a strong, bipartisan, Farm Bill now. Tell Congress to get it done!   To make your voice heard go to: www.votervoice.net/NCGA/campaigns/61616/respond

Deadline Extended! National Corn Yield Contest Harvest Entries Due November 26

(Posted Tue. Nov 13th, 2018)

Keywords: ncyc

With farmers in many states experiencing harvest difficulties due to weather, the National Corn Growers Association has extended the deadline by which National Corn Yield Contest entrants must report by ten days to Nov. 26. This additional time is to allow entrants who have had to delay harvesting because of the unfavorable conditions a chance to fully participate in this exciting contest.   The online harvest entry is available to both farmers and seed representatives using the same login process as the initial entry. Login does require submission of the entrant’s NCGA membership number.   To complete, entrants will upload weigh tickets and a yield calculation worksheet that details the number of rows harvested and length of each pass. Prior to upload, both documents must be signed by the contest supervisor. A tutorial video is available online.   For access to contest information and a detailed list of the entry and harvest rules, click here.   For half of a century,...

(Posted Thu. Nov 8th, 2018)

Keywords: Biotechnology Trade

Agricultural innovation continues to develop rapidly, benefiting farmers who are able to grow more and better crops using fewer inputs and natural resources. As governments around the world work to determine how to regulate these ever-evolving technologies, MAIZALL, the international maize alliance, is encouraging countries to adopt science-based policies to prevent disruptions to trade.   MAIZALL was formed in January 2013 by the corn growers associations in Argentina, Brazil and the United States to work together to tackle global market access barriers related to the introduction of new technologies in agriculture, particularly biotechnology. The alliance focuses on three areas: communicating the benefits of modern agricultural production methods and technologies, addressing asynchronous approval of biotech products and promoting regulatory harmonization.   During an October mission to Geneva and Rome, a group of MAIZALL leaders met with World Trade Organization (WTO) and...

(Posted Thu. Nov 8th, 2018)

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) World Agricultural Supply and demand Estimate (WASDE) report released today, U.S. corn production is projected to reach 14.62 billion bushels for 2018/19. If realized, that would make it the second largest U.S. corn crop ever.   The October forecast for corn production is lowered 152 million bushels from last month on a reduced yield forecast. Despite lowered use forecasts, the corn price forecast was raised by 10 cents to a midpoint of $3.60 per bushel as supply fell more than use.   Click here to read the full report.

(Posted Thu. Nov 8th, 2018)

Registration for America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience officially opens at 10:00 a.m. Central on Wednesday, November 14.   The 2019 Commodity Classic will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, Mar. 2 in Orlando, Fla. To register, reserve hotel rooms and sign up for email updates, visit CommodityClassic.com.  Early bird discounts on registration end January 10, 2019.   Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is unlike any other agriculture event, featuring a robust schedule of educational sessions, a huge trade show featuring the latest technology, equipment and innovation, top-notch entertainment, inspiring speakers and the opportunity to network with thousands of farmers from across the nation.   “Commodity Classic is unlike any other agriculture event because every experience, every educational session, and every speaker at Commodity Classic is selected by farmers, for farmers,” said Wesley Spurlock, a Texas corn farmer...

Commodity Leaders Join Forces on Sustainability Research
Pork, Soybean and Corn Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Sustainability Research

(Posted Wed. Nov 7th, 2018)

Keywords: Sustainability

The National Pork Board (NPB), United Soybean Board (USB) and National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on a sustainability research platform that will benefit all three organizations and their producers. This research program will include the sharing of completed research, coordination on current and planned research and define ways to share and communicate results with each organization’s members.   Leadership from the three commodity groups agree that it is prudent to consider specific ways in which they might work together more effectively to ensure alignment and collaboration in sustainability research and how the results can and will be communicated and shared.   “Sustainability is defined by the We CareSM ethical principles pork producers established over 10 years ago,” said National Pork Board President Steve Rommereim, a pig farmer from Alcester, South Dakota. “Joining in the efforts of two other organizations,...

Less than Two Weeks Remain! National Corn Yield Contest Harvest Entries Due Nov. 16

(Posted Wed. Nov 7th, 2018)

Keywords: ncyc

With the time to submit harvest entries coming to a close, the National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers that National Corn Yield Contest entrants must report by Nov. 16.   The online harvest entry is available to both farmers and seed representatives using the same login process as the initial entry. Login does require submission of the entrant’s NCGA membership number.   To complete, entrants will upload weigh tickets and yield calculations worksheet that details the number of rows harvested and length of each pass. Prior to upload, both documents must be signed by the contest supervisor. A tutorial video is available online.   For access to contest information and a detailed list of the entry and harvest rules, click here.   For half of a century, NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest has provided corn growers the opportunity to compete with their colleagues to grow the most corn per acre, helping feed and fuel the world. This has given participants not only the...

Grains Leadership Visits Mexico to Meet Customers, New Administration Officials

(Posted Tue. Nov 6th, 2018)

Keywords: trade policy

Leaders from the U.S. feed grains value chain traveled together to Mexico last week to meet with longtime customers and incoming officials from the Mexican government on the heels of the recently-concluded U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) negotiations.    The annual officers mission brings together leaders from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the national organizations representing the feed grains it promotes in international markets, including the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the National Sorghum Producers (NSP) and United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP) and the National Barley Growers Association (NBGA).    Mexico is the top foreign buyer of U.S. corn, distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and barley and a significant buyer of U.S. sorghum. The country also holds near-term potential for increased use of U.S. ethanol following energy policy changes in recent years.    "Mexico is the most critical market for our members and an amazing example of...

(Posted Mon. Nov 5th, 2018)

With only weeks remaining, the National Corn Growers Association reminds photographers, both amateur and professional, they are invited to help share our story of farming field corn in America through the fifth annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA captures high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. Interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2018.   Open to all, the Fields-of-Corn photo contest offers a free opportunity for photographers to share their work while competing for 25 cash prizes.   Prizes include cash awards for the top three entries in eight categories: Corn Growing Field Corn Farm Family Lifestyle Scenery/Landscape Farming Challenges SHP Conservation True Grit Most popular as determined by Facebook “likes”   The new True Grit category was borne out of the Farm Family Lifestyle category. This new category focuses on the people getting work...

(Posted Thu. Nov 1st, 2018)

This summer, the National Corn Growers Association joined the Environmental Defense Fund and the Farm Journal Foundation for a stakeholder dialogue about the challenges facing the agriculture industry. The discussion surfaced four market and policy opportunities for increasing agricultural resilience, which are summarized in a new white paper.   The white paper shares key ways to improve agricultural resilience, productivity and prosperity.  From investing in agricultural research to linking crop insurance to resilience, the paper details how U.S. farmers can continue to thrive for generations to come.