NEWS STORIES

DECEMBER 2018

NCGA Statement on WOTUS Rule

(Posted Tue. Dec 11th, 2018)

Keywords: wotus policy

National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp made the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of the new Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The new rule replaces the 2015 WOTUS rule that would have increased regulatory burdens and costs for farmers.   “Farmers rely on clean water and are committed to protecting our environment and the communities where we live and work. With a clear understanding of what is and is not jurisdictional under the Clean Water Act, farmers can implement stewardship practices such as grass waterways and buffer strips without the burden of bureaucratic red tape or the fear of legal action.   “NCGA looks forward to fully reviewing the new WOTUS rule to ensure that it provides clear jurisdictional boundaries to farmers, protects our nation’s water and can be implemented without confusion.”

NCGA Testifies in Support of RFS

(Posted Tue. Dec 11th, 2018)

Keywords: ethanol policy rfs

Texas farmer and National Corn Growers Association past president and chairman, Wesley Spurlock, today testified on behalf of NCGA at a House Energy and Commerce Environment Subcommittee hearing to review a discussion draft of the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act.   Spurlock told the Subcommittee of the significant opportunities the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has created for farmers.   “The RFS is one of the most ambitious and successful energy, environmental and economic policies Congress has enacted, not only for farmers and rural communities but also for drivers, our air quality and our nation’s energy security. As use of homegrown renewable fuels has grown and as farmers have become more productive using fewer resources, the benefits of the RFS have exceeded those Congress projected,” Spurlock said.   Spurlock’s testimony cited farmers’ increased productivity, increasing their average yield by more than 25 bushels per acre, or 17 percent, since 2007, as well as...

Don’t Forget to Complete End of Year USDA NASS Crop Production Surveys

(Posted Mon. Dec 10th, 2018)

Keywords: NASS ARC

During the first two weeks of December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service asks farmers for their final harvest information including harvested acreage, production and storage. The Farm Service Agency and the Risk Management Agency, among many others, use this important information to serve farmers and ranchers with farm and risk management programs while NASS uses FSA data, in combination with remote sensing and survey data, to compile their reports.   The data compiled by NASS impacts many farms directly as it will be used to determine county crop yields for the ARC County program under the current farm bill.   NASS provides confidential, consistent, comparable data on a routine schedule year in and year out for use by USDA and by any farmer, rancher, researcher, educator, market analyst, agribusiness, commodity association or member of the public equally and at no cost, for their unique needs.   As always, individual responses to...

NCGA Proudly Announces Stemme Promoted to COO

(Posted Thu. Dec 6th, 2018)

The National Corn Growers Association proudly announces that Fred Stemme has been promoted to the office of Chief Operating Officer. Previously, the Vice President of Marketing and Development, he leads a nine-member team responsible for accounting, administration, diversity, facilities, fundraising, grassroots advocacy, human resources, IT, industry relations, leadership training, membership recruitment, retention and services, organizational meetings and state relations.   “Fred has provided more than a decade of distinguished service to our association and, over the years, his responsibilities have continually increased to better capitalize on his talents and enthusiasm for this work,” said NCGA CEO Jon Doggett. “Certainly, this promotion comes as a well-deserved recognition of the work that he already does. We are grateful for the work that he already does and feel confident that he will continue to serve farmers in even more impactful ways in years to come.”   During...

Soil Health Partnership Expands New Program to Grow Network and Data
Phase 2 of pilot Associate Program announced on World Soil Day

(Posted Tue. Dec 4th, 2018)

Keywords: sustainability soil health partnership

Just in time for World Soil Day on December 5, the Soil Health Partnership announced it is expanding a pilot project to give more farmers access to the soil health network.    As the organization launches phase 2 of its pilot Associate Program, it will invite 75 farmers to enroll in 2019. This will enable more farmers to join SHP in its mission of using science and data to support farmers in adopting agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.    The economic component of soil health has taken on an increasing level of urgency during a difficult farm economy, said Shefali Mehta, executive director of the Soil Health Partnership.   “We’ve seen increasing demand from farmers who would like to join our network,” Mehta said. “Expanding the pilot phase of our Associate Program provides a great number of farmers with access to a scientific platform to evaluate soil health as part of a comprehensive management strategy.”   Joining...

General Session at Commodity Classic  Promises to Inspire and Inform

(Posted Tue. Dec 4th, 2018)

The General Session at Commodity Classic is one of the most highly-rated experiences during the three-day farmer-driven event—and the 2019 version promises to be as well.   The 2019 Commodity Classic will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, Mar. 2 in Orlando, Fla.   Keynote speaker for Friday’s General Session will be Christine Cashen, known worldwide for her ability to entertain and energize audiences.  Cashen will deliver a fast-paced, hilarious program on handling conflict and reducing stress—as well as tips on life, love, work and happiness.   U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has also been invited to speak.    The session will also include the nation’s commodity association leaders who will discuss the hottest issues facing the nation’s corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum producers.  Additionally, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers will provide an update on their industry.   “The General Session is where the true spirit of Commodity Classic...