NCGA’s Sustainability Commitment

U.S. Corn farmers are committed to continuous improvement in the production of corn, a versatile crop providing abundant high-quality food, feed, renewable energy, biobased products, and ecosystem services. As stewards of the land, we understand the responsibility we have for creating a more environmentally and economically sustainable world for future generations with transparency and through continued advances and efficiencies in land, water and energy use. 




Sustainability News

September 21, 2023

NCGA CEO Pushes Back Against EPA Advisory Board’s Negative Assertions about Ethanol

The CEO of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today pushed back against commentary...

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September 15, 2023

NCGA to EPA: Science Shows that Ethanol is Important to Lowering Emissions

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) sent a letter this week to the Environmental...

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September 7, 2023

Corn Grower Leaders Call on Biden Administration to Tie U.S. Tax Decisions on Aviation Biofuels to Government’s Emissions Model

Asserting that U.S. tax policy should be tied to the best standards the government has to offer,...

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August 14, 2023

Enroll Now: Farmers for Soil Health Offers Financial Assistance for Cover Crop Adoption

The farmer-led, farmer-driven initiative offers cost-share programs and technical assistance to...

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May 24, 2023

$13.6 Million Grants Boost Technical Assistance for Farmers Adopting Cover Crops Through Farmers for Soil Health

Farmers adopting cover crops through Farmers for Soil Health can look forward to enhanced...

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May 10, 2023

Corn States, National Come Together for Water Quality Wins

This April, state and national corn staff came together in Omaha, Nebraska for a biannual...

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April 24, 2023

Breaking New Ground with Yield Contest’s Newest Opportunity

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is proud to announce the expansion of the National...

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March 16, 2023

NCGA Partnership Grant Will Increase Cover Crops, Mitigate Risk

The National Corn Growers Association looks forward to seeing the next steps that will be taken...

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February 22, 2023

Coalition Releases Farm Bill Policy Recommendations to Help Create Economic Opportunities and Address Climate Change

The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance today released policy recommendations for the 2023...

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December 12, 2022

Butterfly Habitat Brings Beauty and Biodiversity!

Guest Contributor: Rachel Bush - Private Lands Conservation Programs Manager with Pheasants...

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October 6, 2022

Collaboration Will Propel Advancements

Field to Market has released the third edition of its annual report, Climate Action in U.S....

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September 14, 2022

NCGA Applauds USDA for Climate-Smart Funding for Farmers for Soil Health

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today applauded a decision by the U.S. Department...

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August 16, 2022

Farmers are Adopting Advanced Technology and Employing Environmentally Smart Practices to Protect America’s Waterways

Over the last decade, farmers have been employing some of the most innovative practices in...

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August 10, 2022

Shared Core Values through the Lens of Sustainability

Last week, members of National Corn Grower Association’s (NCGA) Corn Sustainability Advisory...

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June 28, 2022

June Plenary Introduces New Leadership and Strategic Vision

Last week, Field to Market (FTM) held its June Plenary and General Assembly meeting in Raleigh,...

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May 31, 2022

Farmers for Soil Health – Commentary from John Johnson, principal of Agricola, LLC and former chief operating officer of the National Pork Board

Farmers are front-line caretakers of the land who work every day to conserve our natural...

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May 31, 2022

Learning Lessons from Chesapeake Bay’s TMDL Implementation

The Water Quality Working Group (WQWG)—comprised of state and national staff—assembled two weeks...

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May 3, 2022

BeSure! with Stewardship BMPs

#Plant22 is underway and the BeSure! initiative is back with its fourth annual national campaign...

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April 22, 2022

Delivering on Our #CornCommitment this Earth Day

Leaving the world in better shape than we found it . . . this is a tenet of policy written and...

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April 14, 2022

The Success in Stewardship Network – Honoring 2022’s Recipients at #Classic22

A segment of the panel will be featured on the U.S. Farm Report on Saturday, April 16 at 9 a.m....

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April 11, 2022

Sustainability Series Geared to Help Corn in “Getting to Goal”

In support of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) mission to create and increase...

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March 18, 2022

National Butterfly Day + First Day of Spring = Practically Perfect Pollinator Planning

Let’s talk environmental equations!  March 14th’s National Butterfly Day plus March 20th’s first...

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January 20, 2022

NCGA Director Appointed to America’s Watershed Initiative Board Leadership

The America’s Watershed Initiative (AWI), recently named their 2022 Board of Directors Executive...

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December 10, 2021

New Report Details Work of Farmers in Addressing Water Quality Along Mississippi River Basin

A report released this week by the Agricultural Nutrient Policy Council details the work of...

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November 9, 2021

Allen-Tully Appointed to USDA’s NAREEE Advisory Board

On October 28, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the appointment of 14...

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October 21, 2021

National Corn Growers Association forges new partnership with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is proud to announce their partnership—funded by...

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September 30, 2021

Corn Continues to be Proactive in the Efforts for Water Quality

The Water Quality Working Group (WQWG)—comprised of state and national staff—assembled last week...

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September 29, 2021

USDA Announces New Climate Project

The Secretary of Agriculture announced today that the administration will launch a new...

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August 18, 2021

NCGA Staff and Growers Share Corns Sustainability Story at Cattlemen’s Convention

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) participated in the recent National Cattlemen’s...

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August 4, 2021

Open Comment Period on Corn’s Continuous Commitment Ends August 8

On June 8 of this year, The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) released its U.S. Corn...

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June 23, 2021

Field to Market Recognizes Deb Gangwish in 2021 Farmer Spotlight

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is proud to announce that Nebraska farmer Deb...

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June 9, 2021

EP.21-Leading the Field in Sustainability, with Nebraska Corn Grower Brandon Hunnicutt

NCGA charts a course on the future of U.S. corn sustainability for continued improvement,...

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June 8, 2021

NCGA Releases U.S. Corn Sustainability Goals and Report

Today, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) solidified U.S. corn farmers’ commitment to...

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May 24, 2021

State and National Collaboration Strengthens the Efforts for Water Quality, Soil Health and Sustainability

Last week, the Water Quality Working Group—comprised of state and national corn staff—convened...

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April 22, 2021

NCGA Supports Reintroduction of Senate Climate Policy Legislation

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) applauds the bipartisan reintroduction of the...

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April 22, 2021

BeSure! This Growing Season

Spring has sprung and the growing season is upon us! This Earth Day, the National Corn Growers...

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April 15, 2021

New SHP Business Case Showcases the Impact of Cover Crops on Erosion Control

In a new business case from Soil Health Partnership, Missouri farmers Tim and Trent Gottman...

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March 30, 2021

The Future of Sustainability: Nourish the Future Participant Receives Grant in New Jersey

Sustainable Jersey for Schools recently announced the 34 New Jersey public schools and districts...

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March 29, 2021

Farmers Share Sustainability Story with Food Industry Leaders

More than 200 high-level innovators in the food and beverage industry explored the challenges...

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March 24, 2021

Next Gen Fertilizer Challenge Recipients Identified for Phase Two Trials

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), along with the International Fertilizer Development...

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March 23, 2021

New Report Details Connection Between Conservation Practices and Farm Profitability

Conservation’s Impact on the Farm Bottom Line is a new report from Soil Health Partnership...

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February 22, 2021

NCGA Joins Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance

The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) today announced expanded membership, including...

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February 19, 2021

Opinion: Cracking the accounting jigsaw of on-farm conservation to grow the profitability of healthy soils

This opinion piece originally ran in AgriPulse   While American farmers are trying to navigate...

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February 2, 2021

Study Shows Precision Agriculture Improves Environmental Stewardship While Increasing Yields

Association of Equipment Manufacturers Releases “Environmental Benefits of Precision...

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January 19, 2021

Data Integration and Management a Big Focus for NCGA in 2021

Agriculture has become an expert at collecting data but continues to fall short of the economic...

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January 12, 2021

Relationships with New EPA Leaders a 2021 Goal

According to Illinois farmer Kate Danner, developing strong relationships with the new...

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January 7, 2021

NCGA to Rollout Several Major Sustainability Initiatives in 2021

Showcasing farmers growing commitment to sustainability will be a major goal for the National...

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December 2, 2020

The Success in Stewardship Network Recognizes Good Farming

The National Corn Growers Association wanted to make sure the new decade started with a bright...

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November 13, 2020

NCGA Sustainability Efforts Have a Clear Focus Gaining Momentum

Over the last four years, the National Corn Growers Association has homed in on sustainability...

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October 9, 2020

Sustainability Research to Drive Corn Demand and Collaboration Continues with Industry Partners

Sustainability and profitability go hand-in-hand and that’s been the focus of a partnership...

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September 1, 2020

Post-Harvest is a Great Time to Establish Pollinator Habitat

Fall is the best time to establish a pollinator habitat for a couple of key reasons, according...

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August 26, 2020

NCGA to Support EPA and USDA on Future Fertilizer Strategies

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

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August 3, 2020

America’s Watershed Initiative Appoints New Executive Director

Kim Lutz has been named as the new Executive Director for the America's Watershed Initiative....

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July 28, 2020

Pollinator Protection Efforts Continue to Expand

Throughout the growing season, farmers utilize stewardship practices for proper pesticide use...

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July 14, 2020

NCGA Mid-Year Report Offers Look at Efforts to Help Corn Farmers Meet the Challenges of 2020

Despite marketing and economic challenges and a pandemic, farmer leaders of National Corn...

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June 30, 2020

Jobman Recognized For Sustainable Farming Practices

National Corn Growers Association is proud to announce Nebraska farmer Andy Jobman has been...

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June 24, 2020

Senate Ag Committee Reviews Growing Climate Solutions Act

The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today held a hearing to review...

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June 23, 2020

Pollinator Week is a Good Time to Review Best Management Practices

National Pollinator Week is June 22-28, 2020, so it is an excellent time to think about the best...

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June 4, 2020

Senate Legislation Promotes Agriculture in Climate Policy

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today endorsed the Growing Climate Solutions Act,...

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May 27, 2020

Second Annual BeSure Campaign Aims to Help Bees

The second annual “BeSure!” campaign supported by National Corn Growers Association is underway...

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May 22, 2020

New Faces, New Experiences, SHP Welcomes New Intern

This summer, the Soil Health Partnership welcomes Krystin Oborny to the staff as an intern....

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May 13, 2020

Farmers' Passion for Stewardship Remains Strong in Uncertain Times

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for...

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May 6, 2020

PepsiCo Partnership with Farmers Cutting Greenhouse Gas

In a big win for clean air, corn farmers in Illinois and PepsiCo have documented the ability to...

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April 29, 2020

Use Crop Protection Products Safely and Responsibly

Deciding how to manage weeds, insects, and diseases that routinely attack crops and landscapes...

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April 23, 2020

Calculated, Data-Driven, Measured and Profitable Success Key to Growing Stewardship

It may sound like heresy, but getting the highest yields possible on your farm may not be the...

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April 22, 2020

Minnesota Farmers Successfully Merge Pursuit for Efficiency and Stewardship

Matt Alford and Sam Peterson’s Minnesota farms maybe 100 miles apart, but when it comes to...

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April 3, 2020

Cover Crop Survey Seeks Farmer Insights

An online survey at is gathering perspective on cover crops from...

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March 31, 2020

Sustainability Focus Continues to Grow at NCGA

A new Corn Sustainability Advisory Group (CSAG) met recently to discuss how NCGA can focus on...

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March 12, 2020

Soil Health Network Broadens Reach with Podcast

The Soil Health Partnership will launch a new podcast called “The People of Soil Health” on...

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February 27, 2020

New Stewardship Network Celebrates Growing Momentum on Conservation in Agriculture

Initiative from National Corn Growers Association and Environmental Defense Fund will help...

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February 26, 2020

Ep. 3: Climate-Proofing Agriculture and Adding Value to the Industry, with EDF

Listen to Wherever Jon May Roam on iTunes, GooglePlay, Spotify or wherever you get your...

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February 20, 2020

Farmers Join Forces for Sustainability and Responsible Climate Policy

This week, NCGA joined 21 farm groups to publicly launch Farmers for a Sustainable Future (FSF)....

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February 13, 2020


This week supporters of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) are meeting to discuss...

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February 12, 2020

Now Is A Great Time to Consider Pollinator Habitat

A growing partnership between the National Corn Growers Association and the Bee and Butterfly...

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February 5, 2020

Soil Health Partnership Expands Capabilities with New Staff

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is pleased to introduce Dr. Carrie Roever as the new Data...

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February 4, 2020

NCGA’s Annual Report Reflects On Significant Wins Amidst Challenging Times

The National Corn Growers Association’s Ann ual Report for the 2019 fiscal year is now available...

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December 9, 2019

Winter is a Great Time to Plan Monarch Habitats

Continuing to expand pollinator habitat was a central...

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November 22, 2019

Growing Trust A Key Development Driving Sustainability Efforts

The word “sustainability” may be a bit over-used in agriculture, but it is way more than a buzz...

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October 23, 2019

NCGA Joins America’s Conservation Ag Movement

Driving sustainable farming practices is a priority of NCGA. That’s why it joined the America’s...

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September 16, 2019

Farmers Must Play Key Role in Effort to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Efforts throughout society, and virtually every industry, to cut greenhouse gases are underway...

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August 27, 2019

Teeter Joins SHP as Minnesota Field Manager

Anna Teeter is SHP’s newest team member, joining as a Field Manager covering Minnesota. Anna...

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August 22, 2019

Conservation Action Tour Showcases Advances in Sustainability

NCGA Stewardship and Sustainability Director Rachel Orf is in central Iowa this week attending...

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August 1, 2019

Soil Health Partnership Celebrates 5 Years of Growth and Collaboration

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) has been fostering transformation in agriculture through...

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July 30, 2019

Senate Staffers Hear About the Intersection of Soil Health and Climate Change

    A standing-room-only crowd attended a briefing: “An Overview of Climate Smart Agriculture...

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July 26, 2019

Annual Monarch Blitz Kicks Off July 27

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 3rd Annual International Monarch Monitoring Blitz in Canada,...

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July 19, 2019

SHP Soil Sessions: Crop Update and Scouting Tips

You still have time to sign up for a unique webinar to get a U.S. crop update and learn crop...

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July 12, 2019

Cover Crop Benefits Clearer in Drought and Wet Years

Joe Breker needs his own tee shirt that reads “No Tillage, More Plants” or “Cover Crops Are Good...

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June 26, 2019

Sustainability: Making Dollars and Sense in Agricultural Sustainability Programs

Consumer interest in where and how their food is produced is on the rise, and many leading...

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June 25, 2019

SHP Testifies in Support of Investment and Collaboration in Soil Health Practices

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) Executive Director, Dr. Shefali Mehta testified today at a...

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June 19, 2019

Virtual Reality Immerses Viewers in Monarch Butterflies’ 3000-Mile Migration

The Monarch Effect, an interactive, virtual reality experience, will debut today during National...

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June 19, 2019

Mesko joins SHP as Development Director

The Soil Health Partnership is pleased to announce that John Mesko has joined as the Development...

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June 19, 2019

Byerly Joins SHP as Kansas & Nebraska Field Manager

Keith Byerly has joined the Soil Health Partnership as the Kansas and Nebraska Field Manager....

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June 17, 2019

Pollinator Week Is A Great Time To Think Small

So many big things on a farm: buildings, equipment, fields, and even the scale of business...

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June 7, 2019

Ag Innovation and Sustainability on Display at DC Area Farm

Key staff from multiple government agencies are getting a crash course in the latest farming...

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June 5, 2019

U.S. Farmers Should Take a Bow on World Environment Day

Today is World Environment Day and for U.S. farmers that makes it a great time to celebrate...

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May 22, 2019

Efforts to Help Struggling Honey Bee Population Gaining Momentum

Corn is wind pollinated and does not benefit from insect pollination so why the heck do corn...

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April 3, 2019

Exploring the Role of Corn Sustainability in the Beef Supply Chain

The National Corn Growers Association participated in the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef’s...

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April 2, 2019

NCGA Releases Pollinator Protection Guide

The National Corn Growers Association – in partnership with the Honey Bee Health Coalition – is...

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March 28, 2019

Good Weed! Bad Weed!

If you’re a city dweller, you probably don’t think much about weeds except for the occasionally...

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March 19, 2019

Consider Pollinator Plantings as You Gear Up for Spring

If you are a Monarch butterfly supporter buckle up because here’s some good news. The yearly...

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March 6, 2019

Minnesota Farm Family Represents Generations of Stewardship

A Minnesota farm family’s four generation conservation initiative garnered national attention at...

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February 20, 2019

Planting is Coming and So Are the Pests. Are You Ready?

If you haven’t looked into the innovative and proactive Take Action initiative of late, it might...

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January 28, 2019

RFA & NCGA Co-Title Sponsorship of 2019 Crappie Masters Tournament Trail Begins This Week

The 2019 season of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail begins later this week, with the...

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January 17, 2019

Weak Farm Economy Not Hampering Drive to Healthier Soils

This week’s Soil Health Summit 2019 with Soil Health Partnership was the largest ever—360...

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January 15, 2019

Look Down, You Are Standing on Our Future

How do we feed a growing population and meet additional, related demand from other sectors for...

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