(Posted Fri. Sep 13th, 2019)
State and NCGA staff who deal with environmental and sustainability issues like water quality met in Colorado this week to discuss efforts by farmers to assure both the quality and quantity of water society will need in the future. The Water Quality Working Group, representing 11 states from Ohio to Colorado, discussed successes and compared notes on challenges farmers face as they increase sustainability efforts while balancing society’s future need for increased productivity. Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District hosted the meeting and provided a close-up look at how they manage and conserve water to meet the needs of the growing population and a flourishing agricultural industry in what was once known as “the great American desert.” The group was also briefed on the Natural Resources, Conservation Service’s ongoing Conservation Effects Assessment Program. Information and data collected through this initiative is expected to reflect the positive impact of...
(Posted Thu. Sep 12th, 2019)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released its final rule to repeal the harmful 2015 definition of "waters of the United States.” NCGA will be reviewing the repeal rule and is encouraged that we are one step closer to ensuring farmers have the clarity and certainty they have long-sought to effectively implement stewardship practices on their operations. NCGA and state affiliates have been working to balance environmental protection efforts while sustainably feeding and fueling a growing world. The Soil Health Partnership and Field to Market are both proactive efforts to help farmers fully utilize sustainability tools. NCGA has also been active in the ongoing WOTUS rulemaking process, submitting comments as part of the organization’s participation in the Agricultural Nutrients Policy Council (ANPC) and the Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC).
(Posted Thu. Sep 12th, 2019)
With the recent purchase of Cabela’s by Bass Pro Shops, a special program has been designed for NCGA members by Bass Pro Shops-Cabela’s Business Sales. The program provides discounts which can save you up to 30% on all purchases and 15% on gift cards. Now, you have the option of adding the National Corn Growers Association logo to almost any Bass Pro Shops or Cabela’s merchandise you order for free, or you can customize your order using your own farm, ranch or business logo for a modest fee. Certain restrictions may apply. To receive the NCGA member Bass Pro Shops-Cabela’s Business Sales Discount: For product selection, please visit www.basspro.com or www.cabelas.com, Discount will be applied when you contact Bass Pro Shops-Cabela’s Business Sales team through the toll-free number 1-800-243-6626. Specify that you would like to place the order through the National Corn Growers Association Member Program, using the Customer ID # of 38751073 Specify items, sizes, and...
(Posted Tue. Sep 10th, 2019)
NCGA yesterday moved to intervene in an effort by big oil to challenge the EPA’s final RVP rule by filing a motion in support of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the final rule allowing for year-round sales of E15. If successful, the oil industry’s lawsuit would overturn the E15 rule. NCGA and its farmer members have been long-time advocates of removing the unnecessary and outdated barrier to year-round E15. Removing that barrier took several years to accomplish, but our persistence paid off. With that barrier gone, more retailers are coming off the fence to offer consumers more fuel choice that saves drivers money and lowers emissions. Monday’s action was a continuation of NCGA efforts to increase corn grind by expanding the sales of higher ethanol blends. NCGA will be joining efforts with other ethanol advocates as the legal process continues.
(Posted Mon. Sep 9th, 2019)
NCGA last Friday participated in the VegU fruit and vegetable education program at the USDA Farmers Market in Washington, D.C. Chip Bowling and NCGA staff gave a presentation covering how to choose the best sweet corn and the difference between sweet corn and field corn. NCGA also shared the other places consumers can see field corn in their diets, such as animal proteins and cornmeal products. The VegU-cation program, initiated in 2016, teaches consumers how to pick, grow, and prepare produce that is in season across the United States and its territories. VegU has its own tent in the market and each week presentations for the week’s vegetable run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. where the featured produce is highlighted during 10-minute cooking presentations. During the presentation, NCGA gave sweet corn samples and recipe cards featuring corn-based meals to patrons at the market.
(Posted Fri. Sep 6th, 2019)
This week, the National Corn Growers Association continued its ninth 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. Over the holiday weekend, Field Notes checked in with Lindsey Bowers, a farmer and grain merchandiser from southeastern Texas. With this year’s crop in the bins, she keeps busy with her work as a grain merchandiser and in promoting U.S. ag products to export markets. “We harvested a bit later than is typical, but we planted later also. Now, we are wrapped up,” said Bowers. “I received my last loads of corn and grain sorghum at the coop last week. We are still receiving soybeans but the rain we couldn’t catch before finally came. Unfortunately, it has done a number on the quality of the...
(Posted Thu. Sep 5th, 2019)
Keywords: USMCA; Trade
Congress returns to Washington next week and passage of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) should be at the top of their agenda. Farmers have taken the opportunity to share this message with lawmakers at local events during the August break and are eager to see the working group process bear fruit so the agreement can move forward for consideration. USMCA will solidify a $4.56 billion export market and provide some certainty for farmers weathering a perfect storm of challenges. Ratifying USMCA will also instill confidence in other nations that the U.S. is a reliable partner and supplier, ensuring U.S. agriculture remains competitive for generations to come. Since NAFTA, U.S. ag exports have tripled to Canada and quintupled to Mexico. Mexico is now the top buyer of U.S. corn, purchasing 25 percent of corn exports. For more information on what these markets mean to your state - https://www.fas.usda.gov/usmca-benefits-states Congress has a lot to do and they...
(Posted Wed. Sep 4th, 2019)
NCGA Supports EPA’s Interim Decision on Glyphosate Registration The NCGA recently submitted comments in support of U.S. EPA’s proposed interim registration review decision for glyphosate. EPA is required to review pesticide registrations every 15 years to comply with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), but may choose to issue interim decisions as needed to account for completed risk assessments and the availability of new data. “The introduction of chemical herbicides during the second half of the 20th century transformed modern agriculture. Glyphosate, in particular, revolutionized weed control and facilitated the use of no-till practices, which have reduced topsoil erosion and improved soil health,” said Lynn Chrisp, NCGA president from Nebraska. “It is one of the most widely used and comprehensively evaluated herbicides and we appreciate the EPA’s recognition of the sound science behind this product in its interim review decision.” In the...
(Posted Tue. Sep 3rd, 2019)
Keywords: Ethanol; Farm Policy
The National Corn Growers Association and Renewable Fuels Association last week hosted Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) regulators from the California Air Resources Board and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, along with representatives of leading environmental non-profit organizations for a Midwest tour of corn-growing and ethanol decarbonization technologies. The tour was designed for individuals who already have a working understanding of ethanol but who want to learn more about the research, innovation and investment in the science of growing corn and producing ethanol firsthand. Tour participants were able to hear from farmers and see advances in corn production practices. They learned how farm production practices already help reduce the carbon intensity of ethanol and how corn production can provide additional decarbonization benefits, including sequestering carbon in the soil. Tour stops included Siouxland Ethanol in Jackson, Neb., and Elite Octane...
(Posted Fri. Aug 30th, 2019)
This week, the National Corn Growers Association continued its ninth 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 up with Jim Raben, who farms in southern Illinois. While the crop continues to mature, the yields and overall quality of corn and soybeans in his area seem to have been impacted by this year’s difficult growing conditions. “In southeastern Illinois, crops are maturing for the most part,” said Raben. “We did have some soybeans harvested in the area last week. The yields were 25 to 30 bushels less per acre than what they saw last year.” To listen to the full interview, click here. Stay tuned over the coming weeks as Field Notes follows the growers who...