NEWS STORIES

JANUARY 2020

NCGA Statement: Senate Passes USMCA

(Posted Thu. Jan 16th, 2020)

Keywords: Trade; USMCA

National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Ross today thanked members of the U.S. Senate for their bipartisan approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Ross made the following statement.   “Nearly a year ago, NCGA’s farmer members, recognizing the importance of our trading relationship with Mexico and Canada, declared passage of USMCA their top legislative priority. Since that time, corn farmers have been using every opportunity to urge members of Congress to support the new trade agreement and we are incredibly thankful for the strong bipartisan support it has received in the Senate today.   “NCGA thanks the U.S. Senators who voted to ensure corn farmers will continue to have access to our largest and most reliable markets and is especially grateful for the leadership of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley who has been a steadfast supporter of corn growers and committed to getting USMCA across the finish...

NCGA at White House for U.S.-China Phase One Signing

(Posted Wed. Jan 15th, 2020)

Keywords: Trade

NCGA President Kevin Ross today attended a White House ceremony, commemorating the signing of the phase one deal between the United States and China. Ross made the following statement.   “Signing the phase one agreement with China is a step in the right direction to resolving the trade dispute with China and restoring the trading relationship between our two countries. China holds tremendous opportunity for American corn, ethanol and DDGs and NCGA looks forward to learning further details of what phase one will mean for these products. As more specifics become available, we will closely monitor implementation to ensure that the commitments are upheld and that U.S. corn farmers resume trading with Chinese customers. NCGA urges the Administration to quickly commence phase two negotiations and work to resolve retaliatory tariffs.”

(Posted Fri. Jan 10th, 2020)

Keywords: Production

America’s corn farmers are projected to produce the smallest corn crop since 2015 according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released today. The production decrease is the result of a national average yield forecast of 168.0 bushels per acre, the lowest since 2013. Notably, the corn acreage harvested in 2019 very slightly, by less than one percentage point, than was in 2018.   Significant decreases in year-over-year average yields were seen in many states, with Illinois down by 29 bushels per acre and Ohio and Indiana also more than 20 bushels per acre below state averages from 2018. The yield decreases were partially offset by states with increased year-over-year averages such as Texas, which was up by 23 bushels per acre and Maryland and Missouri, which both saw 15 bushels per acre increases over the previous year.   The largest overall production decrease was seen in Illinois, which is forecast to have produced 421,800 less bushels than the year prior. South...

Dustin Brucker joins SHP as western Iowa Field Manager

(Posted Fri. Jan 10th, 2020)

Keywords: Soil Health Partnership

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is pleased to announce Dustin Brucker as the new Field Manager for western Iowa, joining the team of nine SHP Field Managers.   Dustin grew up on his family’s corn and soybean farm in Illinois.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Agriculture Business and his master’s degree in Seed Technology and Business from Iowa State University.    After graduation, he accepted a position with Monsanto in their Maui, Hawaii corn trait integration facility. Upon returning to Iowa, Dustin worked in corn yield trial testing and eventually landed in logistics where he was responsible for the data collection, management, and quality assurance of the corn trials.    “I have grown up around agriculture and have spent my career in agriculture. I look forward to working with growers to maximize their soil potential and establish great quality soil for years to come. I’m eager to get started and begin problem-solving with the team,” said Brucker.    “Dustin...

Develop a Corn Rootworm Plan for Best Results in 2020

(Posted Thu. Jan 9th, 2020)

Keywords: Production

As you plan for another growing season you likely have a long checklist of things to consider. Proper and efficient control of corn rootworms should also be on that list. Even with control measures available to farmers, this pest is responsible for a billion dollars in crop damage each year.   NCGA Director of Biotechnology and Crop Inputs Nicole Hasheider says a good place to start developing a rootworm strategy is to consider your level of risk.   Did you plant the same CRW traits for consecutive years in the same fields? Did you notice large populations of CRW beetles? Did you observe root injury from CRW larvae? Are your fields planted to continuous corn?   If the answer to any of the questions above is yes, you are likely at an increased risk for corn rootworm damage.   “Bt traits are an invaluable tool for defending plants from corn rootworm,” says Hasheider. “But it’s important to take steps that preserve their effectiveness long-term and use management...

Wherever Jon May Roam… Roaming Soon on a Streaming Service Near You

(Posted Wed. Jan 8th, 2020)

Have you ever wondered, “What in the world are they thinking at NCGA?” If you have, you’ll be pleased to know we’ll be answering that very question by going behind the headlines of our priorities with NCGA’s new podcast, Wherever Jon May Roam. Hosted by CEO Jon Doggett, Wherever Jon May Roam will provide listeners an insider's view of corn issues, the thinking behind them and the people behind the thinking. Episode 1 will be available on ncga.com/podcast, iTunes, Google Play and wherever you get your podcasts on Jan. 22.    Watch the trailer.

USMCA Moves Ahead in U.S. Senate

(Posted Tue. Jan 7th, 2020)

Keywords: Trade

Members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee today voted 25-3 in support of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a critical step to moving the new trade agreement toward final passage in the U.S. Senate.   “USMCA will bring much-needed certainty, and real benefits to America’s farmers, workers, and businesses. Farmers are getting better and more reliable market access, which they badly need,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in his opening remarks.   Members of the House of Representatives in December overwhelmingly approved USMCA. The agreement is critically important to corn farmers. Mexico and Canada are the U.S. corn industry’s largest, most reliable market. In 2018, 21.4 million metric tons of corn and corn co-products were exported to Mexico and Canada, valued at $4.56 billion.   The trade agreement will next need to be approved by the full Senate which could occur as early as next week.

New Year. Same Focus.

(Posted Mon. Jan 6th, 2020)

Happy New Year. Creating demand for corn remains our focus as we turn the page on a new calendar year. In 2020, these specific areas of focus include:   Increasing sales of higher ethanol blends by introducing legislation to establish a federal low carbon, high octane fuel standard for automobiles. Securing top export markets for U.S. corn by completing USMCA and riding that momentum to build new markets.  Building consumer trust in corn production methods so that we can continue to be the supplier of choice to our customers. Contact Jon Doggett to learn more about our plan of work to drive results in these three focus areas. 

Commodity Classic Offers Wide Range of Unique San Antonio Area Tours

(Posted Mon. Jan 6th, 2020)

Keywords: Commodity Classic

Attendees at the 2020 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas, can make their experience even more memorable by signing up for one or more of the fascinating tours available during the event.  These optional tours provide the opportunity to discover even more about the history, attractions and culture of the San Antonio area and beyond—and this year’s tour schedule is among the most varied ever offered.   A tour of the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, once known as the “Texas White House” A day trip to Magnolia Market in Waco, the home improvement/décor store owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper A tour of the 2.2 million square foot Toyota Tundra manufacturing plant A cooking class in San Antonio’s Central Market focused on Southwest cuisine A “sample” tour of San Antonio on a privately chartered barge through the city’s famous waterways A visit to Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard for a tasting and culinary tips An inside look at gin and vodka...

(Posted Thu. Jan 2nd, 2020)

Keywords: Production

The Atrazine Preliminary Interim Decision (PID) document published today in the federal register supports EPA’s commitment to use credible scientific research in setting a reasonable aquatic ecosystem Level of Concern (LOC) for atrazine. The interim decision is positive for growers who rely on the atrazine for weed control, according to the Triazine Network, a coalition of agricultural organizations that advocates for science-based regulatory decisions regarding the triazine herbicides including atrazine.   The PID corrects a recommendation made in the 2016 Ecological Risk Assessment to set the LOC at 3.6 parts per billion, an ultra-low level that would have banned the use of atrazine in much of farm country. The lower LOC was based on questionable research, including studies that had been turned down by EPA’s 2012 Science Advisory Panel (SAP). Relying on several points of information, including EPA’s SAP recommendations, the agency modified the LOC to 15 parts per billion over a...

Commodity Classic Early Registration Discount Ends January 9

(Posted Thu. Jan 2nd, 2020)

Keywords: Commodity Classic 2020

Thursday, January 9th is the deadline for the early registration discount for Commodity Classic—America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience.   The 2020 Commodity Classic will be held Thursday, Feb. 27 through Saturday, Feb. 29 in San Antonio, Texas. To register, reserve hotel rooms and sign up for email updates, visit CommodityClassic.com.  A complete schedule of events is also available on the website.   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.