(Posted Thu. Nov 13th, 2014)
Leaders of the National Corn Growers Association took part in the annual meeting of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting this week, engaging in numerous interviews with farm radio and other reporters that centered along a common theme – the challenges growers are facing with 2014’s record corn crop.
“With two record crops in a row, corn farmers are seeing prices below the cost of production,” NCGA President Chip Bowling said. “This is exactly the reason NCGA pushed reforms in the last farm bill: So we would have a market-based safety net when needed. And in the face of these record crops, we’re committed to building profitable corn demand in three key areas: Ethanol, exports and livestock. At the same time, we will continue to seek to remove roadblocks to farming and marketing our corn; roadblocks that often increase costs for our growers.”
The meeting took place as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is facing two important decisions – about the 2014 volume obligation for corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard and the definition of “Waters of the U.S.” as they relate to the Clean Water Act. The RFS decision was highlighted by Bowling as an example of the need to defend a key corn market; the EPA’s rule on WOTUS is seen as an example of a roadblock that farmers face on their operations.
Also attending the meeting as spokespersons for NCGA were First Vice President Rob Elliott, an Illinois farmer; Chris Novak, who celebrated his first month as NCGA CEO; and Jon Doggett, NCGA’s vice president for public policy.