(Posted Wed. Sep 2nd, 2015)
Taking part in a news conference and multiple media interviews this week at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill., leaders of the National Corn Growers Association stressed the importance of protecting and building markets for corn.
“When it comes to growing corn, no one does it better than America’s family farmers,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a Maryland corn grower. “But our challenge today is two-fold: First, we must oppose with all our power any efforts that would cut demand for U.S. corn, and at the same time, we must find new ways to grow our markets and increase demand for corn and corn products. Our amazing productive capacity is a national asset. Growing markets and keeping farming profitable are keys to making continued contributions to the economy and society.”
Click here to listen to a Farm Progress Show interview with Bowling about environmental regulations, ethanol and building market demand.
Alternating each summer between Decatur and Boone, Iowa, the Farm Progress Show is one of the nation’s largest farm shows, with more than 150,000 visitors from around the world to see more than 150 acres of field demonstrations and 600 exhibitors across 90 acres of exhibit space.
Taking part in media interviews on behalf of NCGA were Bowling, Chairman Martin Barbre of Illinois, CEO Chris Novak and First Vice President-Elect Wesley Spurlock of Texas. Dr. Nick Goeser, NCGA’s manager of soil health and sustainability, was also on hand for presentations about the Soil Health Partnership, a farmer-led initiative to make agriculture more productive and sustainable through increased soil health.
In mid-October, representatives of NCGA and the Georgia Corn Growers Association are scheduled to bring the Biofuels Mobile Education Center to spotlight the importance and safety of ethanol to attendees at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia, a similar-sized farm show that draws a large attendance from the southern United States, and beyond.