(Posted Thu. Oct 26th, 2017)

Keywords: NASS crop insurance

The National Corn Growers Association urges growers to respond to surveys distributed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Statistics Service. Responses to recent surveys from USDA have reached historical lows, and this can impact farmers’ bottom lines.   “There seem to be county-to-county differences that are unaccounted for and, when you look at it, some counties did not have enough information from responses to the National Agricultural Statistics Service for them to publish data,” explained NCGA Risk Management Action Team Chair Steve Ebke, who farms in Nebraska. “Farm Service Agency uses that data to calculate ARC payments. So, if NASS does not have the data, they will have to look elsewhere for it.   “This has resulted in a great deal of concern in the countryside. We urge everyone to complete their NASS surveys so that each county has a sufficient amount of data for FSA to calculate the payments based upon what actually happened in that county.”   Farmers...

(Posted Tue. May 14th, 2013)

Keywords: Farm Bill Farm Policy Crop Insurance

May 14: National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson released the following statement in response to the Senate Agriculture Committee’s farm bill passage: “We greatly appreciate the work by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and the Committee to put forth a well-crafted farm bill. The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to see the Committee listened to the concerns of our nation’s corn farmers and have done a great job keeping our priorities, especially the importance of crop insurance and risk management, under consideration while drafting the legislation. “While we understand this is the first step in a very long process, we applaud the Senate Ag Committee for completing their bill and are encouraged that the House Agriculture Committee will swiftly follow suit. We look forward to continued work with members and staff on this important piece of legislation and urge Congress to pass a farm bill as soon as possible this...

(Posted Mon. Apr 15th, 2013)

Keywords: Crop Insurance Farm Bill Risk Management ACRE

Apr. 15: As Congress has extended the 2008 farm bill for one year, farmers have an opportunity to enroll in the Average Crop Revenue Election program and Direct Cyclical and Counter-Cyclical programs in 2013. With sign-up for the programs closing on June 3 for ACRE and August 2 for DCP and CCP, those interested are urged to consider which option better suits their risk management needs and proceed accordingly. “It is important for farmers to remember that, while a new farm bill has yet to pass, they still have a variety of options to manage risk during the 2013 crop year,” said National Corn Growers Association Public Policy Action Team Chair Jim Reed. “As farmers, we all understand the importance of formulating a strategy to manage risk and selecting the right tools. While you work in the fields , we will continue our work in Washington to ensure that the best possible risk management tools are available for farmers and our safety net remains strong.” For those considering these...