Editorials

Jul 2024

Jul 11, 2024

We’re Pressing Policymakers on Your Behalf

Author: Harold Wolle

Corn growers nationwide are facing rising input costs and sinking corn prices. Severe weather is compounding it for some, including me. And I want you to know your associations have your back in Washington, D.C. Indeed, the National Corn Growers Association and state corn grower leaders are pushing Washington to act on priorities important to you that have long been bottlenecked.   As part of these efforts, hundreds of corn growers from across the United States will convene in Washington next week to advocate for our industry, meeting with staff and officials on Capitol Hill and across federal agencies. Among our specific asks: Support passage of a robust farm bill that addresses our priorities this year. The farm bill and USDA programs are critical to growers on every front—particularly when it comes to developing markets and managing risks.   Pledge support for the Next Generation Fuels Act and pass legislation providing consumers with year-round E15. We also need ethanol...

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Jul 10, 2024

Grower Advocates, Navigating Unprecedented Times, Push for Bipartisanship

Author: Brooke S. Appleton

As I recently sat in my car in 90-plus degree weather, blocked by traffic caused by the NATO meeting in Washington, my mind kept moving from song to song.   One minute, I was hearing the 1981 hit “Under Pressure” and the next I was thinking about Diamond Rio’s 1991 country tune “Meet in the Middle.”   One could argue that these songs were buzzing in my head because of the pressure of being stuck in traffic for over an hour during a heat wave. But I am convinced it had more to do with the political climate in Washington, which is highly partisan and continues to present one unprecedented event after another.   As of this writing, we have 52 legislative days left before either chamber of Congress adjourns for the year and one presidential campaign is on shaky footing after the debates while the other still reels from legal issues. Overall, the city is quickly moving into campaign overdrive with the upcoming Republican Convention. Besides the Presidential rat race and the...

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