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Feb 6, 2023

EP. 41 - Holding the Line Against Mexico’s GMO Corn Decree: NCGA’s Capitol Hill Congressional Briefing

Key Issues: Trade

Author: Dusty Weis

The unnecessary and irrational ban on biotech corn would take effect next year, cost 32,000 U.S. jobs annually, and worsen food insecurity in Mexico.   A major disruption to the market for U.S. corn is set to take effect in one year, as a decree by Mexico’s President would ban the import of GMO corn effective January 31, 2024.   Historically, Mexico is the number one market for U.S. corn, and so it should surprise no one that the NCGA has been active in pushing back, with strong support from the Biden administration in Washington.   Already, their efforts have resulted in a one-year delay in implementation of the import ban. But the NCGA is urging the administration to hold the line and file a settlement dispute under the USMCA to hold Mexico accountable to their obligations under that trade agreement.   In order to build awareness of the issue in Congress, on January 31 NCGA held a well-attended briefing for Congressional staffers with an all-star panel of...

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Feb 1, 2023

NCGA to Corn Growers: 2022 Census of Agriculture Due Next Week Feb. 6

Key Issues: Farm Policy

Author: Bryan Goodman

The National Corn Growers Association is reminding corn growers that the deadline to respond to the 2022 Census of Agriculture is Monday, Feb. 6. Producers can respond online at agcounts.usda.gov or by mail.   NASS mailed the Census of Agriculture questionnaires to every known ag producer in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Conducted just once every five years, the ag census provides a complete account of the nation’s farms and ranches and the people who operate them.   The Census of Agriculture informs decisions about policy, programs, rural development, research, and more. The survey results are the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every state, county and U.S. territory. U.S. farm operations of all sizes, urban and rural, which produced and sold, or normally would have sold, $1,000 or more of agricultural products in 2022, are included.   NASS will release the results of the ag census in 2024. Visit nass.usda.gov/agcensus, for more...

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Jan 31, 2023

Corn Grower Leaders, Joined by Administration and Congressional Officials, Warn of Consequences from Mexico Decree, Call for Swift Action

Key Issues: Trade

Author: Bryan Goodman

During a congressional briefing today, corn growers told members of Congress and their staff that U.S. officials should continue to hold the line with Mexico over a proposed ban that would block most U.S. corn imports into that country. During the discussion, growers emphasized that the ban would land a significant blow to the American economy.   The statements included praise from corn growers for the Biden administration’s most recent action, which took a tough position with Mexico over the proposed ban. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced in late 2020 that he would implement a decree banning biotech corn into the country beginning in early 2024. The vast majority of U.S. corn is biotech. The briefing, hosted by the National Corn Growers Association, was held on the one-year mark from the decree’s effective date. “This decree would cut most American corn growers off from what has historically been our largest export market,” NCGA President Tom Haag noted...

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Jan 31, 2023

Commodity Classic Announces Registration Is Up 28% Over 2022 Event

Author: Kris Martinez

Networking with Top Farmers Key Benefit of Attending 2023 Commodity Classic   Farmers across the country are getting excited for the 2023 Commodity Classic, which has just announced registration is up 28% over last year’s event in New Orleans.   The 2023 Commodity Classic will be held March 9-11 in Orlando. Attendees can register for all three days of the event; single-day passes are also available.   Attendee surveys indicate that networking with other farmers is one of the top reasons producers enjoy Commodity Classic. Hallway conversations and in-person connections are an important part of the educational experience at Commodity Classic as farmers share their knowledge, passion, and insight with colleagues from across the nation.   “We saw near-record attendance the last time the event was held in Orlando in 2019, and our registrations this year are already up 28% over last year,” said George Goblish, a Minnesota farmer, ASA member, and co-chair of the 2023 Commodity...

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Jan 30, 2023

NCGA Joins Effort to Protect Crop Insurance as a Critical Risk Management Tool

Key Issues: Farm Policy

Author: Bryan Goodman

The National Corn Growers Association joined over 60 groups in sending letters to key decision makers in the Biden administration and Congress opposing cuts to the federal crop insurance program during the upcoming fiscal year 2024 budget and appropriations processes.   “The last several years have brought an onslaught of uncertainty for America’s farmers and ranchers – from weather extremes to the disruptions of international markets to COVID-19 and all of its unique challenges,” the letter explains. “During this tumultuous time, one of the few certainties that farmers could rely on was the protection provided by the federal crop insurance policy purchased with their hard-earned dollars.”   Protecting crop insurance continues to be a top issue for NCGA and our grower members. NCGA President Tom Haag has provided congressional testimony on the importance of the program.   “Our number one priority for the farm bill is to protect crop insurance from harmful budget cuts and...

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Jan 27, 2023

NCGA Announces Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest Winners for 2022

Author: Stacey Stiens

Amanda Johnson of Nebraska is the grand prize winner of NCGA’s 2022 Fields-of-Corn photo contest. The photo – “All the Fall Colors– was submitted under the Scenery and Landscapes category.   The most popular entry came from the Farm Family Lifestyle category, by Kari DeMoss of Iowa with the photo, “The Future of the Farm.”   Other popular categories included Corn, Growing Field Corn, Farming Challenges, Equipment and Conservation, and a new category, Farm Babies.   “There are a lot of very talented photographers who enter the contest, and each year we get a wide variety of photographs,” said NCGA Graphic Communications Manager Beth Musgrove.   “After nine years, there should be some exciting changes for the tenth contest in 2023.”   In total, 26 prizes were awarded across the eight categories. Winners are determined through a combination of Facebook likes and consideration of a panel of judges. Images submitted to the contest are valuable assets for NCGA in publications,...

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Jan 26, 2023

#FOMO: Apply Today for NCGA Scholarship Programs as Deadline Nears

Author: Cathryn Wojcicki

While NCGA proudly offers scholarships for tomorrow’s ag leaders, time is running out. Act now, or you may miss out on this opportunity.   At the national level, NCGA is proud to have 3 scholarship programs for 3 distinct audiences:   Technical School/Community College Scholarship Program 5 - $1,000 scholarships for students pursuing a degree at a technical school or community college   NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence Scholarship Program NCGA and BASF Corporation will provide 5 - $1,500 scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing degrees in any field.   Graduate Student Scholarship Program 2 - $2,500 scholarship for a graduate student whose area of study will benefit the corn sector.    To apply, students or a parent/guardians must be a member of the NCGA. Past scholarship winners and employees and the families of employees of any division of BASF or their subsidiaries or the NCGA are not eligible for the scholarship. The...

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Jan 25, 2023

Commodity Classic Announces Main Stage Line-Up for 2023

Author: Kris Martinez

The nation’s leading agriculture experts and well-known personalities will be featured on the Main Stage during the 2023 Commodity Classic held March 9-11 in Orlando.   The Main Stage, presented by Successful Farming® and Commodity Classic, is located right on the trade show floor. Presentations are scheduled during trade show hours, and highlights of the Main Stage line-up for 2023 include:   Strategies for Success: Where’s the Market Going? with Farm Credit and Kluis Commodity Advisors Cashing In On Carbon with Garth Boyd of Context Network, sponsored by Truterra How to Make the Most Success with XtremeAg, sponsored by FMC Corporation Bring Soil Health to Life, sponsored by Ducks Unlimited Generation Next: A Retiring Couple’s Journey to Find a Successor to the Family Farm, presented by Syngenta   “The Main Stage is where growers can find valuable information they need to improve their farming operation,” said 2023 co-chair Kenny Hartman, an Illinois farmer and NCGA...

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Jan 23, 2023

Corn Growers Praise Biden Officials for Stance on Biotech Corn

Key Issues: Trade

Author: Bryan Goodman

The National Corn Growers Association praised the Biden administration today for issuing an official rejection of a recent proposed compromise from Mexico on biotech corn imports into the country.   The development came during a meeting between Mexican officials and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Secretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Alexis Taylor and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s chief ag negotiator Doug McKalip.   In a statement that came after the meeting, USTR and USDA said the changes offered by Mexico “are not sufficient and Mexico’s proposed approach, which is not grounded in science, still threatens to disrupt billions of dollars in bilateral agricultural trade, cause serious economic harm to U.S. farmers and Mexican livestock producers, and stifle important innovations needed to help producers respond to pressing climate and food security challenges.”   The statement also said that the U.S. officials made it clear to their Mexican...

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Jan 19, 2023

Sadie Lackey Joins NCGA’s Staff

Author: Bryan Goodman

The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to announce that Sadie Lackey has joined the organization as the manager of grassroots advocacy and leadership development. In this role, she will foster grower activism, execute grassroots advocacy campaigns and oversee NCGA’s slate of leadership development programs. She will also work closely with staff focused on public policy, policy communications and CornPAC.   Lackey has served several members of Congress in recent years, most recently as a legislative aide to Rep. Jerry Carl (R- Ala.) and as a press assistant to Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) Prior to her time on the Hill, Sadie worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement.   “Sadie is a welcome and valuable addition to NCGA’s public policy staff,” said Brooke S. Appleton, NCGA’s vice president of public policy. “Her impressive experience on Capitol Hill has positioned her well to serve in her new role as a key advocate for...

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