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Jun 24, 2021

Tik Tok – Savings on NCYC Entry Fees Ends Soon

You can save on entering the National Corn Yield Contest but not for much longer.  The National Corn Growers Association reminds potential entrants to register early. Until June 30, 2021, the fee is $75 per entry. A small-time investment now saves money later this summer.   To enter today using the online form click here.   Entry will remain open at $110 per entry through August 18, 2021. The online harvest form will be available August 19. Harvest results must be submitted no later than two weeks after harvest or by November 30, 2021, whichever is the earlier date. Contest winners will be announced on December 15.   For the 2021 Entry & Harvest Rule Book, along with information on changes this year and other resources, click here.   Contact NCYC at 636-733-5512 or email ncyc@ncga.com with any questions.  

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Jun 23, 2021

Field to Market Recognizes Deb Gangwish in 2021 Farmer Spotlight

Key Issues:Sustainability

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is proud to announce that Nebraska farmer Deb Gangwish has been recognized as one of Field to Market’s 2021 Farmer Spotlight Honorees! Through  the U.S. Corn Sustainability Goals and the first U.S. Corn Sustainability Report, NCGA works to support farmers like Deb to improve environmental outcomes and advance sustainable solutions across the value chain. Field to Market recognized Deb Gangwish on June 23 during its annual Plenary and General Assembly Meeting, recognizing her outstanding leadership in implementing innovative approaches to water conservation and soil health on her farm.   “Our farm was started in 1994, and we began with no-till practices and cover crops.  And as we’ve progressed and grown, our sustainability practices have grown along with the farm,” notes Deb.  “Sustainability is the very heart and soul of everything we do.”   NCGA is dedicated to engaging with farmers to advance continuous improvements in sustainable...

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Jun 23, 2021

New NCGA-KCOE ISOM Report Explores Tax Proposals

Key Issues:Farm Policy

A new report commissioned by the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) Risk Management & Transportation Action Team (RMTAT) with KCOE-Isom dives into potential changes in capital gains federal taxation and step-up in basis for corn farmers.   “Having an understanding of the tax proposals, the potential impacts on farms, and what it would take for a change to be made legislatively is why RMTAT worked with KCOE Isom on this report,” said RMTAT Chair and South Dakota farmer Doug Noem. “We will continue to analyze and review the proposals from President Biden that if enacted would include a significant change from the historical treatment of income tax basis.”   The report is broken into seven sections, including the impact on agriculture with case study examples, an explanation of the administration’s proposal, and a history of step up in basis.   A key finding and explanation within the report states: “The recently-issued administrative revenue proposal outlines...

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Jun 22, 2021

2022 Commodity Classic Schedule Announced

 Plans for the 2022 Commodity Classic are well underway as America’s largest farmer-led agricultural and educational experience returns to New Orleans March 10-12, 2022.   The preliminary schedule for the 2022 Commodity Classic can be found online at commodityclassic.com/2022-schedule. The schedule highlights tentative dates and times for the dozens of educational sessions, presentations, and special events.   “We’re excited for Commodity Classic to be back and in-person again in New Orleans,” said Gary Porter, a Missouri farmer and co-chair of the 2022 Commodity Classic. “New Orleans has historically been one of our most popular locations, so we anticipate a record number of attendees who will be eager to experience our host city, learn the latest farming technology, and gain strategies to improve their operation.”    The location’s popularity is evident with a nearly sold-out tradeshow of agricultural exhibitors who plan to showcase innovative products and services in front...

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Jun 22, 2021

Five Graduate Students Selected for NCGA’s Research Ambassador Program

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is pleased to announce that five Research Ambassadors have been selected for the 2021-2022 academic year:   Claire Menard, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities     Alden Perkins, University of Wisconsin-Madison     Matthew J. Runyon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign     Dylan L. Schoemaker, University of Wisconsin-Madison   Corey Schultz, University of Georgia   In its inaugural year, the program’s focus is to build a network of future leaders in the agricultural sector; ambassadors must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential and be involved in research relevant to corn production.   “The Research Ambassador Program gives students the opportunity to interact directly with growers,” said NCGA Sustainable Ag Research Action Team Chair Randy DeSutter.  “They will be able to participate in Capitol Hill visits and other meetings alongside our farmers to learn firsthand what we think and what is important...

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Jun 21, 2021

NCGA Thanks Members of Congress for Calling on the Administration to Uphold the RFS

Key Issues:Ethanol

Last week, agriculture and biofuels leaders in both the House and Senate stood up for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in a series of letters and on the Senate floor, advocating for the Biden Administration to set strong 2021 and 2022 RFS volumes and opposing options to waive or exempt refiners from the RFS.     Senate and House Democrats sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan and National Economic Council Director Brain Deese on Wednesday saying, “As your Administration continues to push for meaningful and rapid climate action, biofuels can and should play an important role in decarbonizing vehicle emissions. Recent studies demonstrate that using ethanol in place of gasoline reduces greenhouse gas emissions by almost half, while biodiesel cuts greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 74 percent. Exempting refiners of their obligations to blend biofuel would mean increased reliance on oil and more carbon emissions – a result this country cannot afford if we are to...

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Jun 21, 2021

Butterflies and Beetles and Bees, Oh My!

Key Issues:Pollinators

Today is the official kickoff of Pollinator Week, which runs Monday, June 21 through Sunday, June 27 this year.  Fourteen years ago, the U.S. Senate approved the designation of a “National Pollinator Week” to help bring to light the issue of declining pollinator populations.  It has now grown into a worldwide celebration of all pollinators--bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and small mammals, just to name a few!   NCGA is proud to support pollinator health awareness through initiatives like the Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund, the Honeybee Health Coalition and Farmers for Monarchs. These programs offer online tools, educational resources, and best management practices to help support pollinator habitats. By incorporating pollinator forage and creating a pollinator-friendly landscape in tandem with their crop lands, growers can protect soil health, improve water quality by controlling runoff and sediment, and capture carbon in the environment.   The next step in a good...

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Jun 18, 2021

NCGA Elects Haag to Corn Board Leadership

The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board elected Tom Haag to become the organization’s first vice president for the next fiscal year, which begins October 1.   Haag is a fourth-generation family farmer in south-central Minnesota. Along with his son, Nathan, he grows more than 1,700 acres of corn and soybeans.   “The quality and character of the men and women who step forward, generously giving their time and energy, never ceases to amaze me. I am confident that Tom will continue in this tradition,” said NCGA President John Linder. “In his state-level service, through work on Action Teams and as a member of the Corn Board, he has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to working on behalf of all of his fellow farmers. As he steps into this new role, I look forward to the work, collaboration, and growth that will help further our mission under his leadership.”   On the national level, Haag serves as the Corn Board liaison to the Market Development Action Team and as...

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Jun 16, 2021

Industry Representatives Outline the Future of Ethanol at Farm Futures Summit

Key Issues:Ethanol

Today, at the Farm Futures Business Summit in Iowa, both corn farmers and ethanol industry leaders shed light on the future of ethanol. The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) sponsored the panel with Iowa corn farmer and NCGA Ethanol Action Team (ETHAT) member Kelly Nieuwenhuis, Renewable Fuels Association CEO Geoff Cooper, and Growth Energy Senior Vice President Mike Lorenz.   RFA CEO Geoff Cooper kicked off the panel discussion, outlining the landscape of the industry, noting that ethanol is a renewable, high-octane, hydrogen-rich low-carbon molecule with an incredibly bright future. “We have a lot of room to grow in the world market,” Cooper stated. “Corn ethanol’s average reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to gasoline is 46%. No other fuel at the same scale can make that claim.”   Growth Energy SVP of Market Development Mike Lorenz, who spent 20 years with Sheetz, discussed the expansion of higher blends of ethanol, like E15. “The future of ethanol is...

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Jun 14, 2021

Corn Continues Helping Teachers Across the Country Sharpen Their STEM Skills

The school year may be over, but that doesn’t mean that learning stops.  Nourish the Future—a national education initiative developed by science teachers for science teachers—has a lineup of STEM workshops to help teachers and home-schooling parents to continue sharpening the saw this summer.   Not only will workshop attendees receive guidance through the hands-on lessons from Nourish the Future leaders, but they will also discover how science issues are solved through agriculture, learn what ag education pathways are available for students, and continue to build a professional network of teachers and industry experts.   “Nourish the Future helps shine the spotlight on agriculture and all it has to offer science education.  These workshops help inspire cutting-edge STEM curricula and, in turn, inspire students to consider careers in ag,” said Director of Research and Productivity at the National Corn Growers Association, Robyn Allscheid.  “This initiative encourages the...

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