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Mar 31, 2020

Sustainability Focus Continues to Grow at NCGA

Key Issues:Sustainability

A new Corn Sustainability Advisory Group (CSAG) met recently to discuss how NCGA can focus on corn sustainability and advise the NCGA board on how to proactively tell corn’s positive story of change and constant improvement.   The group made up of farmer representation of NCGA’s Ethanol, Market Development, Sustainable Ag Research and Stewardship Action Teams, NCGA staff, and state corn staff – will also work toward building consumer trust and growing competitive market demand by offering a broad view of NCGA’s current initiatives as well as establishing goals for the future.   “We have a lot going on organizationally that links directly or indirectly to sustainability. CSAG will work to help to identify areas for strengthening, integration and expansion,” said Rachel Orf, NCGA director of Sustainability. “We will also step up our engagement with corn sector partners and value chain members to identify mutual goals, opportunities for collaboration and bring more cohesion to our...

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Mar 30, 2020

CARES Act Includes Support for Agriculture

Key Issues:Farm Policy

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, H.R. 748, was signed by President Trump on Friday. The wide-ranging legislation provides emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.   The CARES Act provides $350 billion to help prevent workers from losing their jobs and small businesses from going under due to economic losses caused by COVID-19. The package includes a paycheck protection program, small business debt relief, recovery rebates for individuals, airline support, and the creation of a $150 billion coronavirus relief fund for states, territories and tribal governments.   For agriculture, the CARES Act includes $48.9 billion for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. This includes $9.5 billion for the Secretary of Agriculture to assist agriculture producers, including specialty...

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Mar 26, 2020

Coronavirus Update: "Business As Unusual," with Nutrien Ag Solutions CEO Mike Frank

Jon and Mike examine the status of farm inputs availability amid the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.    In response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, the institution of social distancing protocols has left growers and ag stakeholders with questions as they head into planting season.   So we're interrupting your normal programming to provide a timely update with the CEO of Nutrien Ag Solutions, Mike Frank.   In this episode, Mike tells NCGA CEO Jon Doggett that Nutrien is on-track to deliver all the inputs growers need to get a jump on the season and enacting special protocols to keep staff and farmers safe.   Ultimately, the fate of the nation hangs on its uninterrupted food supply, and Jon has details on NCGA's efforts to ensure the supply lines remain open and farmers have the support they need.     You can stream Wherever Jon May Roam at NCGA.com/podcast, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, or wherever you get your podasts.

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Mar 25, 2020

Corn Farmers Welcome Administration’s Decision Not to Seek Re-Hearing of Tenth Circuit SRE Ruling

Key Issues:Ethanol

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today joined ethanol and farm groups welcoming the Trump administration’s decision not to seek a re-hearing of a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit that struck down certain small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). On January 24, a panel of Tenth Circuit judges unanimously ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had vastly exceeded its authority in granting exemptions from 2016 and 2017 RFS requirements to three refineries.   “EPA’s decision not to appeal the Tenth Circuit decision means EPA’s abuse of RFS waivers should be significantly reduced going forward, preventing further demand destruction. Ethanol is an incredibly important market for corn farmers that makes fuel cleaner, and it is imperative EPA now follow the Court’s direction and implement the RFS as intended. Farmers are pleased the Administration did not appeal the Tenth Circuit ruling and we urge...

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Mar 25, 2020

NCGA Thanks Governors, Encourages Support for Ag Supply Chain

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) yesterday joined a broad coalition of agriculture organizations in a letter to all 50 Governors, encouraging them to apply the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) guidance consistently to ensure that all workers, facilities and services in the ag supply chain continue to operate and provide necessary inputs.   The guidance, from the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is intended to help state and local jurisdictions and the private sector identify and manage their essential workforce while responding to COVID-19. Works in the food and agriculture supply chain are identified as “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.”   “To ensure a consistent approach across all 50 states and local governments, the undersigned organizations respectfully request that you incorporate the CISA list and any future amendments into your state response plan, and any critical shelter-in-place or shut down orders for your state,...

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Mar 24, 2020

NCGA Urges Congress Support CCC Authority

Key Issues:Farm PolicyProduction

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) joined a wide range of agriculture organizations in a letter to Congressional leaders urging they provide support to farmers amid challenging times for agriculture.   “Farmers, ranchers and the supply chain that support them will not let Americans down during this unprecedented crisis and they are asking the same of you. Millions of producers will need help with cash flow given the rapid and unanticipated decline in commodity prices, the likely closure of ethanol processing plants, the effective elimination of direct-to-consumer sales and decline in full-service restaurants and school meal demand. Congress must have farmers’ and ranchers’ backs by expanding and replenishing USDA’s borrowing authority under the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC),” the groups wrote.   NCGA last week formed a Task Force to facilitate the collection of information and streamline the decision-making process to make recommendations and coordinate...

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Mar 24, 2020

Steps on the Farm to Manage COVID-19 

NCGA is committed to keeping you informed and passing along best practices as we move through the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. Preparations for Spring planting means activity levels are increasing on the farm for things like field preparation and on-farm deliveries. Limiting interactions and exposure is a good idea to limit exposure and risk related to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). It is critical to practice biosecurity for your family, your employees, the public, and animals.   COVID-19 Planning & Procedures   Identify and coordinate a drop-off location for supplier deliveries to the farm. If possible, set this up away from on-farm high traffic areas and housing.   Create specific instructions for drop-off deliveries. Provide the location and all procedures needed at the drop-off point. Create signage to easily identify drop-off points. List all point of contacts with contact information to assist with questions leading up to delivery and upon arrival. Practice...

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Mar 23, 2020

Corn Checkoff Assisting Teachers with Online Curriculum

If you are a teacher or a parent looking for teaching resources or activities during COVID-19, the National Corn Growers Association and Nourish the Future community network is here to help. The program made possible by farmer-funded state corn checkoff programs across the U.S. provides excellent teaching resources immediately as schools shut down across the country.     These difficult times remind us of how valuable and important teachers are. They are creative, quick to pivot, and able to keep students learning in tough circumstances. They have the skills needed to flourish while teaching our children during these uncertain times.    The Nourish the Future team has designed virtual resources that can be found at https://nourishthefuture.org/virtual. This is what their team is doing to help teachers during these difficult times:   Communication! Sending resources and offering help Packaging online curriculum collections in ways that makes them easy for a teacher to use...

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