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Aug 10, 2020

Nebraska, North Dakota and Illinois Field Notes

Key Issues:Production

This year, the National Corn Growers Association launched its tenth season of Field Notes, a weekly series that takes readers behind the farm gate to follow the year in the life of American farm families. While these growers come from diverse geographic areas and run unique operations, they share a common love for U.S. agriculture and the basic values that underpin life in farming communities.   “Good, timely rains over the last few weeks have given us a bit of a break from irrigating. Most of my corn crop is in the late milk and dough stages. Generally, it is filling out well minus a few fields with hail or wind damage. Today, it is in the 80s with full sun. If we can have more days like this, it is going to help us out a lot.”   – Andy Jobman, Nebraska farmer   “In our area, we have a good corn crop and a mediocre bean crop coming. Our soil moisture profile has been saturated for quite some time. Last week, we had four days with measurable precipitation.  Thirty miles away,...

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Aug 10, 2020

NCGA and the 2020 Presidential Election

Ahead of the 2020 Presidential election, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is looking forward to serving as a resource for agriculture policy. Rural America is an extremely important electorate with the ability to swing key states, including NCGA affiliate states, and NCGA’s membership provides a unique perspective into the priorities of rural America.   To help corn farmers evaluate how their policy priorities align with the two Presidential campaigns, NCGA has prepared fact sheets for both the Trump and Biden campaigns. These materials are based off of policy plans and statements from each campaign website.   NCGA is focused on helping farmers recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and, in the long-term, increasing demand for U.S. corn. The two documents released today outline NCGA’s ethanol, trade, sustainability, farm bill, regulatory, and infrastructure policy priorities against those of each campaign.   As the election day draws closer,...

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Aug 7, 2020

Corn Checkoff Funded Curriculum Effort Filling the Virtual Learning Gap

Another school year is rapidly approaching, and many teachers and parents will be looking for solid, professional teaching materials that lend themselves to a virtual classroom and meet state learning guidelines. National Corn Growers Association is here to help with a great program called Nourish the Future.   Nourish the Future is a national education initiative developed by science teachers for science teachers with the assistance of NCGA, the nation’s corn farmers and their state checkoff investment. The goal is to inspire a network of educators to foster critical thinking, connect students to modern agriculture, and provide sound science-based resources that meet teachers’ and students’ needs in the classroom.   So, if you want to fire young minds have them tackle a real-world issue like:   How does climate affect global food supply? How do food producers steward soil and water quality? How are science, engineering and technology helping modern food production? How...

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Aug 6, 2020

Use of Corn as an Acceptable Feedstock Clarified by the Department of Energy

Key Issues:New Uses

An important step forward to driving demand for corn was recently achieved, thanks to the work of state and national corn growers staff and members of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Market Development Action Team (MDAT).   In the most recent Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) clarified that corn grain is an acceptable feedstock. This means that starch derived sugars, specifically starches from field/feed corn, were clarified as acceptable.   “This is an important evolution in how DOE interprets legislative intent,” said NCGA Market Development Director Sarah McKay. “Given U.S. corn growers’ ability to efficiently produce, it is clear that corn can not only meet the needs of existing markets but can enable exciting new markets for renewable materials. We are excited to continue working with BETO and other government agencies to lay the groundwork and develop a solid foundation for future...

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Aug 5, 2020

Virtual Town Hall Features NCGA Corn Board Member

Key Issues:EthanolTrade

The AgTalks virtual town hall discussion continued today in conjunction with what would have been Minnesota IDEA FarmFest. This year’s in-person event was canceled, and sessions held virtually due to COVID-19.   National Corn Board Director and Minnesota farmer Harold Wolle served as a panelist during the town hall to discuss the future of agriculture, with a focus on trade, supply chains and global competitiveness. The town hall gave panelists the opportunity to provide updates from their industries and take questions from conversation participants, including local corn growers.   Wolle highlighted the importance of the ethanol industry, a market that takes more than 35 percent of the annual U.S. corn crop, and NCGA’s efforts to support the industry’s recovery and long-term success.   “In terms of global competitiveness, the expansion of ethanol exports is an opportunity to really move the demand needle for our industry. Global customers are increasingly turning to ethanol...

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Aug 5, 2020

NCGA Welcomes New Accounting Clerk

The National Corn Growers Association welcomes Katie Walter, who joins the organization as Accounting Clerk in the St. Louis, Missouri office.    Walter joins NCGA from Dent Wizard, where she has been working in their accounting group for six years. She will perform daily accounting functions for NCGA, such as processing accounts payable, recording accounts receivable, completing check requests and processing expense reports.   “We feel fortunate to add Katie to our team,” said NCGA Accounting, Human Resources and Administration Director, Marie Nelson. “She brings a strong skill set to the position that will be helpful in achieving our goals and being responsive to our staff and farmer constituency.”

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Aug 4, 2020

NCGA Relaying Farmers Input on Ag Innovation Agenda Direction

Key Issues:Research

National Corn Growers Association responded in formal comments this week to USDA Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky’s request for stakeholder input into a new formal Agricultural Innovation Agenda.   NCGA developed a comprehensive process to provide our best understanding of the objectives and opportunities leading to research goals and informed product goals to facilitate transformative breakthroughs. Through this process, NCGA identified a few major concerns coming from U.S. corn growers that primarily boiled down to three key points:   Their ability to retain or grow profitability; Their ability to optimize environmental and economic benefits from implementing conservation or sustainability practices; and, Their ability to cope with increasing biotic and abiotic stressors.   NCGA considered not only the innovation needed to reach USDA’s goals of improved yield and efficiency with a reduction in environmental footprint but also how to best encourage the adoption of...

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Aug 4, 2020

Last Call! NCGA Yield Contest Entry Period Closing Soon

The time has arrived to submit your entry for the NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest. With contest entries open only through August 15, 2020, act today.   To enter today using the online form, click here.   If you have already or plan to enter, please consider the potential availability of supervisors this harvest. With many government offices under restrictions due to COVID-19, it is important to begin conversations with potential yield check supervisors early.   Learn more about rules pertaining to supervisors by clicking here.   All harvest forms will be due by November 30. The contest winners will be announced on December 14.   The premier event of every corn growing season since 1965, the National Corn Yield Contest offers challenges and rewards to each entrant! In 2019, 7,454 growers accepted the challenge to their corn production skills knowledge by competing with one another in a friendly yet exciting way.   NCGA challenges you to take advantage of this...

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Aug 3, 2020

America’s Watershed Initiative Appoints New Executive Director

Key Issues:Sustainability

Kim Lutz has been named as the new Executive Director for the America's Watershed Initiative. AWI is a collaboration among hundreds of business, government, academic, and civic organizations, including the National Corn Growers Association, with a mission of finding solutions to the challenges facing the Mississippi River and its tributaries.   AWI serves as a voice for the entire Mississippi River Watershed, working to chart an action plan for the watershed that secures the long-term health of our nation, its communities, economies and natural systems. The NCGA Director of Stewardship and Sustainability, Rachel Orf, serves on the AWI board.   NCGA supports AWI efforts because the infrastructure of the Mississippi River Watershed continues to face significant challenges at the same time its national and local importance continues to grow. The fourth-largest watershed in the world, the Mississippi River Watershed traverses 31 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, comprising...

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Aug 3, 2020

Iowa and Missouri Field Notes

Key Issues:Production

This year, the National Corn Growers Association launched its tenth season of Field Notes, a weekly series that takes readers behind the farm gate to follow the year in the life of American farm families. While these growers come from diverse geographic areas and run unique operations, they share a common love for U.S. agriculture and the basic values that underpin life in farming communities.   “Looking at the same field I have all season before reporting, the corn is tasseled out, has brown silk and the ears filled out nicely. That said, I do have cracks in the ground as there hasn’t been a significant rain here in the month of July. I now have gravel pockets that are starting to yellow, but it is nothing like my friends to the west. They are in a drought so significant it isn’t clear if a rain now would make a great difference in the crop.”   – April Hemmes, Iowa farmer   “With our corn, everything looks good here. The kernels are well developed but a long way from dent....

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