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Dec 7, 2022

NCGA Consider Corn Challenge Winner Gets Another Step Closer to Commercialization

Key Issues: New Uses

Author: Julie Busse

ExoPolymer, Inc., a winner of the Consider Corn Challenge II, recently announced a new partnership with CP Kelco, which takes ExoPolymer’s technology one step closer to commercialization. The partnership with CP Kelco will help ExoPolymer scale up production of a polysaccharide-based biopolymer. ExoPolymer is creating a new profile of customizable, polysaccharide-based hydrocolloids that are domestically produced by microbial fermentation using corn sugar as a feedstock. These new hydrocolloids will meet the growing needs and performance gaps in the healthcare, personal care, food, pharmaceutical and energy industries.   “We are thrilled to see one of our previous Consider Corn Challenge Winners, Derek Wells and ExoPolymer, continue to reach key milestones in becoming closer to commercialization,” said NCGA Director of Market Development Sarah McKay. “This is our hope for all of our winners and is the goal of the contest. We want to help bring to light some of the great research...

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Dec 6, 2022

NCGA Thanks BASF for 15 Years Supporting Future of U.S. Corn

Author: Cathryn Wojcicki

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) thanks BASF for 15 years of partnership in offering scholarships to outstanding undergraduates who plan to use their degrees to benefit the agriculture sector. Through the five William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarships offered through the BASF and NCGA partnerships, industry and association come together to foster the bright young minds which will help find solutions, tools, and support that create a bright future for U.S. corn farmers.   “Their consistent support for this scholarship demonstrates the deep commitment of BASF to fostering the next crop of talented leaders in ag,” said Lowell Neitzel, chair of NCGA’s Member and Consumer Engagement Action Team. “These scholarships aid bright young minds pursuing careers in ag, but they pay back dividends for corn farmers. The innovative thinking, dedication and talent scholarship winners bring will provide generations of critical growth in our industry.”   Renamed...

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Dec 5, 2022

NCGA Promotes Julie Busse to Director of Renewable Fuels

Key Issues: Ethanol

Author: Julie Busse

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is pleased to announce Julie Busse has accepted the role of Director of Renewable Fuels. In her new position, Busse will serve as lead staff for the Ethanol Action Team (ETHAT) driving the organization’s ethanol related development, promotion, research, and education efforts.    For the past five years, Busse has worked in the NCGA communications department first as a manager, then sr. manager and most recently as director. She has supported the entire market development portfolio, which includes ethanol, animal agriculture and new uses. She also has served as the media relations lead for ag media, managed the organization's content calendar, led NCGA’s communications metrics reporting efforts, and more. Last year, she was recognized at Growth Energy’s Executive Leadership Conference with the TOBI award for Public Affairs for the communications campaign she launched and managed in Washington D.C.   “Throughout her career, Julie has a...

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Dec 1, 2022

NCGA Applauds Passage of Bill that Blocks Rail Strike

Key Issues: Transportation and Infrastructure

Author: Bryan Goodman

The Senate voted 80-15 today to pass a bill that would head off a potential rail strike that could have disrupted the movement of grain and input shipments. The vote comes a day after the House approved similar legislation.   The National Corn Growers Association applauded the development.   “We are extremely relieved that Congress took action to head off a strike that would have had serious consequences for America’s farmers, who are grappling with an increase in input costs and barge rates due to severe drought conditions on the Mississippi River,” said NCGA President Tom Haag. “Today’s actions are an excellent example of Congress working together to get things done on behalf of the American people.”   A deal to avert a strike appeared imminent in recent months, but a disagreement over paid sick days put the country back on the pathway to a strike, which could have begun as early as Dec. 9. Left with no other options, Pres. Biden urged Congress to act.   The bill will now...

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Dec 1, 2022

NCGA: Mexico’s Proposed Ban on Biotech Corn Illegal Under USMCA; Banning White Corn a Non-Starter in Negotiations

Key Issues: Trade

Author: Bryan Goodman

This week, Secretary Tom Vilsack traveled to Mexico City to meet with Mexican Pres. Andrés Manuel López Obrador to discuss Mexico’s promise to block biotech corn imports beginning in 2024. During the meeting, Vilsack spoke of the importance of finding an acceptable resolution on the matter.   Pres. López Obrador indicated this week that there might be room for compromise, suggesting the country could allow imports of yellow corn, used for livestock, while blocking white corn, which is imported mainly for human consumption.   The idea that white corn is for food and yellow corn is for feed overlooks the fact that yellow corn is also food grade and a nutritious ingredient in hundreds of products consumers enjoy. From bakery products to chewing gum, aspirin to antibiotics, condiments to corn bread, yellow corn also feeds the world.   In response to these developments, Tom Haag, President of the National Corn Growers Association released the following statement:   “Any decision to...

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Dec 1, 2022

EPA Proposes Annual Growth in Renewable Fuel Volume Requirements

Key Issues: Ethanol

Author: Bryan Goodman

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released proposed renewable fuel volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2023, 2024 and 2025, proposing annual growth in volumes. The RFS requires annual volumes of renewable fuels, such as ethanol, be used in the fuel supply to reduce emissions, expand and diversify the fuel supply, improve energy security and lower costs.   “We are pleased with EPA’s forward-looking approach of annual increases in the proposal,” said National Corn Growers Association President Tom Haag. “EPA clearly recognizes that renewable fuels like ethanol play a critical role in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, increasing U.S. energy independence and providing long-term relief to consumers at the pump. With continued pressure on energy security and costs and the need to accelerate carbon emission reductions, biofuels can contribute even more, and we will make that case to EPA for the final volumes.”   For 2023, EPA’s proposal includes an...

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Nov 30, 2022

NCGA: Congressional Vote on Rail Strike a Welcome Development

Key Issues: Transportation and Infrastructure

Author: Bryan Goodman

The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to block a national rail strike that would have dire consequences for the nation’s economy. The vote comes as the country continues to struggle with supply-side issues and problems with key transportation hubs, including low-water levels along the Mississippi River.   The National Corn Growers Association said the vote was a welcome development.   “Rail is crucially important to America’s corn growers, who rely on it to ship grains and fertilizer,” said NCGA President Tom Haag. “We are pleased to see that Congress is taking the necessary action to ensure that rail service continues to operate.”   A deal to avert a strike appeared imminent in recent months, but a disagreement over paid sick days put the country back on the pathway to a strike, which could have begun as early as Dec. 9. Left with no other options, Pres. Biden urged Congress to act. The House passed a separate bill that would give rail workers seven sick days. Both...

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Nov 29, 2022

NCGA Applauds New Legislation Resolving E15 Uncertainty

Key Issues: Ethanol

Author: Bryan Goodman

Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and 13 bipartisan Senate cosponsors, introduced the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act today, which would ensure permanent, full-market access to E15, often marketed as Unleaded 88. The National Corn Growers Association applauded the new legislation, which has drawn support from a wide range of agriculture, fuel and retail stakeholders as a new opportunity to address a persistent issue.   “Ethanol saves Americans millions of dollars a year at the pump and is a critical part of our nation’s energy security,” said NCGA President Tom Haag. “We thank Sens. Fischer and Klobuchar and their cosponsors for introducing legislation today that will ensure drivers across the country continue to have year-round access to safe, low-cost, low-emission E15 and provides a commonsense resolution to a long-standing outdated barrier to consumer choice.”   Despite EPA approving E15 for use in all 2001 and newer vehicles and a 2019 update to...

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Nov 29, 2022

Dover Fueling Solutions Announces E40 Upgrades to Wayne Ovation Fuel Dispensers

Key Issues: Ethanol

Author: Julie Busse

Dover Fueling Solutions becomes the first manufacturer to offer optional UL-certified E40 fuel dispensers as standard   Today, Dover Fueling Solutions (DFS), part of Dover Corporation and a leading global provider of advanced customer-focused technologies, services and solutions in the fuel and convenience retail industry, announced all North American Wayne Ovation Fuel Dispensers will be supplied as compatible and UL-listed to E40/B20 as a standard feature. The announcement extends DFS’ UL compliance from E25 to E40, with the continued option of up to E85 available across all models and configurations, and cements DFS as the first manufacturer of fuel dispensers to offer an E40 UL listing.   “In response to consumer demands for greater fuel efficiency and a desire to lower greenhouse gasses, DFS and Wayne’s Ovation Fuel Dispensers are proud to provide E40 UL listings,” said Scott Negley, Senior Director, Product Management at Dover Fueling Solutions. “This reflects DFS’...

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Nov 28, 2022

NCGA Applauds USDA Secretary for Outreach Efforts with Mexican President Over Corn Imports

Key Issues: Trade

Author: Bryan Goodman

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador today to discuss a looming decree proposed by the Mexican president that would ban imports of biotech corn into the country. The talks come on the heels of an aggressive campaign by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) encouraging the Biden administration to intervene in the dispute.   “We are very appreciative of Secretary Vilsack for taking the lead on this issue that is so important to American corn growers,” said NCGA CEO Jon Doggett. “Today’s meeting shows that the Biden administration is listening to NCGA and American corn grower leaders and that Secretary Vilsack is willing to go to the mat for America’s farmers. This is an extremely important development.”   A statement released tonight by USDA showed how strongly Secretary Vilsack feels about this issue.   “We must find a way forward soon and I emphasized in no uncertain terms that – absent an acceptable...

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