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Feb 2022

Feb 25, 2022

#ICYMI: RFA Salutes National Corn Growers Association With 2022 Industry Award

Key Issues: Ethanol

Author: Julie Busse

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) received the Renewable Fuels Association’s 2022 Ethanol Industry Award in recognition of the group’s dedicated and sustained efforts on behalf of the ethanol industry over the last 40 years. The award, RFA’s highest recognition, was presented at the 27th annual National Ethanol Conference earlier this week in New Orleans.   “RFA and NCGA have worked together for decades on policy, market development, research, and promotional efforts aimed at growing our nation’s ethanol industry,” Cooper said. “NCGA CEO Jon Doggett was personally involved in the very early negotiations with RFA, the oil industry, and other ag groups in an effort that ultimately led to the passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. That legislation created the RFS and set the ethanol industry on a growth path few could have imagined. And it was NCGA that laid out the first vision for a 15 billion bushel corn crop and 15 billion gallons of ethanol by 2015 that became the...

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Feb 23, 2022

Single-Day Registrations Available for 2022 Commodity Classic in New Orleans

Author: Kris Martinez

If you can’t commit to all three days at the 2022 Commodity Classic in New Orleans, one-day registrations are available. Commodity Classic provides a robust experience of education, new equipment and technology, entertainment and the opportunity to network with thousands of top farmers from across the nation.    The 2022 Commodity Classic will be held March 10-12 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. One-day registration provides admission to all applicable events and sessions scheduled for that day, including educational sessions, the trade show, the Main Stage on the trade show floor and other daily activities. Online registration is available in advance through March 8 at CommodityClassic.com; attendees can also register on-site beginning March 9 and throughout the event.     Thursday registration includes a wide range of educational sessions and technical presentations, the Early Riser session on grain marketing, the grand opening of the huge trade...

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Feb 22, 2022

Country Music, Cowboy Boots and Corn Convene Together

Author: Stacey Stiens

Last week, an all-American trio came together in Nashville to paint the town with dynamic and collaborative Beltway brushstrokes: country music, cowboy boots and corn. Representatives from both national and state corn grower associations were in attendance for the tandem events held by Farm Journal—the Top Producer Summit and the Trust In Food Symposium.   At the Top Producer Summit’s “Business on Broadway,” NCGA showcased the value of associations and partnerships, targeting to connect with interested producers who are not yet engaging with their state and/or national corn association. As part of the program available to attendees, NCGA Vice Presidents Brooke Appleton and Jim Bauman virtually hosted two different sponsored sessions--“How Washington Affects Your Bottom Line - A Legislative and Regulatory Update” and “Driving Corn Demand through Ethanol Infrastructure and Regulatory Avenues” which was moderated by Board Chairman John Linder. Both sessions were well attended and...

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Feb 22, 2022

Mark These CRP Deadlines on Your Calendar!

Key Issues: Farm Policy

Author: Stacey Stiens

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a federally-funded and voluntary land conservation program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Agricultural producers and landowners can sign-up to ensure that environmentally sensitive agricultural land is not farmed or ranched but instead devoted to conservation benefits.    In 2021, the USDA announced updates to CRP and extended the deadline for enrollment as farmers and landowners evaluated their options.  That year, producers and landowners enrolled 4.6 million acres into CRP sign-ups, including 2.5 million acres in the largest Grassland CRP sign-up in history. There are currently 22.1 million acres enrolled, and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is aiming to reach the 25.5-million-acre cap statutorily set for fiscal year 2022.  This year’s General CRP sign-up ends March 11, and the Grassland CRP sign-up will run from April 4 to May 13.   General CRP helps producers and landowners establish long-term, resource-conserving plant...

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Feb 18, 2022

EP. 29 - National Security, Food and Geopolitics, with Col. Mark Purdy from Aimpoint Research

Author: Dusty Weis

A potential Russian invasion of Ukraine and other global flashpoints have real implications for the corn industry.   Heightened tensions in Eastern Europe have dominated the news lately, as Russia seems poised to invade Ukraine.   As a result of this and other global flashpoints, the unstable geopolitical climate is creating uncertainty in the world of agriculture, and growers are already feeling the effects.   So in this episode, we’re talking to Colonel Mark Purdy, the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Aimpoint Research, about how food security is vital to national security.   We’ll sort out the context of the showdown in Eastern Europe, explore scenarios for what’s likely to happen, and provide some insight about what this could mean for growers here in the U.S.   Most importantly, we’ll revisit how food power is vital to national security in the U.S.     DIRECT SHARE LINK   Mark Purdy: When it comes to the stability of society, I call it...

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Feb 17, 2022

NCGA Staff Person Receives TOBI Award at Growth Energy Conference

Key Issues: Ethanol

Author: Julie Busse

During the recent Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference, NCGA Communications Director Julie Busse received the TOBI Award for Public Affairs. Seven individuals were recognized for their leadership within the biofuels industry in the categories of Get Biofuel, Public Affairs, Technical, Advocacy, Market Development, Global Market Development and Membership.   In 2021, NCGA expanded its communications efforts, thanks to support from state partners and the Ethanol Action Team, to be on T.V., had sponsored content on Politico, were the sponsors of the AgriPulse Deep Dive on Biofuels, and were seen on digital platforms. The campaign’s goal was to reach policymakers and staff and highlight the environmental benefits of corn ethanol.   Also, at the conference, NCGA CEO Jon Doggett, Board Chairman John Linder and First Vice President Tom Haag participated in a panel with Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, discussing the opportunities for continued collaboration and current issues...

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Feb 16, 2022

Senators Highlight Environmental, Economic Value of Ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard

Key Issues: EthanolFarm PolicyHigh-Octane Low-Carbon

Author: Bryan Goodman

Three U.S. senators today highlighted the environmental and economic benefits of corn ethanol during a hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.   During the hearing, Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who serve on this important committee, discussed the transportation emission reductions that result from renewable fuels, ethanol’s contribution to lowering fuel prices and agriculture’s role in producing and improving renewable fuels, among other issues.   “We appreciate Sens. Duckworth, Ernst and Stabenow for setting the record straight when it comes to agriculture and ethanol,” said National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) president Chris Edgington. “We were very pleased to have them highlight and include NCGA’s statement, which shows the environmental benefits of ethanol, into the hearing record.”   NCGA’s statement to the committee explains how...

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Feb 15, 2022

2021 Down, 2022 To Go

Author: Neil Caskey

If the events of 2020 felt like a rollercoaster ridden too soon after lunch, then 2021 was more of a Ferris wheel that steadily ascended through the summer as corn prices recovered and gradually descended as the pandemic began to impose its will on our economy.    To that end, this report highlights what went down in 2021 while also looking ahead at where we’re going in 2022.    Click here for the 2021 Annual Report.

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Feb 15, 2022

2022 Commodity Classic Offers Wide Range of Unique Tours in New Orleans Area

Author: Kris Martinez

Attendees at the 2022 Commodity Classic in New Orleans can make their experience even more memorable by signing up for one or more of the fascinating, family-friendly tours available during the event. These optional tours provide the opportunity to discover even more about the history, attractions, and culture of the New Orleans area—and this year’s tour schedule is packed with local delights:   •    Enjoy A Day on the Bayou, home to hundreds of species of swamp-based plants and animals •    The “Big Easy” City Tour will visit the French Quarter, St. Louis Cemetery, and other city attractions •    A visit to St. Joseph Sugar Cane Farm will take you back in time to a historic sugar cane plantation •    Enjoy a cooking class featuring Creole cuisine—complete with lunch •    Tap into the award-winning NOLA Brewing Company with tastings and a lesson on microbrewing •    The LSU Agricultural Center Rice and Crawfish Tour will take you inside the area’s local agriculture •  ...

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Feb 11, 2022

NCGA Leader Appointed to MAIZALL Board

Key Issues: Research

Author: Bryan Goodman

John Linder, a past president and current chairperson of the National Corn Growers Association, has been appointed to serve as a director on the board of MAIZALL, the international alliance of maize growers and exporters from Argentina, Brazil and the United States.   Linder is a fifth-generation farmer. Together with his wife and his brother, Linder grows corn, soybeans, soft red winter wheat and soybeans for seed. In addition to traditional row crop farming, he also has experience raising livestock.   “I am humbled and honored to serve on behalf of U.S. corn farmers as a director for MAIZALL,” said Linder. “I look forward to collaborating with my family farmer counterparts in Brazil and Argentina to tell our farming story and advance the adoption of agricultural innovation to provide safe and abundant food and fuel for the world.”   As of January 1, 2022, John Linder replaced Pamela Johnson as the NCGA’s representative on the MAIZALL Board. Pam Johnson was a founding...

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Feb 11, 2022

USDA’s Risk Management Agency Announces Pandemic Cover Crop Program for 2022

Key Issues: Farm Policy

Author: Bryan Goodman

USDA’s Risk Management Agency just announced the continuation of the Pandemic Cover Crop Program for 2022. Agricultural producers who have coverage under most crop insurance policies are eligible for a premium benefit from USDA if they planted cover crops during the 2022 crop year. To receive the benefit from this year’s Pandemic Cover Crop Program, producers must report cover crop acreage by March 15, 2022. The premium support is up to $5 per acre, but no more than the full premium owed. It was first offered in 2021, and producers received $59.5 million in premium subsidies for 12.2 million acres of cover crops. For more info and FAQ, visit: https://www.farmers.gov/cover-crops  

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Feb 11, 2022

Networking with Top Farmers Key Benefit of Attending 2022 Commodity Classic

Author: Kris Martinez

Live Event in New Orleans Set to Attract Thousands   Hallway conversations and in-person connections are an integral part of the educational experience at Commodity Classic, as farmers share their knowledge, passion and insight with colleagues from across the nation.   The 2022 Commodity Classic will be held March 10-12 in New Orleans with the theme “The Future Is In Your Hands.” Attendees can register for all three days or for single-day attendance.   Networking with other farmers is one of the top reasons farmers enjoy Commodity Classic, according to attendee surveys. “Commodity Classic attracts thousands of America’s best farmers from across the nation. We share a passion for agriculture and a thirst for knowledge, and we’re all interested in how we can make our farms more profitable,” said Gary Porter, a Missouri farmer and co-chair of the 2022 Commodity Classic. “The educational sessions always offer little improvements we can make that can help save money down the line,...

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Feb 10, 2022

Commodity Classic Salutes Long-Time Show Director

Author: Kris Martinez

From the first Commodity Classic in 1996 through the upcoming 2022 event March 10-12 in New Orleans, one person, in particular, has been a constant guiding force for the annual agricultural trade show and educational event.   Peggy Findley, the show director for the past 26 years, has announced that she will be retiring later this year, once her replacement is hired and the transition of duties for managing the 2023 event in Orlando is complete. Commodity Classic is actively recruiting candidates for the position at commodityclassic.com/join-the-classic-team.   Findley was hired to help the American Soybean Association and the National Corn Growers Association combine forces to hold their annual meetings jointly, which they began doing in 1996 under the umbrella of “Commodity Classic” in Phoenix. “They were looking for someone with experience managing a joint convention,” she recalls, “someone who could help people understand other people’s point of view and work...

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Feb 10, 2022

Sow Seeds of STEM with Workshops Hosted by Nourish the Future!

Key Issues: Research

Author: Stacey Stiens

Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted six more weeks of winter, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start planning for spring!  In preparation, let’s sow some seeds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education!  Nourish the Future (NTF)—a national initiative developed by science teachers for science teachers—has some upcoming workshops for educators.  At NTF workshops, teacher leaders guide participants through inquiry-based, hands-on STEM lessons aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for chemistry, biology and environmental science classes.   March 12, 2022, at 9 am CST Nourish the Future: Feeding and Fueling the World Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - New Orleans, Louisiana Learn more about feeding and fueling the future with these hands-on NGSS-aligned lessons and activities!    April 1, 2022, at 12:30 pm Mesofauna Investigation: Soil Biodiversity and Climate National Science Teaching Association NSTA Conference – Houston,...

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Feb 9, 2022

NCGA President Applauds EPA for Attempt to End RFS Waiver Abuse, Calls on Agency to Commit to Timely Release of Strong RFS Volume Standards

Key Issues: EthanolFarm Policy

Author: Bryan Goodman

The National Corn Growers Association submitted comments this week applauding the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to rein in exemptions provided to small oil refineries while calling on the agency to commit to the timely implementation of strong blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).   “The RFS is a successful energy and economic policy for consumers, our environment and for farmers,” Iowa farmer and NCGA President Chris Edgington said. “A return to consistent and timely RFS administration in 2022 is key to maximizing carbon and pollutant reductions, expanding our energy supply to lower consumer costs, and supporting rural economic growth.”   Edgington indicated in his comments that NCGA strongly supports the proposed 2022 RFS volumes, which include an implied volume of 15 billion gallons for conventional renewable fuel and an increase in total renewable fuel, while expressing opposition to proposed retroactive reductions from final 2020...

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Feb 9, 2022

Grower Leaders Expand Leadership Skills in Nation’s Capital

Author: Gaylen Holloway

The National Corn Growers Association’s Leadership Academy in Washington D.C. brought together grower leaders from across the Corn Belt to learn more about the ins and outs of engaging in the political process.   “This second session of our Leadership Academy is meant to help grower leaders hone their skills to engage in meaningful conversations with their members of Congress and prepare them to be advocates for their operations and industry,” said NCGA Chairman John Linder. “These programs are invaluable for the industry because they help us better articulate issues that impact corn farmers every day in Washington D.C.”   Attendees participated in an issues briefing held by NCGA D.C. staff on a number of topics, including Climate Change and Environment, Transportation, Ethanol, Trade and Domestic Biotech, Farm Programs and Taxes, CornPAC and Grassroots Politics. They also heard from Hill staffers and other association and industry lobbyists. There was also an Election Update...

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Feb 8, 2022

NCGA Announces New Slate of Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest Winners

Author: Julie Busse

My Drone’s View Returning Home” is the grand prize winner of the 2021 National Corn Growers Association Fields-of-Corn photo contest. The picture was taken via drone by Todd Wachtel of Illinois. This was the first time a bird’s eye view category was offered as a part of the contest.   The most popular entry by April Anthony of Ohio for “Fire in the sky!!” was also entered in a new category this year – equipment. Returning popular categories included corn, growing field corn, the farm family lifestyle, scenery/landscapes, farming challenges and conservation. In the 8 years of the contest, nearly 3,000 photos have been submitted.   “We’re always looking for new and different categories to add to the contest, and this year it was fitting that one of the new categories produced the grand prize winner,” said NCGA Graphic Communications Manager Beth Musgrove. “Every year, it is a challenge for the judges to pick the winners because of the number of high-quality submissions. There...

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Feb 7, 2022

NCGA to EPA: New Definition of WOTUS will Hurt Farmers

Key Issues: Farm Policy

Author: Bryan Goodman

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should refrain from moving forward with its rule that would expand the definition of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), under the Clean Water Act (CWA), to include water on farmland that’s removed from major waterways, the National Corn Growers Association told the agency today. “NCGA and its farmer members are committed to the objectives of the Clean Water Act and the protection of water quality around our agricultural operations and downstream,” Iowa farmer and NCGA President Chris Edgington said in comments filed with EPA. “We firmly believe that achieving these objectives does not require drainage and water features that are distant from relatively permanent flowing tributaries be made subject to the mandatory controls of the CWA’s regulatory measures.   Edgington told the agency that such expansive jurisdictional claims will create enormous and pervasive uncertainty and confusion in the agricultural community as to how farmers manage...

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Feb 7, 2022

USDA Announces $1 Billion Investment to Support Farmers, Climate-Smart Initiatives

Author: Bryan Goodman

The United States Department of Agriculture will allocate $1 billion to help farmers across the country develop ways to address climate change, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today.   “As farmers, we are committed to being good stewards of the land and to addressing environmental issues,” said Iowa farmer and National Corn Growers Association President Chris Edgington. “We are pleased that USDA is addressing climate challenges with a voluntary, incentive-based approach that recognizes the need to provide flexibility for farmers.”   USDA’s Partnership for Climate Smart Commodities will use funding from the Commodity Credit Corporation, to stand up pilot projects that implement climate-smart conservation practices on farms.  A climate-smart commodity is defined as an agricultural commodity that is produced using agricultural (farming, ranching or forestry) practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or sequester carbon.   State and local governments, commodity groups,...

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Feb 4, 2022

NCGA Members Receive Discount to Top Producer Summit – Don’t Miss Your Opportunity to Attend!

Author: Julie Busse

There’s still time to register for the Top Producer Summit, February 14 – 16 in Nashville, Tennessee. Members of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) are eligible to receive a discount to attend. Can’t be there in person? We’ve got you covered! You can also join the event online the following week, February 22 – 23.   If you are there, be sure to stop by our booth at the Expo to learn about NCGA’s initiatives on sustainability and work to drive corn demand. NCGA is a sponsor of the breakfast on Tuesday and while at the event will provide briefings on how Washington affects producers’ bottom line and how NCGA is driving corn demand through ethanol infrastructure and regulatory avenues. Senior NCGA staff will be leading each session via Zoom.   By attending the Top Producer Summit, you can participate in 40+ educational sessions, attend the awards banquet, engage in networking opportunities, and attend breakout tracks designed specifically for female and young...

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Feb 3, 2022

Engaging with the Cattle Industry at #CattleCon22

Key Issues: Animal Agriculture

Author: Julie Busse

This week, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) participated in the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Tradeshow to engage with corn’s largest animal ag consumer, beef cattle. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Annual Cattle Industry and Trade Show, #CattleCon22, was attended by thousands in the ag industry, including representatives of the National Corn Growers Association who were on hand to talk about beef and corn’s sustainability story.    “The beef industry consumes over 1.25 billion bushels of corn annually,” said NCGA Market Development Director Sarah McKay. “It’s important for us to engage with our partners and talk to them about not only some of the exciting research and projects we are working on in the feed space but also the sustainable synergies between beef and corn production. We have a great story to tell in this space, and it’s important to continue working together to share that narrative.”   NCGA hosted a Learning Lounge session, “Sizzlin’...

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Feb 2, 2022

Key U.S. Senators Call on EPA Administrator to Prioritize Renewable Fuels Standard as NCGA Calls on Farmers to Weigh In on Rule

Key Issues: EthanolFarm Policy

Author: Bryan Goodman

Allies of corn growers in the U.S. Senate sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan today calling on him to prioritize the Renewable Fuels Standard.   Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), with the support from a bipartisan group of 12 senators, called on the administrator to maintain proposed blending requirements for 2022; deny all pending Small Refinery Exemptions; eliminate proposed retroactive cuts to the 2020 renewable volume obligations; and set 2021 RFS volumes at the statutory levels.   “The RFS is a significant tool for EPA to reduce the carbon footprint of our transportation sector,” the senators wrote. “By taking the above actions, the EPA can quickly restore integrity, stability, and growth to the RFS and the U.S. biofuel sector while ensuring that the program continues to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, diversify our fuels, drive down gas prices, strengthen our national security, and drive rural economic opportunity.” NCGA’s leadership...

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Feb 2, 2022

#ICYMI: Technip Energies Purchases Iowa Corn’s Monoethylene Glycol Technology

Key Issues: New Uses

Author: Julie Busse

Technip Energies and Iowa Corn announced that the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) and Technip Energies have signed an Asset Purchase Agreement under which Technip Energies acquires ICPB’s patents, technology, and rights for the process technology to produce monoethylene glycol (MEG) from surplus corn plant-based feedstocks.    Since 2013, ICPB has invested checkoff funds(1) to develop the technology and to create new demand for corn-based products. Corn-based MEG is used to produce renewable plastics. Technip Energies will advance the technology development, construct and operate a pilot plant to commercialize the technology and make it available for licensing.    Stan Nelson, Chair of the Iowa Corn Research and Business Development Committee, commented: “Iowa Corn has been dedicated to finding new uses and markets for corn to meet our mission for long-term Iowa corn farmer profitability. By investing in research to expand the market for corn as an ingredient to replace oil,...

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Feb 1, 2022

Safeguarding Production Technologies and Practices for 2022

Key Issues: Production

Author: Stacey Stiens

Taking a close look at and defending the inputs used to grow corn every year will be an important goal for the Production Technology Access Action Team (PTAAT) of the National Corn Growers Association in 2021, according to Illinois farmer Kate Danner.   Fertilizer prices are on the top of every farmer’s mind right now, says Kate Danner, chairperson of PTAAT, and it's important that organizations like NCGA examine all options to have a positive impact on issues like these.   “NCGA exists to work for the nation’s corn growers and defend their interests,” says Danner, a farmer from northwest Illinois. “Skyrocketing fertilizer prices are just one of the issues we’re working to tackle right now.”   Last year PTAAT commissioned a study to better understand the fertilizer market, what factors are contributing to the current increase in prices and, importantly, what options exist for NCGA to have an influence on price. The outcomes of that study will lead NCGA to continue to fight to...

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