In The News

Aug 2022

Aug 16, 2022

President Biden Signs Bill Providing New Support for On-Farm Conservation and Biofuels as Climate Solutions

Key Issues: Farm Policy

Author: Bryan Goodman

President Biden today signed a bill into law that addresses issues ranging from health care to the environment and includes new funding to encourage agricultural conservation programs and advance biofuels.   “Through this legislation, Congress and the administration recognize that farmers’ voluntary climate-smart agricultural practices are an important part of addressing climate change,” said Brooke S. Appleton, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) vice president of public policy. “We are also particularly pleased to see Congress and the administration acknowledge that low-carbon biofuels like ethanol are needed to help decarbonize transportation and improve energy security.”   The law allocates $19.9 billion in funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture’s conservation programs and $1 billion for additional conservation technical assistance. These allocations include:   $8.45 billion for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program $6.75 billion for the Regional...

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Aug 15, 2022

Corn Growers Gain Pertinent Skills at NCGA’s Leadership Academy

Author: Gaylen Holloway

Corn growers from across the country gathered in St. Louis, Mo. for the first session of the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) Leadership Academy.   “This year’s Leadership Academy class had participants from 11 states, all dedicated to personal development for the advancement of our industry,” said Lowell Neitzel, Chair of the Member and Consumer Engagement Action Team.   Attendees completed an intensive session on excellence in leadership, polished their professionalism and presentation skills, completed media training, and networked with fellow industry members.   “Leadership Academy aims to enhance corn growers’ personal leadership skills, improve their abilities to serve their state organizations, and equip them to be advocates for the corn sector,” Neitzel said. “It’s important for us to build the next generation of industry leaders.”   The second session of the program will be held in Washington, D.C. in January 2023 where participants will learn the ins and...

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Aug 11, 2022

Beat the Buzzer! Enter National Corn Yield Contest Today

Author: Cathryn Wojcicki

The National Corn Yield Contest (NCYC) is nearing the August 17 entry deadline. The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) challenges you to participate and be a part of its history.   “Our crops in Nebraska have been through a lot this year, but there are still some pretty good-looking fields. That’s why we’re encouraging you to challenge us in the National Corn Yield Contest,” said Andy Jobman, a farmer who chairs NCGA’s Stewardship Action Team. “I’m sure you’ve got some great fields on your own operations, and the deadline is quickly approaching. So, fill out the entry form and be a part of the contest in 2022.”   Entry closes August 17, 2022. All harvest forms will be due by November 30. Contest winners will be announced on December 14.   Winners will receive national recognition in publications, such as the NCYC Corn Yield Guide, as well as other awards from participating sponsoring seed, chemical and crop protection companies. All winners will be honored at Commodity...

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Aug 10, 2022

Shared Core Values through the Lens of Sustainability

Key Issues: Sustainability

Author: Stacey Stiens

Last week, members of National Corn Grower Association’s (NCGA) Corn Sustainability Advisory Group (CSAG) came together in Philadelphia. NCGA formed the CSAG in 2019 to proactively drive U.S. corn’s sustainability story and to build consumer trust and to grow competitive market demand. Eighteen months after its formation, in June 2021, members of the group—largely corn farmers from across the U.S.— launched the U.S. Corn Sustainability Goals and the first U.S. Corn Sustainability Report. CSAG members were involved at every step of the process and made all decisions, including setting U.S. corn’s 2030 environmental sustainability goals.   Since the launch of the report and goals, the advisory group has grown and now includes grower representatives from NCGA’s Ethanol, Market Development, Member & Consumer Engagement, Sustainable Ag Research and Stewardship Action Teams; 2 state staff and the 5 national staff leads for each of the four Action Teams; plus, an ex-officio member from...

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Aug 9, 2022

Meet Corey Schultz, NCGA Research Ambassador

Key Issues: Research

Author: Savannah Peterson

University of Georgia Bioinformatics doctoral student, Corey Schultz has focused on finding way to improve yields by understanding how corn interacts with beneficial microbes. Through the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Research Ambassador program, Corey has recognized farmers’ concerns and learned how to proactively communicate research results.   With a saturated market of beneficial-bacteria products, Corey began to realize that different corn lines reacted differently to the same microbes. This concerning realization led Corey to study both how microbes affect corn and how corn affects microbes.   “I used three different growth-promoting microbes on a variety of genetically-diverse corn lines in the greenhouse. I found variable growth promotion among the different types of corn, with some corn lines showing improved growth above ground, some below ground, and some not responding at all,” shares Corey, concluding that the best way to tailor microbes depends on the...

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Aug 8, 2022

Inflation Reduction Act Passes U.S. Senate

Key Issues: Farm Policy

Author: Bryan Goodman

The Senate on Sunday, voting along party lines, passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.   The bill, which includes domestic energy incentives and other provisions aimed at reducing carbon emissions, would provide significant investments for agriculture, including over $20 billion in funding to support farmers’ implementation and expansion of voluntary on-farm conservation practices and $500 million to provide greater market access for higher blends of biofuels.    “We appreciate Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and the other members of the Senate Agriculture Committee who worked to include provisions in the legislation that will support farmers as they provide solutions that address climate change,” said Brooke S. Appleton, vice president of public policy at the National Corn Growers Association. “From cleaner, low-carbon fuels, like ethanol and sustainable aviation fuel, to on-farm practices that improve soil health, corn growers are on the front lines of the fight to cut carbon...

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Aug 2, 2022

EP. 37 - UAN Fertilizer Tariffs Rejected by the International Trade Commission: A Big Win for Growers

Key Issues: TradeFarm PolicyProduction

Author: Dusty Weis

Two key players who argued their case on behalf of NCGA discuss the win and what it means for farmers.   Over the last several years, tariffs and trade have been a major pain point for growers.   But this summer, the NCGA has helped bring home a huge win for America’s farmers in a recent International Trade Commission case involving proposed tariffs on imported Urea Ammonium Nitrate fertilizers.   So in this episode, we'll talk to Andy Jobman, a Nebraskan corn farmer, and Jared R. Wessel, an attorney with Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C. These two played major roles in arguing NCGA's case at the ITC hearings.   Andy and Jared will discuss how they argued their case, why this win was so important, and what the industry needs to do next to continue to fight unnecessary trade restrictions.     DIRECT SHARE LINK: https://cms.megaphone.fm/channel/ncga?selected=PDM7121861421   TRANSCRIPT   Andy Jobman: The fact that CF industries said that farmers aren't their...

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Aug 1, 2022

Meet Matthew Runyon, NCGA Research Ambassador

Key Issues: Research

Author: Savannah Peterson

Matthew Runyon is a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign and is a part of the National Corn Growers Association's (NCGA) Research Ambassador Program. After seeing how drought affected his family’s farm, Matthew sought to find sustainable ways to improve yield during dry times.   Matthew focused his research on aquaporins, which are proteins that help facilitate water movement, as well as other small molecules like CO2, between plant cells. By characterizing mutants with altered aquaporin expression profiles, Matthew hopes to change water-use efficiency (WUE) and photosynthetic parameters.   “In principle, overexpressing CO2-permeable aquaporins should increase the rate of carbon uptake,” shares Matthew. “This will reduce the amount of time the stomata need to be open to allow CO2-rich air to enter the leaf, consequentially reducing the amount of water transpired.”   Matthew’s research is divided into two pieces. First, he is studying...

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