Abraham Lincoln famously said, “the best way to predict your future is to create it,” and that’s the goal of the inaugural Corn Research Ideation Workshop on March 28-30, 2018 in St. Louis. With growth in corn production and especially during continued low corn prices, U.S. corn farmers need to be more efficient with inputs while also working to discover new and novel markets for corn.
“America’s corn farmers like me are entering our fifth year of low prices and net farm losses in 2018. Farmer income dropped almost 9 percent last year and net farm income is half of what it was in 2013,” said Dennis Maple, chairman of NCGA’s Corn Productivity & Quality Action Team. “So, building robust new markets for corn and optimizing production inputs are critical. NCGA is working hard to expand existing markets such as exports, livestock and ethanol, but this workshop is about identifying how to enhance corn productivity, grain/silage quality and sustainable production practices in the next 5-10 years?”
The Ideation Workshop brings together a group of 25 U.S. corn producers and 65 corn production and sustainability experts from public universities, the United State Department of Agriculture, and private seed, chemical, and feed/food companies to identify:
- Problems experienced by U.S. corn producers and downstream users of grain;
- Solutions to overcome factors limiting sustainable corn production, grain quality and composition, or remove producer/user pain points in corn production and downstream grain use;
- Partnerships to develop research to test ideas, validate solutions, and define ROI to corn growers.
These discussions aim to define potential research needs and R&D partnerships in four targeted areas: Digital/Precision Ag, Germplasm/Breeding, Agronomy/Crop Protection and Sustainability.
CommonGround is a group of farmers connecting with consumers through conversations about science and research and personal stories about food and misinformation surrounding farming. Supported by the NCGA and state corn organizations.
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.
The Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) is a biennial event happening this June. Learn more.