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May 4, 2022

NCGA Launches Call-to-Action Urging USDA to Help Ensure Fair Markets

Key Issues: Farm Policy

Author: Gaylen Holloway

Are you concerned about the rising input costs of your operation?   In response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s public comment period on Access to Fertilizer: Competition and Supply Chain Concerns, the National Corn Growers Association has launched a call-to-action to aid corn growers in raising a collective voice on this important and timely matter.   “We need a unified message if we’re going to effectively reach Washington decision-makers on this important issue,” said NCGA Vice President of Public Policy Brooke S. Appleton. “That’s why it’s critical that corn growers take this opportunity to submit comments to USDA, including detailed information about how rising input costs are impacting their operation.”   The call-to-action encourages corn growers to comment specifically on accessibility, price volatility and market competition.   You can submit comments directly to USDA here. The public comment period closes on Monday, May 16.   This opportunity gives us a...

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Apr 6, 2022

NCGA and BASF Corporation Award Thousands in Scholarships to Students with a Passion for Agriculture

Author: Gaylen Holloway

A committee of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) grower leaders has selected the finalist for the 2022 NCGA Scholarship Programs. As a result, eleven students will be awarded scholarships for the fall 2022 semester. NCGA is proud to support these programs in partnership with BASF Corporation. Learn more about the program winners below and read their full bios here.   Graduate Student Scholarship Winner: Carlos Bonini Pires, Kansas State University   William C. Berg Academic Excellence Scholarship Winners: Sponsored by BASF Corporation Valerie Bohuslavsky, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Ashley Hagenow, University of Minnesota Ross Herber, South Dakota State University Lane Remmich, West Texas A&M University Maleia Ryberg, Minnesota State University, Mankato   Technical School and Community College Scholarship Winners: Grace Dinius, North Dakota State College of Science Liliana Hill, Ellsworth Community College Bailey Lennemann, Central Community...

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Mar 2, 2022

Grower Leaders Gather to Expand their Advocacy Skills

Key Issues: Farm Policy

Author: Gaylen Holloway

The Advocating for Corn Effectively (ACE) Series brought together grower leaders from 12 states to further develop their advocacy skills. The program is designed to create prepared, informed, and effective advocates to carry the message of corn growers to elected officials across the nation.   This three-part virtual series covered How Congress Really Works, Effective Advocacy, and Becoming a Trusted Resource. Participants heard directly from congressional staff, leaders at the Congressional Management Foundation, and completed training on virtual and in-person professionalism. Those who completed the program are now empowered to fully engage in the political process.   The ACE Series is just one of NCGA’s leadership and grassroots programs. You can learn more about NCGA’s Leadership Programs and Grassroots Advocacy efforts on NCGA’s website or by contacting Gaylen Holloway at holloway@ncga.com.    

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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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Jan 28, 2022

Deadline Approaching – Don’t miss your chance to apply for the NCGA Scholarship Programs!

Author: Gaylen Holloway

NCGA is proud to support 3 scholarship programs for 3 distinct audiences:    Technical School/Community College Scholarship Program    NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence Scholarship Program   Graduate Student Scholarship Program     “In order to ensure a strong rural economy for years to come, we must invest in the next generation of agriculture leaders,” said Membership, Communication, and Engagement Action Team Chair Lowell Neitzel. “NCGA grower-members are committed to opening doors for students who are passionate about serving rural America.”    To apply, students or a parent/guardian must be a member of the NCGA. Past scholarship winners and employees and the families of employees of any division of BASF or their subsidiaries or the NCGA are not eligible for the scholarship.   Don’t miss your chance to apply, the scholarship application deadline is Monday, January 31, 2022.     More detailed information about the 2022 Scholarship Programs can be found on

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Jan 14, 2022

Deadline Approaching – January 21st: NCGA ACE Series

Author: Gaylen Holloway

Interested in enhancing your advocacy skills? Apply for the 2022 ACE Series by Friday, January 21st.   NCGA’s ACE Series (Advocating for Corn Effectively) is designed to create prepared, informed, and effective advocates to carry the message of corn growers’ public policy priorities to elected officials across the nation.   This virtual program will be conducted in a series of three live modules.   How Congress Really Works -- Friday, February 4th 9:00 am – 11:00 am EST Effective Advocacy -- Friday, February 11th 9:00 am – 11:00 am EST Becoming a Trusted Resource -- Friday, February 18th 9:00 am – 11:00 am EST   If you have questions regarding the program or would like to apply, email Gaylen Holloway at holloway@ncga.com.  

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Dec 2, 2021

Reminder: NCGA Accepting Applications for 2022 Scholarship Programs – Deadline January 31

Author: Gaylen Holloway

The National Corn Growers Association and its members are proud to support three scholarship programs for three distinct audiences. These programs support students who are passionate about agriculture and are looking to build careers that support the agriculture sector. Qualified students will receive scholarship funding for the fall 2022 semester.   The three programs include:    Five $1,000 scholarships for students pursuing a technical school or community college degree. Five $1,500 scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing degrees in any field, provided by BASF Corporation and NCGA. One $2,500 scholarship for a graduate student whose area of study will benefit the corn sector. To apply, students or a parent/guardian must be a member of the NCGA. In addition, past scholarship winners and employees and the families of employees of any division of BASF or their subsidiaries or the NCGA are not eligible for the scholarship.   Applications are currently open, and...

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Oct 13, 2021

NCGA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2022 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

Author: Gaylen Holloway

The National Corn Growers Association is now accepting applications for the 2022 Scholarship Programs. NCGA is proud to support three scholarship programs for three distinct audiences:    Technical School/Community College Scholarship Program    NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence Scholarship Program   Graduate Student Scholarship Program     “In order to ensure a strong rural economy for years to come, we must invest in the next generation of agriculture leaders,” said Membership, Communication, and Engagement Action Team Chair Lowell Neitzel. “NCGA grower-members are committed to opening doors for students who are passionate about serving rural America.”     To apply, students or a parent/guardian must be a member of the NCGA. Past scholarship winners and employees and the families of employees of any division of BASF or their subsidiaries or the NCGA are not eligible for the scholarship.   Applications are currently open, and the scholarship application...

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