National Corn Yield Contest Winners for 2013

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Advanced production techniques, informed growing practices and improved seed varieties helped corn growers achieve high yields in the National Corn Growers Association 2013 National Corn Yield Contest. Entrants continued to far surpass the national average corn yield, setting a contest record with a new all-time high yield of 454 bushels per acre. Additionally, a record five national entries surpassed the …

Agribusiness, Corn, NCGA

Biotech Crops Alliance Names Secretariat

Jamie Johansen

An alliance of organizations supporting biotech crops has named a leader to help “spearhead collaborative efforts to improve the environment for technology innovation and the market for U.S. crops produced through modern biotechnology.” Dr. Michael J. Phillips has been selected as the first secretariat for the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance (USBCA), which was established by several organizations under a memorandum …


Hick Chick Chat for Thanksgiving

Leah Guffey

Welcome to the second installment of the Hick Chick Chat for the week of Thanksgiving, that glorious time of year we give #FoodThanks for another bountiful harvest. There was a lot of conversation this year about the unfavorable growing conditions experienced in many areas and just a few months ago there were some pretty major concerns about whether the harvest …

Audio, Hick Chick Chat, NAFB, NCGA, technology, yields

Commodity Groups Optimistic About Farm Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

Despite reports that high hopes are fading for a farm bill yet this year, agriculture industry representatives at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting last week were cautiously optimistic that the end is yet in sight. “I think progress is being made and I’m still confident that we’re going to get something before the end of the year,” said Mary …

AFBF, Ag Group, Audio, Farm Bill, NCGA

Higher Water Quality Means Greater Profitability

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The Field to Market alliance is preparing to release a water quality metric to its Fieldprint Calculator. This update includes the integration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Water Quality Index and can help growers better understand how their farming systems and practices affect the quality of water flowing off their fields. NCGA is involved in …

Agribusiness, NCGA

New Program to Empower Farmers as Leaders

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DuPont and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) announced a new program to develop corn farmers for agricultural leadership opportunities. With more focus on food than ever, the NCGA DuPont New Leader Program will help to empower growers to share their story of their farms and the benefits of a robust agriculture system with key audiences, including consumers, media and …

Agribusiness, Dupont Pioneer, NCGA

NCGA Tools for Water Quality

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To help corn farmers understand water issues and ways to enhance water quality on their farms, the National Corn Growers Association has added a video and an interactive educational module to its online learning tools concerning water quality management. The video, titled “Driving Change,” showcases NCGA members describing the practices they are implementing to enhance water quality on their farms …

Agribusiness, NCGA, Video

Bowling Elected as NCGA Vice President

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The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board has elected Chip Bowling of Maryland to become the organization’s first vice president for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. “I am honored that my colleagues on the board have placed their trust in my ability and dedication to moving our association’s mission forward and creating greater opportunities for corn growers …

Agribusiness, NCGA

Corn Farmers Return to Nation’s Capital

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For the fifth year in a row, policymakers in our nation’s capital are learning about the U.S. family farmers who produce corn, our nation’s top crop, as part of the Corn Farmers Coalition program. Once again, the program, which is sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association and its state affiliates, showcases how innovative and high-tech corn farmers have become …

Agribusiness, Corn, NCGA