USDA Proposed Plant Breeding Rule Welcomed

Kelly Marshall

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) has been actively engaged with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in developing a rule regarding plant breeding innovation. The rule-making notice was officially released yesterday, and ASTA, along with other organizations like the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), are pleased with the recognition of plant breeder’s history of safety and quality. “The farm and food value …

ASTA, Gene Editing, NCGA

SARL Leaders Explore CommonGround Approach

Kelly Marshall

CommonGround volunteer Dawn Caldwell from Edgar Nebraska recently addressed the State and Ag Rural Leaders (SARL),informing them how the program connects farm women with urban and suburban women with concerns about food, farming and ranching. Caldwell was part of a panel and focus group that came together to help attendees better understand both consumer concerns and ways to better communicate …

Ag Group, NCGA, USB

New Analysis Reaffirms Importance of Ethanol

Kelly Marshall

A brand new USDA analysis finds that U.S. corn-based ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent compared to gasoline, greater than previous estimates and something the ethanol industry has been saying for years. Unlike other studies of GHG benefits, which relied on forecasts of future ethanol production systems and expected impacts on the farm sector, the new “Life-Cycle Analysis …

Corn, Ethanol, NCGA, USDA

NCGA Releases 2016 Annual Report

Kelly Marshall

You can now view the National Corn Growers Association 2016 annual fiscal report online. All active members will also relieve a printed copy of the report, which highlights the achievements of the group over the last year, as well as laying out their current financial information. “As the saying goes, change is the one thing we can count on,” said …

Ag Group, NCGA

NCGA Welcomes 115th Congress

Kelly Marshall

The New Year has been rung in and the 115th Congress and the National Corn Growers Association have gotten right to work. President Wesley Spurlock, First Vice President Kevin Skunes and staff from the NCGA office in DC have already made their first set of rounds on Capitol Hill, making sure lawmakers know what’s important to corn farmers. It’s essential work, …

Ag Group, Government, NCGA

New Funding for Aflatoxin Research

Kelly Marshall

The Aflatoxin Mitigation Center for Excellence (AMCOE) has approved seven new research project for 2017. Projects will take place at Mississippi State University, Perdue University, Texas A&M, Louisiana State University and the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Georgia. AMCOE is managed by the National Corn Growers Association, with a mission to investigate biological controls, aflatoxin resistance through transgenic and traditional …

Ag Group, NCGA

#Farmers Find #GMOs Sustainable

Cindy Zimmerman

A new survey finds that the main reason farmers have increased their use of genetically modified (GM) crops is sustainability. The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) surveyed farmers on their attitudes towards GM technology and found that farmers believe biotechnology helps raise crops more efficiently, and that the environment and sustainability practices …

Audio, biotechnology, Corn, GMO, NCGA, sustainability, USFRA

NCGA Announces 2016 Yield Contest Winners

Kelly Marshall

This year’s entires into the National Corn Growers Association 2016 National Corn yield Contest showed some of the highest results ever, with a record five entries surpassing the 400 bushel per acre mark.  Six production categories mean there is no overall winner, but the top three entries in each of the six categories averaged more than 375 bushels per acre.  When …

Ag Group, Contest, Corn, NCGA

CommonGround Celebrates Six Years

Kelly Marshall

CommonGround is celebrating its sixth year of connecting urban and suburban women with farm women who wish to tell the story of agriculture. The program, supported with checkoff dollars from the National Corn Growers Association of and the United Soybean Board, began with 15 female farmer volunteers from five states. Now the program boasts nearly 200 farm women from 19 …

Ag Group, NCGA, USB, Women

Reaction to Election and Policy Priorities for NCGA

Lizzy Schultz

Much of the conversation during NAFB’s Trade Talksurrounded the industry’s response to the election of Donald Trump, and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Wesley Spurlock was on hand to discuss what this new administration will means for NCGA and how the organization intends to move forward into the future. “It is great to have the election behind us, …

Ag Group, Audio, Corn, EPA, NAFB, NCGA, Policy, trade