Growers Adopting Enogen Corn for Ethanol

Joanna Schroeder Leave a Comment

Growers are adopting Enogen corn for ethanol production and acres are expected to exceed 400,000 in 2016. Syngenta said there were 225,000 acres in production during the 2015 growing season and with the expected expansion and 16 ethanol plants utilizing the biotech corn designed specifically to enhance ethanol production, 1 billion gallons of ethanol per year will be produced. “This …

Agribusiness, Corn, Ethanol

Lots of Reaction to TPP

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

Seems like everyone has something to say about the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement reached by negotiators meeting in Atlanta for more than five days, even though few details have been released. U.S. Trade Ambassador Michael Froman does say that agriculture is a big winner under the agreement. “Tariffs will either be eliminated or greatly reduced or quotas will be significantly …

AFBF, ASA, Audio, Beef, Corn, Government, NCGA, NFU, Rice, Trade

Staff Changes at NCGA

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) has made some staffing realignments to place a renewed emphasis on demand under the newly created Market Development Department. The Market Development team adds two new members from current staff as Max Starbuck and Susan Powers join that department. In his new role, Starbuck will serve as Director of Market Development and focus on …

Ag Leader, Corn, NCGA

Corn Patent Improves Process for Bio Based Plastics

Kelly Marshall Leave a Comment

The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) has just been issued a new patent relating to the imporved process used in making bio plastics.  The patent specifically pertains to the compound isosorbide, which allows the use of more bio material in plastics and improves other properties, such as a plastic’s melting temperature. The patent, titled “Dianhydrosugar Production Process,” eliminates the need for an …

Agribusiness, Corn, Research

Corn Growers Thank Boehner for his Leadership

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Speaker of the House John Boehner has announced his retirement, effective Oct. 30, 2015. The National Corn Growers Association thanked Boehner for being a friend to agriculture, with NCGA President Chip Bowling saying: “We are grateful for Speaker Boehner’s leadership in so many areas, including service on the House Agriculture Committee, and his work for a more transparent and productive …

Corn, NCGA

EDF to Help Reduce Emissions from Ag

Joanna Schroeder

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and partners have been awarded a $960,000 Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) from the USDA to help almond and corn farmers increase fertilizer use efficiency, improve soil health, reduce nitrous oxide emissions, and expand the potential of fertilizer protocols to generate carbon credits from agriculture. “This project will demonstrate how growers implementing enhanced nitrogen management processes …

Agribusiness, Corn, Fertilizer, Sustainability

Asgrow, DEKALB Launch #MyFarmMyYield Contest

Kelly Marshall

Asgrow and DEKALB are inviting farmers to share their harvest success online, using the hashtag #MyFarmMyYield.  Photos are optional (although encouraged), but from Sept. 7- Dec. 6 farmers can post their yield and the Asgrow or DEKALB product number.  A random drawing will determine winners of this contest, with grand prize being a trip for two to the 2016 Commodity …

Agribusiness, Contest, Corn, Soybean

Latest FAPRI Commodity Price Report

John Davis

The prices for grains, oilseeds, cotton, milk and hogs are down sharply from record levels set in recent years. An update to the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute’s (FAPRI) long-term baseline report says no quick price recovery is expected. Given all of the assumptions of the analysis, here are a few highlights of the results: · Projected corn prices …

Agribusiness, Corn, Cotton, Grains, Soybean, Swine

FMC Talks About Expanded Agreement with Monsanto

Cindy Zimmerman

FMC Agricultural Solutions and Monsanto last week announced the expansion of an agreement of participation in the Roundup Ready PLUS® Crop Management Solutions platform. The exclusive agreement includes FMC’s Authority® brand sulfentrazone herbicides, and adds FMC’s Capture® LFR® insecticide as a soil-applied insecticide for corn and Hero® insecticide. “We believe growers should make use of the best technologies available,” said …

Audio, Corn, FMC, Monsanto

Elliott Steps Down From NCGA Board

Cindy Zimmerman

National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Rob Elliott of Illinois has decided to step down from the NCGA Corn Board, effective September 30. “My last 15 years as an active ‘corn guy’ have been very rewarding for me,” Elliott said. “I am proud to have been a part of my corn organizations in Illinois and on the national level …

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