Monsanto Invests $1.6 Million in Carbon Smart Research

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Monsanto has announced they will be supporting the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and its Soil Health Partnership (SHP)‘s efforts with a $1.6 million investment.  NCGA was recently awarded $1 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) to help farmers find better solutions for reducing climate change.  Monsanto’s contribution will provide expertise, tools and resources …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Environment, Monsanto, NCGA

Ag Voices Urge TPP Passage

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The National Corn Growers Association this week started delivering letters from over 6300 corn farmers from across the country to members of Congress urging them to take up and pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement before the end of the year. “America’s farmers and ranchers need Congress to step up and pass TPP now,” said Chip Bowling, president of the National …

AFBF, NCGA, Trade

#Ag Groups Express Concerns About Consolidation

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Representatives from the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Corn Growers Association, and National Farmers Union testified Tuesday at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on consolidation in the agribusiness industry, which is poised to cut the number of major companies in the seeds, chemicals and crop nutrients market in half. AFBF Chief Economist Dr. Bob Young told the committee that farmers …

AFBF, Ag Group, Audio, Corn, Government, NCGA

Reaction to Bayer-Monsanto Deal

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Reaction from agricultural organizations on new of a deal between Bayer and Monsanto on Wednesday expressed some concern about what this trend of consolidation will mean for farmers in the long run. From Capitol Hill where National Farmers Union members have been meeting this week, NFU President Roger Johnson “condemned” the merger and called for a “critical review” of consolidation …

AFBF, Ag Group, Agribusiness, ASA, Bayer, Corn, Monsanto, NCGA

NCGA Tells EPA to Leave Atrazine Alone

Joanna Schroeder

Atrazine is once again under attack with a recent report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) highly critical of the ag herbicide. National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) has been fighting for the right of growers to use atrazine and to learn more I spoke with Kevin Skunes, the first vice president elect for NCGA and a farmer from Eastern …

Agribusiness, Audio, Farm Progress Show, Herbicide, NCGA

NCGA Shares Messages & Priorities at #FarmProgressShow

Joanna Schroeder

Several members and staff from the National Corn Growers Association spent time with media, farmers, industry partners and academics during the 2016 Farm Progress Show to share the organization’s key priorities and messages. The clear intent of our effort is to communicate the economic challenges farmers are facing and leverage NCGA’s position as a thought leader to raise awareness and …

Agribusiness, Audio, Corn, Farm Progress Show, NCGA

NCGA Leaders Learn New Skills

Kelly Marshall

This week marked the inaugural meeting of NCGA’s 2016 Leadership Academy.  Eighteen aspiring leaders met in Greensboro, North Carolina for a session sponsored by Syngenta.  They are part of more than 500 participants of this program over the last 30 years. The meeting included a talk from NCGA First Vice President Wesley Spurlock, a Leadership Academy alumnus.  He offered the …

Ag Group, leadership, NCGA

#RFS Celebrates 11 Years

Joanna Schroeder

Today is the 11th anniversary of the day the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was signed into law. Ethanol advocates are celebrating the energy policy stressing that the legislation provides Americans with increasing energy security, cleaner air and more affordable fuel options at the pump. Biofuel advocates are noting that in nearly a decade, the RFS continues to drive U.S. job …

Agribusiness, Biofuels, Ethanol, Growth Energy, NCGA, RFA

#GMO Disclosure Bill Signed Into Law

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is now in charge of developing a national mandatory system for disclosing the presence of bioengineered material under the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, which was signed without fanfare on Friday by President Obama. USDA has formed a working group to develop a timeline for rulemaking and to “ensure an open and transparent process for …

AFBF, Biotech, Food, GMO, Government, NCGA, USDA

Corn Congress Elects Five Growers to Corn Board

Kelly Marshall

The National Corn Growers Association‘s Corn Congress elected five new farmers to serve on the Corn Board this week.  The new board members will begin their terms on October 1; the start of the NCGA’s fiscal year.  New members are: Chris Edgington of Iowa, Don Glenn of Alabama, Tom Haag of Minnesota and John Linder of Ohio. A current board member, …

Ag Group, NCGA