Industry Pleased with #GMO Labeling Compromise

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

Leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee Thursday announced a bipartisan compromise on GMO labeling legislation in advance of the pending implementation of a state law in Vermont. “Our marketplace – both consumers and producers – needs a national biotechnology standard to avoid chaos in interstate commerce,” said Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) about the compromise reached with Ranking …

AFBF, Biotech, Government, NCGA, NFU

NCGA Elects Kevin Skunes

Kelly Marshall Leave a Comment

Kevin Skunes will step up as the National Corn Growers Association first vice president on Oct. 1.  Skunes currently serves as board liaison to the Grower Service Action Team and representative to the National Pork Producers Council, and has previously been on the Corn Board, the Association Relations Committee and the Finance Committee. “I am deeply honored that my colleagues …

Ag Group, NCGA

NCGA Takes Farmers to Trade School

Lizzy Schultz Leave a Comment

Last week’s National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Trade School brought more than 50 farmers, ranchers and representatives of state agriculture associations to Washington in order to deepen their knowledge about trade issues and drum up support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Capitol Hill. “Trade policy has a significant impact on me as a farmer. The success of my business …

Ag Group, Agriculture Education, Communications, Corn, Exports, NCGA, politics, TPP, Trade

#Corn and #Soy Groups Back #RFS

Cindy Zimmerman

Leaders for the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and American Soybean Association (ASA) were among the more than 120 who testified at an EPA field hearing in Kansas City in support of statutory volume obligations for biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). NCGA president Chip Bowling of Maryland urged EPA to follow the law and finalize the 2017 conventional …

ASA, Audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Corn, Ethanol, NCGA

#Biofuel Supporters Rally for Higher Blends at Hearing

Cindy Zimmerman

Over 120 biofuels advocates spoke out today at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) field hearing on proposed 2017 targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and several high profile supporters spoke at a Fuels America press conference. Among the supporters was Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts. “A strong RFS means more jobs here at home, greater energy security, and a cleaner …

Audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Corn, EPA, Ethanol, Government, Growth Energy, NCGA, RFA

Get Corny with #CUTC16

Chuck Zimmerman

Corn technology might conjure up many different ideas in your mind. Think ethanol, feed for animals, boiled corn for the table and much more. Follow along this week as I attend the Corn Utilization Technology Conference and we’re going to learn about a lot more than that. Session topics at the CUTC will cover wet and drying milling technology, traits/breeding/biotechnology, …

Ag Group, Biotech, Corn, CUTC, NCGA, Technology

EPA Atrazine Assessment Criticized

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a draft ecological risk assessment on the pesticide atrazine which is being criticized by the makers and users of the important crop protection chemical. In issuing the report, EPA opened the docket for a 60-day public comment period within one week and stated that a Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) on atrazine will be …

Corn, Crop Protection, Herbicide, NCGA, Syngenta

Mary Hagan Joins NCGA

Chuck Zimmerman

We welcome Mary Hagan who has been hired as the new Vice President of Communications for the National Corn Growers Association. “Mary has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing complex communication strategies with high profile agriculture and consumer products companies,” said NCGA Chief Executive Officer Chris Novak. “She excels at collaboratively leading teams in creating communications that drive …

Ag Group, Corn, NCGA

NCGA Yield Contest Entry Now Open

Kelly Marshall

#Plant16 is moving ahead and the National Corn Growers Association is getting their yearly National Corn Yield Contest underway as well.  Participants in this year’s contest can register now through June 30th to save on entry fees.  The early-bird fee is only $75, promising to save growers money for taking the time to register sooner rather than later. “We are …

Ag Group, Contest, Corn, NCGA

NCGA Launches Photo Contest

Lizzy Schultz

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is calling on photographers to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through photos in the third annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. This contest intends to help capture high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest, as well as the families that grow it. The contest is officially open, and interested …

Ag Group, Agronomy, Contest, Corn, NCGA