Book Review – Power Trip

Joanna Schroeder

I went to bed last night thinking I should write an ode to oil. It would be partially flattering as some of my favorite things come from petroleum by-products, and partially lambasting as our addition to it has caused such harm. The fuel to my passion last night? The book “Power Trip“ by Amanda Little. Little traveled the country for …

Book Review, NCGA

Harvest is Making Progress

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA reports that farmers took advantage of a dry week to get 17 percent of the corn out and 14 percent more soybeans harvested last week. The new crop progress report has the soybean harvest nearing average for this time of year at 89 percent, while corn remains about 35 percent behind normal at just 54 percent complete. North Dakota …

Audio, Corn, Farming, NCGA, USDA

Fighting Food Fright

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Corn Growers Association is fighting back against food fright scare tactics with some of their own. The NCGA started a viral email with a Halloween theme and links to the two videos that address some of the top food fears. The email links to a couple of new videos from NCGA that are filled with facts about food …

Corn, NCGA

We Really Do Love Farmers

Cindy Zimmerman

According to a new poll, we really do love farmers. A nationwide survey conducted for the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) found broad public respect and trust for family farmers and support for corn as food, feed and fuel. Ninety-five percent of those polled find farmers to be trusted messengers on issues such as agriculture, corn products and ethanol – …

Corn, Farming, NCGA

Farming for Generations

Cindy Zimmerman

Yes, Virginia, there really are family farmers in the United States. The National Corn Growers Association wants the public to know that family farmers not only exist, but are the critical factor that make the nation’s number one industry the world leaders in production of safe and wholesome products. Polling shows that many Americans no longer understand agriculture in their …

Corn, Farming, NCGA, Video

Sustainability and Modern Farming

Cindy Zimmerman

The new president of the National Corn Growers Association, Darrin Ihnen of Hurley, S.D., is the star of a new video on the subject of increasing sustainability in agriculture that debuted Oct. 3 on the television program This Week in Agribusiness. The short video features Darrin and other family farmers telling the story of how better management and modern technology …

Corn, Farming, NCGA, Sustainability

NCGA Launches Markets Now Member Benefit

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s another reason to be a member of the National Corn Growers Association. Now you can get your markets on your mobile phone as a new member benefit. Our friends at Commodity Update who also make AgWired Mobile possible are powering the new service. You can find out more on the NCGA website. The National Corn Growers Association announced the …

Ag Group, Markets, NCGA

NCGA Adds Two To Communications Team

Chuck Zimmerman

Let’s welcome these newcomers to the National Corn Growers Association. They are (l-r) Cathryn Wojcicki Dixson and Susan Powers. The National Corn Growers Association has added two new managers, each with agriculture marketing experience, to fill vacant positions on its award-winning communications team as it works to promote the image of corn farmers and the importance of U.S. corn and …

Ag Group, NCGA

Carbon and Land Use Models Being Discussed

Chuck Zimmerman

Do you understand things like indirect land use when it comes to regulations via departments like the EPA due to the RFS? Me either. And I’ve sat in on conferences and discussions and interviews on the subject for a while now. That’s because an issue like indirect land use involves predicting the future based on certain assumptions that may or …

Ag Group, Audio, Biofuels, Corn, Government, NCGA

NCGA Talking Land Use

Chuck Zimmerman

The NCGA Land Use and Carbon Impacts of Corn-Based Ethanol Conference is underway here at the Renaissance hotel by the St. Louis airport. This is our first panel discussion on “Emission Factors and Land Use Change Modeling” which is being moderated by Geoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association. We’re talking some very involved talks on things like Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Analysis, …

Ag Group, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Corn, Environment, NCGA