Legislative Issues For Corn Growers

Chuck Zimmerman

There are two big issues for corn growers this year in Washington, DC, climate change and higher blends for ethanol. I spoke with two representatives of the National Corn Growers Association at NAFB’s Washington Watch Issues Forum about them. Unlike the weather, not only is everybody talking about climate change, but they are trying to do something about it – …

Ag Group, Audio, Corn, NAFB Washington Watch, NCGA

Just the Facts from the Corn Farmers Coalition

Cindy Zimmerman

All the Corn Farmers Coalition (CFC) wants to do is get policy makers to listen to the real facts about issues affecting America’s largest crop. For example, “It’s a little known fact that we are growing five times as much corn as our grandfathers did in the 1930s on 20 percent less land,” said CFC Director Mark Lambert during a …

Corn, Ethanol, Government, NCGA

Corn Growers Pleased With Start of ACRE

Cindy Zimmerman

Sign up for the long-awaited Average Crop Revenue Election Program, or ACRE, started yesterday on the same day that farm broadcasters from around the nation were in Washington DC for the annual Washington Watch Issues Forum, so naturally it was a hot topic for representatives from the National Corn Growers Association to discuss. NCGA Vice President of Public Policy Jon …

Corn, NAFB Washington Watch, NCGA

A Classic Event

Cindy Zimmerman

Everyone at Commodity Classic this year seemed to be impressed that attendance was as good or better than ever, despite the economy. “As I understand it, we are either right at the record or over it, so that is phenomenal,” said National Corn Growers Association CEO Rick Tolman. Unofficial numbers I heard were about 4500 total registration with 1500 of …

Audio, BASF, Commodity Classic, Corn, Farming, NCGA, New Holland, sorghum, Soybean, Wheat

BASF Supports Young Corn and Soybean Leaders

Cindy Zimmerman

BASF, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) announced this year’s scholarship winners for both organizations at the 2009 Commodity Classic. The scholarships are awarded to tomorrow’s agricultural leaders pursuing a degree in an industry-related field. Adam Burnhams (center) with U.S. Crop Protection Products at BASF presented the students with their awards on Friday. Four …

Audio, BASF, Commodity Classic, Corn, NCGA, New Holland, Soybean

Classic as Big as Texas

Cindy Zimmerman

The farm economy is apparently not hurting as much as other sectors, since attendance at the 2009 Commodity Classic is expected to be as good or better than last year. According to the conference organizers, pre-registrations by the end of last week were virtually the same as last year, although the number of farmers registered was already higher. Now, that …

BASF, Commodity Classic, Corn, NCGA, New Holland, sorghum, Soybean, Wheat

Meet Nancy Bunker Koester

Chuck Zimmerman

One of the special people I got to meet this week at the Ag Media Summit was the new National Corn Growers Association, Director of Communications, Nancy Bunker Koester. AMS gave Nancy the chance to meet and interact with a hundreds of ag media professionals and other industry leaders. She is not unfamiliar with this industry, having worked for Monsanto …

Ag Group, Audio, Corn, NCGA

Corn Blog Wins Gold Award

Cindy Zimmerman

Gotta admit to being pretty proud of this – the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Center for Association Leadership has awarded the National Corn Growers Association with a 2008 Gold Circle Award in the category of “Blogs – Association Annual Budget Greater than $2 Million” for Corn Commentary. John H. Graham IV, CAE, president and CEO of …

Corn, NCGA, New Media

New NCGA Director of Communications

Chuck Zimmerman

I’m sure I’m waiting in line to meet the new Director of Communications for the National Corn Growers Association. She’s Nancy L. Bunker Koester and she started on Monday. In this position, Nancy will lead NCGA’s communications team and direct public relations and media relations for the organization. Nancy is an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) with more than 20 years …

Ag Group, NCGA

NCGA Leadership Talks About CUTC

Chuck Zimmerman

I wanted to interview Rick Tolman (l), CEO of the NCGA and Richard Glass (r), VP of Research and Business Development for NCGA together but it didn’t happen that way but we still have a Rick and Rick post anyway. In the picture they’re enjoying one of the presentations taking place at the CUTC. When I spoke to Rick Tolman …

Ag Group, Audio, Corn, CUTC, NCGA