NCGA President On Stage

In Audio, Classic by Chuck

It’s becoming tradition at Commodity Classic for the leader of each participating organization to participate in a round table discussion on stage at the opening general session. Before the round table, session moderator, Mark Mayfield, did a little one on one with each President. NCGA President, Bob Dickey, had his session and says he attributes two reasons for the organization’s …

Corn Products at Commodity Classic

In Classic, New Products by Cindy

Some exhibitors at the Commodity Classic not only have new products to help corn growers be more productive, they also are showcasing new products made from corn. Take the BASF booth, for example. They are showcasing a carpet in their exhibit made from corn polymers, and giving away plastic coffee cups made from 100 percent corn plastic, as Dan Westberg …

Concern Over Proposed Obama Budget

In Administration, Classic, Policy, Politics by Cindy

The first Obama budget announced today would end direct payments for farms with large sales and incomes that receive a disproportionate amount of the payments, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack speaking at USDA’s Annual Ag Outlook Forum. According to Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, the president is “proposing to phase out those payments over time for …

A Classic Event

In Classic by Cindy

Despite the economy, the farming community has turned out in droves for the 2009 Commodity Classic in Grapevine, Texas this week. This is the first Classic to feature four commodities under one roof – corn, soybeans, wheat and now grain sorghum. Pre-registrations were almost the same as last year with more farmers registered than ever before. The theme of the …

This Texas Meeting Will Be Classic

In Audio, Classic by Chuck

It’s hard to believe that in just over a week corn growers and other industry leaders will be gathering for the annual Commodity Classic. This year’s event takes place in Grapevine, TX and Cindy and I will be there to provide you with some Corn Commentary. The Commodity Classic is the combined annual meetings of the National Corn Growers Association, …

All Things Corn

In Classic, Corny News by Cindy

The National Corn Growers Association has introduced “The CORNer Store” – a one-stop shop for all things corn. The store is a virtual cornucopia of corny gifts, apparel and promotional items – from bibs and buttons to bears and beer steins. All kinds of fun stuff with various national and state corn grower group logos. One of my favorite items …

NCGA Scholarships Awarded

In Classic by Cindy

Five deserving young college students from all over the nation were awarded the first NCGA Academic Excellence in Agriculture scholarships, sponsored by BASF, at the Commodity Classic on Friday. Ken McCauley, chairman of the NCGA, was pleased to announce and congratulate the recipients: Jason Buss – University of Illinois Lauren Schlosser – University of Missouri – Columbia James Seitzer – …

Ag Secretary at Classic

In Audio, Classic by Cindy

New Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer made his first appearance before corn, soybean and wheat growers at Commodity Classic on Friday. Schafer talked about the farm bill of course and expressed optimism that we’re getting closer to an agreement. We can only hope! You can listen to Secretary Schafer’s speech here: [audio:http://www.zimmcomm.biz/commodity-classic/cc-08-schafer.mp3] USDA released a document (Word doc) “developed from …

Tuning up for Success in Nashville

In Classic by Cindy

Registration is underway in Nashville at the Opryland Convention Center for the 2008 Commodity Classic. Some 4000 corn, soybean and wheat growers, industry representatives and partners are expected to attend the event, which just keeps getting bigger. Today is meeting day for the different commodity groups and time for everyone to get oriented to this small city that is the …

Sorghum Added to Classic Next Year

In Classic, General by Cindy

Next year’s logo for Commodity Classic will have four amigos, instead of just three. Sorghum will join corn, soybeans and wheat for the 2009 Commodity Classic Feb. 26-28 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center on Lake Grapevine in Grapevine, Texas. “We are very excited to take part in Commodity Classic in 2009,” said National Sorghum Producers President Dale …