Japan Ready to Beef Up Again

In Exports, International, Livestock, State Groups, Trade by Cindy

A group of Nebraska corn farmers and cattlemen are convinced after a recent trade mission that Japan will soon return to its traditional spot as the number one export customer for U.S. beef. The Nebraska Corn Board funded the participation of five Nebraska producers on the Japan mission, which centered on Tokyo and the Sendai region. They are pictured here …

Importance of Biotechnology to the World

In Audio, Biotechnology, Exports, government by Cindy

As an Iowa farmer, National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson knows how important biotechnology is for American farmers and this week she was on the road trying to get the message out that it is vital to the world as a whole. “The continued use of biotechnology in agriculture is a key component to food security,” Johnson said during …

Minnesota Corn Growers Court Taiwan

In Exports, International, State Groups by Cindy

The 2012 drought caused a little shake up in the top four corn producing states that produce more than a billion bushels a year. Normally Iowa and Illinois take the top two spots – sometimes Illinois is first but mostly it’s Iowa. Nebraska takes third and Minnesota usually comes in 4th. Last year, however, Minnesota moved up to second place …

Biotech Anniversary Triggering Accord

In Biotechnology, Exports, Farming by Cindy

An important milestone for biotechnology is nearing, which will mean the beginning of a new era for genetically modified traits. In 2015, patents for the very first ag biotech “events,” as they are called, will be expiring and becoming “generic.” Like pharmaceutical drugs are less expensive when they can be offered in a generic form, one benefit to the expiring …

World Grain Buyers Get US Producer Perspectives

In Audio, Distillers Grains, Exports, Farming by Cindy

Grain buyers from around the world at the recent 2012 Export Exchange had the opportunity to hear directly from U.S. farmers themselves about the impact of the drought on the 2012 crop through a producer panel during the opening general session. Among the panelists was Ron Gray, an Illinois farmer and Secretary/Treasurer of the US Grains Council. Gray related how …

Conference Addresses US Grains Importers Concerns

In Audio, Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Exports by Cindy

More than 200 international buyers and end-users were in Minneapolis earlier this week to meet with grain suppliers and to hear from industry and government leaders about prospects for U.S. export capacity, particularly in light of this year’s drought. “What we’re telling customers around the world is how the U.S. producers will be there for them,” said Tom Sleight, President …

Ethanol Ships Passing in the Night

In Audio, Environmental, Ethanol, Exports, International by Cindy

There’s a hot new craze called the “Ethanol Shuffle” sweeping seaports from Sao Paulo to Los Angeles as tankers carrying Brazilian sugarcane ethanol bound for California pass those carrying corn ethanol bound for Brazil. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Vice President of Research and Analysis Geoff Cooper wrote about the “Ethanol Shuffle” last week on the RFA E-xchange Blog. Basically, we …

Corn Grower Leaders On the Air

In Audio, Ethanol, Exports, Farm Bill, Farming by Cindy

One of the busiest booths at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Trade Talk last week was the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), where president Garry Niemeyer of Illinois and first vice president Pam Johnson of Iowa spent the day doing interviews with broadcasters from all over the country. Among the topics of interest were farm policy, this year’s crop, …

Free Trade Catch Up

In Exports, government, Trade by Cindy

It took over four years, but free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama have finally become law. Now it’s time to play catch up to gain market share lost due to the slowness in getting those agreements ratified. “Earlier this year, NCGA provided testimony to the Senate Finance Committee citing Panama as an example of lost market share,” says …