Kentucky Shoppers Taking CommonGround Farmers Home

In Activism, Farming, Food, Food Prices, Media by Cathryn

CommonGround Kentucky will be reaching out to start a conversation between the moms who grow food and the moms who buy it all next year through a series of articles in Today’s Family magazine. A free publication offered throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana, the magazine looks at the topics facing families today. With so much confusion surrounding food and farming, …

Getting to Know New NCGA First VP

In Audio, Farm Bill, Farming by Cindy

The newest member of the officer team for the National Corn Growers Association is Martin Barbre, a farmer from Carmi, Illinois. I had the opportunity to get to know Martin a little better at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) annual meeting last week in Kansas City. Martin has been farming since he was 19 years old and now …

New NCGA President Meets the Press

In Audio, Farming, Media by Cindy

Pam Johnson of Floyd, Iowa has been president of the National Corn Growers Association for just over a month now and Thursday she had her first real opportunity in that position to “meet the press” at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB). Pam is the first woman president of NCGA but she takes exception to the idea that she …

Crops in the Path of the Storm

In Farming, USDA by Cindy

The impact of Hurricane Sandy on agriculture is still being assessed but the storm did have one immediate effect – delaying the release of USDA’s crop progress report by two days. Meterologist Brad Rippey says the corn crop is now 91% harvested nationwide, well ahead of the five year average of 60%, but while much of the corn belt is …

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 …

Biotech Could Help Feed the World

In Audio, Biotechnology, Distillers Grains, Farming, International by Cindy

The list continues to grow of newspapers, organizations and companies opposed to California’s Proposition 37, that would require the labeling of any foods containing genetically modified crops. “It’s just awful in my opinion,” said Truth About Trade & Technology (TATT) Chairman Emeritus and former American Farm Bureau president Dean Kleckner. “It’s as though there’s something wrong with biotech. Seventy percent …

Praying for Nine Inches

In Biotechnology, Farming, General, weather by Cathryn

With harvest nearing 90 percent completion, many news stories address the impact of the drought in the past tense. The drought hit farmers. The drought impacted yields. The drought of 2012 did this or that. According to climatologists and meteorologists who know what is needed to grow, farmers across the Midwest should be praying for nine inches. Why is that …

Record Harvest Pace Continues

In Farming, USDA by Cindy

The numbers for the corn harvest progress so far are staggering in some states. “We continue to see some respectable to even record setting harvest progress for both corn and soybeans,” said USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey of the latest harvest progress report. For corn, “we see harvest passing the three quarters mark for the week ending October 14 to reach …

Harvesting Corn Nonstop

In Equipment, Farming, Guest Blogger by Cathryn

This guest post comes courtesy of Brian Scott, a farmer featured in NCGA’s Field Notes series and the author of The Farmers Life blog. Scott also agvocates on Twitter as @thefarmerslife. In this post, Scott offers his personal insight into why the impressive field machinery visible from the road makes modern agriculture possible. Harvesting Corn Nonstop Being efficient is important during …

Mike Rowe Gives Alcohol History Lessons

In Ethanol, Farming by Cindy

Ethanol and farming have roles to play a new series on the Discovery Channel hosted by Mike “Dirty Jobs” Rowe. The three-part series is called “How Booze Built America” and it premiers this Wednesday evening September 19th at 10pm ET/PT, repeating at the same day and time for the following two weeks. The series examines the critical role alcohol has …