Scholarship Deadline Extended

In General by Cindy

There’s now more time to get your name in for one of five $1,000 one-year scholarships. The deadline for NCGA’s Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program, sponsored by BASF, has been extended to February 1. NCGA says the deadline was extended at the request of college financial aid administrators. Applicants must be entering at least their second undergraduate year, pursuing …

Scholarship Deadline Approaching

In General by Cindy

There’s no doubt that getting a college education is getting more expensive by the day, and there’s also no doubt that agriculture continues to need highly educated professionals for the future. But, help is available. The National Corn Growers Association has joined forces with chemical company BASF to award college scholarships to deserving undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree …

Kill the Corn

In Ethanol, Farming, General by Cindy

For those who have a hard time grasping sarcasm, yesterday’s column in the Chicago Tribune by humor columnist Mark Bazer is supposed to be FUNNY. Bazer’s “I have seen the enemy-and its name is corn” is making light of the attacks on corn and ethanol. It is important to explain this because what he says is not a whole lot …

Energy Bill Goes Beyond Corn

In Audio, Energy Bill, Ethanol, General by Cindy

When President Bush signed the Energy Bill last week, he noted that it will take the biofuels industry beyond corn. New technologies will bring about a new era of energy. So I appreciate the fact that Congress, in the omnibus spending bill that I’m going to sign later on, recognizes that new technologies will help usher in a better quality …

NCGA Official Predicts Attitude Change

In Farming, General by Cindy

National Corn Growers Association CEO Rick Tolman says American agriculture is a great success story and he believes the positive news about the industry will be appreciated more by the general public in the coming years. “I don’t think the people on Wall Street or on the West Coast understand how much technology is being applied and how much change …

Corn Mythology

In Ethanol, Farming, Food vs Fuel, General by Cindy

As part of its campaign to educate consumers and the news media, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) has developed a one-page document responding to the top 10 myths about corn production and ethanol production. The top ten myths about corn and ethanol are, in David Letterman style: 10. Ethanol is bad for your car’s engine. 9. Ethanol is not …

Marvelous Documentary

In Current News, Ethanol, Farming, General by Cindy

If you did not see the documentary about corn on the History Channel’s Modern Marvels Monday night, go buy yourself a copy online. It’s well worth the 25 bucks. Buy a bunch for your corn grower friends for Christmas. It will make them proud. It was almost too good. It did touch on a couple of negatives very briefly – …

Corn as Modern Marvel

In Current News, Ethanol, General by Cindy

Corn will be the star of Monday night’s Modern Marvels on The History Channel. The program will focus on why corn is the largest agricultural crop in the world and has fed the masses from ancient times to this day. Modern Marvels states that corn is not only a vegetable and a cereal grain; it is a commodity as well. …

Corn Commentators at NAFB

In General by Cindy

There was a lot of corn commentating going on Thursday in Kansas City at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual Trade Talk event. Some of the major topics of discussion were the 2007 Farm Bill, WRDA and – of course – ethanol. The National Corn Growers Association had grower leaders of the organization on hand to do dozens of …

Corn Growers Comment on WRDA Passage

In Current News, General, Trade, Transportation by Cindy

Congress voted to override the presidential veto of the Water Resources Development Act, or WRDA, because it authorizes funding for water projects from coast to coast, but the centerpiece of repairing locks and dams on the Mississippi River was the main concern for corn growers. “When it comes to this issue, nothing has been easy,” said NCGA President Ron Litterer. …