Corn Farmers Look to Produce Fertilizer from Wind

In State Groups by Cindy

Farmers in Minnesota soon could be turning wind energy into fertilizer. Research funded by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association is developing a way to have the wind turbines put up in corn fields produce the very nitrogen fertilizer that helps those same crops grow. “We take water, and we separate the hydrogen and oxygen. We pull nitrogen from the air …

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 …

Still Cold and Wet

In Farming, State Groups, USDA by Cindy

Planting progress continues to be slowed by wet and cold weather in most of the major corn producing states, with some states even getting more snow last week. According to USDA, just 5% of the U.S. corn crop was planted as of Sunday, only a percentage point of difference compared to the previous week. Last year at this time, nearly …

Hoosiers Mourn Loss of Indiana Corn Leader

In State Groups by Cindy

Hoosiers are mourning the loss of Indiana Corn Marketing Council President Gary Lamie who died unexpectedly on Friday at age 52. For the past 10 years, Lamie has served in leadership roles for various organizations including president of the Indiana Corn Growers Association and vice chair for research and business development with the National Corn Growers Association. He traveled extensively …

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 …

Find Kentucky Farmers at a Grocery Store Near You

In Activism, Farming, Food, Food Prices, General, Guest Blogger, Social Media, State Groups by Cathryn

Today, Corn Commentary shares a post from Kentucky Corn Growers Association Director of Communications Jennifer Elwell. On her new blog Kentucky Food and Farm Files, Elwell discusses a variety of interesting topics, including her work with the CommonGround Kentucky program. What happens when you place a passionate, smiling farmer in the middle of a grocery store? It opens a door …

CommonGround New York Hits the Airwaves to Share Volunteers’ Stories

In Activism, Farming, General, State Groups by Cathryn

CommonGround New York volunteers will be taking to the airwaves tomorrow to share their stories and answer consumer concerns about animal welfare and milk. Through a series of radio spots, listeners in important markets such as Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Watertown get a brief respite from the holiday advertisements while the volunteers’ messages address the issues important to them. “It’s …

Fund Established for Kansas Corn Exec Jere White

In General, State Groups by Cindy

A farmer, friend and colleague of the agriculture industry is in critical condition at a Springfield, Missouri hospital and a fund has now been set up to help his family with related expenses. Kansas Corn and Sorghum Growers executive director Jere White was involved in a motorcycle accident on September 28 in northwest Arkansas. Jere is an avid motorcyclist and …

Illinois Family Farmers and Kenny Wallace

In Audio, Ethanol, NASCAR, State Groups, Video by Chuck

Last weekend was an Illinois Family Farmer weekend at the Chicagoland speedway for the NASCAR races. Family Farmers car driver Kenny Wallace stopped by to visit with corn growers attending Saturday’s Dollar General 300 Nationwide Series race, including Illinois Corn Marketing Board chairman Kent Kleinschmidt and his wife Sara. “He’s a real friendly guy and easy to get along with,” …

Hot, Dry and Hungry?

In Activism, Food, Food Prices, General, Media, State Groups by Cathryn

With so many questions surrounding how the drought might affect food prices, CommonGround Nebraska volunteer Diane Becker took to the airwaves at Husker Harvest Days to help consumers understand how food pricing works. Citing information available at www.usda.gov, she noted that only 14 cents of every dollar spent on groceries actually goes to pay for the commodities that these foods …