Consumers Have a Right to Know

In Biotechnology, Farming, Food, Food Prices, General, Legislation, Politics, Prop. 37, State Groups by Cathryn

In the California GMO Labeling debate, it seems everyone involved can agree upon one basic premise – consumers have a right to know. The debate occurs around exactly what that right entails. Arguing to redefine terms such as “natural”, even to the exclusion of foods such as olive oil, proponents of the bill seem to believe consumers have a right …

Olympic Gold Medalist Promotes Corn

In Ethanol, Farming, Production, State Groups by Cindy

While the Summer Olympics were going on in London, a gold medalist from the Winter Olympics was talking corn in Omaha at the American Coalition for Ethanol conference, thanks to the Nebraska Corn Board. Curt Tomasevicz, a member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic 4-man bobsled team, grew up in a small Nebraska farming community and now helps promote corn in …

E15 is On Sale in Kansas

In Ethanol, State Groups by Cindy

Consumers now have another choice at the fuel pump, at least in Lawrence, Kansas. The Zarco 66 “Oasis” station in Lawrence began offering 15% ethanol blended fuel, E15, in a blender pump last week for two cents a gallon less than E10. Scott Zaremba, owner of Zarco 66 stations, is pleased to be the first to offer consumers real choice …

MO Corn Growers Honored for Flood Documentary

In State Groups, Video by Cindy

The video tale of the flooding destruction of Missouri farm land has been recognized as an award winner in two categories. The 33rd Annual Telly Awards named the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council (MCMC) and Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) documentary as a Bronze winner in both the online video-documentary and online video-social responsibility categories for the short documentary, “Underwater and …

Join the Friendly Farm Faces on Capitol Hill This Summer

In Corny News, Education, Farm Bill, Farming, General, government, Media, Politics, Regulations, State Groups by Cathryn

Have you ever heard about the Corn Farmers Coalition and wondered who actually sees this stuff? Sure, the ads catch attention from a mile away.  Sure, the beaming family farmers, on their real farms, convey powerful, impactful messages about today’s farm.  Sure, these ads appear to be something that would draw any normal reader into a short ag literacy lesson. …

This Earth Day, Bang a Bongo for Ag

In Activism, Environmental, State Groups, Sustainability by Cathryn

This Earth Day, a lot of people will gather in parks and at events across the country to both celebrate our amazing planet and look for ways to protect it. In St. Louis, just a few miles down the main east-west corridor from the National Corn Growers Association’s headquarters, concerned citizens and eco-enthusiasts alike will converge upon Forest Park, weather …

E15 Almost Street Legal

In Audio, Ethanol, State Groups by Cindy

After more than a year of waiting since EPA approved its use for 2001 and newer vehicles, 15% ethanol blended motor fuel (E15) could be hitting the streets by this summer. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the Misfueling Mitigation Plan (MMP) developed by the Renewable Fuels Association, which RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen means the regulatory …

NCGA’s Missouri Corn Membership Machine

In Commodity Classic, State Groups by Cindy

Missouri Corn Growers president Billy Thiel is a membership machine for the National Corn Growers Association. During the NCGA Awards banquet at the 2012 Commodity Classic, Thiel became the 17th member of the Walter Goeppinger Recruiter Hall of Fame, an honor which comes with a classy new blazer. Thiel led the way in recruiting new members for NCGA in 2011, …

Social Media Connects With Corn Grower Members

In Audio, General, Social Media, State Groups by Cindy

Membership, leadership and communications were the main focuses of the biennial Membership Symposium for the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) this past week in Kissimmee, Florida. NCGA Director of Development Tim Brackman (right) says the meeting is a crucial part of the planning efforts for the organization. “It allows us to meet with the state staff as well as farmer …

Moms Are Talking

In Activism, Farming, Food, State Groups by Cathryn

The volunteer farm women involved in CommonGround state programs across the country are talking and, increasingly, the evidence shows that urban and suburban moms are joining in the conversation.  With many states recently launching their programs or preparing to do so this spring, the buzz surrounding this open, honest approach to discussing food is spreading too. Earlier this month, CommonGround …