Corn Grower Impressions of Asia Trade Mission

In Trade by Cindy

Corn grower organization representatives from eight states just returned last week from a trade mission to Japan, Vietnam and China sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council. Among the many stops on the 2011 Corn Mission was the Kushiro Port in Hokkaido, the heart of Japan’s major dairy producing area, where the group pictured here heard about plans to expand the …

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 …

Make Sure Congress Isn’t Playing During Recess

In Activism, Current News, government, Legislation, Trade by Cathryn

Some things from grade school still hold true.  You shouldn’t forget what you learned over the summer, you should try your hardest, and there should always be a playground monitor.  This August, while Congress is at recess, they need you to act as a playground monitor by reminding them of what they learned about the importance of pending trade agreements …

Unemployed? Feeling Broke? Urge Congress to Pass Pending Free Trade Agreements

In Administration, Current News, Exports, General, International, Legislation, Politics, Trade by Cathryn

The majority of average Americans are still painfully cognizant of the recession’s impact upon their lives.  With high levels of unemployment and little disposable income, regular Americans wonder what the government has done to bail them out.  Right now, Congress has a chance to improve the lives of 22,500 people while improving the economy as a whole simply by passing …

Corn Growers Aid Japan With Grain Donations

In General, Promotion, Trade by Cindy

Nebraska farmers are coming to the aid of their customers in Japan by donating grain to support Red Cross efforts to help those impacted by the earthquake and tsunami. In just the first two days of the program that started April 1, more than 4,600 bushels of grain were contributed in the Cornhusker State and sold for more than $31,000 …

NCGA Board Member Talks Global Farming

In Audio, Biotechnology, Events, Farming, International, Sustainability, Trade by Chuck

NCGA board member, Pam Johnson, is a northern Iowa corn and soybean grower. She farms with her husband and sons and is one of the participants in the Truth About Trade & Technology, Global Farmer to Farmer Roundtable. She is not only participating in the roundtable discussions but was also on the panel of this morning’s Biodiversity World Tour town …

Global Farmer To Farmer Roundtable

In Biotechnology, Events, Food, International, Trade by Chuck

It’s World Food Prize week in Des Moines, IA and there are a variety of activities taking place surrounding this annual event. The National Corn Growers Association is sponsoring one of them – the Global Farmer To Farmer Roundtable which is organized by Truth About Trade & Technology. Believing that farmers must work together on a global table to expand …

Agriculture is Bright Spot in US Economy

In Exports, Farming, Trade, USDA by Cindy

In the face of bad news for the general economy in the United States, agriculture is looking pretty good. Last week we heard that U.S. economic growth dropped to just 1.6 percent in the second quarter of this year, compared to 3.7 percent for the first three months, and some say it could be below one percent next quarter. Meanwhile, …

Passing FTAs Would Help Meet Export Goals

In Trade by Cindy

May is World Trade Month – and it would be a great time for Congress to finally ratify the free trade agreements that have been sitting around gathering dust for three years now. No one seems to know exactly what the hold up is on ratifying the agreements with South Korea, Panama and Columbia, especially since President Obama made increasing …

Time for Everyone to Become River Advocates

In Exports, General, Trade, Transportation by Mark

 Our extensive water transportation system in the United States may very well be one of our greatest national economic and strategic assets. It is definitely our most unappreciated means of moving goods because the vast majority of the population doesn’t see river transport in action, smell it, or risk getting run over by it.  That’s also the downside. People will …