National Corn Growers Association

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National Corn Growers Association
National Corn Growers Association Logo.png
Formation 1957 (1957)
Website ncga.com

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is an association that represents and advocates for the interests of corn growers in the United States. It is distinct from the American Corn Growers Association, a competing organization set up in 1987.

Areas of support and advocacy[edit]

NCGA plays a dual role of providing standards and guidelines for corn growers and processors, as well as advocating for their interests to a wider audience including regulators, lawmakers, and the general public.[1]

Biotechnology[edit]

NCGA provides standards and guidelines for the efficacious use of biotechnology in corn production (with particular attention to the use of genetically modifiedversions of corn), as well as advocating its benefits.[2]

NCGA has represented farmers in deals made with companies such as Monsanto that produce genetically modified crops, where farmers share data with the companies in exchange for tips from the companies on planting strategies.[3]

Ethanol[edit]

In addition to being used as food, corn is a source of ethanol fuel, and the NCGA has provided standards and guidelines for farmers growing ethanol.[4]

The NCGA has also advocated for continued support and subsidies from the United States government for the ethanol fuel program, citing studies on the benefits for fighting climate change of switching away from fossil fuels towards ethanol.[5]

The NCGA has cultivated close relationships with political candidates including United States President Barack Obama, back when he was a Presidential Candidate for the 2008 Presidential election.[6]

Farm policy and crop insurance[edit]

NCGA actively defends the interests of corn growers in government farm policy,[7] including advocating for subsidies for crop insurance in annual farm bills.[8][9] In addition, it also publishes material and conducts webinars to better educate farmers about the options available to them for crop insurance.[10]

Other areas[edit]

NCGA also educates farmers and advocates for their interests in the following areas:

  • Conservation,[11] which is often also mentioned as a way of avoiding the perverse effects of crop insurance.[9]
  • Livestock[12]
  • Research[13]
  • Sustainability[14]
  • Trade[15]
  • Transportation[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Topics". National Corn Growers Association. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Biotechnology". National Corn Growers Association. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ Bunge, Jacob (November 13, 2014). "Agricultural Firms, Farm Groups Strike Deal on Crop Data. Pact Aims to Allay Farmers' Privacy, Information-Security Concerns". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Ethanol". National Corn Growers Association. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Letter to President Obama" (PDF). May 8, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  6. ^ Rohter, Larry (June 23, 2008). "Obama Camp Closely Linked With Ethanol". New York Times. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Farm Policy". National Corn Growers Association. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ Tomson, Bill; Hughes, Siobhan (April 9, 2011). "Farm Subsidies: Sacred Cows No More". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Botelho, Alyssa (August 13, 2012). "Drought puts federal crop insurance under scrutiny". Washington Post. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ "NEARLY 700 LEARN ABOUT NEW FARM BILL PROGRAM; ARCHIVE, MATERIALS AVAILABLE ONLINE". National Corn Growers Association. August 21, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Conservation". National Corn Growers Association. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Livestock". National Corn Growers Association. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Research". National Corn Growers Association. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Sustainability". National Corn Growers Association. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Trade". National Corn Growers Association. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Transportation". National Corn Growers Association. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Official website