Alabama Soybean & Corn Association

As a farmer, you work from dawn to dusk. You plan.  You  budget. You worry. You sweat. You hope. You pray. And yet, one stroke of a pen in Washington, DC can do as much to make or break your profitability as the thousands of hours you devote to your crop each season.

If you believe...

the future of the soybean and corn industry is critically important to the success of US farmers...

Congress has a lot to say about whether or not you make money...

grain farmers need to have strong representation on Capitol Hill...

News from NCGA

USTRs McKalip Talks Mexico Corn Dispute, New Markets, at Corn Congress (Fri, 19 Jul 2024)
The U.S. has made a strong case in the dispute with Mexico over genetically engineered corn under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a top official in the Biden administration told farmers this week during remarks at the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress meeting in Washington, D.C. “This is something we will not rest until we get done,” said Ambassador Doug McKalip who serves as the chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. “I know this is critically important, not just for corn growers, but frankly, farmers of all kinds. They say ‘we cannot allow trading partners to play loose with the science. If they can do it with corn, they can do it with anything.’” McKalip said both U.S. and Mexican officials were given questions in writing by the panel considering the matter and both have responded. He said a decision is expected this fall. McKalip said USTR is working on addressing unfair trade practices with Brazil and, that it has addressed burdensome tariffs from governments in South Asia. “We have continued to be frustrated by the 18% tariffs that Brazil has placed on ethanol,” McKalip noted. “Today, we still do not have one U.S. biofuel company that has qualified for the Brazilian program.” McKalip said USTR values trade with China but is also focused on diversifying its Asian trade portfolio. He said the U.S. is looking at cultivating markets in Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia, among other countries. Corn growers have worked closely with Ambassador McKalip and USTR. After Mexico announced its intent to block imports of genetically engineered corn, NCGA and corn grower leaders sounded the alarm. USTR worked with corn growers as it filed a dispute settlement case on the issue under the USMCA. Corn Congress meets every summer in the nation’s capital to vote on policy positions, elect new board members and to hear from the nation’s top leaders.
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New Members Selected to Serve on NCGAs Board (Fri, 19 Jul 2024)
The National Corn Growers Association elected four new farmers to its corn board this week. The organization also re-elected a farmer currently serving on the board. Those elected were Jon Miller of Pleasantville, Ohio; Jason Lewis, of Henderson, Neb.; Dan Nerud, of Dorchester, Neb.; and Jay Schutte, of Benton City, Mo. Randy DeSutter, of Woodhull, Ill., was re-elected to the board. “I was thoroughly impressed with the caliber of candidates who threw their hats in the ring during this board election,” said NCGA President Harold Wolle. “These new board members have a breadth of experience in agriculture, a long history of working to advance the goals and objectives of NCGA and are uniquely positioned to help take the organization to great heights as we implement our new strategic plan.” The terms for the board members begin on October 1, which is the beginning of the organization’s new fiscal year. The delegates at Corn Congress, held this week in Washington, D.C., cast their votes in the election. Board members represent the federation of state organizations, supervise the affairs and activities of NCGA in partnership with the chief executive officer and implement NCGA policy established by the Corn Congress. Members also act as spokespeople for NCGA and enhance the organization’s public standing on all organizational and policy issues.
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