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26 Sep

Disaster Aid Information

2019-09-26T14:43:36-05:00September 26th, 2019|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

Hello! Here, you will find Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) disaster aid information.

If you follow this link you will find a map of North Dakota and the counties where disasters were declared on June 12, 2019. The counties are: Pembina, Walsh, Grand Forks, Traill, Steele, Cass, Barnes, Richland, Ransom, Sargent, LaMoure, Dickey, Emmons, Morton, Grant, Hettinger, Adams, and McKenzie.

The type of aid available in these counties is WHIP+. WHIP+ provides disaster payments to producers to offset losses from hurricanes, wildfires, and other qualifying natural disasters that occurred in 2018-19. This covers the losses of crops, trees, bushes, and vines that occurred as a result of those disaster events. This will provide assistance for yield-based and value loss crops that suffered losses prior to harvest. WHIP+ payments for crop losses only covers production losses, not quality losses. Eligible crops include those where crop insurance or NAP coverage is available. If your county received a Presidential or Secretarial Emergency Disaster Declaration or one or more of the qualifying disaster events, you are eligible for aid. However, if you are outside the disaster declaration, you may still be eligible, but you will need to supply additional/supporting documents. These are determined by a county committee; contact your local FSA office for more information.

WHIP+ will now include programs for both milk losses due to adverse weather conditions and to on-farm stored commodities.

The amount of aid you can receive is dependent on your average adjusted gross farm income (AAGFI). Under WHIP+, a person cannot receive more than $125,000 in payments if the AAGFI is less than 75 percent of their AAGFI for 2015, 2016, & 2017. However, if at least 75 percent of your adjusted gross income is from farming, and necessary documentation is provided, you could be eligible to receive up to $250,000 per crop year under WHIP+ payments.

WHIP+ payments will take into consideration the difference between the expected value of the crop and the actual value of the crop as a result of the disaster event. This will be determined by FSA using crop insurance or NAP prices. Payments under WHIP+ cannot exceed 90 percent of the total losses for those individuals with crop insurance. For those without crop insurance or NAP, the total amount of payments received under WHIP+ cannot exceed 70 percent of the total losses for 2018-19. Production for crop losses is based on the verifiable or reliable production records for that crop year.

It is important to note that the AGI payment limitations that are required under WHIP+ do not apply to prevent plant (PP) payments. WHIP+ is for crops that were damaged after being planted and prevent plant payments are for those that were not able to plant at all due to flooding or disaster related events. PP will be administered in the same way as other Federal crop insurance programs. If you purchased crop insurance and were unable to plant due to a weather-related disaster, you are eligible for PP payments. Under prevent plant, individuals will receive 15% for those with revenue protection, except those who select the harvest price exclusion option and 10% for those who do not have revenue protection. This will be determined by the crop insurance you purchased.

If you receive WHIP+ payments, you will be required to purchase crop insurance for the next 2 available crop years.

Applications should be submitted to your county FSA office. FSA offices are now accepting applications. To learn more about WHIP+ plus and the application material required, please visit farmers.gov.

Please contact our office with any questions at 701-566-9322 or email .

Thank you!

27 Aug

European Corn Borer Trapping Network and Outreach

2019-10-25T13:12:51-05:00August 27th, 2019|General Information, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

by Dr. Janet Knodel, Professor and Extension Entomologist, North Dakota State University
Co-Investigator: Dr. Veronica Calles-Torrez, Post-Doctoral Scientist, North Dakota State University

The European corn borer (Figure 1) is a significant pest of corn, as well as other crops, including potato, millet, and many vegetables. For all agricultural crops attacked, European corn borer costs growers in the U.S. over 1 billion dollars annually due to yield losses and control costs. Yield losses due to European corn borer infestations are primarily due to tunneling in stalks and ear shanks that result in physiological stress and stalk breakage and dropped ears prior to harvest. (more…)

1 Aug

North Dakota Corn Growers Association welcomes Lisa Hochhalter

2019-08-01T14:40:52-05:00August 1st, 2019|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

Lisa Hochhalter

ND Corn Growers Association hires Lisa Hochhalter

FARGO, North Dakota — August 1, 2019 — The North Dakota Corn Growers Association hired Lisa Hochhalter as its Executive Director this past spring. Hochhalter has been working part-time while studying for the bar exam. She has now completed the bar exam and will begin her full-time duties starting August 1, 2019. “We are excited to have Ms. Hochhalter lead our Association, she brings great energy and a passion for the corn industry to this position,” stated North Dakota Corn Growers Association President, Randy Melvin.

Lisa was assigned to the House Industry, Business & Labor and Agriculture Committees for the 2019 North Dakota Legislative Assembly. Prior to her work at the Legislature Lisa was a law clerk at Zimney Foster, P.C., in Grand Forks. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Communications from North Dakota State University and received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law in May 2019.

Lisa will oversee the effective operation of the Association. She will work with the board of directors to develop and implement programs that enhance the profitability of ND farms. She will ensure the continued growth and viability of the Association by actively seeking opportunities to increase membership and identifying potential ongoing sources of revenue. She will also advocate for the North Dakota corn industry with national and state policy leaders. This position will also be the liaison to the National Corn Growers Association on behalf of the Association and the North Dakota corn industry.

The North Dakota Corn Growers Association is the farmer-led membership organization focusing on policy that impacts North Dakota corn producers.

19 Jul

Research on North Dakota’s Most Important Corn Disease: Goss’ Wilt

2019-07-23T10:54:02-05:00July 19th, 2019|News Releases, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

by Dr. Andrew Friskop
Extension Plant Pathologist, North Dakota State University

The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council (NDCUC) has provided financial support to conduct research on Goss’ wilt, a bacterial disease that can result in significant yield reductions. Goss’ wilt was first identified in ND in 2011 and has been observed in most corn producing regions throughout the state. The disease can be identified by looking for water-soaked lesions with freckles. Lesions eventually will turn necrotic (brown) disrupting photosynthesis and reducing yield. Goss’ wilt is often observed in pockets in the field (Figure 1), field margins, or areas near last year’s corn residue. Given the important of the disease, NDCUC funded research has investigated the prevalence of the disease in the state, assessed yield loss potential and evaluated aggressiveness differences from field samples. Here are some of the highlights from the research. (more…)

31 May

North Dakota Ethanol and Corn Industries Say Year-Round E15 Benefits Consumers, Agriculture and Fuel Retailers

2019-05-31T10:46:58-05:00May 31st, 2019|News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

Bismarck, N.D. — North Dakota’s ethanol and corn industries applaud the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement today that retailers will be able to sell E15, a blend of gasoline and 15 percent ethanol, year-round. E15 is government approved for all conventional light-duty vehicles, model 2001 and newer. These vehicles make up 90 percent of the light-duty vehicles on the road today. (more…)

16 Apr

Corn Distiller’s Grains – A New Source of Natural Glue for Particleboards

2019-07-19T09:48:24-05:00April 16th, 2019|"Corn: Technically Speaking" Blog, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

by Dr. Dilpreet Bajwa

Mechanical Engineering, North Dakota State University

Building products, construction and the furniture industry are the largest users of particleboards. The particleboard market grew at the rate of 6% during 2009-2016 period, reaching $17 billion in 2016. Typically, particleboard is made from wood particles, adhesive (glue) and wax. There are different types of glue that can be used to bind wood particles. The most common types of glue are fossil fuel derived, such as phenol formaldehyde, urea formaldehyde, melamine formaldehyde and methylene diphenyl diisocynate (MDI). They are widely popular as they are economical, abundant and their performance characteristics are well understood. (more…)

4 Apr

North Dakota Corn Utilization Council names Jean Henning Executive Director

2019-04-04T16:49:33-05:00April 4th, 2019|News Releases, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

North Dakota Corn Utilization Council names Jean Henning Executive Director

FARGO, North Dakota — April 4, 2019 — The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council announced that Jean Henning will serve as Executive Director.

Jean Henning

ND Corn Council names Jean Henning Executive Director

“We are grateful for Jean’s leadership as Interim Executive Director since January,” said Terry Wehlander, Chairman. “Jean has been with North Dakota Corn for four years, and we look forward to continuing to work with her as we further the mission of the Council to create a healthy, profitable business climate for the northern corn industry.”

“We are excited to look for innovative new opportunities and ways to expand the market for North Dakota corn through research, education and promotion.” Henning said. “I look forward to working with our partnering organizations to maximize value for North Dakota corn farmers.”

Jean will oversee the effective operation of the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council. She will be responsible for administering the corn checkoff assessment programming in North Dakota as well as investing and leveraging North Dakota Corn Check-off resources for the funding of research, education, and market development.

The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council (NDCUC) was created in 1991 and consists of 7 members representing seven districts. The NDCUC oversees how North Dakota’s corn checkoff dollars are spent on research, education and promotion of corn and corn products.