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14 Oct

Harvest Update 10/14/20

2020-10-14T11:52:41-05:00October 14th, 2020|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

Check out another #NDCorn update on #harvest2020 from NDCGA Industry Director Mike Larson of Peterson Seeds, Inc. Listen in as Mike covers crop yields, early frost and prevent plant effects, and moisture levels, and shares his 2020 harvest optimism.

5 Oct

Harvest Update 10/5/20

2020-10-14T11:52:59-05:00October 5th, 2020|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

Here’s a #NDCorn update for #harvest2020 from NDCGA Industry Director Dave Spickler on central North Dakota corn. Listen to Dave’s report on the 2020 growing and harvest seasons as he talks about the harvesting timeline, weather impacts, crop yield, PP acres, and more.

21 Sep

Pink at the Pump® Campaign Raises Awareness for Breast Cancer

2020-09-21T12:00:34-05:00September 21st, 2020|General Information, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

 

North Dakota retailers are pretty in pink this October. Eighteen Unleaded88 fuel retailers across the state are participating in the third annual Pink at the Pump® campaign to raise funds for breast cancer awareness while increasing consumer awareness about Unleaded88 – a higher octane fuel containing 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. Participating retailers will donate three cents of every gallon of Unleaded88 sold from Oct. 1-31 to North Dakota Women’s Way.

“North Dakota’s corn growers are proud to be a partner in this effort,” says Terry Wehlander, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council chairman. “Ethanol is the world’s cleanest source of fuel octane. By choosing Unleaded88 during October, consumers are fighting breast cancer at the pump while supporting North Dakota’s corn farmers.”

Unleaded88 is a fuel blend containing 15 percent ethanol, just five percent more ethanol than E10, the most commonly used fuel in the U.S. Unleaded88 is often sold at a 5- to 10-cent per-gallon discount to E10 and is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for use in all 2001 and newer vehicles.

Map of Participating Retailers
19 Aug

North Dakota farmers and ranchers remain resilient while navigating through COVID-19 Challenges

2020-08-19T16:27:29-05:00August 19th, 2020|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

By Amber Boeshans, North Dakota Livestock Alliance Executive Director

As the entire world continues to adjust to the COVID-19 challenges and pending post-pandemic reality, North Dakota’s agricultural producers and processors are feeling the pressure.

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19 Aug

The Impacts of COVID-19 on US Ethanol

2020-08-19T16:08:18-05:00August 19th, 2020|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

By David Ripplinger, North Dakota State University Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics

Like many parts of the economy, the spread COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the US corn ethanol industry.  Stay-at-home orders issued beginning in mid-March had an immediate impact on passenger travel and fuel use.  In response, ethanol production was quickly curtailed dramatically reducing corn use and price.

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14 Aug

Beautiful Day for Golfing at the ND Corn Classic

2020-09-29T13:35:34-05:00August 14th, 2020|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

Mapleton, N.D. — Perfect golfing weather at the tail-end of summer couldn’t keep North Dakota corn supporters apart as hundreds attended the 18th annual BankNorth ND Corn Classic golf tournament on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

Ag companies and growers alike came out the Maple River Golf Club for the event hosted by North Dakota Corn Growers Association.  NDCGA couldn’t have ordered better weather for the 4-person scramble, complete with pin games, door prizes, a cookout lunch, and delicious steak supper.

Golfers maintained their social distancing by staggering the tournament’s starting tee times per team.  “We were still able to safely network with all the teams and keep the day flowing smoothly when the golfers arrived and finished their rounds,” said NDCGA Growers Services Specialist Kari Schiefelbein.

Despite understandable COVID-19 restrictions taking a few Corn Classic regulars out of the mix, the tournament still hit the triple-digit golfer mark, bringing in exactly 100 golfers.

“We’d like to thank all of our sponsors and everyone who came out to support the event and promote North Dakota corn,” said NDCGA President Rob Hanson as the 2020 winners were announced.

Congratulations the Nutrien Ag Solutions team for taking home the 2020 first place title.  Second place went to the Channel Seed team, and third place to the Ellingson Companies team.

Another congrats goes out to our Pin Games winners: Reed Stock of Ellingson Companies, Nick Erickson of Advanced Grain Handling Systems, Gabe Kost of Titan Machinery, and Nicole Erickson of AgCountry Farm Credit Services.

“We are pleased to have been able to safely hold the event in light of the ongoing pandemic.  Folks there expressed their appreciation as we all miss that in-person interaction, and it was a great way to support the association in our endeavor to strengthen North Dakota corn,” said NDCGA Executive director Brenda Elmer.

Check out our photo gallery from the tournament on the NDCGA Facebook page @ndcorn or on our website https://www.ndcorn.org/corngrowers/events/golf-tournament/.

4 Aug

The Impacts of COVID-19 on US Ethanol

2020-08-04T11:37:26-05:00August 4th, 2020|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

By David Ripplinger, North Dakota State University Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics

Like many parts of the economy, the spread COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the US corn ethanol industry.  Stay-at-home orders issued beginning in mid-March had an immediate impact on passenger travel and fuel use.  In response, ethanol production was quickly curtailed dramatically reducing corn use and price.

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17 Jul

NDCGA Welcomes Two New Staff Members

2020-07-17T13:20:39-05:00July 17th, 2020|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

On top of the many changes the world has seen these past few months, NDCGA has been busy with its own staffing transformation. Two new staff members were recently hired, filling the gaps in the Fargo office.

Taking on the role of Executive Director is Brenda Elmer, who joined the Association in April. Brenda oversees the effective operation of the Association and serves as the point of contact for state and national policy issues affecting North Dakota’s corn industry.

Brenda is a graduate of Hamline University Graduate School in St. Paul, MN, with a master’s degree in public administration, and Minnesota State University Moorhead where she got her undergraduate degrees in both mass communications and political science.

She has more than  years of public policy experience at the federal, state, and local levels. She previously served as the North Dakota regional director for a national construction association, and she also worked for an international non-profit based in Fargo doing project management and government relations. She worked at the Minnesota legislature as a policy staffer, a regional director for a Minnesota member of Congress, and was a local elected city council member. Brenda grew up on a corn, soybean, and beef cattle farm in northeastern South Dakota.

“We are excited to have Ms. Elmer lead our Association. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise in management and in the advocacy arena and will no doubt put that to work promoting the corn industry in our state and in Washington, D.C.” stated North Dakota Corn Growers Association President Rob Hanson.

Completing the Association staff is Kari Schiefelbein. She started in June as the new Growers Services Specialist. Her responsibilities include overseeing and promoting membership, managing finances, and creating content for social media, the NDCGA website, and the CornTalk magazine.

Prior to joining the Association, Kari grew up on her family’s farm, Schiefelbein Farms, in central Minnesota where they raise Black Angus cattle. Kari moved to Fargo/Moorhead to attend Minnesota State University Moorhead from which she recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and mass communications.

President Hanson also noted, “Kari has hit the ground running in services to our growers, working hard on events and publications and membership in the first weeks on the job. She comes with a fresh perspective and experience in communications that will help take the Association to the next level.”

Brenda Elmer, Executive Director

Kari Schiefelbein, Growers Services Specialist

20 Dec

NDCGA VP Paul Thomas shares his thoughts on the EPA RVO rule

2019-12-20T11:06:06-06:00December 20th, 2019|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

North Dakota Corn Growers Association Vice President Paul Thomas of Velva, ND shared his thoughts with Mick Kjar about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renewable Volume Obligations’s (RVO) rule. This ruling set the fuel volume requirements for the coming year, including accounting for 2020 refinery waivers. Listen to Paul’s full interview here or click the box below. 

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