General Information

7 Jun

The North Dakota Corn Growers Association Seeks Growers Services Specialist

2021-06-10T15:59:32-05:00June 7th, 2021|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

The North Dakota Corn Growers Association is hiring a growers services specialist to serve corn growers across the state.  Responsibilities are varied with main emphasis being communications, social media, layout and design of publications, correspondence with grower members, special events, membership, and financials.

Position Purpose: Manage and grow membership for the Association. Secure corporate sponsorships for newsletter, Northern Corn & Soy Expo trade show and golf tournament. Coordinate and lead in writing and layout of Association magazine. Plan major events including Northern Corn & Soy Expo and Annual golf tournament and future events. Attend trade shows on behalf of the Association. Assist in preparation of Board meeting materials, minutes and logistics. Maintain website and social media content. Lead in processing finances and maintaining financial records. This position reports to the Association’s executive director.

Preferred background and experience: Bachelor’s degree in communications or an agriculture-related field, at least one year of professional career work experience is preferred, especially in a member association or in the agriculture industry. Required experience in writing, design and layout of graphic and promotional materials, and business correspondence. Knowledge of InDesign helpful. Preferred experience working with boards and the public. Effective communicator and presenter in both written and oral form; ability to plan, direct and coordinate events; work with producers, vendors, commodity groups and other organizations as necessary. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills required. Ability to think creatively and develop innovative ideas and approaches. Effective time management skills, including balancing a variety of daily and longer-term projects and demands. Ability to travel in-state and domestically to attend conferences, training, and other events as required to acquire and maintain proficiency in fulfilling the responsibilities of the position.

This position is responsible for making decisions fulfilling a variety of different roles; including but not limited to: the planning of events and meetings; marketing, communications, media and public relations; strategies for executing plans established by the board and executive director; as a professional, operates independently with direction and executes strategies and methods to achieve goals of the Association. Perform other duties as directed by the Executive Director of NDCGA.

Please submit resume, cover letter and three references to NDCGA, 4852 Rocking Horse Circle S., Fargo, ND 58104, Attention: Screening Committee or email . Applications accepted until position is filled. Screening will begin June 18, 2021.

28 May

NDCGA to Host “Federal Policy Update” Webinar

2021-05-28T12:37:08-05:00May 28th, 2021|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

With the new Administration and Congress, there have been numerous changes in direction and approaches to federal policy issues that are vital to producers. In response, NDCGA is hosting a Webinar to provide a federal policy update, featuring NDCGA lobbyist Jim Callan, Also joining will be National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Directors of Public Policy Colleen Willard and Wayne Stoskopf.  Also welcomed are staff member invitees from ND’s congressional offices of Senator Kevin Cramer, Senator John Hoeven, and Representative Kelly Armstrong to provide insight.

The webinar will be held Wednesday, June 2, 2021, from 7:00–8:00 am CST via Zoom.

Topics that will be covered include the following:

  • Stepped Up Basis Tax Proposal – the Biden Administration is proposing to change the current stepped up basis formula that could negatively impacts producers and small
    businesses.
  • Climate Policy – Following an Executive Order issued by President Biden, USDA recently issued a report responding to public comments—what are their recommendations and what do they mean for producers?
  • Conservation Matters – Conservation Reserve Program, “America the Beautiful” 30×30 Conservation Plan—the latest updates.
  • Federal Crop Insurance – what are the budgetary risks to this vital program?
  • Future of Farm Programs – what are the implications of federal appropriations/policy, e.g., the MFP, Covid-19 relief packages for the 2023 Farm Bill (or earlier)?
  • Trade – what directions are the new Administration taking, and what is status of Trade Promotion Authority?

There will be a Q&A time set aside at the end of the hour as well.

Limited to ACTIVE members only!

Click here to register.

Please contact the office at 701-566-9322 with any questions.

14 May

NDCGA Legislative Wrap-Up Webinar was a Success

2021-05-14T11:55:48-05:00May 14th, 2021|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

We had a great turnout of members and board members who attended our 2021 Legislative Session Recap Report webinar on Thursday morning.  NDCGA would like to extend a huge thank you to the state legislators who joined the call: Representative Paul Thomas, Representative Dennis Johnson, Representative Mike Brandenburg, and Senator Terry Wanzek.

Below is a brief summary of some of NDCGA’s accomplishments this session, which were discussed more in-depth on the webinar:

LEGISLATIVE HIGHLIGHTS: [pdf version here]

  • Value-added Agriculture and Energy
    • $80 million value-added loan guarantee program (SB 2230)
    •  $10 million agriculture diversification and development fund (HB 1475)
  • Rural Infrastructure
    • $750,000 to assist townships with FEMA match dollars for emergency repairs (SB 2012 DOT)
    • $60 million for township roads and bridges ($30 million of state and potentially $30 million of federal money) (HB 1015 OMB)
  • Renewable Energy
    • DOT to use Unleaded 88 (E15) and biodiesel in the state motor fleet (SB 2012 DOT)
    • $25 million clean sustainable energy fund (HB 1452)
  • Agriculture Research and Extension
    • Strong appropriations for NDSU Research, NDSU Extension, and Northern Crops Institute. Restored potential budget cuts and funded animal agriculture, data, and NDAWN initiatives.
  • Water Management
    • Permitting for drain tile projects will be streamlined. The State Water Commission can cost-share for widening or deepening activities for drains. (HB 1437)
6 May

NDCGA to Hold State Legislative Recap Webinar

2021-05-06T09:32:15-05:00May 6th, 2021|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

The North Dakota Corn Growers Association was actively engaged at the capitol all session, ensuring our members’ concerns and priorities were addressed.

All members are invited to join our webinar, moderated by board member and State Representative Paul Thomas, for a review of the 67th Legislative Assembly.  NDGCA’s full-time lobbyist Lance Gaebe, board president Rob Hanson, and other ND legislators will take part in a panel discussing the key bills NDCGA supported or opposed and the outcomes of the legislation.  Hear also perspectives from invitees Senator Larry Luick, Senator Terry Wanzek, Representative Dennis Johnson, and Representative Mike Brandenburg on the panel, as they provide an outlook on how the legislation of this session aligns with NDCGA priorities.

DATE: Thursday, May 13, 2021

TIME: 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

LOCATION: Zoom Webinar

This is a members-only webinar, so join/renew at www.ndcorn.org/corngrowers.

Members can register HERE.  (Reminder: the Zoom link will only be sent to ACTIVE members.  Contact Kari at to check your membership status.)

2 May

Final Legislative Report Summary Released

2021-05-06T10:41:33-05:00May 2nd, 2021|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

The 67th Legislative Assembly of the State of North Dakota adjourned just after midnight on Friday, April 30. It was the conclusion of the 76th legislative day. The state constitution limits the legislature to meet for 80 days, so it left itself four days to use in November or December for legislative redistricting and possibly to allocate additional federal funds.

A total of 914 bills were introduced and acted on this session. Numerous studies were also proposed for consideration during the interim. Legislative Management will meet soon to choose proposed studies to be assigned to interim legislative committees it will form. The interim committees will review policies and ideas prior to the 2023 Legislative Session.

The North Dakota Corn Growers Association was successful in moving forward several initiatives in support of value-added agriculture, rural road infrastructure, and renewable energy. The NDCGA played an instrumental role in advancing key issues and Legislators were responsive and approved rural investments and agriculture initiatives.

THANK YOU to all members who reached out to local legislators on important ag-related issues. Your participation was impactful and instrumental in advancing ethanol priorities. Please remember to thank legislators for their support.

Highlights, as well as a summary of key bills tracked by the North Dakota Corn Growers Association are linked below with a comprehensive summary of ag-related bills acted on during the 67th Legislative Assembly.

FINAL ND Legislative Report NDCGA

14 Apr

Legislative Report April 9, 2021

2021-04-14T09:33:11-05:00April 14th, 2021|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

North Dakota Corn Growers Association was all around the Capitol in Bismarck again this past week.  Check out a review of this past week at the Capitol: Legislative Report April 9, 2021

Pictured left to right: Executive Director Brenda Elmer, Board member Brian Leier, State Senator Terry Wanzek, and Board member Drew Courtney.

8 Apr

Ethanol and Your Small Engines

2021-04-08T14:22:24-05:00April 8th, 2021|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

Hoon Ge, President | MEG Corp.

Like the family fine china set, beliefs about vehicles, equipment, and fuels are often passed down from generation to generation.  Should you buy the green tractor or the red one? Do you drive a truck with the blue oval or the bowtie?

Beliefs about ethanol fuels are also often based on the beliefs of the previous generation. We often hear, “My dad told me not to use E10 (10% ethanol, 90% gasoline) in my boat/motorcycle/lawnmower” along with reasons like “it attracts water”, “it’s corrosive” and “it goes bad faster”.   Common misconceptions like these cause consumers to go out of their way to find “non-oxygenated” gasoline – gasoline with no ethanol added.

lawnmowers lined up for sale

Ethanol is a low-cost, high-octane fuel.  Adding ethanol to gasoline increases the octane while reducing the cost of the fuel.  If you’ve chosen to purchase non-oxygenated gasoline in the past, you’ve likely noticed a significant increase in price for that fuel.  Ethanol is also cleaner than other octane enhancers, reducing emissions harmful to the environment and human health.

A 10 percent ethanol blend is found in more than 95 percent of gasoline sold in the U.S. today. Manufacturers build products with the proper components to run on E10. For more information on E10 approvals by marine engine, motorcycle, off-road and small engine manufacturers visit the Renewable Fuel Associations website at https://ethanolrfa.org/consumers/boats-motorcycles-small-engines/

Ethanol can hold more water in suspension than gasoline. This means that water that may enter the tank is less likely to drop to the bottom and will be pulled through and out of the system as the fuel is used.  While there is a lot of talk about ethanol and phase separation, it takes a lot of water for this to occur. Following proper storage and maintenance best practices will prevent this from happening.

Air is not your fuel’s friend. Water in fuel can come from condensation from the air. As temperatures get colder at night or as summer turns into fall, air can hold less water and it will condense into the fuel.  Water can also enter through leaks and loose or missing caps. Air also contains oxygen.  Oxygen in a fuel tank leads to oxidation, resulting in fuel degradation. Whether it contains an ethanol blend or not, gasoline will degrade if stored for extended periods without proper handling.

Housekeeping Best Practices

Always check your owner’s manual for fuel and storage recommendations. 

  • During the “In-Season”, keep tanks full to prevent air in the headspace which leads to condensation and oxidation.
  • During the “Off-Season”, when storing equipment for an extended period, we recommend filling your tank full and sealing it with an airtight cover to prevent air and evaporation. This method prevents wasting of fuel and does not add cost. Emptying the tank and fuel system is another option if there is little fuel remaining that would be wasted. If you do not completely fill or empty the tank, use a fuel stabilizer, running the engine briefly to allow the stabilizer to reach the entire fuel system.

Ethanol is a renewable fuel produced in North Dakota, using North Dakota-grown corn, supporting North Dakota families. You can save money and choose a cleaner, more renewable fuel blend simply by choosing E10 for your small engines, just like you would for your gasoline-powered car or truck.

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