North Dakota Corn Growers Association

5 Oct

Harvest Update 10/5/20

2020-10-27T13:31:12-05:00October 5th, 2020|General Information, 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.

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

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

27 Jan

Why Should I Attend the Northern Corn and Soybean Expo?

2020-01-28T08:50:42-06:00January 27th, 2020|News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

The Expo is a full day of FREE events designed to make you a better producer, all under one roof – the Fargodome. The Expo features informative breakout sessions on current issues affecting your operation, nationally-acclaimed speakers covering important topics and a trade show featuring companies showcasing emerging technologies and products. You will have the opportunity to network with your peers and industry experts at these sessions and during a provided breakfast and lunch. Read on to discover just what Expo has to offer you! (more…)

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. 

27 Nov

2019 Corn Harvest – Frequently Asked Questions

2019-11-27T11:08:29-06:00November 27th, 2019|News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

Q: What should the insured do if there are unharvested acres of corn at the calendar date for the end of insurance period (EOIP), which is September 30th for silage and December 10th for grain?

A: File a timely notice of loss with their crop insurance agent for any damage due to an insurable cause of loss on or before the calendar date for the EOIP for all unharvested corn, which may result in the following determination(s) by Approved Insurance Providers (AIP) in accordance with the Risk Management Agency’s (RMA) procedures:

  • AIPs may authorize policyholders, on a case-by-case basis, more time to attempt to harvest the crop so claims can be settled based on harvested production in accordance with subparagraph 702B of the Loss Adjustment Manual Standards Handbook (LAM). An AIP may allow additional time to harvest when the following conditions are met:
    • The insured provides a timely notice of loss to their crop insurance agent;
    • The AIP determines and documents that the delay in harvest was due to an insured cause of loss;
    • The insured demonstrates that harvest was not possible due to insured causes; and
    • The delay in harvest was not because the insured did not have sufficient equipment or manpower to harvest the crop by the EOIP.
  • AIPs may make final inspections in accordance with paragraph 702 of the AIPs will account for all insured acres of the crop that were harvested or unharvested and appraised. This will include applying quality adjustment as outlined in the Coarse Grains Crop Provisions (CP), applicable State/County Special Provisions, and the Corn Loss Adjustment Standards Handbook.
  • AIPs may require the insured to leave representative sample areas in accordance with paragraph 924 of the Representative sample areas are used when deferred appraisals (subparagraph 921B of the LAM) are required and the insured requests immediate release of the acreage.
  • AIPs may settle claims based on the appraisal from the remaining unharvested acres. Follow LAM procedure regarding final disposition of a crop.


Q: Can an insured harvest past the calendar date for the EOIP?

A: Yes. The AIP may authorize additional time to complete loss adjustment due to an insured peril preventing harvest by the calendar date for the EOIP, including additional time to harvest the crop on a case-by-case basis, as explained above.


Q: Is the insured required to harvest all corn acreage in order for the AIP to complete the claim?

A: No, AIPs may complete a claim based on an appraisal of unharvested acreage in accordance with subparagraph 921A of the LAM.


Q: What if an insured cannot mechanically harvest the crop acreage due to an insurable cause of loss?

A: Subparagraph 921D of the LAM includes procedure for determining unable to mechanically harvest. No production will be counted for acreage that is determined unable to mechanically harvest. If mechanical harvest is feasible with normal harvest methods/equipment on any portion of the unharvested acreage, the AIP can appraise and count only the production that could have been mechanically harvested. Wet field conditions, snow covered fields, or inaccessible roads/bridges that prevent harvest of the crop by the calendar date for the EOIP does not mean the acreage can never be mechanically harvested with normal harvest methods/equipment. This may only be a temporary condition. Likewise, the fact that it would cost more to harvest the crop than the crop is worth does not constitute that the insured is unable to mechanically harvest the crop.


Q: Can AIPs use harvested production from representative sample areas for appraised production and to obtain samples for quality adjustment determinations?

A: Yes, subparagraph 921C of the LAM allows for harvested representative sample appraisals.


Q: If the acreage is appraised (vs. harvested) and put to another use, what effect is there on the Actual Production History (APH) database?

A: Refer to subparagraph 1304E of the Crop Insurance Handbook FCIC-18010. For any unharvested acreage, appraised potential production is included on the production report and used in the APH database. If acreage of the crop was destroyed/put to another use and an appraisal of the potential production was not made (not requested for APH database purposes or no claim), the production report will indicate the planted acres and a “zero” yield.


Q: Does quality adjustment include discounts for the moisture content of corn grain?

A: There are no quality discounts for moisture content. If moisture adjustment is applicable, it will be made prior to any adjustment for quality in accordance with section 11(d) of the Coarse Grains CP. Section 11(d) of the Coarse Grains CP specifies that corn production to count will be reduced by 0.12 percent for each 0.1 percentage point of moisture in excess of fifteen percent (15%), and if moisture exceeds thirty percent (30%), production will be reduced by 0.2 percent for each 0.1 percentage point of moisture in excess of thirty percent (30%).


Q: If corn grain has a test weight of 44.00 to 48.99 (on the discount factor chart in Section A of the Special Provisions) with no other eligible quality discounts, can the quality discount be determined by a reduction in value (RIV) if the corn grain is sold?

A: In accordance with the Special Provisions, the quality discount is determined by the discount factor chart in Section A of the Special Provisions for the applicable county and a RIV discount is not an option. See the following example test weight discount factor chart for reference:


Q: An insured’s corn grain production is damaged due to an insurable cause of loss and the production is rejected by the elevator/buyer due to low test weight. Is the damaged corn grain production eligible for an indemnity when there is no buyer for the production?

A: Every reasonable effort should be made by the insured and the AIP to find a market for the damaged corn grain production including:

  • A determination if there are buyers outside of the local marketing area;
  • Determination if livestock feeding operations or other types of salvage buyers are willing to buy the damaged production; and
  • Fair consideration to deliver production to a market outside the insureds local marketing area (distant market) is equal to or greater than the production’s value at the distant market.

If a market still cannot be found for the damaged production, the AIP can make zero market value determinations in accordance with subparagraph 1102H of the LAM. A zero market value determination by the AIP will result in zero production to count for claims purposes, if the production is destroyed in an acceptable manner.


Q: Does zero market value procedure in the Special Provisions apply if the corn grain test weight is on the discount factor chart in Section A (44.00 through 48.99) and no viable salvage market can be found?

A: Zero market value procedure applies if the AIP determines there are insured quality deficiencies and there is no salvage market. However, if the corn grain test weight is 49.00 and above (having no insured quality deficiencies), then zero market value procedure would not be applicable.


Q: If the AIP determines there is zero market value production due to insured quality deficiencies, does the production have to be destroyed?

A: Production must be destroyed in an acceptable manner in order to receive the discount factor of 1.000 (zero production to count for claim purposes). If production is not destroyed, discount factors will be determined in accordance with Section D of the Special Provisions.


Q: Are there specific quality adjustment procedures when the edible portion of a crop is exposed to flood waters?

A: In accordance with Section C of the Special Provisions, if the edible portion of a crop is exposed to flood waters it is considered adulterated and should not be used for feed and food:


“The Food and Drug Administration guidelines state when an edible portion of a crop is exposed to flood waters, it is considered adulterated and can be injurious to human or animal health and should not be used for feed or food.  For acreage of an insured crop in which the edible portion of the crop has been exposed to flood waters, such production is considered to contain substances or conditions qualifying under Section C3 with a level exceeding the maximum amount allowed.  Such production is not required to be sampled and tested by an approved laboratory.  Whether you intend to harvest or not harvest such acreage, you must give us notice to inspect the crop.  Such production will be considered to have zero market value if destroyed in an acceptable manner.  Refer to Section D.  If you harvest production from such flood-damaged acreage and commingle with production from acreage not damaged by flood, such commingled production will not be adjusted for any quality deficiencies listed in Section C.”

20 Nov

ND Corn Growers Association Participates in Northey and Barbre Roundtables

2019-11-20T14:19:42-06:00November 20th, 2019|News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

The North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA) continues to actively work on solutions to problems farmers are facing throughout North Dakota. In the last two weeks, our board members and staff have met with our Congressional Delegation, numerous state leaders, and USDA officials Under Secretary Bill Northey and RMA Administrator Martin Barbre.

NDCGA continually seeks solutions to the challenges corn producers face, and is looking ahead to how the organization can better frame future risk management policies that address the perils producers face.

President Randy Melvin attended a roundtable meeting in Argusville, ND with Under Secretary Northey, Senators Hoeven and Cramer, and other elected officials. Discussions centered around poor harvest conditions due to flooding and an early blizzard. Senator Hoeven announced that USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue has approved North Dakota’s request for a secretarial disaster designation for 47 counties; this will enable these counties to be eligible for WHIP+ aid. President Randy Melvin said, “the North Dakota Corn Growers thank Under Secretary Northey for coming to North Dakota and seeing the challenges we are facing. We are thankful for Northey’s response and openness to the ideas to improve risk management programs to help mitigate stress for producers.”

Vice President Paul Thomas attended the roundtable with RMA Administrator Barbre in Minot last Monday. The meeting focused on RMA’s flexibility with crop insurance adjustors and crop insurance premiums. On Thursday, November 14, RMA announced it would “continue to defer accrual of interest for 2019 crop year insurance premiums” in order to assist producers affected by adverse weather. Thomas asked for changes including: adding counties that currently do not have crop insurance coverage in North Dakota to become eligible, remove the 2019 crop year prevented plant acres from the 1 in 4 rule nationwide due to the unprecedented wet conditions. He also asked for RMA to work with private insurance providers to maintain flexibility on a farm by farm basis as the harvest deadline approaches. Thomas requested RMA develop an insurance product that allows farmers to take enterprise unit coverage on a smaller scale. 

The North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA) is the farmer-led membership organization focusing on policy that impacts North Dakota corn producers. The NDCGA board of directors consists of 14 growers from seven districts along with two at-large directors.


13 Nov

Tell the EPA to Follow Through on RFS Commitment

2019-11-13T14:28:54-06:00November 13th, 2019|News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

On October 4, President Trump announced an agreement that directed the EPA to follow the law and keep the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) whole, using the three-year average of renewable fuel gallons actually waived by the EPA, to account for waivers going forward.
The EPA has proposed to use a three-year average of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) recommended waivers, rather than the three-year average actually waived by the EPA as promised. While the EPA has correctly proposed to project waived gallons in the 2020 RFS volumes and future years, the projection does not reflect the EPA’s record on waivers. The EPA has consistently waived nearly twice as much as the DOE recommends. Good intentions do not provide certainty. Without a binding commitment the RFS will be kept whole, this rule gives the EPA free reign to change direction at any time.
The recent expansion of RFS waivers has reduced RFS requirements by more than 4 billion gallons over three years. In the past marketing year, corn use for ethanol production has fallen by 229 million bushels. EPA’s proposal to redistribute future waived gallons is half of what President Trump committed to.
Tell the EPA to follow and uphold the RFS. The deadline for comments is November 29. Please send your comment to the EPA today!


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