News Releases

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.

29 Mar

Structuring Corn Oil to Replace Saturated Fats

2019-03-29T10:35:35-05:00March 29th, 2019|"Corn: Technically Speaking" Blog, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

by Dr. Bingcan Chen,Food and Cereal Chemistry, North Dakota State University

Shortening is a functional ingredient that has been widely used in the baking industry. Partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the core ingredient that was used to manufacture shortening, is banned by the FDA from food use. They are likely replaced by butter or tropical oils (palm oil and coconut oil). Certainly, the replacement of PHOs by palm or coconut oil is not a promising means since both oils contain extremely high amounts of saturated fatty acids. As a matter of fact, food manufacturers and scientists are seeking for alternative approaches that can replace PHOs and produce shortening that can mimic the physical properties of PHOs-based shortening while maintaining the balanced fatty acid profile. (more…)

14 Jan

Jean Henning named Interim Executive Director

2019-01-14T11:39:29-06:00January 14th, 2019|News Releases, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

Jean Henning

ND Corn Council names Jean Henning Interim Executive Director

FARGO, North Dakota — January 14, 2019 — The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council announced that Jean Henning will serve as interim executive director until a decision regarding future leadership is made.

“We are thankful for Jean’s successful efforts of promoting North Dakota corn over the past four years,” said Terry Wehlander, chairman. “Jean has previously served as the financial and research director for the council and a decision will be made regarding the executive director position at the April Council meeting.”

“In the interim and beyond, North Dakota Corn will continue its strategic focus of growing a healthy, profitable business climate for northern corn.” Wehlander said.

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.

4 Jan

ND Corn mourns the loss of Executive Director Dale Ihry

2019-01-07T09:19:43-06:00January 4th, 2019|General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council|

Dale Ihry

ND Corn mourns the loss of Executive Director Dale Ihry

Fargo, North Dakota – January 4, 2018 – It is with deep sadness that we announce that Dale Ihry, Executive Director of the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council and the North Dakota Corn Growers Association, died Thursday due to complications from a recent illness. The entire ND Corn family mourns his loss.

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21 Nov

North Dakota Corn Growers Association welcomes Elli Ressler

2019-01-04T15:15:27-06:00November 21st, 2018|News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

Elli Ressler

ND Corn Growers Association hires Elli Ressler

FARGO, North Dakota — November 5, 2018 — The North Dakota Corn Growers Association is pleased to announce the addition of Elli Ressler as the Growers Services Specialist.

Ressler graduated from North Dakota State University in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics. She was most recently employed at the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association as the Special Projects Director. (more…)