Grain News & Updat es

Hutchison Honored as Mid-Atlantic Master Farmer

Congratulations to Maryland Grain Producers board member Bobby Hutchison of Cordova, who was recently recognized as a Mid-Atlantic Master Farmer! Bobby has invested much time and effort to be a “farmer’s voice” in the regulatory process that successfully shaped Maryland agriculture into a national environmental model. From his work to fund hull-less barley potential to finding innovative solutions to the Delmarva’s poultry litter overabundance, Bobby Hutchison has been a tireless agricultural advocate.


Hutchison is a partner in Hutchison Brothers, a 4,000-acre cash grain and vegetable cropping business now owned with brother Richard, son Travis, and nephews Kyle and Robert. He and four brothers grew up on their father’s farm and went through several stages of partnerships since starting farming in 1973. On their farm, the Hutchison’s use technologies and research to improve nutrient and economic efficiencies — variable-rate nitrogen and planting, buffers, bioreactors and more  — now crucial to reducing agriculture’s environmental impact. 

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NCGA Action Alerts

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) urges members to take action on the following issues:

Send your comments to EPA to support the repeal of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. EPA needs to codify President Trump’s Executive order repealing WOTUS and then create a new rule. Comments are due on August 28.


Submit Comments on WOTUS

The EPA proposed the 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) for corn-based ethanol at the level intended by Congress but proposed to lower the total RVO, as well as the cellulosic and advanced volumes, below the 2017 volumes.  We need to keep a strong Renewable Fuel Standard!  Doing so will yield greater stability and certainty in the marketplace and spur increased investment in renewable fuels.  Please submit your comment to the EPA by August 31, 2017.

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Washington Post Debunks Farming Myths

The Washington Post published a story recently worth sharing with consumers titled, 10 Mega Myths About Farming to Remember on Your Next Grocery Run”. The story, targeted towards the 99 percent of Americans who eat food, but don’t produce it, talks about a variety of misconceptions, including family farms, technology, pesticides, organic, and GMOs. The author writes, “because of our intimate relationship with food, and because it's so crucial to our health and the environment, people should be very concerned about how it’s produced.” 

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USDA Crop Production Report

The USDA’s Crop Production Report for August was released yesterday, predicting that another big corn and soybean crop are on the way. The Aug. 10 Crop Production report forecast the 2017 U.S. average corn yield at 169.5 bushels per acre and total corn production at 14.153 billion bushels, which would be the third-highest on record. The Aug. 1 corn objective yield data indicate the fifth-highest number of ears on record for the combined 10 objective-yield states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin). If realized, 2017/18 corn production would be 6.6 percent below the record crop of 2016/17, and 2.9 percent below last year’s record-high yield.

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Exports of U.S. Feed Grains in All Forms Setting Records

Exports of U.S. feed grains in all forms are up 20 percent year-over-year from September-June to 96.9 million metric tons, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and analysis by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). 

U.S. ethanol exports have already reached a new all-time high at 1.15 billion gallons this marketing year, according to data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, surpassing the 1.09 billion gallons exported in 2011/2012. Ethanol exports to Brazil more than quadrupled to 438 million gallons, even though purchases are expected to slow in coming months. Exports of U.S. ethanol to Canada, a key partner through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), also increased to 263 million gallons, a five percent growth compared to the same time the year prior. And India set a new record for U.S. ethanol purchases, more than doubling year-over-year to 116 million gallons. 

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