Kansas Corn Commission, National Corn Growers Association celebrate 35 years of partnership
Special recognition was given recently to an organization that has supported research, promotion and education of corn grown in Kansas for several decades.
The Kansas Corn Commission and National Corn Growers Association celebrated 35 years of partnership, with recognition given at the most recent Kansas Corn Commission board meeting. NCGA President Garry Niemeyer presented a plaque to KCC Chairman Mike Brzon, Courtland, during the meeting and thanked the state organization for continued support of essential programs to secure the future of Kansas corn.
Since 1977, the Kansas Corn Commission has served as a grower-funded, grower-governed advocacy organization. It is funded by a half-cent per bushel checkoff that supports research, market development, promotion and education on behalf of the state's corn production industry. Corn has grown to become Kansas' top crop, having led the state by producing 4.5 billion bushels in nine of the last ten years.
Brzon said corn producers will continue to work with NCGA to maintain strong markets and meet the needs of its customers through improved technology and crop production practices.
"It is important to understand the breadth of the work of National Corn Growers in the areas of market development, promotion and research," Brzon said. "Grower-led efforts in these areas are very successful in promoting corn and its products as well as supporting efforts to improve production and build markets."
In its August meeting, the Kansas Corn Commission approved its 35th year of funding for NCGA. Much of the work is directed by grower action teams in the areas of trade and biotech, ethanol, grower services, image and activism, production and stewardship, public policy and research and business development.
For example, the Kansas Corn Commission continually works to build infrastructure for ethanol and educate consumers about the U.S. ethanol industry, which produced more than 13.7 billion gallons of the renewable fuel in 2011. Last year also marked the beginning of the NASCAR American Ethanol Partnership, a partnership between state corn grower organizations, National Corn Growers Association and Growth Energy.
Now in its second year, the partnership validates ethanol to millions of fans during all three NASCAR series as fans watched all NASCAR vehicles performing well with Sunoco Green E15 in their tank. With nearly 2 million NASCAR miles being raced with American Ethanol, NASCAR has become a proving ground for ethanol fuels that provide high performance on racecar drivers on the track, as well as for families on the highways.
The Kansas Corn Commission's funding to NCGA also supports image and educational efforts like the Corn Farmers Coalition and U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, which reach millions with positive and educational messages about agriculture. As biotechnology lends to more efficient farming practices and advancements in crops, funding for production and stewardship efforts has never been more important. Kansas Corn and NCGA efforts also help ensure strong markets for corn through research and development and other efforts.
"NCGA provides growers an opportunity to be directly involved in efforts in research and technology that can help producers through tough times like we are experiencing this year," Brzon said. "As growers we appreciate the work being done on our behalf to support continuing efforts to improve our crop and cropping practices while continuing support our customers and maintain strong markets for our crop."