Big picture conversations about the future of corn farming with Jon Doggett, the CEO of the National Corn Growers Association.
Join Jon every month as he travels the nation on a mission to advocate for America’s corn farmers. From the fields of the Corn Belt to the DC Beltway, we’ll make sure that the growers who feed America have a say in issues that are important to them with key leaders who are shaping the future of agriculture.
Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents nearly 40,000 dues-paying corn farmers nationwide and the interests of more than 300,000 growers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states.
NCGA and its 50 affiliated state organizations work together to create and increase opportunities for corn growers, with a vision of sustainably feeding and fueling a growing world.
Meat-ing Customer Needs with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Certified Angus Beef
After a long day in the field, there's no reward like a tender juicy corn-fed cut of steak.
And it's made all the sweeter by the fact that the US beef industry is one of the largest consumers of American corn.
So, in this episode, we're going to talk to two beef industry leaders, Collin Woodall from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Nicole Erceg from Certified Angus Beef, about how corn growers can be good partners to the beef industry, what it means to meet modern consumer expectations, and how you might be cooking your steaks wrong.
As Nicole notes, sustainability is a team sport. And with consumer expectations evolving year in and year out, close partnerships between corn growers and beef producers are more important than ever before.
Colin shared his favorite recipe for Grilled Cowboy Steaks.
And Nicole invites you to:
· Access more than 500 chef-tested recipes at CertifiedAngusBeef.com
· Follow Certified Angus Beef Test Kitchen on YouTube for recipes, how-tos and technique videos
Former White Sox Outfielder Ron Kittle Recaps the MLB Field of Dreams game, with NCGA President John Linder
The Field of Dreams is an iconic movie for baseball fans and corn growers alike, and the image of an idyllic baseball diamond set amongst the Iowa corn stalks has endured now for decades.
But this summer, the NCGA had the opportunity to be part of Major League Baseball’s plan to bring baseball back to that field in Dyersville.
And on this episode, we’ll relive the event with Ron Kittle, former White Sox outfielder and 1983 AL Rookie of the Year, as well as NCGA President John Linder.
Together with Jon and Dusty, they'll revisit the planning that made this special event possible, share stories from game day and explore Ron's career in Major League baseball. Plus, John Linder shares the tale of his run-in with actor Kevin Costner at the game itself.
Congressional Rep. Cheri Bustos and the Next Generation Fuels Act: A Full Tank of Good Policy
The Next Generation Fuels Act is poised to reinforce the market for American ethanol, and it’s been introduced in Congress with bipartisan support.
And in this episode of the podcast, we’re joined by Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, who was honored with the NCGA President’s Award this year for her support as sponsor of the Next Generation Fuels Act.
She’ll outline the specifics of the bill, share the outlook from Washington and detail what you can do to make sure this important piece of legislation becomes law.
Transportation Energy Reality Check, with Fuels Institute Executive Director John Eichberger
Between a couple of recent high-profile court cases and all the hype surrounding electric vehicles, stakeholders in the corn and ethanol industry are looking for a little reassurance right now.
But the reality of the transportation energy puzzle is a little more complex than what you’ve heard on the news.
So in this episode, we’re joined by John Eichberger, executive director of the Fuels Institute, for a reality check about the present and future of the transportation energy sector. Together with NCGA CEO Jon Doggett, he discusses the shifting makeup of the American transportation fleet, the hurdles to mass adoption that electric vehicles still face, the probable impact of recent court cases, and why ethanol remains the best option for decarbonizing American transportation today.
Leading the Field in Sustainability, with Nebraska Corn Grower Brandon Hunnicutt
In today’s world, farmers face growing consumer expectations, a need for economic resilience and the very real pressures of global climate change.
And they’re meeting these challenges head-on with science-driven practices that prove that sustainability is more than a buzzword in the agriculture industry.
In this episode, Nebraska farmer and NCGA board member Brandon Hunnicutt outlines NCGA’s new sustainability goals, and the benefits he’s seen from thinking about the sustainability of his own operation. He shares his personal insights about smart farming advances, cover crop use, advanced irrigation management and other techniques that make his farm more sustainable, and how he’s saved money and improved yields as a result.
Plus, Jon offers up the view from Washington, and why it’s important for growers to be perceived as part of the solution in the ongoing discussion over sustainability.
To learn more about NCGA’s 2030 sustainability goals, and to offer your feedback, visit ncga.com/sustainability.
Corn & Bourbon: Powering Partnerships and Kentucky’s Economic Revival
With a grain content at least 51 percent corn, bourbon is a drink that’s near and dear to every grower’s heart.
But in the heart of bourbon country, there’s a really neat partnership taking root between the Kentucky Corn Growers Association and the producers of Yellow Banks bourbon, who source their corn from local growers and donate a portion of their profits to support corn research.
In this episode, we’re back at the Frazier Kentucky History Museum in Louisville for part two of our discussion about bourbon, as 8th generation master distiller Jacob Call from Green River Distilling talks about the partnerships… and the relationships… that make Yellow Banks possible.
Plus, Frazier Kentucky History Museum president and CEO Andy Treinen talks about how bourbon tourism is helping people reconnect with life on the farm.
And Laura Knoth and Adam Andrews from the Kentucky Corn Growers Association discuss how strongly-rooted bourbon and corn are in Kentucky’s economy and culture.