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March 9, 2017

There is a popular myth out there that today’s modern food production system is being run by corporations or industrialized agriculture. But, the truth is that much of our food is grown and raised on farms by families. Iowa has roughly 88,000 farms and 129,000 farm operators. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Census of Agriculture, more than 97 percent of Iowa farms are owned by families.

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March 8, 2017

A new non-fiction book by children’s author Katie Olthoff is now available and tells the story of raising corn on a modern Iowa farm. My Family’s Corn Farm is available by request free for students and teachers from the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation.  The story follows Presley, a young farm girl in Iowa. She lives with her family on a corn and swine farm. Presley a takes the readers on a tour of the family farm and discusses how corn is grown for livestock feed, human food and industrial uses, and to produce fuel like ethanol. The book is written at a 3rd grade reading level and has supplemental text that gives additional background information for more advanced readers.

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March 7, 2017

Through the Iowa Corn Promotion Board’s (ICPB) investment in research, Iowa corn farmers continue making strides in sustainably increasing corn plant efficiency while reducing the environmental impact of corn production.The initiative, called Genomes To Fields (G2F), is funded with the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, National Corn Growers Association and now includes 21 states plus Ontario. This program leverages the mapping of the corn genome to identify key corn genetic traits that impact yield and the plant’s ability to respond to environmental stressors to design a better corn plant in the future.

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March 7, 2017

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) recognized four Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) members as winners of the 2016 National Corn Yield Contest (NCYC) during the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas last week.

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March 6, 2017

Iowa Corn farmer-leaders were in San Antonio, Texas this past week to take part in the 2017 Commodity Classic. A main task for ICGA at Classic is debating the policies that the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) should promote to benefit Iowa’s farmers. During NCGA’s Corn Congress, ICGA delegate farmer-leaders discussed many key priority issues and three Iowa resolutions were passed by the voting body.

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March 2, 2017

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Iowa Corn Growers Association. To commemorate this milestone, ICGA has embarked on several different pathways to celebrate half a century of pro-farmer legislation and solidifying our place in history as the largest and most dedicated state corn association. One way we are spreading...
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February 24, 2017

Iowa Corn leaders will be traveling to San Antonio next week for the 2017 Commodity Classic. The primary objective for ICGA at Classic is working to develop policies that the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) will promote to benefit corn farmers around the country. Four resolutions previously developed and approved by ICGA grassroots members will be brought forward.

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February 16, 2017

The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year as the country’s oldest and largest corn growers’ organization. The ICGA, created from a statewide grassroots effort, was formed in 1967 with the distinct purpose of serving as the collective voice for its Iowa corn farmer-members, lobbying on ag issues at the state and federal level.

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February 16, 2017

Farmers, Ethanol, Biodiesel and Retailers Send Unified Message as Pruitt Assumes EPA Post


With the U.S. Senate on the cusp of approving Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a broad coalition of Iowa farmers, renewable fuel producers, and retailers urged Pruitt to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by rejecting the petition to change the successful program’s point of obligation.  The request would change the RFS obligated parties from mostly large petroleum refiners to many fuel retailers.

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February 15, 2017

The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) has teamed up with Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Chair and Professor of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University in creating a video explaining the makeup of fructose and debunking the common misconceptions regarding High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). The video, located on Iowa Corn’s YouTube channel and Facebook account, uses animation to break down a complex topic for Iowans allowing them to make informed food purchasing decisions. Click here to watch the video.​

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