NASHVILLE — National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) members do not want conservation compliance to be tied to crop insurance.
The group voted to support conservation compliance and also supported it being tied to Title I or the commodity programs under the conservation section of the corn growers’ policy.
In the crop insurance section of their policy, the delegates voted not to support tying conversation compliance to crop insurance.
Overall, there were few changes to the NCGA policy, said DeWitt farmer Bob Bowman, a member of the NCGA Corn Board.
He said the delegates voted to continue the revenue-assurance approach to the commodity title.
“We did a lot of housekeeping,” he said.
Most of the resolutions were made to clean up policy by revising wording or deleting various parts of policy that are not needed, such as the ethanol blenders tax credit. Bowman said that is a sign members think the policy in place is good and on the right track.
Some of the other policies voted on dealt with various topical issues, such as flood recovery.
“Many of our policy additions this year were in response to the horrible flooding on the Missouri last year,” Minden farmer Kevin Ross, president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, said in news release.
Other resolutions dealt with allowing haying of CRP ground and supporting water management through the use of ag drainage near CRP ground. The group passed a resolution to support only one corn-checkoff per state, led by farmers and not by end-users.
Bowman explained that was in response to an ethanol group wanting to develop its own corn checkoff to support ethanol.
He noted the farmer-led group focused on various sections of the industry beyond one sector, such as ethanol.
The new NCGA policy document will be posted at www.iowacorn.org/policy when it becomes available.