The 2017 Corn Grower Open is in the books and we are thankful for another fun day of golf! We had over 111 golfers on a very warm day at Meadowlark Hills in Kearney. Thanks to all the teams and helpers for making the event a success! We also could not have done it without the support of our gracious sponsors. We hope to see you all out on the course again next year.



Flight 1- 1st Place Kearney-Franklin 2, 2nd Place Big Iron/Tredas/Mussack.

Flight 2- 1st Place Buffalo-Hall 3, 2nd Place York 1.

Submit your comments to the EPA by August 31

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.

The Renewable Fuel Standard:

RFS Overview

For more than 20 years, the National Corn Growers has worked side by side with farmers, industry, and government to build the ethanol industry from the ground up. Corn farmers across the country and the ethanol industry have helped America move one step closer to energy independence.  Our industry is also a major force in the revitalization of rural America by helping create green jobs and stimulating economic activity in rural communities.

Corn farmers and the ethanol industry play a significant role in promoting both energy independence and a stable, prosperous U. S. economy.  All this has been possible due in large part to the passage of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2005 and expansion in 2007.  The RFS has been a remarkable success and has helped to promote cleaner, greener fuels while also helping America become more energy independent.  We must protect the integrity of the RFS.

How it works

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for issuing annual regulations to ensure fuel sold in the U.S. contains the correct volume of renewable fuel. Also, the EPA is obligated to set the annual renewable volume obligation (RVO) for the upcoming year by November 30.  After three years of regulatory uncertainty, NCGA was pleased EPA set the 2017 RVO at the 15 billion gallons for conventional ethanol, in line with the statute set by Congress.  As EPA continues work on the 2018 RVO, sending your comments will help ensure EPA issues a strong final RVO.

Other Resources

Download NCGA’s RFS Issue Brief

Read the Austin Dillon Op-Ed on the RFS


Send your comments to EPA to support the repeal of the 2015 WOTUS rule and codification of current regulations.  Comments are due on September 27th!


The Trump Administration has proposed and is seeking comments on a rulemaking that rescinds the waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule issued in August 2015, and in its place the proposal would codify the prior rulemakings that were adopted in the late 1980’s.

This is the first step of a comprehensive two-step process, whereby the 2015 rule is rescinded under the first and the second being a rulemaking in late 2017 or early 2018 that creates a new WOTUS definition.

The Administration is seeking and will respond to comments on a narrow question; “…whether it is desirable and appropriate to re-codify in regulation the status quo as an interim first step pending a substantive rulemaking to reconsider the definition of “waters of the United States” and the best way to accomplish it.”  The public may submit comments on any related WOTUS matters, but the agency will only respond in the record to those comments that relate to this question.


The 2015 WOTUS Rule has:

A federal district court has halted the implementation of the 2015 WOTUS rule, but those court orders are only temporary. EPA’s current proposal would eliminate the 2015 WOTUS rule permanently, while the agency goes back to the drawing board to develop a WOTUS definition that protects water quality without asserting federal regulatory power over puddles in farm fields.

Many environmental activists desperately want to preserve the original WOTUS rule. We need your voice and the voice of rural America to contact the EPA to bring back a sense of reason. Send your comments to the EPA today .




Kurtis Harms
Director of Communications
Nebraska Corn Board

Nebraska Corn Leaders Chrisp and Hunnicutt Elected to National Corn Leadership Roles

LINCOLN, Neb. – Two Nebraska corn farmers will represent our nation’s corn industry in leadership roles within the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).

Lynn Chrisp, a farmer from Hastings, Nebraska, was ratified as the First Vice President of NCGA. Chrisp manages a corn and soybean farm and is actively involved in agricultural leadership roles both locally and nationally.

“As it is for many farmers, growing corn is my way of life,” said Chrisp. “Unfortunately, there are increasing obstacles that make our livelihoods difficult. I’m committed to doing all I can to further promote the work of our farmers and interact with policy makers on the local, state and national levels to enhance and expand our corn industry.”

Prior to this role, which will begin October 1, 2017, Chrisp served the nation’s corn farmers through local and national leadership positions. He’s worked with NCGA through various action teams and locally serves as a director on the Nebraska Corn Growers Association.

Brandon Hunnicutt, a farmer from Giltner, Nebraska, was elected to NCGA’s Corn Board. This 15-person board serves on behalf of U.S. corn farmers to carry out the mission of NCGA, which is to “create and increase opportunities for corn growers.”

“Corn is an incredibly versatile crop, which I’ve been growing for a very long time,” said Hunnicutt. “I understand the challenges farmers face. It’s my goal to help in the challenges to ensure we have a sustainable corn industry for future generations. I also understand more consumers are increasingly removed from the farm, so it’s essential we work with them to help them understand modern agriculture and how food is safely produced.”

Hunnicutt will also begin his new role with NCGA on October 1, 2017. He currently serves as a director on both the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Corn Growers Association. Additionally, Hunnicutt is involved in in roles with the U.S. Grains Council and the National Corn Growers Association.

“I’ve worked with both Brandon and Lynn through Nebraska’s corn checkoff and membership association organizations,” said Kelly Brunkhorst, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Corn Growers Association. “Both are tremendously dedicated to the betterment and advancement of the corn industry, and I look forward to seeing the good things to come under their leadership.”

The elections took place July 19, 2017 during NCGA’s Corn Congress in Washington D.C. The multi-day Corn Congress is focused on shaping policy for NCGA. Corn farmer delegates from across the country participated in the discussions.


The Nebraska Corn Board is a state funded agency funded through a ½-cent-per-bushel checkoff on all corn marketed in the state. The mission of the Nebraska Corn Board is to promote the value of corn by creating opportunities. Checkoff funds are invested in programs of market development, research, promotion and education.

The Nebraska Corn Board is made up of nine farmer directors who serve three-year terms. Eight members represent specific Nebraska districts and are appointed by the Governor of Nebraska. The Board elects a ninth “at large” member.