Iowa Corn Growers Association 50th Anniversary copy

The Iowa Corn Growers Association was founded as an organization of corn growers dedicated to addressing issues that support and help improve the Iowa corn industry.

Iowa’s corn industry got a huge boost in 1967 when Walter Goeppinger of Boone had a vision of creating a state farmer-driven group and founded the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) after starting the National Corn Growers Association ten years earlier. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of ICGA which serves as the collective voice for our Iowa corn farmer-members, lobbying on ag issues at the state and federal level.;xNLx;;xNLx;One early and major accomplishment of the association was the creation of Iowa's corn checkoff program. In 1971, the ICGA began efforts in the Iowa Legislature to pass a corn checkoff authority bill. In 1977, six years after the initial bill was introduced, the corn referendum received a majority of votes and was passed into law. Iowa’s corn checkoff was the first in the nation and the model for the more than 20 other similar state checkoff programs which followed.;xNLx;;xNLx;The passage of the Iowa corn checkoff bill resulted in the creation of two organizations with two very different areas of focus. While the ICGA works towards pro-corn policy, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) invests in research for new uses of corn, educating consumers and developing new markets for corn in all forms. The partnership that exists between the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board allows our state’s farmers to continue to feed and fuel the world.;xNLx;;xNLx;

1957-01-21 16:08:54

National Corn Growers Association was established in 1957 by Iowa farmer Walter Goeppinger of Boone, Iowa.

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1959-09-21 16:08:54

Roswell Garst hosts Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in Coon Rapids

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1960-01-21 16:08:54

Iowa Hog Lift to Japan

In 1959, two typhoons struck Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan, where Mt. Fuji is located, devastating its animal husbandry industry and Iowa Corn founder Walter Goeppinger organizes airlift of Iowa hogs and corn to Japan.

1960-02-10 12:28:55

U.S. Feed Grains Council (USFGC) established - now the U.S. Grain Council

Walter Goeppinger helps form the U.S. Grains Council (USGC)

1965-07-10 15:37:52

NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest begins

NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest began with just 20 entries and a winning tally of 218.9 bushels per acre.

1967-01-21 16:08:54

Iowa Corn Growers Association Established

The Iowa Corn Growers Association was founded as an organization of corn growers dedicated to addressing issues that support and help improve the Iowa corn industry.

1967-12-09 13:24:49

$1.01 Price of a Bushel of Corn

1970-02-09 09:23:35

Farm Bill – Agricultural Act of 1970

Farm Bill – Agricultural Act of 1970

1971-10-20 03:47:01

ICGA begins efforts to create corn checkoff authority

One of the early major accomplishments of the Association was the creation of Iowa’s corn checkoff program. In 1971, the ICGA began efforts in the Iowa Legislature to pass a corn checkoff authority bill.

1972-01-01 22:04:12

Clean Water Act

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1973-02-21 17:25:58

Farm Bill - Agricultural and Consumer Protection Act

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1973-05-21 17:25:58

EPA calls for phasing out leaded gasoline

The Environmental Protection Agency issues the first regulation to phase out leaded gasoline, creating an opportunity for ethanol to be used as an oxygenate.

1976-01-01 00:00:00

Water Resources Development Act of 1976

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1977-01-01 00:00:00

Farm Bill – Food and Agriculture Act

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1977-01-01 00:00:00

Iowa Corn Checkoff Passes into law

In December of 1977, six years after the initial bill was introduced, the corn referendum received a majority of votes. The passage of the checkoff authority bill resulted in two separate organizations to serve Iowa’s corn farmers. The Iowa Corn Promotion Board was focused on market development, research and education of corn and the farmers that grow it. The Iowa Corn Growers Association maintained its focus on lobbying on ag issues at the state and federal levels.

1977-09-01 01:05:23

Iowa corn growers approve checkoff rate of 1/10¢ per bushel

Iowa corn growers approve checkoff rate of 1/10¢ per bushel. Survey shows growers want the checkoff to develop new uses for corn, expand domestic markets and build export markets.

1978-01-01 06:12:56

ICPB begins funding U.S. Grains Council (USGC)

ICPB begins funding U.S. Grains Council (USGC) as Iowa’s export market development arm.

1978-01-16 00:11:29

Iowa Corn Promotion Board is officially established.

On January 16, 1978 the Iowa Department of Agriculture verified the results of the December 8, 1997 referendum declaring a majority of producers voting for the establishment of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board thereby officially establishing the organization.

1978-02-15 19:47:16

ICPB holds its first Board of Directors Election

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1978-06-15 19:07:55

First Ethanol Promotion

Thurman Gaskill, a Corwith farmer then acting as ICPB’s first President, pumped the state’s first tank of ethanol in the town of Clarence. Gasohol, as it was called in those days, started small. Promoters found just five stations willing to sell the gasoline mixed with 10 percent ethanol in the towns of Clarence, Cumberland, Osage, Peterson and Fort Dodge.

1979-01-21 16:08:54

Walter Goeppinger Lead Mission to Mexico

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1979-02-22 19:35:53

Walter Goeppinger leads trade mission to China

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1979-03-24 07:10:53

First ICPB corn sweetner promotion test markets high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)

Holds tests in Winterset, Osceola and Creston

1979-05-01 22:04:12

Iowa Corn joins U.S. Meat Export Federation to work toward increasing meat exports.

Iowa Corn joins U.S. Meat Export Federation to work toward increasing meat exports.

1979-07-23 07:26:36

ICGA Sponsors Iowa National Energy Expo

By 1979, the first auto warranty covering ethanol use was issued. That fall, 1,500 farmers left their cornfields to attend a fuel alcohol symposium in Des Moines, IA. ICGA held the National Energy Expo and ICPB and the Iowa Development Commission sponsored Farm Alcohol Field Day to educate farmers about small-scale production of fuel alcohol.

1979-11-20 22:04:12

Vice President Mondale Visit

Vice President Walter Mondale held a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 11, 1979, before addressing the Iowa Corn Growers Association. Mondale was substituting for President Carter, who was scheduled to speak at the event. Mondale denied that President Carter is a "political hostage in the White House" because of the Iran crisis.

1979-12-29 17:46:24

ICPB Sponsor HFCS Lunch at Salisbury House

Iowa Corn Promotion Board sponsors a food editors lunch at Salisbury House to promote HFCS use

1979-12-29 17:46:24

ICPB funds opening the first USGC market development offices in Mexico and China.

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1980-01-21 16:08:54

NCGA Establishes first leadership devleopment program

National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) establishes National Corn Development Foundation (NCDF), with Iowa directors named to NCDF’s leadership.

1980-01-22 15:22:56

ICPB posts ethanol (gasohol) billboards across Iowa.

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1980-06-01 22:04:12

Russian Grain Embargo

President Jimmy Carter enforces a grain embargo as a means of punishing the Soviet Union for its invasion of Afghanistan cost the American farmer a crucial overseas market. Exports stopped growing during the 80’s, in part because of the perceived effect grain embargo.

1980-08-01 22:04:12

Federal Crop Insurance Act of 1980

When the Reagan administration began working on the 1981 farm bill, Reagan attempted to set an overall limit on the amount of farm spending in the bill. The administration required that most farmers had to reduce their production acres by 10 percent to qualify for support payments. Farmers did what they had in the past – took their worst acres out of production and increase production on the rest.

1980-11-01 22:04:12

ICPB Corn Production Research at Iowa State

ICPB invests in research to lower the cost of corn production and develop new uses at Iowa State University.

1981-02-10 12:28:55

USFGC Builds Feed Mill in Communist China

1981-04-08 09:46:08

Checkoff supports “Save Our Soil” environmental campaign.

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1981-05-08 09:46:08

Checkoff promotes corn sweetener use to health, food, medical and institutional groups across Iowa

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1981-06-01 22:04:12

Iowa's ethanol production reaches 10 million gallons

Iowa's ethanol production reaches 10 million gallons

1981-10-05 05:26:22

Checkoff renewal referendum wins 64% approval from Iowa’s corn growers.

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1981-12-17 23:56:23

Corn exports reach a record 2.4 billion bushels

Corn exports reach a record 2.4 billion bushels.

1982-09-07 03:32:57

ICPB funds analysis of the finanical effect of grain embargoes

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1982-12-15 13:24:55

EPA announces standards to reduce lead content in gasoline, opening the way for ethanol's use as a replacement octane booster.

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1983-01-23 03:49:25

Payment-in-Kind Program and high levels of corn under CCC loan reduce corn marketing and limit checkoff funds.

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1983-05-23 01:50:13

Drought of 1983

The 1983 United States drought, also known as the US Drought of 1983, was an extreme drought that was accompanied by heat waves across several portions of the United States.

1983-06-25 10:30:51

US Grains Council's export forecasting project funded by the ICPB

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1983-11-18 14:06:06

ICPB publishes Quality Corn Inserts to help growers with grain quality management

ICPB provides Iowa’s growers with information on managing grain quality.

1983-11-23 03:49:25

Drought creates aflatoxin problems, and ICPB provides Iowa’s growers with information on managing grain quality.

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1984-01-08 16:06:32

Checkoff funds meat export research at Iowa State University.

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1984-02-17 23:56:23

ICPB Works with Soft Drink Company on High Fructose Corn Syrup

ICPB works with Coke and Pepsi to approve the use of 100% High-Fructose Corn Syrup in soft drinks.

1984-07-06 07:04:54

12.9 million harvested acres of corn

112 bushel yield 1.4 billion bushel crop $2.51 average farmgate price

1984-07-17 23:56:23

President Reagan visits Iowa

President Reagan visits Iowa and meets with leaders of the Iowa Corn Growers Association Karol King and Howard Mueller.

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