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Our Corn Scoops stories represent a collection of news from various sources that Illinois corn farmers might find valuable. From time to time, we also sprinkle in a bit of opinion! Our goal for Corn Scoops is to provide a service to our membership – a one stop location to catch up on the important issues of the week and to keep up to date on Illinois agriculture.

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  • AG INFORMATION SHARED THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

    Published: Fri. Apr 29th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Are you plugged in to every informational outlet that IL Corn offers? We’re using social media to reach out to the non-farming public in many fun and interesting ways.  We have a Pinterest account, specifically aimed at helping non-farmers find and read articles about the ag industry that might aid in their understanding of your day to day decisions.  We have an Instagram account that not only shares fun facts, but also provides a forum for non-farmers to dialogue with farmers and get their questions answered. (Coincidentally, today is Q&A day on our Instagram account.  If you …Read More »
  • BASEBALL STADIUM IS AN IMPORTANT PLACE TO TALK TO NON-FARMERS ABOUT AGRICULTURE

    Published: Thu. Apr 28th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, have announced their weekly promotional nights happening at The Corn Crib!  Each of these promotions – designed to make a family fun evening out for a reasonable price – brings non-farmers to the stadium where they experience and learn about farmers and agriculture. The CornBelters are set to host 48 games during the season with a new special promotional discount for students with a valid student ID.  On Busey Bank Reading Program Tuesdays, kids 12 and under will receive half-priced box seat tickets and all kids in attendance will have the opportunity to …Read More »
  • SYNGENTA ROOTED IN AG CONTEST OPEN

    Published: Wed. Apr 27th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    The application period for the Syngenta #RootedinAg contest is now open. The contest asks growers and other industry professionals to describe how their agricultural roots help their families and communities thrive. In exchange, the five best entries will each receive a mini touch-screen tablet. From those finalists, one grand prizewinner will receive a $500 gift card, plus Syngenta will make a $1,000 donation in the winner’s name to a local charity or civic organization. “At Syngenta, we share a proud history with the men and women who help make U.S. agriculture the leader in feeding, fueling and clothing the world,” …Read More »
  • WEEKLY OUTLOOK: ARE LARGE CORN AND SOYBEAN PRICE SWINGS FINISHED OR JUST STARTED?

    Published: Tue. Apr 26th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The original link to this article can be found here. Corn and soybean prices have traded in a wide range since last summer. July 2016 corn futures traded to near $4.70 in early July 2015, declined into harvest, and then bottomed at $3.51 following the release of the recent USDA Prospective Plantings report. July 2016 soybean futures traded near $10.31 in early July 2015, dropped sharply into harvest, and traded between about $8.60 and $9.30 from harvest through early April 2016. The price of both crops experienced a sharp rally this month. July 2016 soybean futures moved to a high …Read More »
  • EPA RELEASES PROPOSED RULE FOR 2017 ETHANOL NUMBERS

    Published: Mon. Apr 25th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    The U.S. EPA delivered the proposed rule for the 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget earlier this month. OMB review marks a final step before the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register and opened for public comment. Of course, IL Corn is of the position that the only acceptable numbers from EPA are those that reflect Congressional intent for the RFS. EPA has ratcheted those numbers back for recent years. The proposed rule contains 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for renewable fuel, advanced biofuel and cellulosic biofuel. It also contains …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS SENATE PASSES ETHANOL GRANT LEGISLATION

    Published: Fri. Apr 22nd, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    To listen to this story, click here. Just this week, the Illinois Senate passed so-called enabling legislation that allows the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to receive some $11.97 million dollars from a federal grant program called the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership. The Illinois House must now consider the legislation and hopefully pass it on to the Governor’s desk for his signature. Illinois Senator Jason Barickman sponsored the legislation in the Senate that passed with zero ‘no’ votes. That makes sense, as this shouldn’t be seen as a partisan issue. No state funding is involved in …Read More »
  • HAVE YOU TAKEN A WATER SAMPLE LATELY?

    Published: Thu. Apr 21st, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    To listen to this story, click here. To meet the voluntary nutrient loss reductions expected by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois corn farmers must take action on every acre. By implementing best management practices, you can reduce nutrient loss which not only protects water quality for all, it also protects your bottom line. What’s Your Strategy? Before you can put your best plan in place, you really need to understand what you’re losing. That’s why we encourage farmers to participate in our IL Corn water testing program. It’s free and …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS CORN LEADERS PARTICIPATE IN CONSERVATION STORY MAP

    Published: Wed. Apr 20th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    To listen to this story, click here. Illinois corn farmers join other environmental advocates in our state, nation, and around the world in celebrating Earth Day, the one day each year that officially marks the everyday choices made on their Illinois family farms. Earth day is Friday, April 22. As has been long said of them, farmers really are the original environmentalists as they depend on the longevity of natural resources to provide stability for their families, and by extension, the families of consumers that rely on farm production. To share their stories and stimulate discussion on …Read More »
  • SIX REAL CONSEQUENCES OF GMO LABELING

    Published: Tue. Apr 19th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Illinois Corn Growers Association continues to work with the U.S. Senate through our Senators Kirk and Durbin to pass a common sense GMO labeling law that overrides state by state initiatives and gives all Americans a sense of authority to know what is in their food. A big thanks to Senator Kirk for working overtime to vote for the March GMO labeling vote, occurring the day after the Illinois primary! As we help farmers and non-farmers alike to understand the consequences of doing nothing, articles like the following by Biology Fortified, are extremely important. Share this one on your …Read More »
  • CORN PLANTING PROGRESS AUDIO UPDATE

    Published: Mon. Apr 18th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    Click here to listen Oh what a difference a couple of warm, windy, dry days can make it getting corn in the ground here in Illinois. You made a 10 percent jump in corn planting progress this week in Illinois, but remain just a couple percentage points behind average. For all the details, here is Mark Schleusener, Illinois State Statistician at the Illinois Field Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Ag Statistics Service. Warm, dry conditions have operators out in the field doing fieldwork and planting crops. Operators hope to make significant progress before predicted …Read More »

 
 
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