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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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  • CONSTRUCTED WETLANDS, NATURE‚ÄôS KIDNEYS

    Published: Fri. Jan 20th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Constructed wetlands can be an important part of a farmer’s nutrient management plan.  The Illinois Corn Growers Association is helping to build constructed wetlands in certain watersheds around the state, including this one built in August 2015 in Bureau County. A wetland is a marsh-type area with saturated soils and water-loving plants. Wetlands can be constructed for the purpose of removing nutrients because they filter nutrients, chemicals, and sediment from runoff or tile water before water moves off of a farm field and into streams and rivers. Because wetlands slow overland flow and store runoff water, they reduce both soil …Read More »
  • STATEMENT REGARDING THE NOMINATION OF SONNY PERDUE TO USDA SECRETARY

    Published: Thu. Jan 19th, 2017 by: Tricia Braid

     BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Corn Growers Association President Justin Durdan, a farmer from Utica, issued the following statement regarding President-Elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Sonny Perdue to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “We’re pleased to see that President-Elect Trump has chosen to nominate Sonny Perdue to his Cabinet. The U.S. Department of Agriculture plays an important role for corn farmers. By all accounts it seems that Mr. Perdue is well situated to quickly get up to speed and continue the good work of USDA. He will need to hit the ground running as USDA’s guidance on issues facing corn …Read More »
  • FARMERS: VOICE YOUR FARM BILL CONCERNS WITH ONLINE SURVEY

    Published: Wed. Jan 18th, 2017 by: Taylor McDonald

    Farmers, IL Corn needs you. We want to hear your thoughts concerning the next farm bill. We held in-person sessions across the state, but there’s still a chance for you to contribute. Take this online survey. The Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) works tirelessly on behalf of Illinois corn farmers to promote legislative action by state and federal officials and to influence policy decisions. We are a grassroots organization that depends on understanding what our farmers need most. That way, we have full confidence that we are working to improve the lives of Illinois farmers. ICGA members, please …Read More »
  • THREE ILLINOIS CONGRESSMEN KEEP HOUSE AG COMMITTEE SEATS

    Published: Tue. Jan 17th, 2017 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois boasts three veteran House Ag Committee members that are retaining their seats for the 115th Congress. Congressman Rodney Davis, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Congressman Mike Bost return to the ag committee and are well situated to represent Illinois agriculture in the current Congressional session. Cong. Davis also retains his seat as the chair of the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research. Davis will also serve as a member of the Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, and Committee on House Administration. In an official statement released by his office, Congressman Davis said, “I first requested to serve on these committees …Read More »
  • REMINDERS: SIGN PETITIONS, ATTEND A YIELD SEMINAR, AND MORE

    Published: Mon. Jan 16th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    It’s winter, your time is more available, and you’re considering your planting plans for next year.  It’s the perfect time to engage and make 2017 the best year yet! Do your part to protect the ability to use chlorpyrifos, one of the most widely used active ingredients in insecticides in the world.  The EPA could revoke all tolerances and cancel all registrations for chlorpyrifos on March 31 – just because two activist groups filed a petition in 2007.  Sign this petition (LINK NOW CLOSED) asking the US EPA to retain the current tolerances for corn and soybeans and the continued …Read More »
  • STATEMENT REGARDING CROP PRODUCTION REPORT

    Published: Fri. Jan 13th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Corn Growers Association President Justin Durdan, a farmer from Utica, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Crop Production Report. “Today’s Crop Production Report finalizing yields, usage and ending stocks for 2016 was basically unchanged from the December estimate, so no surprises for corn farmers.  Production at 174.6 bushels per acre in the U.S. is a record-setting number, with the Illinois yield of 197 bushels per acre the second highest in our history.  Usage held almost steady for feed use, ethanol use, and exports. “Illinois corn farmers should be excited to see the …Read More »
  • ETHANOL GHG EMISSIONS 43 PERCENT LOWER THAN GASOLINE

    Published: Thu. Jan 12th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Corn-based ethanol emits 43 percent fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than gasoline when measured on an energy equivalent basis, according to a new USDA report, “A Life-Cycle Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Based Ethanol.” The new calculation accounts for more efficient farming methods and more conservation practices that reduce GHG emissions including reduced tillage, cover crops, and improved nitrogen management.  Ethanol production technologies are also increasingly more efficient. “The report provides a sound incorporation of the recent energy efficiency improvements achieved by corn ethanol plants, many of which were driven by the incentives provided by …Read More »
  • CONGRATS TO SHIMKUS ON CHAIRING SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT

    Published: Wed. Jan 11th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Congressman John Shimkus, representing many corn farmers in central and southern Illinois, has been named the Chairman of a new Subcommittee on Environment, part of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Notably, within the new Subcommittee on Environment, Shimkus will have jurisdiction over the Renewable Fuel Standard and, a recent change, the Clean Air Act. IL Corn Growers Association congratulates Congressman Shimkus on the leadership position and looks forward to working with him on legislative priorities and changes that will positively impact farmers and their family farms as well as all Americans. “It’s an exciting day when Congressman Shimkus, who understands …Read More »
  • FARMERS: SUBMIT COMMENTS NOW TO RETAIN ACCESS TO CHLORPYRIFOS

    Published: Tue. Jan 10th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Chlorpyrifos is one of the most widely used active ingredients in insecticides in the world.  It was first registered in the United States in 1965 and has played a key role in pest management for IL corn farmers ever since. But the EPA could revoke all tolerances and cancel all registrations for chlorpyrifos on March 31 – just because two activist groups filed a petition in 2007.  Your balanced comments on why this product is important on your farm could make the difference. The EPA can and should deny the petition to revoke tolerances for chlorpyrifos and instead follow its …Read More »
  • FARMERS INVITED TO TAKE ONLINE FARM BILL SURVEY

    Published: Mon. Jan 9th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The Illinois Corn Growers Association held Farm Bill Member Input Sessions throughout the state at the end of 2016 and they were a success! Thank you to those who were able to come in person and provide feedback on what's important to Illinois farmers concerning future farm bills. It's incredibly important to hear first-hand the expectations and concerns of Illinois farmers. If you weren't able to make it to one of our sessions, there's still a chance to contribute by taking the online survey below: CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY The survey should take about 20 minutes …Read More »

 
 
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