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Our Daily Update 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 the Daily Update 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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  • FIFTH CONSECUTIVE RECORD YEAR FOR US PORK EXPORTS TO MEXICO

    Published: Tue. Feb 21st, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    U.S. pork exports set a new volume record in 2016, reaching 2.31 million metric tons, thanks in part to a fifth consecutive record year for exports to Mexico. Click here for an audio report from Dan Halstrom, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior vice president for marketing.  Halstrom says that Mexico is an especially strong destination for hams, but the U.S. industry ships a wide range of pork cuts to Mexico. Halstrom adds that other Western Hemisphere markets also made important contributions to U.S. pork export growth in 2016. Exports to Canada were higher year-over-year, shipments to Central America …Read More »
  • LETTER TO EPA CALLS FOR SOLUTION TO COSTLY, BURDENSOME ETHANOL REGULATIONS

    Published: Mon. Feb 20th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Last week, five Senators sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, asking him to address the EPA’s volatility regulation, a rule that makes it more difficult to sell ethanol blends above 10% year-round. The senators asked the administrator to extend the 1-psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver to E15 and other higher ethanol blends. When it’s really hot, emissions evaporate from your fuel (evaporative emissions) and can cause summertime air pollution.  The EPA doesn’t want that to happen. So they measure the evaporative emissions using the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) standard.  The higher the RVP of a fuel, the …Read More »
  • STATEMENT REGARDING SENATE APPROVAL OF SCOTT PRUITT

    Published: Fri. Feb 17th, 2017 by: Tricia Braid

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Corn Growers Association President Justin Durdan, a farmer from Utica, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s approval of Scott Pruitt’s nomination to be U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. “Illinois Corn Growers Association has a long history of working on agricultural issues that are impacted by decisions made at the U.S. EPA. With the Senate’s approval today of President Trump’s nominee to the position of EPA Administrator, we can now move forward to continue that work. “Top of mind for us is ethanol, of course, and Mr. Pruitt’s answers during his Senate confirmation hearing indicate to …Read More »
  • ICGA DIRECTOR COMMENTS ON SOUTHERN ILLINOIS NUTRIENT LANDSCAPE

    Published: Thu. Feb 16th, 2017 by: Taylor McDonald

    The Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale's College of Agricultural Sciences will be holding a nutrient management forum on March 15. The forum will prioritize the unique challenges that Southern Illinois farmers face regarding nutrient management. Illinois Corn Growers Association District 12 Director Don Guinnip is quoted in the article from FarmWeekNow.com, highlighting the need for unique nutrient loss reduction strategies. He argues that the soil landscape of Southern Illinois necessitates an inherently different strategy than farmers who live in Central or Northern Illinois. You can find out more by reading the Read More »
  • KEEP SAVING: 2017 FARM INCOMES PROJECTED LOWER THAN 2016

    Published: Wed. Feb 15th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    According to an analysis released yesterday by the University of Illinois, farm incomes will continue their downward trend, with farmers making less in 2017 than in 2016.   Trend yields and commodity prices of $3.80 per bushel for corn and $9.90 per bushel for soybeans are used in 2017 projections, and if these prices hold, farmers’ financial position will further weaken in 2017.   After being at higher levels from 2010 to 2012, net incomes have decreased each year from 2012 to 2015. In 2015, net incomes averaged $500 per farm, the lowest level of any year between 1995 and 2015, …Read More »
  • NEW HOG BARN DIVERSIFIES FARM AND SUPPORTS LOCAL COMMUNITY

    Published: Tue. Feb 14th, 2017 by: Taylor McDonald

    IL Corn is a proud member of the Illinois Livestock Development Group, a coalition of different organizations that supports livestock production. One way that we achieve this goal is by providing farmers, new and experienced, with important resources to make their farm flourish and remain sustained for generations to come. Additionally, we work with farmers to educate surrounding communities about livestock production through in-person tours where they can ask their burning questions. Here's one such event from Effingham County:   Effingham, IL – Clark McWhorter and his wife, Rachael, wanted to diversify their Effingham County family cattle and grain farm. …Read More »
  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR: DICAMBA USE DISCUSSION MARCH 9

    Published: Mon. Feb 13th, 2017 by: Tricia Braid

    Farmers’ increasing interest in the use of dicamba to manage weed pressure as well as improve crop yields for increased revenue both will be addressed at the 2017 Agronomy Day, held March 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Macon (IL) Community Center, along Route 51 at Woodcock Rd., south of Decatur. The conference is free, however, pre-registration to reserve a noon meal is requested. Bob Wolf, a national authority on crop spray technology, will address the application of dicamba to protect against drift while using the new product chemistry to control hard to manage weeds.  Dr. Travis …Read More »
  • ARE FARMERS RICH?

    Published: Fri. Feb 10th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    If you’re reading this article, you’re most likely to be a farmer or an agribusiness professional.  You already know the answer to “Are farmers rich?”  The answer in 2017 is a resounding “NO!” But our non-farm neighbors and legislators - the folks that are voting for or against a farm bill in a couple of years and their constituents that call in and ask them to vote against subsidies for farmers - don’t. They probably didn’t read the USDA’s Farm Income Forecast yesterday.  They didn’t see that net farm income is forecast to decline by 8.7 percent to $62.3 billion, …Read More »
  • CORN FARMERS TRAVEL TO LEARN ABOUT COMPETITOR BRAZIL’S ROLE IN THE GLOBAL AG ECONOMY

    Published: Thu. Feb 9th, 2017 by: Tricia Braid

    Understanding the complexities of a global market has become an ever-challenging endeavor, but it is one that four state corn checkoffs have set out to tackle with a three-year competitive study of the top corn exporting countries. As part of this work, a delegation including representatives from the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Iowa Corn, the Nebraska Corn Board, Ohio Corn & Wheat traveled to Brazil last month to better understand the country’s role in the global agricultural economy. “During this mission, we had an amazing opportunity to see a good portion of the country, giving us a nice perspective of …Read More »
  • TRADE AGREEMENTS A SUCCESSFUL VENTURE FOR THE UNITED STATES

    Published: Wed. Feb 8th, 2017 by: Taylor McDonald

    IL Corn is among the numerous organizations that depend on exports through trade and that anticipates the future of international trade agreements. The Trump administration recently chose to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the president said on the campaign trail that he might reconsider the country’s position on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Until new trade agreements are established, we do know one thing: trade works. Our partnerships with other commodity organizations like U.S. Grains Council gives us a wealth of experience and information that highlight the success of international trade. This article from the …Read More »

 
 
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