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CORN SCOOPS

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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  • NCGA ANNOUNCES 2014 YIELD CONTEST WINNERS

    Published: Fri. Dec 19th, 2014

  • NEW TOOL HOPES TO REDUCE GRAIN BIN ENTRAPMENT

    Published: Thu. Dec 18th, 2014 by: Phil Thornton

    A new app released today on iTunes and Google Play Stores will help rural elevators, fire departments and other emergency personnel to save lives. The Illinois Grain Rescue Tube Locator app uses a GPS system to locate the nearest grain rescue tube to your location, a key component when saving farm workers from drowning in grain filled storage bins. Illinois Corn Marketing Board, together with the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois, built this tool to try to save lives, and to help build awareness that grain bin entrapments and engulfments make agriculture one of the most dangerous industries in …Read More »
  • USER FEE INCREASE PASSES IN HOUSE AND SENATE

    Published: Wed. Dec 17th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Last night the U.S. Senate passed by a 76-16 vote the increase in the barge user fee that Illinois farmers, laborers, and the conservation community have been supporting for years. The nine cent increase in the user fee will generate the necessary funds to enable locks and dams on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers to be upgraded and expanded, allowing Illinois farmers to compete more fairly in a global marketplace. The U.S. House passed the same fee in a vote on December 3. “IL Corn is elated to see positive movement towards the modernization of the locks and dams on …Read More »
  • MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN LATIN AMERICA

    Published: Tue. Dec 16th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    You’ve harvested a record yield in 2014 and now IL Corn is helping you find markets in South America for all that grain.   Colombia is the second largest corn importer in the Latin American region.   Colombia is a country in which the United States traditionally captured more than 80 percent of the market, though there recently had been an erosion in U.S. market share due to unfavorable tariff treatment. This year Colombian buyers return to purchasing U.S. corn, driven by price and advantages from the implementation of the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement (FTA).   This market offers significant opportunities …Read More »
  • CORN DEMAND PROVIDES PRICE SUPPORT

    Published: Mon. Dec 15th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    The March 2015 corn futures traded to a high of $4.115 on Dec.15, the highest level since July 10 and 80 cents above the low reached on Oct. 1. The average spot cash price at South-Central Illinois elevators was reported at $3.785 on Dec. 12, $1.01 above the low on Oct. 1. University of Illinois ag economist Darrel Good cites increasing corn demand through ethanol and exports as the primary reason. Strengthening corn demand through ethanol and exports are primary goals of IL Corn. “Domestic ethanol production during the first quarter of the marketing year was about 5 percent larger …Read More »
  • NEW FARM FAMILIES RESEARCH CONFIRMS PROGRAM STRUCTURE

    Published: Fri. Dec 12th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    New research conducted by Illinois Farm Families indicates that IFF is on the right track when it comes to addressing the concerns that Chicago-area moms have about their food. IFF is a collaborative effort of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Illinois Soybean Association and Midwest Dairy. Visit http://www.WatchUsGrow.org to see the IFF program in action and learn how it's impacted the opinions of those who have participated. The initial research that was used to guide the efforts of the IFF program is now several years old. It was important …Read More »
  • FIFTEEN YEARS OF "PROTESTING THE PROTESTS" AGAINST FREE TRADE

    Published: Thu. Dec 11th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The public protests over recent grand-jury decisions have brought to mind an event whose 15th anniversary has just passed: the so-called “Battle in Seattle” over global trade. Thankfully, we haven’t seen anything in recent days that approaches the troubles in Seattle at a World Trade Organization meeting where tens of thousands of protestors let loose their fury. To make an ideological point about trade policy, they inflicted millions of dollars in property damage on local businesses. The mayor declared a state of emergency. I remember watching the riots unfold on television and reading about them in the newspaper. The hooliganism …Read More »
  • VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ENTRIES IN FIELDS-OF-CORN PHOTO CONTEST

    Published: Wed. Dec 10th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    With entries now closed for the Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest, the National Corn Growers Association invites everyone to help select the submissions which best tell the story of farming and harvesting field corn in America. Through this contest, NCGA captured more than 400 high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. During the month of December, log-on and help pick the pics that will receive prizes. Open to all, the Fields-of-Corn photo contest offers a free opportunity for photographers to share their work while competing for a $500 grand prize. Entries will also be …Read More »
  • CHICAGO TO SET STAGE FOR WIDESPREAD ADOPTION OF E15

    Published: Tue. Dec 9th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois Corn Growers Association members and other supporters of a cleaner, less expensive gasoline alternative on Monday cheered passage by the City Council Finance Committee of the Chicago Clean with E15 Ordinance. The ordinance would make E15—a fuel blend containing 15 percent ethanol—available as an option to Chicago drivers, and now moves to the full City Council. Big Oil had more than 20 people on hand to testify against the ordinance. That was no problem for an equal number of farm and ethanol advocates that were on hand, as well. Illinois Corn President Kenny Hartman, along with Vice-President Jeff Jarboe …Read More »
  • E15 CLEARS BIG OIL'S HURDLES IN CHICAGO

    Published: Mon. Dec 8th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Just this afternoon the Chicago City Council Committee on Finance passed the Chicago Clean E15 ordinance. IL Corn has been involved in this ordinance's passage by supporting work with educating the Chicago aldermen and the public through radio and print ads. The full City Council will consider the ordinance in the coming weeks. When it passes, gas stations in Chicago that sell more than 850,000 gallons of fuel a year will be adding E15 to their fuel lineup. That means that E15 will be available at about 250 pumps in the city at the stations that sell the most fuel. …Read More »
  • BIG OIL RAMPS UP AGAINST CHICAGO CLEAN E15: SIGN PETITION

    Published: Fri. Dec 5th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Here at IL Corn we’ve been working for several months now to bring an ordinance to the City of Chicago that would make E15 available at more than 200 gas stations in the City. We know we’ll be successful. What’s the biggest clue to our impending success? Big Oil is nervous. Nervous enough to saturate the Chicago market with dirty-oil messages meant to scare consumers about ethanol and bully the City Council. You can help by signing a petition  addressed to the City Council and the Mayor. The coalition called Clear the Air Chicago has been running an aggressive campaign …Read More »
  • PORK, CORN AND SOYBEAN GROUPS DONATE 10,000 POUNDS OF PORK TO THE MIDWEST FOOD BANK

    Published: Thu. Dec 4th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The Illinois Corn Marketing Board is excited to be a part of the more than 1.6 million servings of pork provided by the Pork Power program.  Today’s donation of 10,000 pounds at the Midwest Food Bank in Bloomington was a cooperative effort of Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), and Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) and a very unique and sought after opportunity to feed the hungry in central Illinois. In 2008, IPPA launched Pork Power with the goal of helping fight hunger in Illinois. Since its inception, Illinois pig and grain farmers have generated more than …Read More »
  • YOUR CALL NEEDED: FUNDING FOR UPGRADED LOCKS AND DAMS A POSSIBILITY!

    Published: Wed. Dec 3rd, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The Illinois Corn Growers Association asks for members to call their congressman and ask for a vote in support of the Able Act, H.R. 674. The Able Act includes a provision to increase the user fee barge and towing companies pay into the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF). Background: This is an increase that corn farmers support and have been working towards for many years. All river transportation system users support this fee increase as well – including barge and towing companies. This increase provides us funding to upgrade dilapidated locks and dams in a timely fashion. If the U.S. …Read More »
  • SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THOSE PREPARING FOR CAREERS IN ETHANOL

    Published: Tue. Dec 2nd, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    For the sixth year, the Renewable Fuels Association is partnering with the Renewable Fuels Foundation to provide up to six (6) scholarships to students in higher education to attend the 20th Annual National Ethanol Conference: Going Global, which will be held February 18-20, 2015 in Grapevine, Texas. The NEC Scholarship Program seeks to attract students of higher learning who wish to pursue a career related to ethanol. Scholarships will cover the cost of the conference registration fee—an $895 value—making the conference free to the winners. More information, including the application for download, can be found here: http://www.nationalethanolconference.com/pages/scholarships. The deadline …Read More »
  • ICGA HONORS AWARD WINNERS AT ANNUAL MEETING

    Published: Mon. Dec 1st, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The Illinois Corn Growers Association honored several innovators and pacesetters in the ag industry last week at its annual meeting on November 25.  Each of these esteemed individuals have made significant commitments to Illinois corn farmers in their respective industries. Receiving awards from ICGA Vice President Kenny Hartman were: World of Corn, goes to individuals, organizations or businesses for making significant contributions to the corn industry – Rollie Main, Altona, IL Throughout his tenure with our early organization, Rollie served as Vice President and President of ICGA in addition to presiding over many meetings to begin both the Illinois Corn …Read More »

 
 
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