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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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  • OFFICIALS TAKING NOTE OF ETHANOL ADVANCES

    Published: Thu. Jul 31st, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    As it's been reported in national print media, officials in Washington, DC, including some at the White House, are becoming more aware of the latest research regarding corn based ethanol. For too long decisions about renewable fuels have been based on out-dated information. Illinois Corn Marketing Board funded research results were among those presented at the White House earlier this month. The White House meeting was facilitated by Illinois' Congressman Foster and was also attended by Congressman Enyart and Congresswoman Duckworth.  Here is the Reuters news service article: (Reuters) - The U.S. biofuel industry is urging the Obama administration to …Read More »
  • E15 COMING TO CHICAGO?

    Published: Wed. Jul 30th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Earlier this week, the Chicago City Council Committee on Finance heard a proposal that would offer Chicagoans enhanced choice at the pump...access to E15. Action to finalize the ordinance could come as early as September.  Can you imagine that Chicago would be the first major market for E15? And that the people backing the initial proposal aren't farm, corn, or ethanol organizations?  That's the case now as long-time City Alderman Burke, sometimes called the unofficial Mayor of Chicago, teamed up with Alderman Beale to introduce the ordinance. Environmental health and consumer choice were on their minds, and E15 delivers on …Read More »
  • COVER CROP FIELD DAY AUGUST 6

    Published: Tue. Jul 29th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    The Lake Springfield Watershed Project Committee invites farmers to attend a cover crop field day on Wednesday, August 6. The Lake Springfield Project is a program of several organizations including the Council on Best Management Practices, of which IL Corn is a board member. In the face of burdensome regulations and even an executive order, voluntary best management practices to conserve nutrients should be at the top of farmers’ minds. Farmers have indicated interest in receiving more information about cover crops.  To answer this need, the Lake Springfield Project Committee is pleased to bring together experts in soil health who …Read More »
  • REALLOCATE OR NOT? THAT IS THE QUESTION.

    Published: Mon. Jul 28th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The 2014 Farm Bill is full of big and complicated decisions.  One of them is whether to reallocate your base acres based on a 4-year average for the 2009-2012 crop years or leave them at September 30, 2013 levels. The decision rests with the owner of the FSA farm so a conversation with your landowner if you are a tenant is in order.  The decision made will ultimately apply to all covered crops and takes effect with the 2014 crop. This article from the University of Illinois College of ACES FarmDoc Daily details many of the considerations you’ll need …Read More »
  • WILL CHICAGO GAIN GROUND ON ETHANOL BEFORE WASHINGTON DC?

    Published: Fri. Jul 25th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Corn-based ethanol is battling for every gallon of use it can get. It’s no easy task given the entrenched misconceptions about this homegrown, renewable fuel. In Washington, DC, a Congressional effort led by Wisconsin’s Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner would completely repeal the RFS, removing the requirement for ethanol in our nation’s fuel supply. Contrast that effort at a federal level against a City effort in Chicago which would require E15. Will Chicago get done what Congress and EPA cannot? Who will when the tug-of-war for the fuel market? Consumers and farmers or Big Oil and their deep pockets? In DC, it …Read More »

 
 
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