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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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  • ICGA VICE PRESIDENT PROVIDE GRASSROOTS POLICY UPDATE

    Published: Fri. Feb 27th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois corn farmers are representing their peers this week at Corn Congress, the grassroots policy session of the National Corn Growers Association. Corn Congress is held in conjunction with the Commodity Classic, a national farm convention that attracts thousands of farmers to the premier trade show and learning sessions. In this audio update, Illinois Corn Growers Association Vice President Jeff Jarboe gives a round-up report on how the first session of Corn Congress progressed.
  • STUDY CONFIRMS AG CONTRIBUTIONS TO IL ECONOMY

    Published: Thu. Feb 26th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Corn is Illinois' #1 crop. The value of the crop doesn't just support your families, but also your communities and beyond. IL Corn, through our involvement with the Illinois Livestock Development Group, joined with other ag groups to support a research study that outlines the economic impact of agriculture. The results are available by Congressional district. We hope that information will be helpful when you speak with your elected officials. A new study of agriculture in Illinois shows agriculture is a critical component of Illinois’ overall economic well-being, contributing about $120.9 billion of total economic output — more than several …Read More »
  • FARM BILL DEADLINE: T MINUS TWO DAYS

    Published: Wed. Feb 25th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Time is running out for farmers to make base acres and allocations decisions that will impact their 2014 farm program options.  The deadline is February 27. Making no decision and going with the default option will not be the best option for most Illinois farmers.  IL Corn would encourage you to do your research and make the decision that would best protect your risk for the next several years. There are multitudes of tools available to help you.  IL Corn’s Farm Bill resource page (www.ilcorn.org/farmbill2014) is full of links and videos that will walk you through the available …Read More »
  • AG MAKES THE TOP FIVE HIGHEST PAYING DEGREES

    Published: Tue. Feb 24th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Did you happen to see this article last month that places a degree in Agriculture and Natural Resources among the top five paying degrees for college graduates? Not that we’re surprised. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2011, close to one out of every three people over 25 held a bachelor’s degree.  “As recently at 1998, fewer than one-quarter of people this age had this level of education.” And the following top five career paths allow college graduates the change to earn more than the average $2.4 million over a lifetime. 1. Engineering 2. Computer Science 3. …Read More »
  • NATIONAL FFA WEEK, FEB 23-27

    Published: Mon. Feb 23rd, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    More than a half-million students in all 50 states will share the importance of agriculture in our daily lives, spread their passion for agriculture and host communitywide events to help others in need this week. It’s National FFA Week and a host of activities are planned to raise awareness about the National FFA Organization and the role it plays in the development of the agriculture industry’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education. The week-long tradition started in 1948. Each year, National FFA Week runs Saturday to Saturday, encompassing President George Washington’s Feb. 22 birthday in recognition of Washington’s …Read More »
  • FARM BILL REMINDERS IN THIS AUDIO UPDATE

    Published: Fri. Feb 20th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Congressman Rodney Davis, and University of Illinois ag economist Gary Schnitkey all spoke with corn farmers recently encouraging you to take a look at the new 2014 Farm Bill signup process. There’s not much time left now for the first deadline which is coming up on February 27th. Listen to this audio update to learn more and visit our Farm Bill webpage at www.ilcorn.org/farmbill2014.
  • DDGS EXPORTS NEAR RECORD IN 2014

    Published: Thu. Feb 19th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Ron Gray, former IL Corn Marketing Board Chairman from Graymont and current U.S. Grains Council Chairman, said that DDGS exports were a very positive spot for U.S. farmers.   During the U.S. Grains Council’s winter meeting last week, more than 250 delegates met to review the past year and understand export market opportunities.   Gray said, “At the end of the year, our exports were one of the highest years for DDGS on record.  The Grains Council was instrumental in mitigating that process so that trade can continue.”    These record levels after a big concern in 2014 with exports …Read More »
  • FERTILIZER CHECKOFF FUNDS NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT WORK

    Published: Wed. Feb 18th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    The Illinois Council on Best Management Practices (CBMP) will receive a grant from the Nutrient Research Education Council (NREC) to fund the Keep it for the Crop (KIC) Education and Outreach Program. Illinois Corn Growers Association is a member of CBMP and many of our family farmers that contribute to the corn checkoff are also invested in the NREC, more commonly known as the fertilizer checkoff. Nutrient management and water quality concerns are top priorities at IL Corn. We believe the investment of NREC dollars with CBMP for the KIC program is prudent. The ultimate goal of KIC is to …Read More »
  • FARM BILL DEADLINE IS LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY

    Published: Tue. Feb 17th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    You’ve got less than two weeks to make your first Farm Bill 2014 decisions.  Do you have your appointment with the local Farm Service Agency office yet? February 27 is the deadline for yield and base acre decisions under the new farm program.  Informal reports indicate that relatively few farmers have completed the signup.  Perhaps the bill seems too complicated and taking the default option of retaining current program yields and base acres seems to be the best option. But that could be a mistake. For most Illinois farmers, updating base acres and program yields to reflect the most corn …Read More »
  • A GMO APPLE APPROVED FOR MARKET, ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM ENSUES

    Published: Mon. Feb 16th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    We’re often told that if biotech traits provided some benefit to consumers that those consumers would be more likely to accept the technology without complaint. That theory will be put to the test by 2017 when two newly approved GMO apple varieties are expected to hit the market. It would seem that the theory is already in peril, however, as the democratic ideal implies that the anti-intellectual opinions of the ever growing masses should trump the knowledge of the few. Most apples start browning when the flesh is exposed to air or damaged. But the Canadian company behind the newly …Read More »
  • THE LATEST WEAPON AGAINST GMO TECHNOLOGY IS THE FOIA

    Published: Fri. Feb 13th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    A group of bottom feeders operating as the U.S. Right to Know has gone fishin’. They’re filing Freedom of Information Act requests with universities around the country looking for anything they can use to link academics who dare to post on the pro-GMO website, GMOanswers.com to the biotechnology industry and of course position that relationship in some sort of negative light. Oh the humanity! It sounds ridiculous, but this type of legal bullying can cause real problems for scientists, researchers, and professors. And when we say they’ve gone fishin’, we mean they’re fishing for anything that can be used to …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS FARM FAMILIES WELCOMES NEW CITY MOMS

    Published: Thu. Feb 12th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois family farmers are again welcoming Chicago-area moms to their farms to answer their questions about how food is grown. The “City Moms” will tour Illinois pig, corn and soybean, dairy and beef farms and a northern Illinois grocery store between February and October to see how farmers care for their animals and the environment. On each tour, the City Moms will meet farmers and their families, who have been farming in Illinois for several generations. The moms also will see how every farm is different - from size and what is raised and grown, to how the farm functions …Read More »
  • DURBIN CALLS ON EPA TO MOVE QUICKLY ON RFS PROPOSAL

    Published: Wed. Feb 11th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Our senior senator from Illinois is standing up for corn ethanol. Senator Durbin has long been a supporter of renewable fuels and in particular, the Renewable Fuel Standard. IL Corn appreciates that long standing relationship. Following a meeting with leading biofuels coalition Fuels America, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to move expeditiously in setting production levels under the RFS for 2014, and to move ahead on these levels for 2015 and 2016. “The Administration’s efforts last year to change the Renewable Fuel Standard missed the mark,” Durbin said. “Delaying the proposal gave the Administration …Read More »
  • AUDIO UPDATE FARM BILL DEADLINES

    Published: Tue. Feb 10th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    In this IL Corn audio update, University of Illinois’ Jonathan Coppess, Ag Law & Policy Specialist, explains the February deadlines to update base acres and yields. Farm Service Agency offices have reported a smaller number than expected of folks coming in. Your best bet is to call an make an appointment ahead of the February 27th deadline to be sure that your business can be handled in a timely fashion.
  • BALANCE SHEET PROJECTIONS FOR THE 2015-16 CORN MARKETING YEAR

    Published: Mon. Feb 9th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    This news release from the University of Illinois provides some observations about the coming crop year and corn specifically. Don’t forget that you’re also creeping up on deadlines for the 2014 Farm Bill signup. Visit our page at www.ilcorn.org/farmbill2014 for tools to help make the decision that right for your family and farm. It’s the season for developing corn balance sheet projections for the upcoming marketing year.  The 2014-15 marketing year is approaching the halfway point, the spring crop insurance price is being determined, and planting and new-crop marketing decisions are being made. The USDA will update their previous …Read More »
  • RAIL INVESTMENT SETS RECORD IN 2015

    Published: Fri. Feb 6th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    American’s freight railroads announced this week that they plan to spend $29 billion to build, maintain, and upgrade the nation’s rail network.  They will also hire 15,000 people for jobs all across the country in 2015. This investment would represent another record for the railroads, but should come as no surprise.  Since 1980, U.S. freight railroads have invested $575 billion in maintaining and upgrading their network. This spending – which would amount to roughly $3 million each hour in 2015 – includes things like purchasing new equipment and locomotives, installing new track and bridges, raising tunnel clearances, and implementing new …Read More »
  • ETHANOL EXPANDS GLOBAL REACH

    Published: Thu. Feb 5th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    According to the Renewable Fuels Association in a newsletter today, U.S. ethanol exports reached near-record levels in 2014, sending 836 million gallons of ethanol worth $2.1 billion to international markets. RFA explained this today in its new publication “2014 U.S. Ethanol Exports and Imports: Statistical Summary.” The publication offers a succinct overview of the U.S. ethanol export and import markets in 2014 showing the upward trend in exports and the downward trend in imports — reaching the second-lowest levels — since 2005. The report finds that U.S. ethanol has made its way to all inhabited continents of the world, …Read More »
  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR NUTRIENT MEETING

    Published: Wed. Feb 4th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    You’re invited to attend the Lake Springfield Watershed Project Committee for an informational meeting on Wednesday, February 11. The Lake Springfield Project is a project of the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices. Illinois Corn Growers Association is a member of CBMP and supports the water quality and nutrient management work of the organization. “Focus on Stewardship through Farm Profitability and Nutrient Utilization” is the theme of the meeting. It’s scheduled to run from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Feb 11. The meeting will be held at the Northfield Center, 3280 Northfield Dr., Springfield. Confirmed Speakers: Dr. Howard Brown - Illinois Council …Read More »
  • ANOTHER SAD DAY FOR LOCKS AND DAMS

    Published: Tue. Feb 3rd, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    We’ve had a lot of recent successes that could lead to upgraded locks and dams sooner rather than later.  We passed the Water Resources and Reform Development Act.  We secured an increase the User Fee that will help build funds to pay for upgrades.  But today, the President proved that he’s not quite as focused on infrastructure investment as he acted. His budget: proposes $4.732 billion for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program, a 13.25% cut from the $5.454 billion FY’15 appropriation for the program; proposes a 28.5%  reduction to the Construction account, from FY15’s $1.639 billion …Read More »
  • IL COUNCIL ON BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES ANNOUNCES YEAR TWO OF COVER CROP SPECIALIST TRAINING PROGRAM

    Published: Mon. Feb 2nd, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Illinois Council on Best Management Practices (CBMP) announced the continuation of its cover crop training program for 2015. The program, funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the Nutrient Research & Education Council (NREC), serves as a resource for farmers considering cover crops as a best management practice (BMP). Four regional Cover Crop Specialists will help promote the use of cover crops for nutrient management in production agriculture in Illinois.  During the program’s first year, Cover Crop Specialists were engaged in training programs, outreach events, establishing cover crop demonstration sites and research plots. Further, they incorporated cover …Read More »

 
 
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