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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 STATEMENT REGARDING EPA's RVO RULE ANNOUNCEMENT

    Published: Fri. Nov 21st, 2014 by: Becky Finfrock

    The following is a statement from Gary Hudson, Hindsboro, IL, farmer and president of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, in response to today's U.S. EPA announcement related to the Renewable Fuel Standard and the RVO rule. “EPA's decision to retract their proposed rule is the right one. We've been saying for a year that the Agency had no authority to make such a move. It’s good to see that the Administration recognized this regulatory overreach and stopped it. “Now we’re eager to see if this move will result in a change in how EPA does business. EPA has made a …Read More »
  • GOVERNOR ELECT RAUNER ANNOUNCES TRANSITION TEAM FOR AG, ENERGY

    Published: Thu. Nov 20th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Governor elect Rauner’s office has made public the names of his transition team. A former president of ICGA and NCGA is on the list. Agriculture Len Corzine: Past President, Illinois Corn Growers Association; Past President, National Corn Growers Association; Farmer Heather Hampton-Knodle: Past President, Illinois Agri Women; Chair, Montgomery County Board Economic Development Committee and Farmer Jeff Beasley: Past President, Illinois Beef Association Corey Flournoy: Center for Urban Agricultural Education Director, University of Illinois Energy and Environment Amy Francetic: CEO, Clean Energy Trust Jerri Titsworth: Environmental Supervisor, Marathon Petroleum Company LP Charlie Potter: President and CEO, Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation …Read More »
  • L.A. TIMES GETS IT RIGHT ON GMOS

    Published: Wed. Nov 19th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Who knew that it would be the L.A. Times that stands up for GMO crops? That seems to be the case after the paper published an editorial calling attention to the absurdity of a proposed city council ordinance that would ban the cultivation of genetically modified plants in the city limits. Are you snickering? Ya, we did, too. The Times first points out that it’s pretty darn silly to worry about banning GMO crops in the city since, well, there aren’t any growing there and no one plans to start growing them there. The opinion piece’s writers point out …Read More »
  • COMMODITY CLASSIC REGISTRATION AND HOUSING OPENS TODAY

    Published: Tue. Nov 18th, 2014 by: Becky Finfrock

    Commodity Classic registration and housing reservations opened online at 9 a.m. this morning, November 18, 2014. Rooms are expected to book quickly, so those interested should register as soon as possible. The 20th annual farmer-focused, farmer-led event is scheduled for Feb. 26-28, 2015, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. The convention center will house all Commodity Classic events, including the Opening Reception, General Session, Evening of Entertainment, Trade Show, Learning Center Sessions and What’s New Sessions. “We’re looking forward to a great show as we celebrate the 20th Commodity Classic in the city where it all started,” …Read More »
  • SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COLLEGE AG STUDENTS AVAILABLE

    Published: Mon. Nov 17th, 2014 by: Becky Finfrock

    The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation will again award five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field during the 2015-16 school year. "NCGA understands that to remain successful as an industry we must focus on education and keeping our best and brightest interested in ag," said Tom Haag, chairman of NCGA's Grower Services Action Team. "This program is an important component of NCGA's commitment to fostering youth in agriculture and to the future of our rural communities.  It is an investment in not only their future but also our own." Applicants …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS FARMER CHOSEN FOR USFRA FACES OF FARMING AND RANCHING PROGRAM

    Published: Fri. Nov 14th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Thomas Titus, a grain and hog farmer from Central Illinois, joins several other farmers from across the country as part of the second class of Faces of Farming and Ranching, a program of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. The class will be active participants in the national dialogue about food production and set the record straight. These farmers and ranchers will share their personal stories and experiences through consumer-facing public appearances, events, media interviews and social media. Thomas Titus’ family established Tri Pork in March of 1962 with 240 acres where grain and livestock were produced by one family. …Read More »
  • DON'T FORGET TO FILL OUT ONLINE HARVEST FORMS FOR NATIONAL CORN YIELD CONTEST

    Published: Thu. Nov 13th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    With harvest currently underway in most areas, the National Corn Growers Association reminds entrants to submit harvest forms for the 2014 National Corn Yield Contest. While the harvest information form deadline may seem distant, entrants are asked to report within seven days of their final yield check or by Nov. 21, whichever comes first. "While harvest may be stalled in some areas, we remind entrants that we ask contest applicants to submit harvest forms within one week of their final yield check to allow NCGA staff adequate time to thoroughly review each form," said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair …Read More »
  • NEW SMARTPHONE APP KEEPS ETHANOL ANSWERS HANDY

    Published: Wed. Nov 12th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) designed and released a new mobile app titled “RFA Advocacy.” The app is free of charge and available to download on all iPhones and Android-powered smartphones. The app offers easy access to ethanol talking points, charts, videos, and infographics. IL Corn frequently partners with RFA on projects and efforts and is glad to see such an effective way to keep everyone “in the know” on ethanol being made available. Finding expanded markets for ethanol is a top priority of Illinois Corn Marketing Board. New grants are helping to place pumps statewide that can handle higher …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS COMMODITY CONFERENCE TEAMS WITH WILLAG.ORG FARM ASSETS CONFERENCE

    Published: Tue. Nov 11th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    The 2014 Illinois Commodity Conference is teaming with the WILLAg.org Farm Assets Conference to offer a two-day event that will take place Monday, November 24th and Tuesday, November 25th, at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Normal, IL.  You can register early and attend both events for only $75!  The Illinois Commodity Conference brings together crop growers and livestock producers from all over the state to discuss the trials and triumphs the agricultural industry faces.  This year’s theme is “Striving to Sustainably Feed the World”. On-site registration begins at 7:30 with a full day of speakers …Read More »
  • IL CORN WELCOMES NEW CBMP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    Published: Mon. Nov 10th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois Corn Growers Association is a member of the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices (CBMP). The work of this organization is becoming increasingly important as nutrient management and water quality issues are taking center stage in public discussions. IL Corn has invested corn checkoff dollars in research related to these issues. CBMP recently hired a new executive director, Jennifer Tirey. “Ms. Tirey’s experience in communications and marketing will serve the organization well as CBMP’s role becomes larger in promoting sound agronomic practices within the agricultural sector and helping Illinois agriculture reach its full potential while protecting the environment,” says …Read More »
  • FIELD DAYS TEACH ILLINOIS FARMERS ABOUT CONSERVATION AND SOIL HEALTH

    Published: Fri. Nov 7th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The Soil Health Partnership will hold three free field days during November, showcasing how healthy soils sustain higher yields. Topics of discussion will include Illinois Corn Growers Association research and programs of interest to each field day location, updates on local conservation programs, the benefits of soil health and advanced nutrient management, cover crop integration in corn systems, and new equipment for seeding cover crops. On November 14, Corn farmers Mike Trainor and Terry Bachtold will host area growers, soil health experts and neighbors at the Rooster Heaven Hunt Club, 12330 North 2900 East Road in Forrest, Illinois from 9:00 …Read More »
  • VOLUNTARY ADOPTION OF BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES TO AVOID REGULATION (audio)

    Published: Thu. Nov 6th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Pete Fandel is a cover crops expert and professor at Illinois Central College. He spoke earlier this week at a Cover Crops Field Day sponsored by the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices. Illinois Corn Growers Association is a member of CBMP. Nutrient management is a hot topic these days. In the coming weeks, we anticipate the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will release nutrient management recommendations in a document titled the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. Click here to listen to report on this topic.
  • ILLINOIS NRCS ANNOUNCES EQIP APPLICATION DEADLINES

    Published: Wed. Nov 5th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois State Conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Ivan Dozier announced that November 21, 2014 and January 16, 2015 will be the two Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) application deadlines. “Producers can sign-up for EQIP at any time throughout the year, but to compete for the upcoming funding periods, I encourage producers with resource concerns to submit an application by one of the application deadlines.” Dozier explains. Many applicants have shown interest in the funding pool to address soil erosion and water quality issues on cropland. “There are also funding pools for grazing land operations, confined livestock operations, organic …Read More »
  • HISTORY OF ETHANOL WRITTEN BY SIUE PROFESSOR

    Published: Tue. Nov 4th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Both Illinois Corn Growers Association and Illinois Corn Marketing Board have played roles in the establishment and support of the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Now, a professor at SIUE is writing a history of alcohol-based fuels in Illinois. Jeffrey T. Manuel, assistant professor in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Department of Historical Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences, is teaming up with the NCERC at SIUE to record the history of alcohol-based fuels in Illinois. Edwardsville, Ill. (PRWEB) October 31, 2014 Jeffrey T. Manuel, assistant professor in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Department …Read More »
  • PROTECT THE POLLINATORS AND COMMENT TO THE EPA

    Published: Mon. Nov 3rd, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Pollinators are a vital part of U.S. agriculture and it is estimated that they directly impact 35% of the world’s agriculture.  Bees are responsible for more that just honey; they pollinate grapes, strawberries, avocados and cucumbers, among many other food crops. Approximately one-third of the crops used to produce foods and beverages are dependent on pollinators, representing nearly $20 billion of crop value in the U.S. each year. Protecting pollinators is one of the crop protection industry’s top concerns.  Many of the products our industry makes contribute to enhancing bee health, such as pesticides that control parasitic mites and products …Read More »

 
 
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