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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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  • FARM BILL WEBINARS THIS WEEK

    Published: Tue. Jan 27th, 2015 by: Rosie Sanderson

    On January 28 and 29, IL Corn will host a series of Farm Bill webinars, presented by Dr. Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois, to help you navigate what is probably the most complicated Farm Bill in recent history.  The schedule for those two days is as follows (click on the link to register): Wed, Jan 28, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST Wed, Jan 28, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST Thu, Jan 29, 2015 7:00 AM …Read More »
  • PLAN FOR 7PM TELEPHONE CALL TUESDAY JANUARY 27

    Published: Mon. Jan 26th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Tomorrow evening, IL Corn will be dialing up as many of you as possible and invite you to stay on the line for a telephone town hall meeting at 7pm on January 27th. You can find out more by visiting www.ilcorn.org and visit the Farm Bill section. The direct link is www.ilcorn.org/farmbill2014. If you do not get the call and would like to join, you can listen to the call live on our website in the Farm Bill section. You’ll also want to register for one of the three Farm Bill informational webinars we’re hosting this week. On …Read More »
  • SENATE TELLS PRESIDENT TO FUND LOCKS AND DAMS

    Published: Fri. Jan 23rd, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Following a similar effort in the House last month, the Senate is sending a letter to President Obama, asking for funding in his FY2016 budget to upgrade locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. Senators Durbin and Kirk have signed this letter (below), along with many of their colleagues from both sides of the aisle. The letter specifically asks Obama to fund NESP, the Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program.  NESP includes construction of seven 1,200-foot locks at the most congested locations (Locks and Dams 20, 21, 22, 24, and 25 on the Upper Mississippi River and La …Read More »
  • EPA OFFICIAL: 2014 RFS IN SPRING

    Published: Thu. Jan 22nd, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The Environmental Protection Agency will release, at a minimum, the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard mandate sometime this spring, according to an agency official. The statement was reportedly made this week by Paul Argyopoulos, senior policy adviser in the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality -- the division that oversees the RFS -- during the National Biodiesel Board conference this week in Fort Worth, Texas. A spokesperson for the EPA confirmed Argyopoulos' comments Wednesday afternoon with DTN, but declined to release any more detail. "That timing does track with recent statements our senior officials have made," the EPA spokesperson said. …Read More »
  • MAKE COMMENTS ON ILLINOIS NUTRIENT PLAN

    Published: Wed. Jan 21st, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    We need you to take the time to submit a positive comment regarding a draft document released by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) called the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (Strategy). IL Corn was among the groups that provided input to formulate the draft Strategy. We believe in supporting continued voluntary efforts to manage nutrients and improve water quality in a way that is sensible from both an economic and environmental perspective. The draft Strategy is based on the adoption of voluntary best management practices. IEPA is accepting comments on the Strategy until January 24, 2015. The Strategy …Read More »
  • FARM BILL TOOLBOX UPDATED AND RELAUNCHED

    Published: Tue. Jan 20th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Now that the calendar has turned to 2015, the decisions of the 2014 Farm Bill loom large. The Farm Bill Toolbox, designed to be a one-stop resource for educational tools for all program decisions, has been updated and is being re-launched. Feedback from users has driven the upgrades and improvements to the web site. A reminder of the farm program decision deadlines and highlights of the Farm Bill Toolbox's contents are provided by this article to help landowners and farmers as they close in on the decisions for this farm bill. Background The farmdoc team at the University of Illinois is leading …Read More »
  • ICGA TO HOST FARM BILL TELEPHONE TOWN-HALL, WEBINARS

    Published: Mon. Jan 19th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill.-Illinois Corn Growers Association is hosting a telephone town hall call and a series of three webinars the last week of January to assist Illinois corn farmers in the process of signing up for the new farm bill. In a recorded message delivered to tens of thousands of Illinois farmers via phone calls on January 26 and 27, ICGA President Ken Hartman will alert corn farmers of the telephone town-hall meeting. That telephone town-hall meeting is scheduled for January 27 at 7pm. Interested farmers and landowners should go to www.ilcorn.org/farmbill2014 for details. Advanced registration is required for the …Read More »
  • THE STATE OF THE UNION SHOULD INCLUDE A COMMITMENT TO LIFT U.S. EXPORTS WITH TRADE

    Published: Fri. Jan 16th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    When President Obama gives his State of the Union address next week, he’ll talk about community colleges, immigration, and global trade.   Here’s one thing he probably won’t bring up: his undelivered promise on significant export growth.   “We need to export more of our goods,” stated President Obama in his State of the Union speech in 2010. “So tonight, we set a new goal: We will double our exports over the next five years.”   Now that five years have passed, we can compare the President’s rhetoric to his results. Unfortunately, it looks like the rhetoric won.   In …Read More »
  • YIELD EXCLUSION OPTION: WILL IT HELP YOUR FARM?

    Published: Thu. Jan 15th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The time is now. Farmers are starting to think through their farm program decisions and one of those decisions will be the Yield Exclusion (YE) option which allows specific years to be dropped from the calculation of guarantee yields for crop insurance. The Risk Management Agency produced a factsheet on YE released in December and available here. You must choose the Actual Production History Yield Exclusion Option by the sales closing date for your insurance policy. You choose the option by insurance policy, for a crop in a county. The option is continuous until you request that the coverage …Read More »
  • IL CORN SUMMER INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE

    Published: Wed. Jan 14th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The Illinois Corn Marketing Board is seeking applicants for three summer internship positions to promote and educate non-farmers about farming, Illinois agriculture, and corn production.  Students participating in these programs can expect to have a meaningful work experience, add to their portfolio, and understand more about communications and marketing to non-farmers.  Additionally, students are part of a fun working environment, with opportunities for hands on promotions and work with farmers. Details about the internships can be found online at www.ilcorn.org/education/higher-education . The three ICMB positions include an Education Specialist to administer training to teachers in the Ag-in-the-Classroom Summer …Read More »
  • EUREKA! THOUGHTFUL GMO ARGUMENTS FOUND ON FACEBOOK!

    Published: Tue. Jan 13th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    It’s true, you can’t believe everything you hear on Facebook.  But recently, IL Corn has found a network of thoughtful, scientific pages that are sharing valid (and sometimes humorous) information.  The following post in particular was something we just had to share. Given that Monsanto is relatively miniscule in terms of gross revenue, it does seem unlikely that they would have the influence to buy off hundreds of thousands of scientists when the oil industry can’t do the same thing. And on another note, does this graph cause anyone else to see why they fight so hard against ethanol? Thanks …Read More »
  • CULTIVATING MASTER FARMERS SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR CLASS OF 2017

    Published: Mon. Jan 12th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Sometimes the best learning method is a conversation with someone who’s been there, done that. Now in its tenth year, the Cultivating Master Farmer program has provided just that, expert farm and family guidance from folks who have walked the walk. This unique mentoring program links young farmers with a wealth of information from Prairie Farmer’s Master Farmers. Classes of approximately 10 young farmers (21 to 35 years old) and 10 Master Farmers are selected for the two-year program, which features six ag-related events. The Class of 2015, which graduates in July, toured the Chicago Farmer’s Market, the Federal Reserve, …Read More »
  • MAKE COMMENTS ON ILLINOIS NUTRIENT PLAN

    Published: Fri. Jan 9th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    We need you to take the time to submit a positive comment regarding a draft document released by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) called the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (Strategy). IL Corn was among the groups that provided input to formulate the draft Strategy. We believe in supporting continued voluntary efforts to manage nutrients and improve water quality in a way that is sensible from both an economic and environmental perspective. The draft Strategy is based on the adoption of voluntary best management practices.                           …Read More »
  • HOW LONG WILL TPP REALLY TAKE?

    Published: Thu. Jan 8th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an ambitious, 21st century trade agreement that the United States is negotiating with 11 other countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region (Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam). When complete, TPP will unlock opportunities for American workers, families, businesses, farmers, and ranchers by providing increased access to some of the fastest growing markets in the world. “When complete” are the keywords.  We’ve heard for years now that the agreement is moving in a positive direction and we’ve looked for completion in 2013, then in 2014, and now in “early 2015” …Read More »
  • REGISTRATION OPEN FOR WOMEN CHANGING THE FACE OF AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE

    Published: Wed. Jan 7th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Want to meet women who are making a difference in the agriculture industry? Come to the 5th annual Women Changing the Face of Agriculture Conference on March 6, 2015 at Illinois State University in Normal, IL hosted by the Illinois Agri-Women. The conference is a one day professional development seminar for female high school and collegiate students looking to invest in the future of agriculture. At the event, students can explore different career paths in the agriculture industry while networking with more than 100 women around the country. Representatives from CNH, 1st Farm Credit Services, GROWMARK, Illinois Department of Agriculture …Read More »
  • GOVERNMENT AGENCY CREDITS AG TECHNOLOGY FOR WATER CONSERVATION

    Published: Tue. Jan 6th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Water use across the country reached its lowest recorded level in nearly 45 years. According to a new U.S. Geological Survey report, about 355 billion gallons of water per day (Bgal/d) were withdrawn for use in the entire United States during 2010. This represents a 13 percent reduction of water use from 2005 when about 410 Bgal/d were withdrawn and the lowest level since before 1970. Since 2005, freshwater withdrawals for irrigation declined by 9%. One can expect to see similar reductions in water use for agriculture as technologies improve, as long as those technologies aren’t bogged down in unnecessary bureaucracy …Read More »
  • PESTICIDE INFO: KEEP IT IN YOUR BACK POCKET

    Published: Mon. Jan 5th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    As we head into 2015, it’s a good time to reflect. Family farmers can feel good about the safety record of the crops and foods you produce. No doubt that safety is questioned by some of your friends and family, and most certainly in the news. But the most recent data from USDA shows that when it comes to pesticides, you’re doing great. “Pesticides” or “chemicals” are at the top of many consumers’ worry lists. They typically don’t really know what specifically they’re worrying about, and perhaps that makes it even worse. Recent Illinois Farm Families research indicates that the …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS BEEF ASSOCIATION OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS AND INTERNSHIP

    Published: Fri. Jan 2nd, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    The IBA offers four $1,000 general scholarships to high school seniors and college students. IBA will also award a $500 scholarship in memory of Terry Clemons and a $500 scholarship in memory of 1990 IBA President Marion Butler. Residents of Ogle county have the opportunity to apply for a $500 scholarship.  Eligible IBA youth must be from a family that is actively involved in beef production and currently an IBA member, can not be a previous winner of an IBA scholarship, and must complete the application and write an original essay. The scholarship submission deadline is March 1, 2014.  Read More »

 
 
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