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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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  • CORN FARMERS CELEBRATE EARTH DAY EVERY DAY

    Published: Tue. Apr 22nd, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Today, April 22, is Earth Day. It’s a day when many different groups celebrate and promote many different issues and initiatives. Here at IL Corn, we’d like to point out that every day is Earth Day for farmers. And as far as environmental work goes? You’d be amazed at what a corn farm can do. One acre of corn removes 36,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air in a growing season. That’s enough to neutralize the CO2 pollution in a year’s time from 6 cars. One acre of corn produces enough oxygen for 131 people’s needs for an entire …Read More »
  • IN A WORLD OF CHANGING CLIMATE, AGRICULTURE WILL CONTINUE TO ADAPT WITH NEW TECHNOLOGIES

    Published: Mon. Apr 21st, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    By Dan Kelley:  Normal, Illinois A recently released report on climate change from the United Nations contains the usual warnings about the future, from melting polar caps to chronic heat waves. It also emphasizes the threat of less food on a planet with more people. “This is a wake-up call for the agriculture sector,” says Craig Hanson of the World Resources Institute, in a New York Times account of the forecast from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. At least one of the IPCC’s claims is remarkably specific: Climate change already has depressed corn yields by 1 percent. This may …Read More »
  • MEDIA GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH LOCK AND DAM

    Published: Fri. Apr 18th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    The Illinois Corn Growers Association co-sponsored with ARTCO, the American River Transportation Company, an outing for broadcast media last week. The media toured the Illinois River from Peoria to Pekin, including the lock and dam. The message? River transportation is vital to the economy of Illinois and it needs to be upgraded. Nearly 100 members of the Illinois media joined the barge tour that launched in Peoria last weekend. They heard from many different players in waterways transportation, from environmental interests to the Army Corps of Engineers. Of course upgrading and improving the locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi …Read More »
  • PETITIONS AVAILABLE FOR ELECTION TO ILLINOIS CORN MARKETING BOARD

    Published: Thu. Apr 17th, 2014 by: Becky Finfrock

    Petitions are now available for corn producers who are interested in running for a seat on the Illinois Corn Marketing Board.  Petitions are available from local University of Illinois Extension offices or from the Department of Agriculture. To be eligible, producers must be of legal voting age, have produced and marketed corn during the 2013 commodity year, and reside in the district to be represented.  In order to have their name placed on the ballot, candidates must submit a completed petition to the Director of Agriculture by the filing deadline of May 15, 2014. Petitions should contain the signatures of …Read More »
  • FORGET TAXES APRIL 15 WAS SUNOCO GREEN E-15 DAY

    Published: Wed. Apr 16th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Social media followers of Sunoco and American Ethanol were treated to chances to win promotional items that support E-15 earlier this week. Illinois Corn Marketing Board partners in the NASCAR American Ethanol effort. This is another example of how millions of race fans are targeted to become fans of ethanol, too! So what’s new with American Ethanol this year? Click here to watch a NASCAR produced video that promotes YOUR corn-based ethanol fuel as part of their so-called green initiative. Here’s more. NASCAR drivers have driven right by the 5.5 million mile mark on E-15. That’s right, 5.5 MILLION …Read More »
  • ICGA STATEMENT REGARDING ETHANOL TAX CREDIT

    Published: Tue. Apr 15th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois Corn Growers Association President Gary Hudson, a family farmer from Hindsboro, IL, released the following statement in response to media reports citing Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association vice-president Bill Fleischli’s claims related to the ethanol tax incentive. “Bill Fleischli and the Illinois Petroleum Marketers are looking for ways to scare motorists about ethanol and its impact on gas prices. Talk of increasing the motor fuels tax provided a perfect opportunity, and Mr. Fleischli has since claimed that the elimination of the ethanol tax incentive would increase gas prices by 6 cents. That’s an exaggeration unless the petroleum marketers he represents …Read More »
  • SAFE AND ACCURATE FOOD LABELING ACT INTRODUCED

    Published: Mon. Apr 14th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    As Illinois debates a Genetically Modified Labeling bill in the General Assembly, a solution that both allows Americans to better understand what is in the food they are buying and is based on the best available science was proposed federally. Last week, Representative Pompeo (R-KS) and Representative Butterfield (D-NC) introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act in the House.  This bill would establish a new, single federal framework for regulating the use and labeling of GM technology and is the legislation supported by the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food of which National Corn Growers Association is a member. Specifically, …Read More »
  • SIGN UP NOW FOR NEW TEXT MESSAGE NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

    Published: Fri. Apr 11th, 2014 by: Rosie Sanderson

    The Illinois Corn Growers Association is excited to announce that we are now able to communicate with our members via text message! As a member, you can sign up to receive text message from us when important farm policy actions are taking place and when we need to get a “call to action” out to our members as quickly as possible. Here are a few examples of the kinds of text messages you will receive: “IL CORN-Senate passed Farm Bill. Thank Durbin 202-224-2152 & Kirk 202-224-2854” “Join our telephone town hall call at 5:15pm. Dial 877-229-8493 with pin code 13603. …Read More »
  • NEW TECHNOLOGIES ARE GREAT, BUT ETHANOL IS HERE NOW!

    Published: Thu. Apr 10th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The argument for corn-based ethanol has always been a multifaceted one. Ethanol is cleaner burning and better for air quality. Ethanol is renewable and moves the U.S. away from using up natural resources. Ethanol is domestic and lessens our dependence on foreign oil. Ethanol is here and already performing in a way that contributes meaningfully to our society. So although it’s exciting to read about new scientific discoveries and dream of future opportunities for the U.S. to improve on our current renewable fuel model, stories like this one don’t eliminate the need for corn-based ethanol. According to Reuters, A …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS ECONOMY SUFFERS WHEN CORN PRICES DROP

    Published: Wed. Apr 9th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    The difference in corn prices between 2012 and 2013 means a nearly $7.5 billion loss to the Illinois economy. Data resulting from an analysis conducted by Western Illinois University’s (WIU) Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs clearly illustrate the close tie between a strong corn industry and economic activity across the state of Illinois. “When corn prices are strong, the impacts are felt statewide,” said Gary Hudson, Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) President. “When corn prices drop, the negative impacts are also felt statewide,” explained Hudson, a family farmer from Hindsboro. “Basically, what’s good for corn prices is good for Illinois.” …Read More »
  • 2013 U.S. CORN QUALITY WAS RELATIVELY HIGH SAYS REPORT

    Published: Tue. Apr 8th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    International buyers will be able to confirm the quality of U.S. corn using the Corn Export Cargo Quality Report released by the U.S. Grains Council this week. The report details the quality of corn being exported from the U.S. using data gathered by the Federal Grain Inspection Service at export loading facilities around the country.  It gives buyers an expectation of what they might receive when the buy U.S. corn and provides confidence in our product which increases U.S. corn exports. The corn from the 2013 crop year was overall very good.  Average test weight was 57.3 pounds per bushel …Read More »
  • AN OPEN LETTER TO BIG OIL

    Published: Mon. Apr 7th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois really has become the battleground for national interests that would like nothing better that to remove ethanol from your fuel. Sure, on the surface it looks like they’re just fighting against E-15. But we know better. Big Oil has really pulled out all the stops and thinks nothing of lying about ethanol. We’re facing the same problem in Springfield where Illinois Corn Growers Association is working to pass legislation that would bring more ethanol to the market and help put more flexfuel E-85 pumps in at gas stations. If you haven’t already, be sure to call your legislators in …Read More »
  • STATE REDISTRICTING PLAN DEADLINE EXTENDED

    Published: Fri. Apr 4th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Over the years ICGA has received a lot of questions from both members and non-members on how legislative maps are drawn and why they are in the shape that they are.  The process of drawing the maps is done by the IL General Assembly Leaders and the Governor and occurs right after the Federal census every 10 years.  There is currently a petition being circulated that would change who would draw the maps. Assuming that 300,000 registered voters in IL sign the petition by the extended deadline date of April 15th, the question would be placed on the November ballot …Read More »
  • STUDY CONFIRMS ILLINOIS INFRASTRUCTURE IN DIRE STRAITS

    Published: Thu. Apr 3rd, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has branded Illinois with a C- average grade on the states infrastructure. Illinois Corn Growers Association President Gary Hudson said that’s no surprise to corn farmers who depend on roads, bridges, rails and the state’s waterways for their family businesses. ICGA President Gary Hudson led a team of Illinois corn farmers in Washington, DC, recently. The need for improved and new infrastructure was the number one priority for that group. With regard to the ASCE report released on April 2, 2014, Hudson commented: “Our inland waterways transportation system, specifically the locks and dams …Read More »
  • AMERICAN ETHANOL TO PLANT TREES AND PUT A LITTLE MORE GREEN IN SPRING

    Published: Wed. Apr 2nd, 2014 by: Becky Finfrock

    During the month of April, the National Corn Growers Association will join NASCAR® in kicking off its second year of the NASCAR Race to Green Campaign. The campaign is intended to highlight the environmental accomplishments of green programs put in place by NASCAR and its partners like American Ethanol. The goal of NASCAR Race to Green is to highlight the accomplishments of NASCAR Green™ programs like the move three years ago to Sunoco Green E15, a fuel blended with 15% American Ethanol, and its massive tree planting initiative to help reduce the sport's carbon footprint. “American Ethanol is a key …Read More »
  • FALL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES WITH IL CORN

    Published: Tue. Apr 1st, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    IL Corn is seeking qualified college students with backgrounds in or interest in agriculture to fill our fall 2014 internships.  Two internship opportunities exist: social media and video production.  Deadline to apply for these exciting opportunities is May 15. The IL Corn Social Media Internship is an opportunity for students to engage on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, You Tube, and blogs on behalf of agriculture with a goal of increasing non-farmer understanding of farmers and farming methods. The internship is structured like an independent project; students can complete the internship from any college campus in Illinois with only two required …Read More »

 
 
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