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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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  • EPA RELEASES MAPS SHOWING U.S. STREAMS

    Published: Thu. Aug 28th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The House Science Committee released Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maps today that could show the extent of their proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulation.  The Republican chairman of the House Science Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, says the maps reveal a plot to “control a huge amount of private property across the country.” The EPA maintains that the maps were created years ago to show the potentially impacted areas of the 2001 Supreme Court case and pending litigation, and they have no bearing to the current WOTUS rulemaking. Smith, who obtained the maps from the EPA, notes that …Read More »
  • EPA RELEASES FINAL RFS RULE TO OMB

    Published: Wed. Aug 27th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sent the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) final rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final review.  OMB has 90 days to review the rule. The deadline to reveal final 2014 RFS volumes passed almost nine months ago on November 30, 2013. The proposal, which received more than 340,000 comments, was a huge controversy when announced last year.  The oil industry, among other groups, opposed to the RFS applauded it as recognition of ethanol and biodiesel limits, while fuel companies criticized the EPA for turning its back on renewables. …Read More »
  • FIELD DAY TO HIGHLIGHT FLYING ON COVER CROPS

    Published: Tue. Aug 26th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    A field day scheduled for Monday, September 8, will highlight cover crops. The event will include a live demonstration of the seeds being sown by aerial application into standing corn. Illinois Council on Best Management Practices, of which IL Corn Growers Association is a member, is hosting the event. Plan on attending the event on Monday, September 8 at the Sugar Grove Nature Center. The address is 4532 N 725 East Rd., McLean, IL 61754 in Funks Grove. Come out to this field day to learn about using cover crops to help manage nitrogen and improve soil health. Meet our …Read More »
  • FOR FARMERS CONSIDERING PAYMENT LIMIT IMPLICATIONS TO FARM PROGRAM DECISIONS

    Published: Mon. Aug 25th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    A new article published last week by Carl Zulauf, The Ohio State University, and Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey, and Jonathan Coppess, The University of Illinois attempts to analyze farm program payment limits and provides some insight to get your thinking started on future farm program elections. From the article: Payment limits remain a controversial, intensely-debated farm policy issue. From a farm management and ownership perspective, decisions regarding the creation of crop program payment entities needs to be made with due and careful consideration of business and legal implications.  It is not a decision that should be made quickly or …Read More »
  • URGE EPA TO REVISE PROPOSED WATERS OF THE US RULE

    Published: Fri. Aug 22nd, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

      Illinois Corn Growers Association urges all farmers to contact EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy advocating for a revision of the proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rulemaking.  Submit your comments here. As proposed, this rule would significantly expand the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act and would only further muddy the waters for farmers seeking clarity as to what is and what is not subject to federal regulation.  Illinois Corn urges the EPA to work with us to rectify the following concerns we have with the proposed rule: Farmers will face tremendous uncertainty because of the way the rule …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS FARM FAMILIES RAISES PROGRAM AWARENESS

    Published: Thu. Aug 21st, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois Farm Families, the collaborative effort of Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Illinois Soybean Association, and Midwest Dairy Association, recently undertook a retail promotion with Ultra Food. Ultra Food is a Chicago-area grocery store. The effort garnered not only new likes on the Facebook page, but more awareness of Illinois Farm Families in general. The promotion generated positive results with a 40 percent increase in new ‘likes’ on the Illinois Farm Families Facebook page, helping to bring the total number of fans to more than 5,000. Illinois Farm Families also advertised …Read More »
  • UPDATE ON CHICAGO'S E15 ORDINANCE

    Published: Wed. Aug 20th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    It looks like you’ll be shelling corn before the Chicago City Council has a chance to vote on a city ordinance that would offer Chicago motorists the chance to choose E15 when they stop to fill up with gas. Due to the Council’s summer schedule and Aldermen’s summer vacations, the vote is getting pushed back. The next step will be for the Committee on Finance to call a vote on the ordinance. If it passes out of committee, it will then be presented to the full City Council. The ordinance would require all gas stations in the City to offer …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS CORN MARKETING BOARD ELECTS OFFICERS

    Published: Tue. Aug 19th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Lou Lamoreux, a grain and livestock farmer from Lanark, Illinois, was elected by his peers to serve as Chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board for the 2014-15 term. Lamoreux, a Carroll County farmer, has served on the Board for five years. As Chairman, Lamoreux represents the organization as a whole and continues his obligations to corn farmers in District 12 which covers Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, Ogle, and Carroll Counties. Lamoreux took the helm as Larry Hasheider finished his term. Also elected to officer positions were Jim Raben (Ridgway) as Vice-Chairman, Paul Jeschke (Mazon) as Secretary, and Tom Mueller …Read More »
  • MORE CORN! MORE CORN!

    Published: Mon. Aug 18th, 2014 by: Gary Hudson

      When Illinois Corn Growers President Gary Hudson testified to the City Council of Chicago Committee on Finance about E15, he took several questions based on the so-called food versus fuel debate. Those questions prompted Gary to write the following article on his www.WhatDoesAFarmerDo.com blog. Once upon a time on a farm in Illinois, there was a jovial farmer named Paul. Paul was a creative and innovative man responsible for ensuring that the corn harvested on his family farm was dry and high in quality as it entered the storage bins. “More Corn. More Corn,” would bellow out of …Read More »
  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR TOUR

    Published: Fri. Aug 15th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    A conservation tour on Tuesday, August 19 around Fairbury, Ill., will explore innovative approaches to reducing nutrient runoff from farm fields.  Fertilizers flowing from fields into rivers and lakes, along with nutrients from lawns, gardens and leaky septic systems, can contribute to huge algal blooms like the one in Lake Erie that forced the city of Toledo, Ohio, to declare a drinking water ban last week.  The recent drinking water ban in Toledo—caused by a population explosion of toxin-producing cyanobacteria, often called “blue-green algae”— highlights the importance of reducing nutrient runoff into waterways, notes Chad Watts.  Watts is project director …Read More »
  • FREE FARM BILL WEBINAR

    Published: Thu. Aug 14th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Helping farmers and landowners choose the right farm bill risk coverage package in the months ahead will be the topic of a free DTN webinar one week from today on Aug. 21, co-sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association. “It’s very important for farmers to understand the ramifications of one-time program decisions that will affect their farms for years to come,” said Jim Reed, an Illinois corn grower and chair of NCGA’s Public Policy Action Team. “We’re proud of NCGA’s work on federal legislation with a program like Ag Risk Coverage to provide a smart and cost-efficient, market-based approach to …Read More »
  • IL CORN PARTICIPATES IN STATE FAIR AG DAY

    Published: Wed. Aug 13th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Farmers representing IL Corn were present for Ag Day events at the Illinois State Fair.  ICGA President Gary Hudson met with other ag organization leaders and took many media interviews. Hudson also presided over a meeting held on the Fairgrounds of the Nutrient Research and Education Council.  NREC is the organization that manages the so-called fertilizer checkoff. Nutrient management is a topic area of high priority for IL Corn. 
  • TOP TEN PEOPLE WHO BENEFIT FROM A WEAKENED RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD

    Published: Tue. Aug 12th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Fuels America, a coalition of organizations committed to protecting America’s Renewable Fuel Standard and promoting the benefits of all types of renewable fuel already growing in America, has launched a new campaign in Washington, DC – “If American’s lose the Renewable Fuel Standard, who wins?” Check out the accompanying blog post and make sure to share these stats with your friends and neighbors.  From the very realistic “Big Oil Execs,” to the very funny “The Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey,” we have to admit that Fuels America has a point. And we hope that Washington, DC notices. For months, …Read More »
  • COVER CROPS AN IMPORTANT PART OF NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT

    Published: Mon. Aug 11th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Farmers are being encouraged to consider growing cover crops on their fields through the winter.  Studies show that a living, growing plant in the ground year round improves the soil, productivity, and nutrient runoff.  The science behind this makes sense.  On a big picture level, Illinois is prairie and having grasses growing on our soil year round is a return to what built the rich organic soils in the first place.  But looking closer, planting rye grass or cereal rye after you harvest your corn crop makes sense. As the cover crop grows in the fall, it uses the nitrogen …Read More »
  • FARM BILL TOOLBOX LAUNCHED

    Published: Fri. Aug 8th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    You may recall from early in June, that the University of Illinois was among the recipients for Farm Bill education monies set aside in the Farm Bill 2014 legislation.  These funds were reserved to help farmers understand their new program options and provide analysis that would help them determine the best set of risk management tools for their farms. The result of those funds was launched recently.  You can visit the new University of Illinois Farm Bill Toolbox here. The U of I College of ACES reported that “On July 1, 2014, the University of Illinois as …Read More »
  • FORMER ICGA LEADER RECEIVES AWARD

    Published: Thu. Aug 7th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    At a meeting of the U.S. Grains Council, former Illinois Corn Growers Association staffer Larry Groce received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Groce was with Illinois Corn from 1972-74. During his time with ICGA, Groce attended his first U.S. “Feed” Grains Council meeting in Stratton Mountain, VT in August 1974 with ICGA President Rollie Main. Illinois Corn became a new member of USFGC at that time. Click this link to view a video honoring Groce.
  • HARVEST 2014 CONFERENCE FEATURES PALMER AMARANTH EDUCATION AND DRONES

    Published: Wed. Aug 6th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    ADM will sponsor a Harvest 2014 conference on August 21 in Decatur at Progress City.  Early bird registration ends on August 15 – this Friday – so you definitely need to look into this event now! The conference features educational sessions on: Deere and Case IH Combine Clinic Propane and Diesel Supply and Cost Outlook Channels for Marketing Syngenta MIR 162 and Duracade Corn Avoiding the Palmer Amaranth Nightmare Market Outlook and Strategies Grain Conditioning, Drying, and Quality Monitoring Movement Toward 14.5% Corn Moisture Limit Preparing Grain Bins, Fans, and Dryers Special: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Drone) Demonstration   The …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS CORN FARMER TO LEAD U.S. GRAINS COUNCIL

    Published: Tue. Aug 5th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Ron Gray, a farmer from Illinois, was recently elected as U.S. Grains Council chairman during the organization’s 54th Annual Board of Delegates meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. “The Council works around the world to connect U.S. agriculture with valuable markets, ultimately improving our bottom line. We are the catalyst in the global marketplace that makes that happen,” Gray said in his first speech to USGC delegates as chairman. “Our theme this year is ‘Global Awareness, Global Connections.’ This means working with our delegates, board members, state and agribusiness partners, as well as the customers who rely on our products …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS FARMERS ELECT DIRECTORS TO CHECKOFF BOARD

    Published: Mon. Aug 4th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    The Illinois Corn Marketing Board will seat two returning and three new members at an upcoming meeting. The Illinois Department of Agriculture recently announced the results of the farmer elections. IDOA Director Flider congratulated the farmers on their election and observed that it’s an honor to be chosen by one’s peers. The farmers elected to ICMB invest corn checkoff dollars as they are assessed and levied at the first point of sale. State law sets the assessment for corn at 5/8 of 1 cent per bushel.  The newly-elected board members will serve three-year terms. New to ICMB are Pat Dumoulin …Read More »
  • SIGN UP FOR TEXT ALERTS; CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSMAN ON KEY ISSUES

    Published: Fri. Aug 1st, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Illinois Corn Growers Association expects action on some key issues next week and will look to farmer members to help support our efforts and the preservation of your farm, family, and future. Please consider becoming one of the farmers we can count on to call Congress and send emails when needed.  Sign up for text alerts so we can let you know when we need action. RECEIVE TEXT ALERTS HERE You can rest assured that we will treat your personal information with consideration and confidentiality.  We will not share your cell phone number with other companies or associations and …Read More »

 
 
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