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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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  • ILLINOIS COMMODITY CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES THEME FOR 2014: STRIVING TO SUSTAINABLY FEED THE WORLD

    Published: Mon. Sep 29th, 2014 by: Becky Finfrock

    The 2014 Illinois Commodity Conference will take place Tuesday, November 25th, at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Normal, IL.  The annual one-day event brings together crop growers and livestock producers from all over the state to discuss the trials and triumphs the agricultural industry faces.  “Striving to Sustainably Feed the World”, is the theme for the conference, which starts at 10:00 am.  A full day of speakers can help attendees regroup and recharge, and include: “A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the GMOs Go Down” Richard Levick, Chairman and CEO of LEVICK, a global strategic …Read More »
  • ACKNOWLEDGE THAT DR OZ IS A CAPITALISTIC OPPORTUNIST AND MOVE ON

    Published: Fri. Sep 26th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    The anti-GMO front got a short term boost from Dr. Oz this week. Oz, a television personality and MD, ran a segment about what he mistakenly called a ‘GMO pesticide’ that you’ll know as Dow’s new Enlist products. Farmers across the country are peeved and are storming social media to share their outrage. The farm-centered outrage, blogging, tweeting, and facebook posting is just adding oxygen to Oz’s fire, however. His fanatical followers have moved on to his next recommendation already. We aggies are the ones still bringing attention to his GMO shams. Yes, it’s annoying. Yes, it’s infuriating. The U.S. …Read More »
  • USDA ANNOUNCES FARM BILL DECISION MAKING TOOLS

    Published: Thu. Sep 25th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new tool to help farmers determine what farm program options will work best to manage risk on their family farms.  The new programs, Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are cornerstones of the commodity farm safety net programs in the 2014 Farm Bill, legislation that ended direct payments. Both programs offer farmers protection when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices and/or revenues. Producers will have through early spring of 2015 to select which program works best for their businesses. To help farmers choose between …Read More »
  • VETERANS GROUP JOINS E15 EFFORT IN CHICAGO

    Published: Wed. Sep 24th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Citing the need to reduce America’s reliance on Middle East oil, VoteVets.org, the largest group of progressive veterans in America, is joining numerous Chicago veterans in asking Mayor Emmanuel and all 50 of Chicago’s Aldermen to support Chicago’s Clean Air Choice Ordinance. Illinois Corn Growers Association supports the ordinance, as well. It would allow motorists the choice to fill up with E15 at gas stations in the City. In the letter, Chicago veterans joined with VoteVets, which represents over 400,000 members, to say: “As veterans, we have a unique perspective on the real cost of our dependence on foreign oil. …Read More »
  • THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT FOR AGRICULTURAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

    Published: Tue. Sep 23rd, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Adkins Energy LLC has named their 2014 scholarship winners – and IL Corn couldn’t be prouder of the understanding these young students have about ethanol and its impact on the marketplace. Let’s take a moment, amidst all the negative news about Generation Y and their lack of ambition and commitment, to celebrate some of the young agriculture professionals who will lead your industry into the next generation. One scholarship winner, Hailey Endress, writes, “The ethanol industry has already accomplished a great deal. I believe in the industry and I am hopeful that all of agriculture can come together and support …Read More »
  • INCREASE THE INLAND WATERWAYS BARGE DIESEL USER FEE: SEND YOUR LETTER TO CONGRESS TODAY!

    Published: Mon. Sep 22nd, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    With the successful enactment of WRRDA 2014, along with higher FY ’15 appropriations levels for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works mission, there remains a critical need for higher investment in our inland waterways transportation system. As you know, towboat operators (300 total) currently pay 20 cents-per-gallon on diesel fuel consumed while operating on the inland system that is deposited into the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, and matched by General Treasury funds, for lock and dam construction and major rehabilitation. Towboat operators are the only waterways’ beneficiary among many others (hydropower, flood control, municipal water supply, recreational boating, …Read More »
  • TRADE CREATES A WORLD PRIMED FOR PEACE

    Published: Fri. Sep 19th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

      By Bill Horan: Rockwell City, Iowa War dominates the news these days, from the conflict between Russia and Ukraine to the battles splitting the Israelis and Palestinians. Last weekend, as Pope Francis marked the centenary of the First World War, he offered a bleak observation: “Perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction.” He meant that we’re possibly living through a slow-motion Third World War. This wasn’t the legacy President Obama had envisioned for himself. He was elected to the White House on a promise to improve America’s image and reduce its …Read More »
  • SLOW DECISIONS PUT U.S. AT A DISADVANTAGE

    Published: Thu. Sep 18th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Posted from CornCorps Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its decision deregulating (or approving) the Enlist corn, Enlist soybeans, and Enlist E3 soybean traits in the United States.  The announcement concludes one of the most thorough reviews of a biotech trait in history.  Sadly, the EPA still has not registered Enlist Duo herbicide, the companion to the Enlist traits.  Dow AgroSciences hopes for registration in the near future.  Illinois Corn Growers Association submitted comments to the USDA supporting the deregulation of the Enlist products and is happy that farmers will have more options for weed control in …Read More »
  • REQUEST FOR HARVEST PICTURES, UPDATES

    Published: Wed. Sep 17th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    There’s a lot going on in state and national level politics that is related to your corn harvest. To make the point that Illinois corn farmers are doing their part and growing a record crop, we’d like to use photos and harvest updates from YOUR family farm. If you’re familiar with hashtags, start using the #ILharvest14 tag. Check out the information below on how to submit: You may email your photos and harvest updates to [email protected]. Please be sure to include your contact information. You may also post your photos to the IL Corn facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ILCorn Tweet …Read More »
  • SENATOR DURBIN CHASTISES AMINISTRATION, EPA ON ETHANOL NUMBERS

    Published: Tue. Sep 16th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Last week, our senior U.S. Senator, Mr. Dick Durbin, sent a letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget chiding them for their handling of the RFS RVO numbers on ethanol. IL Corn gives a “hat tip” to Senator Durbin for speaking up on behalf of corn farmers, the ethanol industry, and motorists, too. We all save money at the pump when ethanol is included in our gasoline. In a press release, Senator Durbin said, “The Administration’s proposed change to the Renewable Fuel Standard seriously missed the mark. As written, it would not only undermine our nation’s …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS CORN MARKETING BOARD PARTNERS WITH GILBARCO VEEDER-ROOT TO BRING ETHANOL TO RETAILERS

    Published: Mon. Sep 15th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    The Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) and the American Lung Association (ALA) recently chose Gilbarco Veeder-Root as their partner to help drive the adoption of higher ethanol blend fuel in Illinois. The partnership brings together three industry leaders to provide retailers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to make fuel dispensing equipment compatible with higher blends of ethanol more affordable for retailers. This program is funded with Illinois corn checkoff dollars with support from the Iowa corn checkoff, as well.  ICMB, which represents the interests of corn farmers in Illinois, funded grants that will provide incentives for Illinois retailers to purchase new Gilbarco …Read More »
  • SOIL HEALTH PARTNERSHIP FIELD DAYS MOVE TO ILLINOIS

    Published: Fri. Sep 12th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Soil Health Partnership field days resume their schedule of presentations and demonstrations on Tuesday, Sept. 16. Corn farmers David, Joe and Chase Brown will host area farmers, soil health experts and neighbors on their farm near Decatur, Illinois. The day’s agenda topics will include the benefits of soil health and advanced nutrient management, cover crop integration in corn systems, and new equipment for seeding cover crops. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT, regardless of weather conditions. Registration will occur on-site and a continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be served to participants. The field day location …Read More »
  • A NEW CROP INSURANCE PROVISION EXCLUDES QUALIFYING DATA FROM CALCULATIONS

    Published: Thu. Sep 11th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    An important change to crop insurance was included in the 2014 Farm Bill.  The amendment permits farmers to elect to exclude yields from their APH if they are in a county (or contiguous to a county) where the county’s average yield is below 50 percent of the average county yields for the previous 10 consecutive crop years. The provision is compared to car insurance provisions, where premium calculations exclude any collisions that were the result of winter weather as those are “not the driver’s fault.”  The overall goal with the provision is to not penalize farmer APH for a poor …Read More »
  • REMINDERS FOR FALL MANURE APPLICATION

    Published: Wed. Sep 10th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Harvest is just around the corner, and that means pork producers and grain farmers will soon prep for fall field nutrient applications.  The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) reminds pork producers and their row-crop partners to pay attention to details, as they pump manure that will be applied on crop acres as a sustainable fertilizer option. "Manure is a good crop fertilizer product.  We have better tools, better methods and training, and better science than ever for using this valuable resource," says Ted Funk, retired University of Illinois Extension specialist and pork industry consultant. "America’s Heartland has a fantastic infrastructure …Read More »
  • LIVESTOCK GROWTH SETTING RECORDS IN ILLINOIS

    Published: Tue. Sep 9th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The Illinois livestock industry is poised to set a record in 2014 with 110 notices of intent to construct filed with the Illinois Department of Agriculture as of August.  A notice of intent to construct is the paperwork filing that a farmer must submit to begin the process of building or expanding a livestock site according to the Livestock Management Facilities Act (LMFA). The previous record was 142 notices in 2007.  Last year ended with less than 100 notices filed. The 110 notices already filed this year equal about 60,000 animal unit spaces and about $42 million dollars of …Read More »
  • SEPT. 1 CORN STOCKS ESTIMATE - DOES IT MATTER?

    Published: Mon. Sep 8th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Corn prices continue to be dominated by expectations of a very large U.S. harvest. The USDA will release a new forecast of the size of the crop on Sept. 11. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, the market expectation is that the new forecast will be about 250 million bushels larger than the August forecast and that the forecast is likely to be larger again in October, reflecting a U.S. average yield well above trend value. With such a large harvest, the estimate of Sept. 1 stocks of old-crop corn will have less importance than was the case …Read More »
  • UPDATE ON CHICAGO E15 ORDINANCE

    Published: Fri. Sep 5th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Parties involved in a proposed ordinance that would make E15 available at every gas station in the City of Chicago are still working the issue. The proposed ordinance, put forth by Alderman Ed Burke and Alderman Anthony Beale, was read into the record at the June meeting of the City Council. A new health impacts study was released this week that details the positive health benefits that E15 brings to air quality. Some of the research detailed in the study was funded by IL Corn checkoff dollars. The study can be found in its entirety here on …Read More »
  • JAPANESE LEADERSHIP NO ACCIDENT: BIOTECH REGULATORS STAY AHEAD OF THE CURVE

    Published: Thu. Sep 4th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Marty Marr, a corn farmer from New Berlin and a Director on the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, had the privilege of hosting a Japanese trade team last week to discuss biotechnology and recent developments and implications to new technologies on the farm. Japan is consistently among the world's leaders in biotechnology regulation, boasting a system that is science-based and, therefore, effective, timely and transparent. This does not happen by accident. Among the key contributing factors are the sophistication and scientific integrity of the regulatory teams that implement the system. To help sustain this benchmark of success within one of our …Read More »
  • MCCARTHY INDICATES RFS NUMBERS WILL INCREASE IN FINAL RULE

    Published: Wed. Sep 3rd, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Yesterday during a Barclays CEO Energy-Power Conference luncheon in New York City, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy alluded that final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements for ethanol will increase from the proposed rule issued November 2013. “You'll see the numbers will say… if gasoline sales go up, there is a chance for more renewables to get into the system.”  Gasoline sales have been higher than anticipated, a fact that will be reflected in the rule, she said. You might remember that the 2014 RFS was sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget at the end of August.  …Read More »
  • SOIL HEALTH FIELD DAYS SCHEDULED

    Published: Tue. Sep 2nd, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    As part of the Soil Health Partnership Project, several field days have been scheduled in Illinois in the coming months. Soil health and nutrient management are high profile issues right now, as regulations at the state and national level are gaining ground, so to speak. IL Corn has experts on staff that are working on this issue on behalf of Illinois corn farmers. Find out more about the project at http://soilhealthpartnership.org/ September 15 Forrest, IL September 16 Decatur, IL November 17/19 (TBD)  Auburn, IL November 18  Assumption, IL      

 
 
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