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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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  • ARE FARMERS RICH?

    Published: Tue. Sep 30th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    We already know what your answer is.  NO!  Not this year anyway. But since this three word phrase is one of the highest ranked search terms for our blog, Corn Corps, we decided to write about it. The blog describes a typical farmer budget, and the difference between last year (when you probably made a little money) and this year (when you stand to lose some).  We talk about how farmers must save in the good years to cover the bad.   And most importantly, that farmers are rich in a lot of other things that non-farmers often can’t …Read More »
  • 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 »

 
 
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