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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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  • WILL CHICAGO GAIN GROUND ON ETHANOL BEFORE WASHINGTON DC?

    Published: Fri. Jul 25th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Corn-based ethanol is battling for every gallon of use it can get. It’s no easy task given the entrenched misconceptions about this homegrown, renewable fuel. In Washington, DC, a Congressional effort led by Wisconsin’s Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner would completely repeal the RFS, removing the requirement for ethanol in our nation’s fuel supply. Contrast that effort at a federal level against a City effort in Chicago which would require E15. Will Chicago get done what Congress and EPA cannot? Who will when the tug-of-war for the fuel market? Consumers and farmers or Big Oil and their deep pockets? In DC, it …Read More »
  • NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT PROJECT YIELDS RESULTS

    Published: Thu. Jul 24th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    An innovative partnership in the Lake Springfield watershed has demonstrated in its first year that reducing nutrient losses yields positive results for agriculture and the environment. Illinois Corn assists in the project with the expertise of staff member Caroline Wade, Nutrient Watershed Manager. IL Corn also is a member of Council on Best Management Practices, one of the project partners. This cooperative project partners farmers, retailers, government bodies and private foundations to understand more about the Lake Springfield watershed and the municipal water supply for Springfield, IL, residents. Farmers are encouraged to adopt a systems-based approach to nitrogen management, which …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS FARMERS FEATURED IN EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN ON THE HILL

    Published: Wed. Jul 23rd, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    For the sixth summer in a row, corn and corn farmers have taken to Washington, DC, hoping to help legislators and their influencers on the Hill understand our nation’s largest crop. Illinois Corn, along with corn associations from Maryland to Colorado, have joined together to form the Corn Farmers Coalition.  The group seeks to success stories from the family farm, eliminating some unfounded perceptions along the way. Illinois corn farmers Grant Noland and Justin Durdan and their families are featured in the campaign. “The 11 largest corn crops in U.S. history have been grown in the last 11 years by …Read More »
  • SALUTE TO PORK NIGHT AT NORMAL CORNBELTERS

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

    ‘A crack of the bat, a bite of DaBurger’ will be the most common motto used on July 23rd when the Illinois Pork Producer Association (IPPA) partners up with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board at the Normal Cornbelters baseball game in Normal. In Illinois, the pork industry is the largest livestock consumer of corn. IPPA will be handing out pork samples to fans and educating kids and adults about pork production. The most famous pork burger called DaBurger will be sold at this game and at the concession stands for the entire baseball season. “The Illinois Pork Producers partner with …Read More »
  • SOCIAL MEDIA BRINGS ABOUT NEW ERA OF FOOD REVOLT

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

    Food policy and reform isn’t as slow as it used to be.  In fact, for many who are engaged in the debate, going around the government and straight to the manufacturer is a much more direct way to get a response.  Social media is providing the direct highway between consumer and retailer.  And food production and manufacturing is changing as a result. This article in Politico, provides an up close and personal look at the way mommy bloggers and other women engaged in social media are changing food in America. “In a different era, a stern letter from an …Read More »
  • CORN CHECKOFF PROMOTES ETHANOL IN CHICAGO

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

    With corn prices down and an expected record breaking crop in the ground, IL Corn knows that supporting corn demand is key to maintaining profits. One way to do that is to increase demand for ethanol. Now’s a good time for that, as well, as ethanol futures are running 80 cents to $1.00 a gallon cheaper than gasoline at the CME. To bring attention to this positive price opportunity, the Illinois corn checkoff is running radio ads in the Chicago market encouraging motorists to fuel up with E85. To listen to the radio ad, click here. Here …Read More »
  • HSUS CONTINUES THEIR MISLEADING FUNDRAISING PRACTICES

    Published: Thu. Jul 17th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    It’s been quite a while since we’ve checked in with our friends at HumaneWatch.org.  These are the folks who are holding the Humane Society of the U.S. accountable for their actions – and their actions are largely fundraising for “helping animals” and then using that money to renovate the homes of their execs or lobby to prevent farmers from raising livestock. Illinois Corn knows that the livestock industry is an important partner and valued customer. To relate from a corn perspective, in Illinois, 97 million bushels of corn are consumed by the livestock industry. Nationally, that number balloons to 5.4 …Read More »
  • IL CORN PRIORITIES CHAMPIONED AT WHITE HOUSE MEETING

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

    Earlier this week, Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL) organized and led a meeting at the White House to discuss proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  Foster was joined by Democratic Representatives Tammy Duckworth and Bill Enyart. These three members of Congress spoke with key White House staff about corn ethanol and its value to the Renewable Fuel Standard. IL Corn Growers Association is extremely appreciative of the leadership shown by Congressmen Foster and Enyart and Congresswoman Duckworth on this issue. Rep. Foster brought Dr. Michael Wang from the Argonne National Laboratory and Dr. Steffen Mueller of the University of …Read More »
  • CORN CHECKOFF HELPS BUILD DEMAND

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

    Where will the anticipated record-breaking crop of corn go this year? That's the important question. Basic economics tells us that with an increased supply, to maintain or improve price, the market must maintain or grow demand. That's what IL Corn is doing since your profitability as corn farmers is our bottom line. Whether it's working on building corn ethanol demand, finding new export markets, researching the costs and impacts of new regulations or improving the relationship between farmers and consumers, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board is there. By investing your corn checkoff dollars in valuable programs, ICMB supports those things …Read More »
  • ENJOYING THE OTHER CORN CROP

    Published: Mon. Jul 14th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Many people are understandably unaware that field corn isn’t the corn they treat as a vegetable on their dinner plate. In fact, sweet corn (veggie corn) makes up less than 1 percent of our state’s corn acreage. But instead of getting discouraged when people make an error regarding the type of corn you grow, take it as an opportunity for a conversation, like we do in the Illinois corn checkoff supported Illinois Farm Families. ENJOYING SWEET CORN GROWN A BETTER WAY originally posted at http://monsantoblog.com/2014/07/14/enjoying-sweet-corn-grown-a-better-way/ Summer is in full swing – the kids are off school and days slowly …Read More »
  • FARM BILL TOOLBOX LAUNCHED

    Published: Fri. Jul 11th, 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 yesterday.  You can visit the new University of Illinois Farm Bill Toolbox here. Yesterday, the U of I College of ACES reported that “On July 1, 2014, the University of Illinois …Read More »
  • OIL MONOPOLY LIMITS CONSUMER CHOICE, SAVINGS

    Published: Thu. Jul 10th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois is the perfect example of how oil companies control the gasoline marketplace, limit choice, and make sure lower-priced fuels don’t make it to the pump. Mirroring the national gasoline marketplace conditions revealed in a recently released report, the biggest gasoline retailers in Illinois limit choice, while independent and regional retailers serve their customers well, according to Gary Hudson, Illinois Corn Growers Association President. “I wasn’t surprised by the Renewable Fuels Association report,” Hudson said. “We see Big Oil’s monopolistic strategies here in Illinois every day.” The Renewable Fuels Association report pulled back the curtain to reveal that less …Read More »
  • CHECKOFF FUNDED INTERN TEACHES TEACHERS ABOUT CORN

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

    Abby Marten, a student in the University of Illinois Champaign, is serving this year as the Illinois Corn Marketing Board Ag-in-the-Classroom Summer Ag Institute intern. In her role, she creates new classroom materials to help students and their families learn about Illinois' #1 crop: corn. Abby has already attended over a dozen summer ag institutes. Here's a look at some of the material and resources she shares. You may want to bookmark these links for discussions you have personally.   CORN STARCH PUTTY Materials: 1 ½ cup cornstarch 2 cups water 1 cup salt ½ cup flour 2 tsp cream …Read More »
  • FAA STRUGGLING TO DEAL WITH DRONES

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

    At their last meeting, the board of directors of both Illinois Corn Growers Association and Illinois Corn Marketing Board discussed the use of drones on farms.  The technology is appealing and interesting and of course farmers are anxious to use new equipment that can help them diagnose problems on the farm.  But the rules and regulations to use a drone per the FAA are gray and farmers could be susceptible to fines or lawsuits over improper use.  The following article from Forbes highlights the arbitrary and perhaps senseless lines FAA has drawn in the sand regulating the use of drones …Read More »
  • CANDIDATES FOR ILLINOIS CORN MARKETING BOARD ELECTIONS ANNOUNCED, VOTE JULY 8

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

    The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced the candidates for three state commodity boards. Plan to vote tomorrow, July 8. Producers will vote July 8 to determine members of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board. Anyone who produces and markets corn is eligible to vote.  Ballots may be cast at county Extension Offices during regular operating hours. “I strongly encourage producers to cast a ballot,” Agriculture Director Bob Flider said.  “The decisions that these boards make concerning the expenditure of state checkoff dollars will shape the future of their industry.” Checkoff dollars come from assessments levied at the first point of sale. …Read More »
  • ETHANOL SAVES MONEY

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

    The Fuels America coalition is launching a new wave of ads to highlight highlighting renewable fuels’ savings for consumers as gas prices climb to their highest levels since 2008. The National Corn Growers Association is a member of the Fuels America coalition. More than 1,000 Illinois corn farmers asked EPA earlier this year to support ethanol by keeping the Renewable Fuel Standard ethanol volume at its legislated level. Illinois Corn has learned that EPA’s decision probably won’t come before September of this year. The Fuels America coalition is launching a new wave of ads to highlight highlighting renewable fuels’ …Read More »
  • REMEMBER THE EUROPEAN CORN BORER?

    Published: Wed. Jul 2nd, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The European corn borer, once regarded as a major and consistent insect pest, is now only rarely observed in most commercial cornfields across the Corn Belt, said a University of Illinois entomologist. Mike Gray said that in 1939, European corn borers were first reported in Illinois and by 1942 the pest could be found in all counties within the state. “William ‘Bill’ Luckmann, a longtime retired and well-known entomologist, once mentioned that he had only observed two cornfields totally destroyed by insects—once by chinch bugs and once by European corn borers,” Gray said. Since the introduction of Bt hybrids in …Read More »
  • NEW LOCKS AND DAMS WITHIN TEN YEARS COULD BE REALITY WITH SEN CASEY AMENDMENT

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

    Illinois farmers were certainly pleased when the House and Senate passed the Water Resources and Reform Development Act last month, signaling an awareness that our river infrastructure is important to the U.S. economy.  But action expect next week could make an even bigger difference in the timely delivery of updated locks and dams. The Highway Reauthorization bill is expected to come to the Senate floor after the July 4 recess and within that debate, the Senate will vote on Senator Bob Casey’s (PA) amendment to increase the diesel fuel user fee nine cents per gallon. The user fee increase, agreed …Read More »

 
 
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