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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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  • HOUSE PASSES WRDA BILL

    Published: Fri. Dec 9th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    The House passed the WRDA bill, S. 612 with a strong vote of 360-61 earlier this week. The Water Resource Development Act would authorize funding for a number of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects, as well as clean up lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan and other states with similar problems. The funding package is similar to an amendment offered on the House-passed version, H.R. 5303, that would authorize $170 million for Flint-related programs, that is $100 million less than the package approved in the Senate bill, S. 2848. The bill will hit a snag in the Senate due to …Read More »
  • OCTOBER ETHANOL EXPORTS LARGEST SINCE 2011

    Published: Thu. Dec 8th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The latest data shows that the U.S. exported the largest monthly volume of ethanol since December 2011, according to government trade data released this week.  Shipments totaled 131.6 million gallons, up 32 percent over September and 69 percent higher than August exports.  Brazil was the largest customer, capturing a third of U.S. ethanol shipments. Interestingly, the rest of the world understands American made ethanol to be a valuable commodity, to help them reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increasingly rely on renewable fuel.  Sadly, our own country does not see that same value. Vibrant trade with other countries continues to be …Read More »
  • SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FROM IAA FOUNDATION

    Published: Wed. Dec 7th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    You’re probably most aware of the IAA Foundation in its role as the primary funder of the IL Ag-in-the-Classroom program. In fact, your Illinois corn checkoff, through the IL Corn Marketing Board, funds the IAA Foundation each year for this purpose. This year’s contribution is $90,000. You may be unaware that the IAA Foundation also administers scholarships for college-aged students. This year’s scholarship application process is now open. Agriculture students are encouraged to apply for 71 college scholarships offered by the IAA Foundation. The scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 per year, will be awarded in total of $143,400 for …Read More »
  • US RED MEAT EXPORTS EQUAL $1.3 BILLION IN VALUE TO CORN INDUSTRY

    Published: Tue. Dec 6th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The export market is an extremely important market for Illinois corn, but also for U.S. red meat.  The very best opportunity for Illinois and the U.S. is to grow corn domestically, feed livestock domestically, and export meat to the global marketplace. U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) helps us do just that.  The Illinois Corn Marketing Board is a long-time funder of USMEF, recognizing the opportunity to increase value and economic development in the United States by increasing meat consumption worldwide. In a recent presentation from USMEF, we learned the following: U.S. beef and pork exports accounted for 2.1 million acres …Read More »
  • SHP OFFERS NEW VIDEO ON CONSERVATION PRACTICES

    Published: Mon. Dec 5th, 2016 by: Taylor McDonald

    The Soil Health Partnership commemorates World Soil Day on Dec. 5 by encouraging farmers to consider ways they can improve soil health. Not sure where to start? Take a few minutes to watch this fun and informative white board video, “Farmers to the Rescue: How Healthy Soil Can Save the Planet.” The group also will host a Virtual Field Day Webinar on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 11:00 a.m. Central. “Soil health is the next frontier in agricultural sustainability,” said Nick Goeser, director of SHP, an initiative of the National Corn Growers Association. “Restoring organic matter through practices …Read More »
  • USDA TO HOLD MEETINGS ABOUT EXPANSION OF CONSERVATION PROGRAM

    Published: Fri. Dec 2nd, 2016 by: Taylor McDonald

    IL Corn supports and encourages farmers that take proactive steps toward conservation on their land. One avenue to learn about and implement conservation practices is through the USDA's Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The program has enlightened and reassured farmers who may be hesitant to try practices like cover crops. If you're interested in learning more, they'll be holding informational meetings about the program's updates and expansion. Here's the USDA news release: Did you know the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is USDA’s largest conservation program? It now covers the most acres on America’s private lands because since 2010, land managers enrolled …Read More »
  • FARMERS, LOCAL PROCESSORS DONATE 15,000 POUNDS OF PORK TO MIDWEST FOOD BANK

    Published: Thu. Dec 1st, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    BLOOMINGTON, IL, December 1, 2016 – As part of the Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois  campaign, the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), along with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) and the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program today presented $12,911.00 to provide ground pork to the Midwest Food Bank (MFB). The groups also partnered with Steidinger Foods of Fairbury and Calihan Pork Processors of Peoria in this donation which in total, will amount to 15,000 pounds of ground pork donated to MFB. This donation compliments the on-going efforts of Steidinger Foods in Fairbury for their continuation …Read More »
  • USDA NEEDS YOUR RESPONSES FOR UPCOMING NASS SURVEYS

    Published: Wed. Nov 30th, 2016 by: Taylor McDonald

    IL Corn supports the work of the USDA and encourage farmers to fill out the surveys that are sent out throughout the year. These surveys have a signficant impact on understanding the state of the farm industry and what programs are needed. Additionally, these surveys help establish important data points that organizations like us use. Without enough answers, the USDA and other organizations simply won't be able to get a good picture. So here are upcoming surveys that we encourage you to fill out: Upcoming Nass Surveys Cash Rents The annual Cash Rents and Leases Survey helps the FSA and …Read More »
  • LINCOLN LAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE OFFERS NEW WATERSHED COURSES

    Published: Tue. Nov 29th, 2016 by: Taylor McDonald

    Information session planned for Dec. 8 JACKSONVILLE — Lincoln Land Community College-Jacksonville will offer two new courses in agricultural watershed management beginning in January. The public is invited to an information session on Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m., at LLCC-Jacksonville, 32 North Central Park Plaza. David Bowman, workforce coordinator and developer of the agricultural watershed management curriculum, will discuss the new courses and certificate programs available. Refreshments will be served. The program, launched in fall 2016, offers farm owners, farm operators and agricultural service providers, as well as agriculture and environmental science students, the opportunity to advance their careers and …Read More »
  • ICMB SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN APPLICATION DEADLINE APPROACHING

    Published: Mon. Nov 28th, 2016 by: Taylor McDonald

    We’re still looking for social media interns for the Spring 2017 semester! The deadline is this THURSDAY, December 1! Make sure you’ve applied! Are you a college student? Whether you are an aspiring social media influencer or an online agvocate, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board has something for you. No ag experience necessary! The Illinois Corn Marketing Board is currently accepting internship applications for the Spring 2017 semester. This is part of our effort to provide meaningful agricultural experience to college students and to encourage investment in the industry while using the creativity and ingenuity of college students to boost …Read More »

 
 
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