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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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  • CLEARING THE AIR OF ETHANOL MYTHS

    Published: Fri. May 27th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    The summer driving season is kicking off this coming weekend with the Memorial Day holiday. Unfortunately, the misunderstandings about ethanol are going to start making the rounds, again, as folks are looking to blame higher gas prices on anything but the price of, well, the gasoline portion of the gallon. You can do your part to clear the air by sharing this commonly unknown facts about ethanol. *First and foremost, there is no “corn ethanol subsidy.” The Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (also known as the “blender’s tax credit”) expired five years ago in 2011. Further it was gasoline blenders …Read More »
  • WHEN IL CORN GETS BACK OUT TO THE FARM

    Published: Thu. May 26th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    For the IL Corn staff, most of whom are farm kids, it’s a great day when we get back out on the farm, connecting with our farmers and doing what we love. Today was a great day to connect with Justin Durdan, the Illinois Corn Growers Association Vice President, and with the non-farmers in Chicago that want to understand more about who Illinois farmers are and how those farmers are growing food. Justin did two live broadcasts from his farm today as he sprayed and fertilized his corn.  You can see both archived through the Illinois Farm Families Read More »
  • WATCH U.S. SHARE OF WORLD EXPORTS DECLINE OVER 20 YEARS

    Published: Wed. May 25th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Many factors contribute to the ebb and flow of corn leaving the U.S., including weather factors like the drought in 2012 (when the U.S. didn’t have corn to sell overseas!), economic factors like the strength of the dollar compared to other world currencies, and biotechnology acceptance around the world. Another important factor is that the U.S is lacking trade agreements with so many countries, compared to other countries and their number of trade agreements. It puts us at a significant disadvantage in the global marketplace. During World Trade Month, we are trying to draw attention to the fact that U.S. …Read More »
  • CONSIDER INFRASTRUCTURE DURING WORLD TRADE MONTH

    Published: Tue. May 24th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    While we’re celebrating World Trade Month, it just makes sense to also consider the infrastructure that makes growing exports possible. Check out this interview between Jim Tarmann, IL Corn staff, and John Jenkinson. Locks and dams continue to be a huge priority for IL Corn.  We’ve gotten some members of Congress to understand the investment needed, and we’ve freed up some dollars (by reallocating how Olmsted lock and dam renovations are funded) and created some new dollars (by increasing the user fee), but we still need to just break ground on one new lock and dam. Without this …Read More »
  • MAY IS WORLD TRADE MONTH

    Published: Mon. May 23rd, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    Listen to the audiio version of this update here.  IL Corn invites you to join us, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), other sister farmer organizations and the International Trade Administration, a U.S. Department of Commerce agency that promotes U.S. exports, in celebrating World Trade Month this May. Here are some fun facts about the coarse grains trade: A new analysis done for USGC and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) showed that the export of grain and grain products created more than $80 billion in economic output nationwide in 2014, supporting more than 370,000 jobs. 1 in …Read More »
  • REACTIONS TO 2017 EPA RVO RULING

    Published: Fri. May 20th, 2016 by: Taylor McDonald

    On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its ruling for renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2017. The most controversial aspect of the ruling was the EPA’s decision to allocate a 14.8 billion gallon requirement for “conventional renewable fuels” such as corn ethanol. This measure is below the 15 billion gallon benchmark set forth by the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Many groups decried this ruling in how it didn’t even meet the most basic requirements of the RFS. National Corn Growers Association president, Maryland farmer Chip Bowling touted the importance of The Renewable Fuel Standard and why increasing market for …Read More »
  • ICGA STATEMENT REGARDING EPA's PROPOSED RULE FOR ETHANOL BLEND LEVELS

    Published: Thu. May 19th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill.--Jeff Jarboe, a farmer from Loda, Ill., and Illinois Corn Growers Association President, released the following statement after learning of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed rule regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) for 2017 to cap corn-based ethanol volumes at 14.8 billion gallons, below the 15 billion gallons set by statute for the Renewable Fuel Standard.  "While Illinois corn farmers are happy to see the ethanol blend levels increase for 2017, we remain disappointed that the Administration won't allow this home-grown renewable fuel to grow beyond the artificial 15 billion gallon level we were …Read More »
  • LOOKING FOR A FLEX FUEL VEHICLE? HERE'S THE LATEST LIST

    Published: Wed. May 18th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    If you’re looking for a new FlexFuel vehicle, you may not get much help at your local dealership, unfortunately. Due to changing expectations and regulations from the Obama Administration, automobile manufacturers are pressed to provide more vehicles that use other alternative fuels. That makes finding an FFV a bit harder, but not impossible. The Renewable Fuels Association has put together a list of the 2016 model year vehicles that are available in FFV. You can read that list here. Don’t forget, your Illinois Corn Growers Association membership entitles you to a rebate on your new vehicle purchase …Read More »
  • SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS TO NCGA CONTEST

    Published: Tue. May 17th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    Listen to the audio update of this story here. The National Corn Growers Association calls on photographers to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the third annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA hopes to capture high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. While the contest opened recently, interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2016. Open to all, the Fields-of-Corn photo contest offers a free opportunity for photographers to share their work while competing for 19 cash …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS CORN APPLAUDS FY17 APPROPRIATIONS BILL PASSAGE

    Published: Mon. May 16th, 2016 by: Taylor McDonald

    Illinois Corn commends the work of Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Ranking Member Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Senate Energy & Water Development (E&WD) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to invigorate the support and 90-8 passage of the FY 2017 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill. The bill will, in-part, fund inland waterways infrastructure that will improve the stability of locks and dams across the country. Such systems heavily contribute to the production and transportation of agricultural products. Illinois exports nearly 50% of the corn it produces, and the majority of …Read More »

 
 
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