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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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  • ONE WEEK LEFT TO SUBMIT ATRAZINE COMMENTS

    Published: Fri. Sep 23rd, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The comment period for the EPA’s draft ecological risk assessment of atrazine ends on October 4th. You’ve got about a week to weigh in and influence your ability to use atrazine to protect your crop in the future. You can click here to make your comments. The entire process takes less than one minute. If you’re unsure of what to say, the link for written comments says it all for you.  But if you just want to know more, here are the details: The U.S. EPA recently released a draft Ecological Risk Assessment on atrazine, but sadly, they failed …Read More »
  • ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE?

    Published: Thu. Sep 22nd, 2016 by: Taylor McDonald

    National Voter Registration Day is September 27, 2016 and all across the country, dedicated citizens will be conducting events, door-to-door campaigns, and other measures to increase voter registration. The day is a good reminder for those of us who have not yet registered or are unsure of our registration status. Political attack ads, lawn signs, and social media make it impossible to forget that Election Day is fast approaching, but remembering to register to vote can fall through the cracks in our busy lives. So here's your friendly reminder: Have you registered to vote yet? If you haven't, you can …Read More »
  • A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME

    Published: Wed. Sep 21st, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    Early word in the planned acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer is that the Monsanto name might be dropped. Long reviled by anti-ag groups, losing the name might be a PR boost. Or, might the haters hearken back to Shakespearean prose and remind us all that, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet?” Or maybe in this case, not so sweet. Mergers like this one were the topic of a hearing yesterday in Washington, DC, where National Corn Growers Association CEO, Chris Novak, testified. To view the hearing, click here: http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/consolidation-and-competition-in-the-us-seed-and-agrochemical-industry Chris Novak’s testimony can be found …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS RUNS ON HOMEGROWN CORN SERIES TOPS 100,000 VIEWS

    Published: Tue. Sep 20th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    The Illinois Runs on Homegrown Corn videos are a hit with our viewers on Facebook, on the Watch Us Grow website, and on YouTube. The combined viewing numbers now are over 100,000! This video series is the star component of the Illinois Runs on Homegrown Corn campaign. The goal of the campaign is to provide more information to consumers about how we grow Illinois’ number one crop. The series features Illinois corn farmer Justin Durdan, following the progress of his corn crop throughout the growing season. You can find the videos here: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/IllinoisFarmFamilies WatchUsGrow: http://www.watchusgrow.org/corn Facebook: Read More »
  • E15 CAN ONCE AGAIN MORE EASILY ENTER THE MARKETPLACE

    Published: Mon. Sep 19th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    As of last week, the restriction on summertime E15 sales has finally expired for 2016, making consumer choice once again a priority for fuel retailers. The end of EPA’s “volatility control season” was Thursday, September 15. In 2011, EPA approved the use of E15 in 2001 and newer vehicles, but the agency did not allow E15 to benefit from the 1-pound per square inch (psi) Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver that is available to E10 blends. As a result of this disparity, retailers in conventional gasoline areas (most of the country) would have to secure specialty gasoline blendstocks in order …Read More »
  • VOTE YES TO SAVE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

    Published: Fri. Sep 16th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    On November 8, 2016, Illinois has a chance to protect transportation funding once and for all. There will be a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot that would require all transportation-related revenue to be dedicated solely to public highways, roads, streets, bridges, and mass transit.  IL Corn supports this amendment to preserve transportation funding that was raised to be reinvested in our infrastructure. Over the last 10 years alone, $6 billion has been swept from Illinois’ Road Fund because of waste and mismanagement in Springfield. If the Amendment passes, transportation funding will be secured, and we will have the chance to make long overdue investments …Read More »
  • SENATE PASSES WRDA BILL, 95-3

    Published: Thu. Sep 15th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Consensus might be hard to find in Washington, DC, but it seems that the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) just might have found it in the Senate.  The Senate passed the bill today with a vote of 95-3.  Both Illinois Senators Durbin and Kirk voted in favor. Notable highlights of the bill include: Rejects lockage fees/tolls to finance Public-Private Partnerships (P3s). Adds a provision to remove Inland Waterways Trust Fund capital projects from the five-year/no funding de-authorization rule until Olmsted is substantially off the books, which would open more funding for the Navigation Ecosystem Sustainability Project (NESP), a high priority …Read More »
  • CLEARING ETHANOL MISINFORMATION FROM THE AIR REQUIRES EDUCATION

    Published: Wed. Sep 14th, 2016 by: Taylor McDonald

    Almost a month has passed since the Inspector General’s Office of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the EPA has failed in its responsibility to produce research on the impacts of ethanol blending in transportation fuels. While the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has created a biofuels mandate, the inaction of the EPA perpetuates clashing arguments surrounding biofuels without providing an answer. True, many studies about ethanol have already been published that offer conflicting conclusions. Yet, the EPA’s research has the potential to challenge the beliefs of those who oppose biofuels after coming from what is traditionally seen as …Read More »
  • TRADE WITH BRAZIL IS A NET POSITIVE FOR AG

    Published: Tue. Sep 13th, 2016 by: Taylor McDonald

    In another highlight of the benefits of free trade, the USDA announced in early August that the US would be re-opening trade with Brazil. While the release focuses on the opening of U.S. markets to chilled and frozen beef, this opening of trade will undeniably have influence over grain exports in the coming years. Grain and feed exports will have a new market to invest in that will presumably be traded back to the United States in the form of beef. Essentially, we'll be helping feed the food we eat. Win-win. Here's the full USDA release: WASHINGTON, Aug. …Read More »
  • TELL YOUR COMMUNITY THE IMPORTANCE OF TRADE

    Published: Mon. Sep 12th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    With the largest corn crop on record about to be harvested, the need for trade policies that open export markets even further has never been stronger.  The 2014/2015 marketing year saw U.S. corn exports of more than 43 million metric tons, with total U.S. feed grains in all forms exports exceeding 91 million tons equivalent. Similar success is expected from the 2015/2016 marketing year, which ended about a week ago. Now that fall is here, it’s time to reach out and discuss the benefits of trade, trade agreements and the still-pending Trans-Pacific Partnership in your community.  To help you, the …Read More »

 
 
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