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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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  • THE MORE YOUR KNOW: OCTANE AND ETHANOL IN GASOLINE

    Published: Tue. Jul 26th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    The Environment and Energy Study Institute put together this great information on the history of gasoline and octane. We know that ethanol provides a high octane, low carbon option to fuel blenders. Achieving higher levels of ethanol inclusion in our nation’s fuel supply is built on this information. At IL Corn, we know that your homegrown, renewable product –ethanol—can be part of the solution, rather than just part of a problem. SOURCE: EESI A cornerstone of U.S. environmental policy has been the reduction of harmful tailpipe emissions from cars and trucks. Thanks to EPA regulations of mobile sources, air pollutants …Read More »
  • IS FARMLAND IN YOUR SCHOOL'S CLASSROOM?

    Published: Mon. Jul 25th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    With support from your IL Corn checkoff dollars, the award winning film, FARMLAND, is now part of an educational curriculum geared toward high school students. The film, a documentary, was produced by Academy Award winner James Moll and features five young farmers and ranchers. It was a collaborative work between Moll and the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. The curriculum is free and available online at www.discoveringfarmland.com. As summer vacation is coming to an end, it may be a good time to speak with your school’s administration and staff about working the Farmland curriculum into their classrooms. By supporting …Read More »
  • ICGA AT LARGE DIRECTORS UP FOR ELECTION

    Published: Fri. Jul 22nd, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Two at-large positions on the Illinois Corn Growers Association Board of Directors are elected each year at their annual meeting.  This year, there will be one open seat and one incumbent running. In order to run as an at-large director, the bylaws require that an interested candidate indicate their intent in one of two ways:  appear at a scheduled board meeting in August (August 23-24 at the ICGA office in Bloomington) OR, file a petition with 25 signatures of current ICGA members in their district (membership list available upon request).  Petitions can be obtained from the ICGA office by calling …Read More »
  • SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS TO NCGA CONTEST

    Published: Thu. Jul 21st, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    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. 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 prizes, including a $500 grand prize. Entries will also be considered for prizes with cash awards for the …Read More »
  • HAVE YOU RECEIVED YOUR BRIGHT YELLOW SURVEY?

    Published: Wed. Jul 20th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Many Illinois farmers have already received a bright yellow survey from the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) in the mail regarding their crop production practices. IL Corn encourages any IL farmers that received the survey to complete it promptly. The NASS survey will ask a variety of questions to gauge farmer adoption and use of various management practices like nutrient application strategies, tillage strategies, and cover crops.  The information will be used to create a baseline of farmer activity in Illinois within the scope of the IL Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.  Without a baseline, we will not be able to …Read More »
  • SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS ON ATRAZINE TODAY!

    Published: Tue. Jul 19th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    We need your help to stop the EPA from regulating the use of atrazine, a safe and effective pesticide! In June 2016, the EPA released its draft ecological risk assessment for atrazine, a common and effect crop management tool that farmers use. Atrazine has been studied thousands of times and been proven multiple times over to be completely safe. Citing scientific evidence that their oversight board once deemed “flawed,” the EPA is advocating for farmers to significantly reduce the amount of atrazine that they use to protect against resistant weeds and diminish soil erosion. Essentially, the EPA is basing their …Read More »
  • U OF I AGRONOMY DAY SET FOR AUGUST 18

    Published: Mon. Jul 18th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    Mark your calendars for an opportunity to explore the latest research in crop sciences during the 59th annual Agronomy Day at the University of Illinois on August 18. IL Corn sponsors Agronomy Day each year. "Agronomic research has been conducted at the University of Illinois since the university’s earliest days," says Bob Dunker, agronomist and former superintendent of the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center and chairperson for Agronomy Day. “The first Agronomy Day held in 1957 had the same objective as the one you will attend this year—to communicate research results that benefit the agriculture community, which in turn …Read More »
  • DR. KELSEY KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR MISSISSIPPI RIVER CONFERENCE

    Published: Fri. Jul 15th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    America's Watershed Initiative (AWI) Project Lead Dr. Heath Kelsey, of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, will provide the kickoff address for the 2016 Raise the Grade conference, Oct. 13-14. The AWI Report Card shared the shortcomings of the Upper Mississippi River in such a way that it is clear - broad-based collaborative action is needed to make the improvements at scale required.  Underinvestment in infrastructure and programs related to water in the Upper Mississippi System for decades is obvious.  New, different, creative and alternative approaches will be required to get the results needed. The Report …Read More »
  • ICGA STATEMENT THANKING IL DELEGATION FOR GMO LABELING VOTE

    Published: Thu. Jul 14th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill.--Jeff Jarboe, a farmer from Loda, Ill., and Illinois Corn Growers Association President, released the following statement following the House vote on a genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling bill today.  The bill would prevent a patchwork of state by state labeling laws. “Illinois farmers offer a huge thank you to the entire Illinois delegation for their positive votes on a national GMO labeling bill this week.  Today, 16 out of 18 Illinois House members voted in favor of the bill.  This is a signal that a national law superseding state by state laws was needed. “This positive vote is …Read More »
  • COVER CROP COUPON TO MEMBERS

    Published: Wed. Jul 13th, 2016 by: Taylor McDonald

    Illinois Corn Growers Association is offering a new incentive to try cover crops. Through ICGA’s partnerships with seed dealers, ICGA members can obtain a coupon for discounted cover crop mixes. The coupon creates a $150-200 value off of a bag of seed. This coupon is being offered to ICGA members only. Not a member? Click here to join! Want to know more information? Visit our cover crop website. There you can view the individual discounts that each seed dealer offers. Thank you to Beck’s, Saddlebutte, FS Systems, Potential Ag, ProHarvest, and LaCrosse Seed for making this discount to …Read More »

 
 
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