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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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  • FARM PROGRAM ELECTION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 7

    Published: Fri. Mar 27th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The Farm Bill deadline has been extended again. The new deadline date is Tuesday, April 7. A decision to extend the deadline yet again is likely due to reports that farmers have not yet been making elections at local FSA offices.  Decisions must be made by April 7 in order to receive 2014 commodity program payments. However, this secondary extension does allow you to use the most available crop and yield information when making an election.  This article from FarmDoc Daily will help as you analyze all available information and make your selections. All currently available data has been …Read More »
  • STATUS CHECK ON HIGHER ETHANOL BLENDS WORK WITH AUTO COMPANIES: AUDIO UPDATE

    Published: Thu. Mar 26th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    In this audio update from IL Corn, Business and Technology Development Director Dave Loos gives us an update on the research work underway in three national laboratories to demonstrate the role corn ethanol can play in providing octane in gasoline. The U.S. domestic ethanol market for regular gasoline is stymied thanks to the E10 blend wall and falling domestic fuel usage. As auto manufacturers are designing more fuel efficient engines, they can gain the benefits of corn ethanol as an oxygenate. That will provide more domestic market opportunity for your IL Corn.
  • WEINZIERL RECEIVES DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

    Published: Wed. Mar 25th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Yesterday, at the Annual Meeting of the Livingston County Corn Growers Association, Rodney Weinzierl received the Distinguished Service Award. The award is given annually to someone in the agricultural community that has made significant contributions to the agricultural community, specifically the corn industry. “Rod Weinzierl certainly deserves this award.  He has lead the Illinois Corn Growers Association for many years, keeping IL corn at the forefront of so many issues and bringing significant benefit back to corn farmers in Illinois,” said Livingston County Corn Grower Association President Kent Blunier. Rodney Weinzierl was named executive director of the Illinois Corn …Read More »
  • WHERE DOES ALL THE ILLINOIS CORN GO?

    Published: Tue. Mar 24th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Here’s an updated look at the projections for the 2014-15 corn crop supply and demand in Illinois. We also have an image of the projected corn crop for the 2015-16 marketing year. Click the link above for all the details. All data for 2014-15 is credited to ProExporter. 2014-15 Crop Year (Sept-Aug) Carry in  115 million bushels Yield 200 bu/ac Production  2,350 billion bushels Use   2,281 billion bushels Total Use in state  1.2 billion bushels Feed use (in-state) 113 million bushels   Dairy 8 mil bu   Beef cattle 8 mil bu   Hogs 86 mil bu …Read More »
  • ICGA STATEMENT REGARDING PHILIP NELSON'S CONFIRMATION AS AG DIRECTOR

    Published: Mon. Mar 23rd, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois Corn Growers Association President Ken Hartman, Jr, a family farmer from Waterloo, IL, released the following statement in response to the Illinois Senate’s confirmation of Philip Nelson as the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. “Illinois Corn Growers Association congratulates Director Philip Nelson on his confirmation by the Illinois Senate to lead the Illinois Department of Agriculture. We value our relationship with the leadership and staff at IDOA and I’m certain that with Director Nelson at the helm that our opportunities to work together will grow to be even more beneficial. “We know that Illinois corn farmers grow …Read More »
  • ICGA PRESIDENT KEN HARTMAN GIVES A RUNDOWN ON DC LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES: AUDIO REPORT

    Published: Fri. Mar 20th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Members of the board of directors of the Illinois Corn Growers Association lobbied in Washington, DC, this week to be sure that your Illinois Congressional delegation is aware of your priorities. In this audio update, ICGA President Ken Hartman (Waterloo) gives us a rundown on what happened. 
  • IL CORN BOARD MEMBER ELECTED TO CBMP LEADERSHIP

    Published: Thu. Mar 19th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    The Illinois Council on Best Management Practices (CBMP) held its annual meeting on Friday, March 6 and elected new officers for 2015. The offices of president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary will now all be held by farmers representing ag organizations. Illinois Corn Growers Association board member Andy Bartlow will serve as CBMP vice-president. President Chris Hausman - Illinois Farm Bureau A farmer from Pesotum in Champaign County, was elected to the Illinois Farm Bureau State Board of Directors in 2006 to represent District 12, which includes Champaign, Douglas, Edgar and Vermilion Counties.  He is chairman of the National Affairs and …Read More »
  • ICGA LEADER PARTICIPATES IN NATIONAL AG DAY EVENT

    Published: Wed. Mar 18th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

      Today in Springfield, Marty Marr, Illinois Corn Growers Association District 10 Board member, represented ICGA at a National Agriculture Day event held in Springfield at the BRANDT headquarters office building. Marr joined other representatives of Illinois farm groups in celebrating agriculture. Marr was joined in representing IL Corn by former ICGA and National Corn Growers Association President, Leon Corzine (Assumption). Other ICGA leaders were doing similar work in Washington, DC, including attending a panel discussion on important ag issues held on Capitol Hill. In his comments, Marr said, “The relationship between farmers and everyone else is more important than …Read More »
  • RURAL ENERGY PROGRAM FUNDING SEMINAR THIS THURSDAY

    Published: Tue. Mar 17th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Do you have any equipment or energy system upgrades that have been delayed due to high capital costs? The US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) can help fund those projects. Rural small businesses and agricultural producers like you are eligible for REAP funding to purchase energy efficient equipment upgrades and on-site renewable energy installations. This Thursday, March 19th from 9-11AM, the Illinois USDA and StraightUp Solar will present a free info session on the USDA REAP program. You are invited to join us at the Sangamon County Farm Bureau in Springfield, where participants …Read More »
  • NASCAR TOPS 7 MILLION MILES OF RACING ON AMERICAN ETHANOL BLEND

    Published: Mon. Mar 16th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Odometers are not standard equipment on the race cars competing in NASCAR but if they were, collectively they would have surpassed a momentous milestone last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. NASCAR began running Sunoco Green E15 in its three top national series back in 2011 and last Saturday during the NASCAR XFINITY Series™ Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 race, NASCAR surpassed 7 million miles of racing on E15, the equivalent of almost 30 trips from the earth to the moon or 281 laps around the earth! E15 is powering engines in one of the toughest environments known to automobiles…NASCAR. There …Read More »
  • FARM BILL EXTENDED DEADLINE LOOMS

    Published: Fri. Mar 13th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    You’ve got two and a half weeks to make your final Farm Bill 2014 decisions.  Do you have your appointment with the local Farm Service Agency office yet? March 31 is the new extended deadline for you to both update your yield and base acre decisions and make your program selections. Don’t make the mistake of taking the default option.  For most Illinois farmers, updating base acres and program yields to reflect the most corn acres will do a better job of protecting you against risky situations and guaranteeing revenue levels that will keep your farm afloat. Does the bill …Read More »
  • A FIGHTING CHANCE AT TRADE

    Published: Thu. Mar 12th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    As corn farmers look to increase demand in the face of abundant supply, the importance of Trade Promotion Authority to U.S. farmers has gained particular importance. By passing TPA, the President gains the necessary means for negotiating the trade agreements that facilitate access to important export markets and thus helps ensure American farmers remain competitive in meeting the world’s need for food, fuel and fiber. A bill has yet to be introduced, but we expect legislation soon that would finalize this important trade component. Simply, Trade Promotion Authority does three things. It allows Congress to give direction to the Executive …Read More »
  • EXPOSING 5 COMMON MYTHS ABOUT ETHANOL

    Published: Wed. Mar 11th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Here’s some good information for you to keep in your back pocket, as they say. As ethanol detractors continue to make their false claims, you’re probably asked a lot of questions. Here at IL Corn we put together this information on the 5 most common myths about ethanol. If you’d like, we can send you the coordinating brochures. We also have a table top display on this topic that can be borrowed from our office for local events. IT TAKES MORE ENERGY TO MAKE ETHANOL THAN IT PROVIDES. Ethanol plants improve their efficiencies every day. Being environmentally aware is the …Read More »
  • LENO'S STANCE ON ETHANOL IS NO JOKE

    Published: Tue. Mar 10th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Ethanol enthusiasts were stunned recently when comedian and car enthusiast Jay Leno stepped out as an anti-ethanol windbag. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a joke. Autoweek magazine published a column penned by Leno titled, “Can’t We Just Get Rid of Ethanol.” Well here in Illinois we’re trying to get rid of the negative rhetoric about ethanol! We’ve introduced legislation in Springfield and there’s an ordinance pending in Chicago that would put E15 at gas stations as an additional choice! Both Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association have come out blasting Leno’s column. RFA CEO Bob Dinneen had this to say, “Will …Read More »
  • FARMLAND DOCUMENTARY DEBUTING ON DVD

    Published: Mon. Mar 9th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature-length documentary, FARMLAND, is now available on DVD at Walmart and Walmart.com. The availability of the documentary at retail locations across the country and online provides another opportunity for viewers to experience the film, which offers a firsthand glimpse inside the world of farming by showcasing the lives of six young farmers and ranchers in their twenties. Illinois Corn is a member of U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, the folks that put FARMLAND together. Look for IL Corn to be bringing FARMLAND to a community college near you for a public showing later this …Read More »
  • NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT AND WATER QUALITY POLICY AT CORN CONGRESS

    Published: Fri. Mar 6th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Ted Mottaz, a delegate from Illinois to the Corn Congress last week, explains in this audio update the grassroots policy work supported by Illinois corn farmers with regard to nutrient management and water quality. As Mottaz explains, the addition of voluntary program is important. We believe that farmers will adopt on a voluntary basis the appropriate best management practices for their farms. IL Corn starts its grassroots policy process in the late fall of each year and it culminates at Corn Congress, the national policy session of the National Corn Growers Association that is held in conjunction with …Read More »
  • IL CORN UPDATES WATERWAYS TRANSPORTATION POLICY, AUDIO UPDATE

    Published: Thu. Mar 5th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    In this audio update from IL Corn, Don Duvall, a farmer from Carmi, explains the grassroots policy updates that Illinois delegates brought to Corn Congress last week. Duvall explains that some policy was no longer necessary due to the passage of WRRDA, but other policies remain vital. Transportation infrastructure improvements is one of the corn checkoff’s top 4 priorities.
  • UL CERTIFICATION, EXPORTS NECESSARY FOR ETHANOL EXPANSION: IL CORN AUDIO UPDATE

    Published: Wed. Mar 4th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    At last week’s Corn Congress, Paul Jeschke, a corn farmer from Mazon in Grundy County, joined his peers in representing IL corn farmers in developing grassroots policy. Jeschke spoke to policies that will move the needle on improving corn demand. Your profitability is our bottom line at IL Corn and we know that developing policies to improve demand as you continue to grow record crops should be a top priority. In this audio update Jeschke speaks about the outlook for ethanol expansion. As Jeschke explains, if we can move another 300 million gallons of ethanol into the ethanol, …Read More »
  • IL CORN DELEGATES REVIEW ETHANOL POLICY CHANGES

    Published: Tue. Mar 3rd, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois corn farmers are represented their peers last week at Corn Congress, the grassroots policy session of the National Corn Growers Association. In this audio update, Illinois Corn Growers Association delegate to Corn Congress, Paul Jeschke, talks about the policy changes IL Corn sought regarding ethanol. Jeschke also serves IL corn farmers by sitting on the NCGA ethanol action team. 
  • USDA PROVIDES ONE-TIME EXTENSION OF DEADLINE TO UPDATE BASE ACRES OR YIELD HISTORY

    Published: Mon. Mar 2nd, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Farmers Now Have Until March 31 to Update Yields and Reallocate Base Acres; Deadline for Choosing Between ARC and PLC also Remains March 31 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to farmers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from Feb. 27, 2015 until March 31, 2015. The final day for farm owners and producers to choose ARC or PLC coverage …Read More »

 
 
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