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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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  • BIG OIL TAKES A BIG HIT FROM ETHANOL SUPPORTERS

    Published: Mon. Apr 20th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois Corn Growers Association has partnered with many organizations in the effort to pass the Chicago E15 ordinance that would make E15 available as a choice for consumers at an estimated 200 gas stations in Chicago. One of those partners, Americans United for Change, released a media blitz today that takes a swipe at Big Oil and their poor history of protecting the environment. Today is the 5th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill in the Gulf and tomorrow is Earth Day. Click here to watch the TV ad. As today marks the fifth anniversary of the …Read More »
  • BUILDING LOCKS PUTS AMERICANS TO WORK

    Published: Fri. Apr 17th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

      According to a new study commissioned by the National Waterways Foundation, investment in our inland waterways could sustain 541,000 jobs and more than $1 billion in new job income annually.   The study evaluates the inland navigation system as it is currently funded and configured and examines the waterways’ national economic return on investment and the need for and benefits of an accelerated program of waterways system improvements. The study further found: Investment in badly needed modernization improvements to our inland waterways’ aging lock and dam infrastructure could lead to 350,000 job-years of new, full-time employment with a present …Read More »
  • IL CORN WEIGHS IN ON CORN ROOTWORM RESISTANCE MANAGEMENT

    Published: Thu. Apr 16th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    This week, your association submitted comments regarding EPA docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0805, the EPA Proposal to Improve Corn Rootworm (CRW) Resistance Management. This proposal is in response to CRW resistance reported by farmers in regions across the nation. Within our comments, ICGA stated, “ICGA completely supports the effort to determine best management practices that preserve the viability of Bt technology.  We are concerned about elements of the EPA proposal related to corn rootworm resistance management for registrations of plant-incorporated protectants (PIPs) in corn under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).” One of the concerns on record on behalf of …Read More »
  • CUBA ANOTHER STEP CLOSER TO A FULL TRADE PARTNER

    Published: Wed. Apr 15th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    President Obama and the U.S. Department of State have recommended that Cuba be removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. The classification as such has been a hurdle in our countries’ relations and development toward a more open trading system. Cuba is a potential market for Illinois corn and other agricultural commodities. We are now losing the limited market share we have to competitors in South America. To fully realize this trading opportunity that is less than 100 miles off the U.S. shore, IL Corn supports the full removal of trade barriers with Cuba. •  Ending the embargo …Read More »
  • INCREASED USER FEE IS RAISING MONEY FOR LOCKS AND DAMS

    Published: Tue. Apr 14th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

      The Inland Waterways User Fee has been in effect for two weeks today. This fee, advocated for by IL Corn, the Waterways Council Inc, and all users of the upper Mississippi River Basin transportation system, provides enough money to significantly impact delivery of upgraded locks and dams on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. The barge diesel fuel increase of 9 cents is now 29 cents per gallon and begin on April 1. IL Corn advocated for an increase in the User Fee for years, understanding that the increase in the User Fee will be passed along to farmers, but …Read More »
  • CBMP ANNOUNCES $60,000 IN N-WATCH FUNDS AVAILABLE

    Published: Mon. Apr 13th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    The Illinois Council on Best Management Practices (CBMP) today announced funding support of the N-WATCH Sentinel Site Program which helps farmers become more aware of plant-available nitrogen dynamics in the soil environment. CBMP will provide funding for up to 200 N-WATCH Sentinel Sites in eight identified watersheds and up to 100 at-large sites throughout the state. Illinois Corn Growers Association joins several other farmer-led membership organizations and agribusinesses to lead CBMP. “Before we can minimize the environmental impact of nutrients, we must first have a clear understanding of soil N behavior in a farmer’s field.  Improving water quality for everyone …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS FARM FAMILIES TAKES CHICAGO MOMS TO HOG FARM

    Published: Fri. Apr 10th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Just a few weeks ago, moms from the Chicagoland area visited the Gould Hog Farm. These moms applied and were accepted into the 2015 City Moms program, the signature outreach program of Illinois Farm Families. Illinois Corn Marketing Board is joined in funding IFF by Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Illinois Soybean Association, Midwest Dairy Association, and the Illinois Farm Bureau. The mom's toured the farm and had a chance to ask any questions they'd like. Here are a few points on the positive outcome of this tour. 25 City Moms were very or somewhat concerned about animal …Read More »
  • TPA DRASTICALLY IMPORTANT TO ILLINOIS FARMERS

    Published: Thu. Apr 9th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Export market is the largest market for Illinois corn. If you missed yesterday’s Corn Scoops, you might want to start there for a reminder on this vitally important industry. Without Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), the near future of trade looks bleak. We shared a lot of valuable information with you about TPA here (so if you need a refresher course, check back!) but the high points are: TPA allows Congress to tell the President what America must have out of a trade agreement.  It basically tells the other negotiating countries where the line in the sand lies. TPA …Read More »
  • EXPORTS MATTER TO ILLINOIS FARMERS

    Published: Wed. Apr 8th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The export market is extremely important to Illinois farmers, with more than 50 percent of the Illinois corn crop leaving the state.  Exports are what keep Illinois corn farmers afloat year after year, and what add buoyancy and vibrancy to the Illinois economy that all citizens – even non-farmers in Chicago – enjoy. The Illinois Corn Marketing Board funds export driving associations like the U.S. Grains Council, U.S. Meat Export Federation, and U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council to move corn out of the U.S. and capture some of that international buying power. Of course, those efforts benefit farmers and …Read More »
  • POTENTIAL DDGS DEMAND IN SOUTHERN MEXICO

    Published: Tue. Apr 7th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Last year, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) launched a new initiative in Southern Mexico and completed a distiller’s dried grains with soluble (DDGS) feeding trial that determined there is a large potential demand for U.S. DDGS in cattle feed rations in the region, previously was an underserved market. Today, the Council is expanding that trial to include another ruminant animal, sheep. “In this region, there are more than 80,000 head of sheep, meaning the demand for DDGS could be large if the trial is successful,” said Julio Hernandez, Council director in Mexico. “We are conducting a trial to see how …Read More »
  • ETHANOL PRODUCTION REPORT

    Published: Mon. Apr 6th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois now has 14 ethanol plants operating. We know that if we could replace a portion of the IL gasoline supply with the ethanol we produce here it would amount to about 1/3 of our state’s gasoline demand. Of course, due to arbitrary restrictions limiting ethanol beyond the E10 level, we haven’t been able to grow demand as much as we’d like. That’s why IL Corn is working on legislation in Springfield and the ordinance in Chicago. Read more here to see the weekly U.S. ethanol production data for the week ended 3/27/2015. According to Energy Information Administration …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS CORN MARKETING BOARD SEEKS INTERNS

    Published: Fri. Apr 3rd, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The Illinois Corn Marketing Board is currently accepting applications for fall 2015 internships.  This is part of our effort to provide meaningful agricultural experience to college students and encourage investment in the industry as well as utilize college students to boost the image of the Illinois farmer.   Applications for fall 2015 social media internships are due on May 1 and can be found at http://www.ilcorn.org/education/higher-education with interviews being held in Bloomington, IL between June 8 and 12, 2015.    Social media interns with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board are encouraged to promote agriculture via various social media outlets.  …Read More »
  • GREATER-THAN-ADDITIVE MANAGEMENT EFFECTS KEY IN REDUCING CORN YIELD GAPS: AUDIO

    Published: Thu. Apr 2nd, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    While many recent studies have documented that agricultural producers must significantly increase yields in order to meet the food, feed, and fuel demands of a growing population, few have given practical solutions on how to do this. Crop science researchers at the University of Illinois interested in determining and reducing corn yield gaps are addressing this important issue by taking a systematic approach to the problem. Dr. Laura Gentry, IL Corn’s Director of Water Quality Research participated in one such study before coming on staff at IL Corn. In this audio update, Gentry explains the results of the …Read More »
  • FORMER ICGA PRESIDENT TALKS NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT WITH CHINESE NEWS AGENCY

    Published: Wed. Apr 1st, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Former Illinois Corn Growers Association and National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer was contacted recently by a Chinese news agency. They were interested in hearing Garry’s thoughts on conservation and nutrient management. Water quality is a growing concern here, but in China it’s at an emergency level. Garry participates in work with IL Corn and the IL Council on Best Management Practices to improve water quality and nutrient management. Governmental mandates are surely on the horizon in China. Here at home, IL Corn advocates for farmers to voluntarily adopt BMPs that make sense for their farm. Here’s Garry’s statement …Read More »

 
 
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