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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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  • GOOD NEWS ON THE GMO DEBATE

    Published: Tue. Aug 4th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Every time you pick up the newspaper or tune into your Facebook feed, you read negative news about farmers, farming, and food.  The articles are largely anti-crop insurance, anti-“corporate farming,” and anti-GMO. But a Washington Post reporter, Tamar Haspel, continues to seek out the middle ground between our rhetoric and the “anti” messages and spell them out in an easy to understand way.  While every message might not be exactly what farmers would like to hear, her news is unbiased and sensible and worth pointing out because she’s getting some traction as a voice to listen to in the food …Read More »
  • EXPORTS DRIVE ON FARM INCOME

    Published: Mon. Aug 3rd, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    If you’re nervous about your farm’s profitability this year – and we know you are – you’ll want to remember that exports drive on farm income and IL Corn is continuously working on new export markets through their partnerships with U.S. Grains Council, U.S. Meat Export Federation, and U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council. One in three U.S. farm acres is planted for export.  And in Illinois, that number is even higher due to our unique position on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.  Thirty one percent of U.S. gross farm income comes directly from exports.  You’ll want to start watching …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS CORN FARMER SHARES EXPERIENCES AT SMITHSONIAN EVENT

    Published: Fri. Jul 31st, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    In this audio update, Illinois Corn Growers Association at-large Director Grant Noland talks about his experiences in Washington, DC, earlier this month. Noland and his family are one of those featured in the successful Corn Farmers Coalition advertising campaign. Noland also participated in a Farm-to-Table event at the Smithsonian National Museum that brought together corn farmers and thought leaders to talk the details of corn.
  • IL CORN FARMER ELECTED TO U.S. GRAINS COUNCIL BOARD

    Published: Thu. Jul 30th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

      Illinois corn farmer Jim Raben (Ridgway) has been elected as an at-large director of the U.S. Grains Council by a vote of his peers. Jim currently serves as your Illinois Corn Marketing Board vice-chairman. Your Illinois corn checkoff dollars are partnered and leveraged by USGC to expand export markets for corn, ethanol, and DDGS. This is especially important to Illinois as we export more corn than any other corn producing state. In his presentation to the USGC delegates, Jim stated: “Spending time in Brazil is really what led me to an investigation of world markets and an interest in …Read More »
  • AUDIO UPDATE: IL CORN TELLS EPA THEY ARE ACTING AGAINST CONGRESSIONAL INTENT

    Published: Wed. Jul 29th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    In this audio update, Dave Loos, IL Corn Director of Technology and Business Development, explains the tone of comments submitted by Illinois Corn Growers Association to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this week regarding the EPA’s plan to cut ethanol from our nation’s fuel supply. The comments were submitted in partnership with the Illinois Renewable Fuels Association. You can read the comments by clicking here. 
  • 2015 NET INCOME PROJECTED AT $15,000

    Published: Tue. Jul 28th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    In this article published last week, University of Illinois expert Dr. Gary Schnitkey predicts significantly lower net incomes for Illinois grain farms than in 2010-2014. Average 2015 net income for grain farms in Illinois is projected at around $15,000 per farm. Within the article he explains that although 2015 commodity prices are above commodity prices in 2014, higher yields were realized in 2014 and grain for 2013 was held over and marketed in 2014 in many cases giving farmers a bump up over current predictions for this crop year. Most interesting though, was an examination of the most recent …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS CORN FARMER ELECTED TO NCGA CORN BOARD

    Published: Mon. Jul 27th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Delegates attending the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress in Washington this morning elected five farmers to serve on the organization’s Corn Board.  From Illinois, taking office on Oct. 1, the start of NCGA’s 2016 fiscal year, is new Corn Board member Jim Reed of Monticello. Jim also serves on the Illinois Corn Marketing Board as District 7 Director. “Again this year, we had an impressive slate of candidates for the Corn Board, growers who already have an extensive history of service to American agriculture,” NCGA Chairman and Carmi, IL, farmer Martin Barbre, who chairs the nominating committee, said. “It …Read More »
  • CALL TO ACTION AND AUDIO REPORT: SUBMIT COMMENTS TO EPA BY MONDAY NIGHT

    Published: Fri. Jul 24th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

      Time is running out to submit comments to the U.S. EPA regarding their plan to cut nearly 4 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol from our nation’s fuel supply.  EPA’s plan would cut the equivalent of nearly 1.5 billion bushels of corn, a sum that would almost double our carryout numbers right now. You have until Monday night, July 27th, at 10:59pm (Central Time) to make your comments online. Make your comments at www.ncga.com/rfs and listen to this audio update to learn more. In his direct email to members, ICGA President Kenneth Hartman said, “If you’re like me, you don’t …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS FARMERS ELECT DIRECTORS TO CHECKOFF BOARD

    Published: Thu. Jul 23rd, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    The Illinois Corn Marketing Board will seat three returning and two new members at their August meeting.  The Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Philip Nelson announced the results of the farmer elections. Upon the announcement, Nelson remarked on the vital resources that the checkoff program provides for market development, promotion, education, and research. The farmers elected to ICMB invest corn checkoff dollars as they are assessed and levied at the first point of sale. State law sets the assessment for corn at 5/8 of 1 cent per bushel.  The newly-elected board members will serve three-year terms. New to ICMB are …Read More »
  • CORN FARMERS SUPPORT STATE'S VOLUNTARY NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

    Published: Wed. Jul 22nd, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois Corn Growers Association supports the State of Illinois’ Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and appreciates the voluntary nature of the program. As one of the nutrient stakeholders at the table when the Strategy was first being conceptualized, ICGA, along with other farm groups and businesses who also serve on the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices, held the position that the State’s Strategy should be voluntary and recognize the good work already being done by many farmers. “We believe in supporting continuing voluntary efforts to manage nutrients and improve water quality in a way that is sensible from both an …Read More »

 
 
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