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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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  • 22 STATES BROKE THROUGH THE

    Published: Wed. Jul 1st, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    This post was written by Geoff Cooper and originally posted on the Renewable Fuels Association website. Not surprisingly, the proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to base Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements for 2014–2016 on the so-called “E10 blend wall” drew high praise from oil industry representatives testifying at last week’s public hearing in Kansas City, Kansas. At the hearing, the American Petroleum Institute (API) told EPA officials that oil companies “…support EPA’s proposal to waive the RFS volumes in recognition of the blend wall. This action is appropriate and necessary to avoid near-term economic harm.” …Read More »
  • ELECT CORN CHECKOFF DIRECTORS JULY 7

    Published: Tue. Jun 30th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    The Illinois Department of Agriculture today released names of the candidates slated for the July 7, 2015 Illinois Corn Marketing Board director election. All eligible corn farmers and checkoff contributors are encouraged to vote. Anyone who grows or sells corn is eligible to vote in this election. Ballots may be cast at the respective county Cooperative Extension Offices during regular operating hours. Check off dollars come from assessments levied at the first point of sale. State law sets assessment for corn at 5/8 of 1 cent per bushel. For the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, candidates include:   District  Counties in …Read More »
  • CROP PROGRESS SHOWS ILLINOIS CORN CONDITION WORSENED

    Published: Mon. Jun 29th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

      Corn condition has decreased slightly according to a USDA crop progress report released today.  Across the U.S., 68 percent of acres are still rated in good or excellent condition, seven points behind this time last year. Illinois saw an eight percent drop in the corn classified as GOOD or EXCELLENT, from 70 percent last week to 62 percent this week.  Indiana saw a ten percent change and Ohio saw a shocking 19 percent change in GOOD and EXCELLENT corn. U.S. corn acres entering the silking stage fell behind the five-year average by four points, with four percent of …Read More »
  • ICGA LEADERS LEADERS TESTIFY AT EPA HEARING

    Published: Fri. Jun 26th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois corn farmers were among hundreds in Kansas City this week reminding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of their obligation to support corn-based ethanol in our nation’s fuel supply as directed by Congress in the Renewable Fuel Standard. To voice your support for corn-based ethanol, click here!  Make public comments to the EPA docket on this issue! Just a block away from the Rally for Rural America where Midwestern farmers gathered to support corn-based ethanol, Illinois Corn Growers Association President Kenneth Hartman, Jr. and Vice-President Jeff Jarboe testified to EPA that the Agency must adhere to the statutory requirements …Read More »
  • AVIAN INFLUENZA UPDATE

    Published: Thu. Jun 25th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois Corn continues to monitor the avian influenza situation, as do many others across the country. To date, no cases have been confirmed in Illinois. Poultry represents the single largest livestock user of corn as feed, with hogs coming in a close second. In Illinois, the poultry industry is expected to use 8 million bushels of your current corn crop. Keep reading for the most up to date information available on this issue. Historically, there have been only three recorded outbreaks of the avian influenza in the United States: in 1924, 1983, and in 2004. The 1924 and 2004 outbreaks …Read More »
  • SENATE PASSES TPA BILL

    Published: Wed. Jun 24th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill—Today, the Senate passed a Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015).  IL Corn Growers Association applauds their swift action to make TPA a reality. A TPA bill is the first step towards new free trade agreements which offer Illinois farmers new markets for their commodities.  “Farmers are facing commodity prices below the cost of production.  In order for us to fix that and make farming profitable, we have to grow markets and build demand.  New free trade agreements will help significantly and Illinois farmers are grateful for this action in the Senate,” said Illinois Corn …Read More »
  • ARE FARMERS RICH? UPDATED!!

    Published: Tue. Jun 23rd, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    We don’t have to tell you that farm profitability isn’t looking that great right now.  We know you’re completely stressed out.  You can’t combine wheat.  You can’t plant your soybeans.  Your corn is standing in water even when the canopy looks great from the road. Prices are in the gutter.  You’ve likely got bins full of corn that you just can’t sell for market prices today.  But do your neighbors, your urban relatives, your elected officials know this story?? Check out the blog post today on the IL Corn blog, CornCorps.  It’s an update of our most popular blog post …Read More »
  • IL CORN AND IL BEEF: ILLINOIS PARTNERSHIP

    Published: Mon. Jun 22nd, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The 2015 Illinois Beef Association Summer Meeting is concluded last week after a series of meetings and tours in Bloomington, IL.  IL Corn is proud to host beef farmers in McLean County and to participate in the summer meeting in a couple of important ways. IL Corn Marketing Board sponsored the IBA Banquet held Wednesday night at the Parke Hotel in Normal.  ICMB Director Tom Mueller, himself a cattle, corn and soybean farmer from Taylor Ridge, represented IL Corn. “We are so excited about the partnership between IL Corn and IL Beef.  We look forward to many more opportunities …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS TO PARTICIPATE IN EPA HEARING ON ETHANOL NUMBERS

    Published: Fri. Jun 19th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois Corn Growers Association President Ken Hartman, and Illinois Corn Growers Association vice-president, Jeff Jarboe, will both be traveling to Kansas City for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Hearing on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard RVO numbers. Hartman and Jarboe will be joined by a researcher from the University of Illinois at Chicago who will testify about ethanol’s clean air benefits. ICGA reacted swiftly and with decisiveness in late May, condemning the USEPA’s latest plan to limit corn ethanol in the fuel market. Operating far outside the Congressional statute, EPA has decided to make its own rules. At the time, …Read More »
  • HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES TPA

    Published: Thu. Jun 18th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    After a confusing set of votes on Friday that passed a Trade Promotion Authority, but one without the means to conference with the Senate passed version, the House passed a TPA bill again today.  This time, the bill can be more easily conferenced with the Senate version to produce a final process allowing President Obama to negotiate trade agreements with other countries. Farmers are elated to see America one step closer to free trade agreements that will open markets, provide economic activity, and build jobs within the country. Previous trade negotiations have been huge success stories for agriculture.  In 2014, …Read More »

 
 
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