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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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  • SIGN UP TO REPORT E85 PRICES ON NEW WEBSITE

    Published: Fri. Aug 29th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    A new website has been developed that allows motorists to post prices on E85 in Illinois and other Midwestern states. The site, supported by Illinois corn checkoff dollars, has two goals. The first is to promote awareness of E85 as a flex fuel. The second is to promote transparency in the E85 pricing system as motorists will know where and when prices are lower at another location. Since ethanol has averaged close to 80 cents a gallon cheaper than gasoline at the wholesale level, we know E85 should be priced attractively. Visit www.LowerPricedGas.com and sign up to …Read More »
  • EPA RELEASES MAPS SHOWING U.S. STREAMS

    Published: Thu. Aug 28th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The House Science Committee released Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maps today that could show the extent of their proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulation.  The Republican chairman of the House Science Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, says the maps reveal a plot to “control a huge amount of private property across the country.” The EPA maintains that the maps were created years ago to show the potentially impacted areas of the 2001 Supreme Court case and pending litigation, and they have no bearing to the current WOTUS rulemaking. Smith, who obtained the maps from the EPA, notes that …Read More »
  • EPA RELEASES FINAL RFS RULE TO OMB

    Published: Wed. Aug 27th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sent the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) final rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final review.  OMB has 90 days to review the rule. The deadline to reveal final 2014 RFS volumes passed almost nine months ago on November 30, 2013. The proposal, which received more than 340,000 comments, was a huge controversy when announced last year.  The oil industry, among other groups, opposed to the RFS applauded it as recognition of ethanol and biodiesel limits, while fuel companies criticized the EPA for turning its back on renewables. …Read More »
  • FIELD DAY TO HIGHLIGHT FLYING ON COVER CROPS

    Published: Tue. Aug 26th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    A field day scheduled for Monday, September 8, will highlight cover crops. The event will include a live demonstration of the seeds being sown by aerial application into standing corn. Illinois Council on Best Management Practices, of which IL Corn Growers Association is a member, is hosting the event. Plan on attending the event on Monday, September 8 at the Sugar Grove Nature Center. The address is 4532 N 725 East Rd., McLean, IL 61754 in Funks Grove. Come out to this field day to learn about using cover crops to help manage nitrogen and improve soil health. Meet our …Read More »
  • FOR FARMERS CONSIDERING PAYMENT LIMIT IMPLICATIONS TO FARM PROGRAM DECISIONS

    Published: Mon. Aug 25th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    A new article published last week by Carl Zulauf, The Ohio State University, and Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey, and Jonathan Coppess, The University of Illinois attempts to analyze farm program payment limits and provides some insight to get your thinking started on future farm program elections. From the article: Payment limits remain a controversial, intensely-debated farm policy issue. From a farm management and ownership perspective, decisions regarding the creation of crop program payment entities needs to be made with due and careful consideration of business and legal implications.  It is not a decision that should be made quickly or …Read More »

 
 
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