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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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  • IL CORN PRECISION CONSERVATION PROGRAM RECEIVES NATIONAL GRANT

    Published: Fri. Feb 12th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—A precision conservation program geared to get more farmers engaged in best management practices that protect water quality and prevent nutrient loss has been awarded a multi-million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grant application was led by the Illinois Corn Growers Association. The Precision Conservation Management (PCM) program was submitted by the Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) to the USDA for consideration for funding under the agency’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The funding announcement was made at the ICGA offices today by Robert Bonnie, the USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment. On-hand to …Read More »
  • NRCS ANNOUNCES EQIP SIGN-UP IN ILLINOIS TO IMPROVE SOIL HEALTH

    Published: Thu. Feb 11th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    The U. S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will be offering funding for a special soil health project through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). IL Corn is sharing this information with you because nutrient management and water quality are among our highest priorities. What’s Your Strategy for nutrient management? Find out more at www.ilcorn.org/nutrientstrategy or at www.illinoiscbmp.org. Continue reading for more information on the RCPP fund availability. NRCS has partnered with the Illinois Department of Agriculture to help producers address resource concerns such as water quality and soil health.  Producers can apply for assistance through …Read More »
  • QUICK ACTION ON TRADE PARTNERSHIP UNLIKELY

    Published: Wed. Feb 10th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Ministers from the 12 countries including the United States that have agreed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact signed it this week at a ceremony in New Zealand, formally marking the beginning of a ratification process that is looking increasingly tenuous in the United States. In general, member countries have two years to consider the deal before it is entered into force. Of course the more quickly the agreement goes fully into effect, the more benefits U.S. farmers will see from it. Still, the timeframe for U.S. consideration got even murkier …Read More »
  • PORK EXPO COMING UP FEB 16-17

    Published: Tue. Feb 9th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    Registration is open for the 2016 Illinois Pork Producers Association Pork Expo. As you know, the swine industry is our number one livestock customer of corn in Illinois. The Expo is February 16 and 17 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. The Illinois Pork Expo, sponsored by the IL Pork Producers Association, features numerous attractions for pork producers of all sizes and types of operations. There truly is something on the agenda for anyone involved in the pork industry. All producers are encouraged to make plans to attend this year's expo. This event is guaranteed to be worth …Read More »
  • SOIL HEALTH PARTNERSHIP GAINING INTEREST

    Published: Mon. Feb 8th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    In this audio update from IL Corn, you’ll hear about a collaborative effort of the National Corn Growers Association. The Soil Health Partnership aims to improve soil health through researching management practices and sharing the results with farmers. NCGA’s Nick Goeser explains the program in today’s update. Click here to listen to the update. To read more about what an Illinois farmer is doing with regard to soil health, check out this article from Saturday’s New York Times
  • TOM MUELLER ELECTED TO SERVE AS CORN CHECKOFF CHAIRMAN

    Published: Fri. Feb 5th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

      Tom Mueller has been elected by the Illinois Corn Marketing Board to serve the unfulfilled term of Jim Raben who resigned his seat as Chairman due to health reasons. Raben, of Ridgway, was elected to serve as ICMB Chairman in August of 2015. His successor, Tom Mueller, of Taylor Ridge, was elected at that same time as Vice-Chairman. Mueller took the position of Chairman on February 5, at which time Raben was elected to take the Vice-Chairman position.
  • FARM GROUPS ASK EPA ALLOW NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO BE SOLD

    Published: Thu. Feb 4th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

      Illinois Corn Growers Association joined seventy-seven other farm organizations from thirty states asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the registration of Enlist Duo herbicide. The EPA has become slower and slower at evaluating and making new crop protection products and new technologies available for sale to U.S. farmers.  This is a big problem, as farmers rely on new products to continue increasing yields to feed export markets and renewable fuel needs. According to the letter, “Agriculture across the country is at a crossroads. Our farmers must be able to compete on a global stage in the face of …Read More »
  • IL HOG INVENTORY INCREASE, IL LIVESTOCK IS GROWING

    Published: Wed. Feb 3rd, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

      According to the CME Group’s Daily Livestock Report dated January 26, Illinois has increased its breeding herd by 20,000 head and its market hogs by 830,000 from 2006-2015. This huge positive can be attributed in part to the work of the Illinois Livestock Development Group, a collation of Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Milk Producers’ Association, Illinois Pork Producers Association, and Illinois Soybean Association.  Together, the coalition has promoted a positive image of the livestock industry, hired a Livestock Business Developer to help farmers understand and navigate the new and expanding farm process, …Read More »
  • CORN CROP CONSISTENT DESPITE EL NINO, LA NINA FACTORS

    Published: Tue. Feb 2nd, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

      Better genetics and more efficient and precise crop management techniques are enabling farmers to offset fluctuations in yields due to weather concerns in many years to remain the most resilient suppliers of coarse grains to global markets. Currently, the weather cycles in effect around the world are repeating history in an El Nino cycle, leading to a potential La Nina event. In simple weather terms, an El Nino is a warm weather event, or a warming of the equatorial Pacific, and a La Nina is the polar opposite - a cooling of the equatorial Pacific. “This past summer, we …Read More »
  • NEW E85 PUMP OPENS IN GALESBURG

    Published: Mon. Feb 1st, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

      With support from Illinois corn checkoff dollars, Illinois's newest E85 fuel pump opened last week and has already pumped over 1,000 gallons of corn-based renewable energy, providing power and performance at an affordable price point.  Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB), American Lung Association in Illinois, and Big River Resources, Inc. leveraged checkoff and private industry dollars to offer grant monies that supported the installation of an E85 dispenser at the newly opened Hy-Vee Gas station in Galesburg. "Illinois Corn Marketing Board knows that this is a great investment of Illinois corn farmers' checkoff dollars," said Tom Mueller, ICMB Vice-Chairman from Taylor …Read More »

 
 
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