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Our Daily Update 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 the Daily Update 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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  • SUMMER DRIVING SEASON = USE MORE ETHANOL

    Published: Wed. May 24th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer and vacation season for most Americans.  Vacation season equals more miles in the car, more fuel use, and more ethanol in every tank. But some Americans are still scared of ethanol in their fuel, based largely on misconceptions perpetuated by the media and the oil industry.  They want to protect their market share and who can blame them? Get ready for summer by gearing up on your ethanol knowledge.  Be ready to refute the myths that your neighbors and non-farm friends might be believing about their fuel.  Encourage others to use 15 percent blends …Read More »
  • IL CORN, IL PORK GIVE CHICAGO FOURTH GRADERS A FARM EXPERIENCE

    Published: Tue. May 23rd, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Your corn checkoff dollars are helping fourth graders in the Chicagoland area learn more about corn and livestock farming.  Here’s how! The Illinois Pork Producers Association, with funding from the IL Corn and the Illinois Soybean Association, sponsors Chicago, IL fourth grade classrooms on a field trip to Fair Oaks Farm in Indiana.  There, the students learn the science, technology, engineering, and math involved in Illinois agriculture, specifically pork farming. The field trip supports Illinois ag topics already being taught in those fourth-grade classrooms. Students start by touring the Pig Adventure (including the Pork Education Center) and have a birds-eye …Read More »
  • WHY SOIL HEALTH?

    Published: Mon. May 22nd, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    This year, 35 more farms will join a revolutionary research effort that will show U.S. farmers how sustainability through soil health can also lead to increased profitably. This is the largest farmer-led soil health research project of its kind, said Nick Goeser, Soil Health Partnership director. The organization soon begins its fourth year identifying, testing and measuring farm management practices that improve sustainability through soil health. These practices include: Growing cover crops to improve water infiltration, prevent erosion and prevent nutrient losses, Implementing conservation tillage like no-till or strip-till improve aggregate stability and soil structure, and Using advanced, science-based nutrient …Read More »
  • ICGA AT LARGE DIRECTORS UP FOR ELECTION

    Published: Fri. May 19th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Two at-large positions on the Illinois Corn Growers Association Board of Directors are elected each year at their annual meeting.  In order to run as an at-large director, the bylaws require that an interested candidate indicates their intent in one of two ways:  appear at a scheduled board meeting in August (August 23-24 at the ICGA office in Bloomington) OR, file a petition with 25 signatures of current ICGA members in their district (membership list available upon request).  Petitions can be obtained from the ICGA office by calling 309-557-3257 and are due in the state office no later than September …Read More »
  • CHINA TO BEGIN IMPORTING U.S. BEEF

    Published: Thu. May 18th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Following one more round of consultations between the United States and China, China will allow imports of U.S. beef by July 16, 2017. This, following a meeting of President Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping, where the two countries have agreed to cooperate, work together, and advance a 100-day plan of action. The market stands to have big implications for U.S. grain and livestock farmers.  The exact implications are hard to forecast as a few negotiations remain, but certainly, the announcement will support prices farmers are seeing here in the U.S. U.S. beef had already experienced a very strong …Read More »
  • AUDIO UPDATE: IL CORN JOINS 138 AG GROUPS IN SUPPORT OF USTR ROBERT LIGHTHIZER

    Published: Wed. May 17th, 2017 by: Tricia Braid

    IL Corn joins 138 food and agriculture trade associations and companies in congratulating Robert Lighthizer on his Senate confirmation as the U.S. trade representative (USTR). The coalition of groups, which includes the National Corn Growers Association, has worked collectively for some time to encourage this confirmation. The full Senate’s vote comes following a 26-0 vote on April 25 by the Senate Finance Committee to recommend Lighthizer’s confirmation to the full Senate. The timing is not insignificant, as May is world trade month. More corn is sent out of Illinois for other markets than from any other state. We thank Senators …Read More »
  • TOP MARKETS FOR U.S. CORN AND MEAT

    Published: Tue. May 16th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    In honor of World Trade Month, consider the following statistics about the top customers for your corn and livestock. CORN Mexico is the number one purchaser of U.S. corn, buying 13,321,435 metric tons of corn in 2016 and spending $2.52 billion.  Japan is your second largest customer, buying 10,391,405 metric tons of corn at a total cost of $1.83 billion. The remaining international customers in the top five are considerably smaller.  Colombia (#3), South Korea (#4), and Peru (#5) purchased only 9,894,477 collectively. BEEF The top five importers of U.S. beef are very similar.  Japan is the number one customer, …Read More »
  • PROTECT YOUR YIELDS BY DEFENDING BIFENTHRIN DURING EPA COMMENT PERIOD

    Published: Mon. May 15th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The EPA needs to hear from you to ensure you continue to have the best choices available for your crop protection toolbox. Bifenthrin – the active ingredient in Capture® LFR® insecticide, Ethos® XB insecticide/fungicide, and Brigade® 2EC insecticide/miticide – is currently under review. If further restricted or not approved for continued use, the loss of bifenthrin puts more than 14 million acres of crops nationwide at risk. By law, EPA is required to re-evaluate active ingredients every 15 years. This process includes a public review and the opportunity to provide feedback during a public comment period, which is open now. …Read More »
  • CRAPPIE MASTERS SPOKESMAN IN SPRINGFIELD TOUTING ETHANOL

    Published: Fri. May 12th, 2017 by: Tricia Braid

    IL Corn has been working to expand market access for higher ethanol blends in Illinois. Unfortunately, some longstanding myths about ethanol are entrenched in the minds of many people. To get around that, IL Corn has engaged the help of outside spokespeople. Most recently, through a sponsorship of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail, tournament spokesperson, and professional angler, Brian Sowers, spoke with members of the IL General Assembly to provide his insight on how ethanol performs in his boat engines. His educational visit is timely, as some senators and representatives in Springfield are hearing from anti-ethanol special interest groups …Read More »
  • USDA SECRETARY PERDUE ANNOUNCES AGENCY REORG AND NEW EMPHASIS ON TRADE

    Published: Thu. May 11th, 2017 by: Tricia Braid

    On the banks of the Ohio River today in Cincinnati, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that he will reorganize his Department, adding a new Undersecretary of Trade position as was directed in the 2014 Farm Bill, a change which IL Corn supported. The timing was perfect as we are celebration May as World Trade month. Remember that 38% of your corn production is destined for markets outside our state lines. Listen to this audio update for details and a statement recorded live from the event. You can watch a pre-recorded video of the Secretary explaining the change …Read More »

 
 
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