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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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  • 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 »
  • GRAIN HANDLING TRAINING SCHEDULED FOR JULY 28

    Published: Tue. Jul 21st, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois Corn Growers Association is a member of the Grain Handling Safety Coalition. The Coalition is offering a safety training session in Mount Carroll this coming Tuesday, July 28. The FREE grain handling safety training is for farmers, farm employees and commercial elevator operators in Carroll County and the surrounding area.  The training is made available through a grant given to GHSC.  Grain safety training is meant to help farmers and commercial elevator employees identify, avoid and eliminate the hazards encountered during the handling and storage of grain. The training is scheduled for Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 1:00 PM …Read More »
  • GMO LABELING BILL EXPECTS PLAY IN CONGRESS THIS WEEK

    Published: Mon. Jul 20th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Last week, Illinois corn farmers spoke to every member of the Illinois delegation about GMO labeling.  Most seem to understand how confusing state by state labeling would be and are in favor of a national labeling law that would allow customers to make more educated food purchasing decisions. A bill that we believe accomplishes that will hopefully see floor action this week. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act basically establishes a non-GMO certification similar to the Organic certification already managed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The certification would allow customers the option to buy non-GMO certified foods and …Read More »
  • EPA ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSES CORN CONGRESS

    Published: Fri. Jul 17th, 2015 by: Hannah Ferguson

      U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy today spoke to the National Corn Growers Association about recent agency actions, including the Renewable Fuel Standard and Waters of the U.S. More than 300 farmers and staffers were on hand to hear McCarthy’s explanation of the RFS and WOTUS decisions, as well as her broader commitment to work with the agricultural industry. McCarthy was invited to address the summer Corn Congress session by NCGA President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Newburg, Maryland. “Like many farmers, I have concerns with the EPA’s recent actions, including the final Waters of the U.S. rule …Read More »
  • WEATHER CONTINUES TO IMPACT CORN CROP MATURITY

    Published: Thu. Jul 16th, 2015 by: Hannah Ferguson

    While corn crop condition remained about the same, crop maturity continued to trail the five-year average last week, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 27 percent of corn acres in the silking stage as of June 12, maturity trailed the five-year average by seven points despite a 15-point increase from the week prior. Despite lagging maturity, 69 percent of acres are still rated in good or excellent condition.  "As wet conditions persist, it makes sense that maturity continues to progress at a slower-than-normal rate," said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling. "Yet, …Read More »
  • AUDIO UPDATE: ILLINOIS CORN FARMERS RALLY ON CAPITOL HILL FOR ETHANOL

    Published: Wed. Jul 15th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

      Listen to the audio update regarding the Capitol Hill rally by clicking here. Corn farmers from Illinois, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, and U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth joined hundreds of others today at a rally on Capitol Hill telling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to follow Congress’ intent on the Renewable Fuel Standard. “Here at the Rally for Rural America we’re basically giving the EPA one message and that is to leave the RFS alone,” explained Kenneth Hartman, Jr., a family farmer from Waterloo who serves as the Illinois Corn Growers Association President. “We’re telling EPA hands off …Read More »
  • COMMODITY CLASSIC TRADE SHOW FLOOR OPENS TO NEW EXHIBITORS

    Published: Tue. Jul 14th, 2015 by: Hannah Ferguson

    Companies with products, services, technology and innovation targeting the nation's leading farmers now have the opportunity to get in front of that coveted audience. Commodity Classic, the nation's largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, has announced the opening of the trade show floor for the 2016 Commodity Classic in New Orleans, March 3-5, 2016. "The increased size of the trade show floor in New Orleans provides additional space for new exhibitors and a perfect opportunity for companies who have been wanting to participate in Commodity Classic," said Sam Butler, an Alabama soybean farmer and Commodity Classic Co-Chair.  "This is …Read More »

 
 
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