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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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  • JERRY COSTELLO II PETITIONS FOR AG EDUCATION

    Published: Tue. Jul 7th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

      Due to IL state budget woes, many ag education programs – like 4-H for example – will go unfunded in the coming year.  State Rep Jerry Costello wants to do something about that. He is heading up a petition to help Governor Rauner see the value in Illinois citizen’s that know and understand the agricultural industry on which the state’s economy is founded. On his Facebook page, he urges, “Please join me in standing with the youth of Illinois by signing the petition and sharing it with others that will be affected by this funding suspension.” The petition states: …Read More »
  • OLD MAN RIVER NEEDS REPAIR

    Published: Mon. Jul 6th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    IL Corn’s favorite issue was featured in Bloomberg Business recently – and the take home message was “Many of the river locks in the U.S. date from the Depression and may not be able to handle increased demand.” We’ve been saying it for years, but still get excited to see others pick up the torch and carry it for a while. Notable quotes from the article: Brazil may be in a better position to benefit when the expansion of the Panama Canal is finished next year. The upgraded canal will feature a new lane for bigger ships. As a …Read More »
  • BUSTOS URGES GOVERNOR RAUNER TO PARTICIPATE IN USDA BIOFUELS INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP

    Published: Thu. Jul 2nd, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    This week, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) sent a letter to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, urging him to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership. Through this partnership, the USDA is investing up to $100 million to support the infrastructure needed to make more renewable fuel options available to American consumers. The partnership will be administered through competitive grants, which can be matched by state or private dollars. “Illinois’ participation in this partnership would expand markets for local farmers and help Illinois diversify our energy portfolio,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “I urge Governor Rauner to partner with …Read More »
  • 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 »

 
 
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