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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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  • US DDGS EXPORTS UP 6 PERCENT

    Published: Thu. Aug 25th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) latest report on trade data showed exports of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS), a by-product of ethanol production, to all countries are up 6 percent this marketing year, ending Aug. 30. If this pace continues, the export tally for the year should approach 12 million metric tons, near a record set during the 2013/2014 marketing year.  Southeast Asia as a region has seen DDGS exports rise more than 50 percent this year with notable gains from Vietnam (up 76 percent), Thailand (up 29 percent) and Indonesia (up 42 percent). In fact, at 1.7 million …Read More »
  • CANDIDATE FORUM FOCUSES ON AGRICULTURE LEGISLATION

    Published: Wed. Aug 24th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    Corn farmers serving on the Illinois Corn Growers Association and Illinois Corn Marketing Board joined other farmers today at the U.S. Senate Candidate Forum, a program of the Illinois Agricultural Legislative Roundtable in rural McLean County. As you know, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and Senator Mark Kirk are vying for one of our Senate seats in the November elections. Both candidates were given time for opening statements and then took questions from farmers in the audience. Congresswoman Duckworth spoke first. In her opening remarks, the Congresswoman addresses ethanol. "A nation that cannot fuel itself is a nation that cannot lead," Duckworth …Read More »
  • IMPROVEMENTS TO MISSISSIPPI RIVER SYSTEM NEEDED

    Published: Tue. Aug 23rd, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The December release of the AWI Report Card and Assessment confirmed what other government and independent agencies have been saying for years in regard to the state of our natural and man-made water infrastructure, water quality and water quality in the Upper Mississippi River. In fact, IL Corn has been working for increased investment in the Mississippi River transportation system for decades.  Most recently, we’ve seen success with an increased user fee.  The increased fee generates money for the Inland Waterways Trust Fund and makes upgrades, maintenance and new lock starts a possibility MUCH sooner than we originally thought …Read More »
  • EPA FAILING TO STUDY ETHANOL'S IMPACT

    Published: Mon. Aug 22nd, 2016 by: Taylor McDonald

    Recent investigations have highlighted the lack of effort put forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fulfill the RFS mandate. The investigation by the EPA Inspector General found that the EPA has failed to study the impacts of the RFS despite the requirement that the agency do so and submit a report of findings every three years. The RFS was first enacted by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and then expanded by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to include provisions like the report on environmental impacts of biofuels. The federal agency has agreed to …Read More »
  • RESEARCH CALLS FOR REDUCTION IN 2017 CASH RENTS

    Published: Fri. Aug 19th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    University of Illinois research Gary Schnitkey recently published research that creates a dismal outlook for the future of the farming economy in the 2017.  Below are the findings from Schnitkey: Recent USDA reports confirmed large corn and soybean crops for 2016 (see farmdoc daily August 15, 2016). Large 2016 production leads to low projected corn and soybean prices for 2017. Given low prices, projected 2017 returns will be very low. Even after substantial decreases in non-land costs, many farms will have projected losses in 2018 on cash rent farmland. For farmland with an expected corn yield of 200 bushels per …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS FARMER FEATURED IN CONSUMER OUTREACH

    Published: Thu. Aug 18th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Grant Noland, a farmer from Decatur, IL and At Large Director on the Illinois Corn Growers Association, is featured in two new “Let’s Talk” videos featured on the Illinois Farm Families website (www.watchusgrow.org). Noland’s videos focus on how farmers use technology to protect the environment and why genetically modified organisms are valuable to our modern food production systems. “As a farmer, I feel it’s my primary responsibility to protect the land and the water.  I want to pass down the land in a better state than I received it.  I’m an eighth generation farmer and that’s very …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS AGRICULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM RECEIVES $90,000 DONATION FROM ILLINOIS CORN CHECKOFF

    Published: Wed. Aug 17th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) program will continue its strong legacy of providing free education resources to teachers thanks in part to a $90,000 donation from the Illinois Corn Checkoff, administered by the Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB).  With its recent contribution, the ICMB helps IAITC fund its upcoming program year, and continues its long-standing position as the top commodity contributor to the ag literacy program.  "The Illinois Corn Marketing Board is proud to continue our support of agricultural education efforts by investing checkoff dollars with the IAA Foundation and IAITC,” said Tom Mueller, chairman, …Read More »
  • CORN LEADERS TALK SHOP AT IL STATE FAIR

    Published: Tue. Aug 16th, 2016 by: Tricia Braid

    Today is Ag Day at the State Fair, and despite the rainy weather and soggy parking lots, leaders from across the State joined together for the Ag Day Brunch hosted by Illinois Department of Agriculture Director, Raymond Poe. Illinois Corn Growers Association were on the fairgrounds, too, talking with farmers about their concerns and ICGA’s priorities. They also worked to collect hundreds of comments to send to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about atrazine. If you haven’t already, please go to www.fightepa.com and submit your comment now. Hundreds of thousands of comments are coming in AGAINST atrazine from anti-ag …Read More »
  • SEND COMMENTS TO EPA RE: ATRAZINE

    Published: Mon. Aug 15th, 2016 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The EPA has an open comment period on atrazine right now – and we need farmers like you to provide comments! When doing the ecological risk assessment for atrazine, the EPA based their review on studies that their own Science Advisory Panel deemed flawed just four years ago!  Now, that flawed science puts into question whether or not you’ll be able to use atrazine in the future. First and foremost, we know that farmers care about the safety of agricultural pesticides, but over the last 50 years, atrazine has passed some of the most rigorous safety testing in the world. …Read More »
  • COVER CROP SURVEY RESULTS TOUT BENEFITS

    Published: Fri. Aug 12th, 2016 by: Taylor McDonald

    IL Corn began its discount cover crop program in 2015 for ICGA members to create incentives for trying out this useful, conservational method, because we truly believe in its potential to reduce nutrient loss. Now, the Conservation Technology Information Center has published its findings from surveying approximately 2,000 farmers throughout the United States. From CTIC’s original news release: WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (July 28, 2016)—Insight from 2,020 farmers from across the country reflected enthusiasm for cover crops and—for the fourth year in a row—found a yield boost in corn and soybeans following cover crops. Multi-year data from the survey shows …Read More »

 
 
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