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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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  • REACTION TO EPA PROPOSAL TO REDUCE CORN ETHANOL RVO

    Published: Fri. May 29th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its Renewable Volume Obligation numbers for 2014, 2015, 2016.  Retailers will be required to sell 13.25 billion gallons of corn based ethanol in 2014, 13.4 billion gallons in 2015, and 14 billion gallons in 2016. In response, IL Corn has issued two news releases in regards to this issue. The first was a statement from our Illinois Corn Growers Association President Ken Hartman, Jr, a family farmer from Waterloo, IL, released the following statement in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of the proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for …Read More »
  • INDUSTRY STATEMENTS ON WOTUS

    Published: Thu. May 28th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The EPA released their revised Waters of the U.S. ruling yesterday. The proposed rule is lengthy and requires time to review, but many industry leaders made statements reflecting their opinions of the EPA’s initial overreach of power. Illinois Corn Growers Association is studying the 300+ page document to best understand its implications. The following are statements from industry stakeholders with regard to the WOTUS ruling: "We cannot comment on the specifics of the revised rule until we have had a chance to fully review it. We especially want to ensure that the broad promises made in the EPA press release …Read More »
  • SENATOR KIRK UNDERSCORES IMPORTANCE OF TRADE TO IL

    Published: Wed. May 27th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

      At a press conference at ADM’s ethanol production facility in Peoria today, Senator Kirk described his support of trade for Illinois farmers and the entire Illinois economy.  “To me, it's pretty simple. The global economy has never been more intertwined and competitive than it stands today. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, every $1 billion of U.S. agricultural exports requires the support of about 6,600 workers throughout the economy. This means 52,000 jobs are generated by Illinois' agriculture export activity,” he said in a written statement. “Global demand will not change, so it's just a matter of who will provide the supply. If we don't …Read More »
  • TRENDS IN WORLD CORN MARKET EXAMINED

    Published: Tue. May 26th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The following summary of Farm Doc Daily’s May 21 article offers interesting insight into the world corn market as well as supply and demand fluctuations that will impact price. An increase in export demand for corn is certainly one of the most realistic means to increase demand and have a positive impact on farm prices, which are now well below the cost of production.  For a background on the following summary points, read the full article here. U.S. consumption of corn other than via ethanol has grown by little since the late 1990s. A key strategic question emerges …Read More »
  • TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY

    Published: Fri. May 22nd, 2015 by: Hannah Ferguson

    Yesterday the trade bill passed a key senate vote. Today the Senate will make a final vote and then it will go to the House. TPA could be very beneficial for Illinois farmers and farmers alike. Below is TPA information from National Corn Growers. The National Corn Growers Association remains committed to the development and maintenance of fair and open global trade practices and policies that help support and build demand for U.S. corn. Currently, the United States is pursuing an ambitious set of trade agreements that would expand markets for U.S. corn and other agricultural products.  However, …Read More »
  • U.S. GRAINS COUNCIL AND ETHANOL INDUSTRY PARTICIPATE IN EXPLORATORY MARKET DEVELOPMENT MISSION TO JAPAN

    Published: Thu. May 21st, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Representatives of Growth Energy, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) traveled to Tokyo this week to follow up on an industry market assessment of the potential to export U.S. ethanol to Japan. Over the next two years, the government of Japan will be undertaking a full review of its national energy policies, including biofuels, potentially opening up opportunities for additional ethanol exports there. “The team came away with a much greater understanding of the current Japanese requirements and market conditions pertaining to ethanol and began the implementation of a strategy to help ensure that U.S. …Read More »
  • ANOTHER EPIC BIG OIL FAIL

    Published: Wed. May 20th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Big Oil would like to squash your local ethanol plant’s chances to gain market share. Frankly, they’d like to squash corn ethanol in general. To do that, they’ve pulled out all the stops to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard, delay the Chicago E15 Ordinance with their dirty tactics, and black-wash the rhetoric in Springfield about the E15 tax credit legislation pending there. All the while, they’ve added another black-eye to their long list of mishaps. The most recent is a tragic oil spill on California’s coast. American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard calls these tragedies a ‘rare incident’. Really? …Read More »
  • LOCAL WATER QUALITY TESTING ON JUNE 19

    Published: Tue. May 19th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Join the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Council on Best Management Practices, and IL Corn for the “Seeds over Central Illinois” event at 8 am on June 19, 2015 at the Paxton Airport in Paxton. The June 19 program has been designed to engage farmers in the nutrient and water quality issues facing agriculture by providing information on possible nutrient losses from their production operations. Nutrient losses impact water quality, but also your own bottom line.  If you’re curious about how much of your input costs are floating away down the local creek, you’ll definitely want to …Read More »
  • U.S. NEEDS MORE MARKET ACCESS AS WORLD CORN PRODUCTION ESTIMATES RISE

    Published: Mon. May 18th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The United States has planted 75 percent of its corn acreage for what is currently projected to be its largest corn crop ever, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (UDSA's) Crop Progress report released on May 11. While weather will be the ultimate determining factor in how much corn is available for sale and export, global markets like Argentina, Mexico and Serbia are also ramping up their production, further boosting world corn production estimates according to USDA’s World Markets and Trade report released earlier this month. The United States, Argentina, Brazil and Ukraine are the top four corn exporting …Read More »
  • CLICK TO LISTEN: THE CORN YOU'RE PLANTING EXPECTED TO BE AT $3.50 ON AVERAGE

    Published: Fri. May 15th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    In this audio update, IL Corn Executive Director Rodney Weinzierl explains how we get to $3.50 corn and what the organization is doing to build demand and strengthen prices. Click the link to listen on your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.
  • A CITY MOM'S REQUEST OF FARMERS AND AG PROFESSIONALS

    Published: Thu. May 14th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    We often think that so-called consumers are the ones that need to educate themselves. We say that they should just do some research and believe in the technology that we use on our farms. Even while we’re saying that, we agriculturalists, in many cases, aren’t even ready to articulate and share what we do. Can you explain how GMOs are made and what they do, for example? One of the women who participated in the Illinois Farm Families farm tour program recently wrote this blog about what she needs from you. Remember, Illinois Corn Marketing Board is a member of …Read More »
  • WOTUS BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD

    Published: Wed. May 13th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

      Last night, the House passed the Regulatory Protection Integrity Act (HR 1732) by a vote of 247-155.  The bill would require EPA and the Corps withdraw the proposed WOTUS rule and to work with states and other stakeholders to propose a new rule. Twenty four Democrats voted in favor of the bill.  Congresswomen Kelly and Bustos were among those Democrats voting in favor to support their rural constituents. You can see how individual members voted at the link below. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll219.xml As proposed, the WOTUS rule would significantly expand the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act and would …Read More »
  • CORN QUALITY IMPACTS WORLD MARKET SHARE

    Published: Tue. May 12th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    As we’re working to promote the Trans Pacific Partnership and fast-track Presidential Trade Promotion Authority, it’s a good time to remember other things that impact corn export opportunities…like grain quality. IL Corn leverages your corn checkoff dollars through the U.S. Grains Council to address corn quality and your export customers’ concerns. We know that about 46% of your corn leaves the state of Illinois, and a good portion of that leaves the country entirely. How does it look at its final destination? By: Erick Erickson, U.S. Grains Council Vice President Corn quality, good and bad, is an issue often raised …Read More »
  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING VIPTERA LAWSUITS

    Published: Mon. May 11th, 2015 by: Cybernautic Developer

    Many farmers have been contacted in one way or another about the Viptera class action lawsuit. In turn, a number of Illinois corn farmers have contacted their district directors or the office in Bloomington for more information. In response to that need, Illinois Corn Growers Association, in partnership with the National Corn Growers Association, has made the following information available. What is the lawsuit about? According to Court documents, “These cases concern the Syngenta defendants’ decision to commercialize corn seeds containing a genetically modified trait, known as ‘MIR 162,’ that reportedly controls certain insects. Corn with this trait has entered …Read More »
  • POSITIONS TO BE FILLED ON ICGA BOARD

    Published: Fri. May 8th, 2015 by: Hannah Ferguson

    Are you interested in serving on a volunteer board to learn more about the Illinois agricultural industry, develop media relations and PR skills, meet other Illinois leaders and network with elected officials and staff and create solutions to the issues facing corn production within our state? Then you might be a candidate for one of the director positions on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Corn Growers Association. Each year five directors are elected to a three-year term in districts throughout Illinois and two at-large directors are elected for a one-year term to represent farmers all over the state. …Read More »
  • GRAIN BIN ENTRAPMENTS INCREASED IN 2014

    Published: Thu. May 7th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Injuries and deaths as a result of grain bin entrapments rose last year according to data recently released by Purdue University researchers. According to the data, the 70 noted cases in 2014 represent a 4 percent increase from 2013.  The data only includes reported cases; several injuries go unreported each year. As farmers around the state think about emptying grain bins this summer to make room for 2015 grain, safety is important, especially for younger adults and teenagers helping through the summer months. The Illinois Grain Rescue Tube Locator app can also help.  Released late last year, the tool uses …Read More »
  • SECOND ANNUAL FIELDS-OF-CORN PHOTO CONTEST

    Published: Wed. May 6th, 2015 by: Hannah Ferguson

    National Corn Growers Association is doing their Fields-to-Corn photo contest again this year. This is the second year they have been doing this contest and they hope to collect high-resolution photos of growing corn from seed to harvest, the women and men who grow it and their families. Interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2015. Open to all, the Fields-of-Corn photo contest offers a free opportunity for photographers to share their work while competing for a $500 grand prize. Below is the photo that won the grand prize last year. Entries will also be …Read More »
  • MEXICO'S VALUE AS A TRADE PARTNER

    Published: Tue. May 5th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    We’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo here at IL Corn by remembering the importance of Mexico as a buyer of corn nationally, and also specifically as a buyer of Illinois corn. Our river transportation system sends much of our corn directly to the Gulf of Mexico, where it makes the short trip to Mexican markets. This should remind us how important our river transportation system is, and with it, the need for repaired and upgraded locks and dams. Illinois Corn Marketing Board partners with the U.S. Grains Council to expand export opportunities for corn, ethanol, and DDGS. USGC leverages your checkoff …Read More »
  • RADIO SPOTS HIGHTLIGHT ETHANOL'S CLEAN AIR BENEFITS

    Published: Mon. May 4th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    The American Lung Association in Illinois (ALAIL) has placed a large advertising buy on three Chicago radio stations this week. The point of the ad is to educate listeners on how higher blends of ethanol can help improve air quality. Illinois Corn Marketing Board invests farmer checkoff dollars with ALAIL to help promote ethanol education and to facilitate grants that help offset the costs of the necessary pump upgrades to make higher ethanol blends available at gas stations. You can listen to the radio advertisement for yourself by clicking here. The advertisement, which sounds more like a Public …Read More »
  • BIG OIL FEELING ETHANOL'S HEAT IN CHICAGO

    Published: Fri. May 1st, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    If you’re in the listening area of WGN or WLS in Chicago, you’ve probably heard the terrible anti-ethanol and anti-E15 radio ads that Big Oil henchmen are airing. Yes, we’ve heard them, too. Yes, we know they’re full of lies. But here’s the thing: we must really be getting under their skin with this E15 ordinance. Otherwise, they’d just be brushing us off. IL Corn is on top of this for you, working quietly with our partners behind the scenes to make sure that renewable fuels and consumer choice win the day. In case you hadn’t heard, the City Council …Read More »

 
 
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