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Over half of the corn produced in Illinois (more than one billion bushels) is exported out of the state every year. Our largest foreign buyers are Japan, Mexico, and South Korea, but a significant amount of Illinois corn also goes to China, Central America, and the western US. Most all of the corn exported ends up as animal feed.


Illinois also exports DDGS, a by-product from ethanol production. Read more about DDGS here.

    Trans-Pacific Partnership: Through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the United States is seeking to address new issues that respond to concerns raised by U.S. stakeholders and that will enhance U.S. competitiveness in the 21st century and support the expansion of U.S. exports. The United States also is committed to advancing core U.S. values, such as transparency, labor rights and environmental protection. Canada and Mexico, the United States’ two largest export markets, … Read More »
    On October 12, Congress passed the Colombia, Korea, and Panama Free Trade Agreements.  President Obama signed them into law on October 21. Collectively, these three agreements signal an understanding by Congress that increased exports mean jobs and economic activity that the U.S. desperately needs. Under the agreements, Illinois corn farmers will enjoy: Higher prices for commodities as a result of higher demand for processed products and meats to satisfy export … Read More »
    In 2012, IL Corn commissioned a study to determine the future of ethanol exports for the U.S.  Read the full study here. Key Findings The U.S. exported nearly 1.2 billion gallons of ethanol in 2011 – almost three times the previous record set in 2010. This level of exports resulted from both opportunity and necessity. Adverse conditions affected Brazil’s sugarcane crop, and high … Read More »
    There are literally hundreds of buyers visiting Illinois every year, inspecting the corn crop as it grows and monitoring yields just as close as our local corn farmers.  Within the past year, representatives from Japan, China, Panama, Mexico, Korea, Dominican Republic, and all over Latin America have traveled to Illinois, learning about corn production in Illinois, logistics and transportation, and risk management.  Always, Illinois Corn is able to link international … Read More »
    Illinois Corn works with several important partners to accomplish our international/export goals. US Grains Council – Not only does the Illinois Corn Marketing Board provide funding to the US Grains Council, we also participate in learning opportunities with them, such as our recent mission to Panama.  National Corn Growers Association - The Illinois Corn Marketing Board also funds NCGA to lobby Congress in support of our … Read More »
    WATER: Illinois ranks number 1 in the nation in corn exports because of our vibrant waterway transportation system.  Read more about our efforts to upgrade locks and dams here. Most of the corn leaving on a barge via the river is loaded into a container.  Containers are shipped to Asia and throughout the world.  Illinois Corn supports the development of container load-out facilities across the state to make better … Read More »
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