ETHANOL EXPORTS CENTER STAGE AT SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS

|  Oct, 20, 2017

Industry and government officials from more than 15 countries in the Western Hemisphere, including representatives from IL Corn, are meeting this week at the Ethanol Summit of the Americas to discuss current and future opportunities for ethanol in the region. Listen to the audio below for an update about the summit with U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION USDA NOMINEES START AT USDA

|  Oct, 19, 2017

After what has seemed like an unusually lengthy process, some key positions are beginning to be filled at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Just last week, Secretary Perdue administered the swearing-in ceremony for two key positions. Listen to this audio update for the details.

COMMONGROUND VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FARMER SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES

|  Oct, 16, 2017

CommonGround launched a new video highlighting how farmers care for the environment and why they take more and more steps to increase sustainability on their farms. The short piece and accompanying blog posts, which feature Nebraska CommonGround volunteer Diane Karr, help consumers looking for the story behind their food. IL Corn recently joined the Common Ground effort. Click here to listen...

ILLINOIS HOGS AND PIGS NUMBERS GROW, IMPROVES CORN DEMAND OUTLOOK

|  Oct, 03, 2017

October is National Pork Month. That makes the timing of the latest USDA National Ag Statistics Service quarterly hogs and pigs report handy. The overall report indicates that the numbers are up, and Illinois hogs and pigs inventories have grown year over year, as well. In state, the swine industry is the biggest livestock user of IL Corn. 

NEW SURVEY SHOWS WEED CONTROL AND SOIL HEALTH BENEFITS OF COVER CROPS

|  Oct, 02, 2017

The Conservation Technology Information Center has released the results of their latest survey. The numbers indicate that a growing body of farmers are using cover crops, and it isn’t just the early adopters anymore. IL Corn suggests that cover crops may make sense to be part of your strategy for nutrient management. The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy calls for cover crop use as one...

CALL FROM THE COMBINE: ACTION REQUEST TO SUPPORT TRADE PROGRAMS

|  Sep, 29, 2017

Your call to Senators Duckworth and Durbin could encourage their support of export programs in the future. The Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act was introduced on September 19 and would increase funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) programs which would significantly benefit the ag economy. ...

EPA HATCHES ANOTHER PLAN TO REDUCE RENEWABLE FUELS VOLUME

|  Sep, 28, 2017

IL Corn is tracking a newly issued notice from the U.S. EPA that would change their interpretation of how they set the renewable fuels volume in our nation’s fuel supply. Listen to this audio update for the full story.

IL CORN HARVEST AND CONDITIONS REPORT FOR THE WEEK

|  Sep, 26, 2017

The National Agricultural Statistics Service releases each Monday afternoon their latest crop conditions report for the week prior, ending on Sunday evening. Listen to this week’s audio update to catch up on the IL Corn harvest. 

SEPTEMBER 30 DEADLINE LOOMING FOR MARGIN PROTECTION INSURANCE SIGN UP

|  Sep, 15, 2017

Farmers have just over two weeks left to sign up for a new crop insurance product called Margin Protection (MP). The new product pays when a harvest revenue-cost margin is below a guaranteed level. Gary Schnitkey, of the University of Illinois Department of Agriculture and Consumer Economics shares more about the MP crop insurance product in this interview with IL Corn’s Tricia Braid. For a...

CRAPPIE MASTERS SPOKESMAN IN SPRINGFIELD TOUTING ETHANOL

|  Jun, 15, 2017

IL Corn has been working to expand market access for higher ethanol blends in Illinois. Unfortunately, some longstanding myths about ethanol are entrenched in the minds of many people. To get around that, IL Corn has engaged the help of outside spokespeople. Most recently, through a sponsorship of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail, tournament spokesperson and professional angler, Brian IL...