TRADE UNCERTAINTY TOP OF MIND FOR AG LEADERS

|  Dec, 08, 2017

As the year comes to an end, will trade opportunities for U.S. agricultural products come to an end with it? That’s a big question with an unclear answer. The uncertainty surrounding trade agreements and export markets is hitting home as corn piles are growing in the countryside and prices remain stubbornly low. At a recent national meeting of farm broadcasters, commodity group leaders took...

TRENDS IN RURAL AMERICA FROM USDA

|  Dec, 06, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is undertaking a new agricultural census this month. IL Corn encourages you to complete the census fully and accurately as the data is used in many ways. There is no generally acceptable substitute for this information. Census-type information from rural areas is used in many ways, including distributing federal monies to underserved areas. Rural America is...

UNDERSTANDING FOOD INSECURITY AND THE FARM BILL

|  Dec, 01, 2017

Did you know that poverty rates are higher in rural areas than in urban areas? Did you know the rate of rural Americans relying on SNAP (food stamps) is higher than urban American rates? The Nutrition Title of the Farm Bill is far and away the largest budget outlay of the legislation, but don’t mistake it for something not related to farming. We also have programs to help address food...

IL CORN CONGRATULATES DOUG WILSON AS NEW IL RURAL DEVELOPMENT HEAD

|  Nov, 30, 2017

The Trump Administration recently appointed Douglas Wilson as the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in Illinois. Mr. Wilson began his new role on Monday, Nov. 13. Earlier this year, then-President of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, Justin Durdan, wrote a letter in support of Mr. Wilson’s appointment to the post. Mr. Wilson is a 3rd generation farmer, lifelong resident of...

PLANNING TO USE NEW-FORMULATION DICAMBA NEXT YEAR? TRAINING IS NOW REQUIRED

|  Nov, 28, 2017

Illinois Corn Growers Association knows that many of you are thinking about applying one of the three commercially available new-formulation dicamba mixes in 2018. But did you know that to legally apply the product(s), you must now attend an EPA required training? The EPA has added the training, along with other new requirements, to the labels of XtendiMax, Engenia, and FeXapan. They are now...

IL CORN SALUTES OUR VETERANS

|  Nov, 10, 2017

Each year on November 11, Veterans Day is set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. IL Corn honors this day, too, saluting all our veterans. We would like to draw special attention to those in our leadership who served our nation, and more broadly, the impact that rural Americans have on our nation’s military. Please join us in this...

AG SECRETARY PERDUE SAYS NAFTA WITHDRAWAL COMES WITH TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES

|  Nov, 09, 2017

Although U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue remains hopeful that the Trump Administration will be successful in renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), he told reporters in a press gaggle after his Agency’s Veterans Day ceremony that USDA is preparing contingency plans, warning a withdrawal from the trilateral agreement would have “some tragic...

GOVERNOR RAUNER SIGNS IL CORN SUPPORTED HARVEST EMERGENCY DECLARATION

|  Nov, 06, 2017

In an on-farm ceremony yesterday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced the signing of the so-called Harvest Emergency Declaration, which effectively allows farmers to load 10% extra weight into their grain transport vehicles for a 45-day period commencing November 5, 2017. IL Corn leaders penned a letter to the Governor in support of such a declaration on October 24th, noting that our...

U.S. MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION LEVERAGES CORN CHECKOFF TO EXPAND MEAT SALES OVERSEAS

|  Oct, 26, 2017

In this audio update, you’ll hear about a recent event held in Germany where the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) worked to expand relationships with international buyers of U.S. corn-fed meat. Livestock, a primary customer of corn and DDGS, remains a vital component of your value opportunity and profitability. 

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.