PRESIDENT TRUMP PROMISES FARMER-PATRIOT SUPPORT IN TRADE DISPUTES

|  Apr, 09, 2018

In a press gaggle held in conjunction with his cabinet meeting today, President Trump indicated that he understands farmers have a lot to lose when it comes to exports. The president specifically mentioned the Chinese tariffs situation and NAFTA renegotiation as costly to farmers who are having a downtrend, as the president put it. He reaffirmed his direction to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to,...

2017 CORN YEAR IN REVIEW FROM U OF I AG ECONOMIST

|  Mar, 23, 2018

IL Corn appreciates the strong response from corn farmers in the state to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service surveys. Due to the great response, there was enough statistically significant data collected to provide county-level yield numbers for 98 Illinois counties in 2017, up from 92 the year prior. Illinois-NASS sends a ‘thank you’ to IL Corn members...

CORN CHECKOFF AGGRESSIVELY BUILDING DEMAND FOR ILLINOIS’ TOP CROP

|  Feb, 16, 2018

U.S. Department of Agriculture analysts are out with their crop price predictions, and the numbers aren’t too favorable. From now until 2027, they’re looking for, “…crop prices to be pretty much what they are now.” USDA price projection coordinator David Stallings says he expects corn prices to average in the $3.30 to $3.60 range. Building demand is key to corn farmer profitability, and that’s...

A CHRISTMAS TREE STORY

|  Dec, 22, 2017

Merry Christmas to you from IL Corn. Our office will be closed on Monday, December 25th, so that our employees may enjoy the day as they choose. Have you ever wondered about the farmers that grow your live Christmas trees? Did you know that there is a national Christmas tree checkoff? Listen to this audio update to learn more.

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...