FRESH BEEF CAMPAIGN IS SIZZINGLY SUCCESSFUL

|  Jun, 25, 2018

The Illinois Beef Association held their summer conference last week in Galena, Illinois. IL Corn’s own Lou Lamoreaux and his family were named the Illinois Beef Association Environmental Steward of the Year. The beef producers at the meeting heard some good news from McDonald's regarding demand for fresh beef. University of Illinois Extension’s Todd Gleason explains in this audio...

RFS AND RINS WHITE HOUSE MEETING UPDATE

|  May, 09, 2018

University of Illinois agricultural economist Scott Irwin has been engaging online and in social media on the White House level discussions and deal-making that’s been underway now for many weeks. In this audio update, U of I’s Todd Gleason speaks with Irwin about the specifics of the latest meeting.

HELP US DEFEND HARVEST PRICE OPTION IN CROP

|  May, 01, 2018

Although the House Agriculture Committee prides itself on bipartisanship, lines were clearly drawn in the farm bill vote out of committee in April. The vote was 26-20, along party lines. With a more partisan farm bill debate, farmers must be prepared to defend the programs and program nuances that are most important to them. One amendment that we expect in the farm bill debate is to...

IL CORN FARMER TESTIFIES AT CONGRESSIONAL HEARING FOR HIGH OCTANE FUELS

|  Apr, 13, 2018

“Farmers are growing more corn—or octane - per acre than ever before,” said Paul Jeschke, a farmer from Mazon, Illinois, who testified before Congress today at the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment hearing titled High Octane Fuels and High Efficiency Vehicles: Challenges and Opportunities. A growing body of evidence shows that high-octane midlevel ethanol...

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...