VARIED COMMODITY CHECKOFF DOLLARS COLLABORATING ON SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS

|  Nov, 14, 2018

Three commodity promotion and research boards are joining forces to advance producer sustainability efforts across agriculture. The National Corn Growers Association, the National Pork Board, and the United Soybean Board recently celebrated a memorandum of understanding designed to formalize collaboration and alignment among their checkoff-funded efforts relating to the broad topic of...

FARMERS WORRY ABOUT TRADE FUNDING GAP

|  Sep, 20, 2018

We are officially ten days away from the Farm Bill 2014 expiration date.  On September 30, farmers are operating under no farm policy, unless Congress either finalizes a new bill or extends the current bill.  The closer we get to the deadline, the more likely an extension becomes, but an extension leaves an important trade program, the Foreign Market Development program, unfunded.    Listen...

CRITICAL WATERWAYS LEGISLATION PASSED THE HOUSE

|  Sep, 14, 2018

House and Senate committee leaders reached a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on 2018 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) legislation earlier this week, known as the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (House Amendment to S. 2800). Learn more about this news in this audio update with IL Corn and Waterways Council, Inc., President and CEO Mike Toohey.

MARKET FACILITATION PROGRAM BEGINS TODAY

|  Sep, 04, 2018

The Market Facilitation Program that will provide direct payments to help corn, cotton, sorghum, soybean, wheat, dairy and hog farmers who have been directly impacted by illegal retaliatory tariffs, begins today.  If farmers plan to apply for the payments, they must due so before January 15, 2019.

AG ECONOMIST REMARKS ON EPA ETHANOL VOLUMES RULE

|  Jul, 10, 2018

In this audio update from IL Corn, University of Illinois agricultural economist Scott Irwin gives his take on the recently proposed rule regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard Renewable Volume Obligation numbers published by EPA.

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,...