WHY YOU NEED TO ESTABLISH MONARCH BUTTERFLY HABITAT

|  May, 01, 2017

May is Monarch Month. May is also the perfect time to sow milkweed seeds or direct transplant a small plant. Now, before you shut down on the idea of purposely adding milkweed to your farm, hear us out. IL Corn understands that weeds impact your profitability. We also know that access to technology and chemistry is also important to your profitability. We know that you want to do the right...

USDA SECRETARY PURDUE STARTS SECOND WEEK AT THE OFFICE

|  May, 02, 2017

It’s been a busy first week for U.S. Department of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Here’s an audio update with more details of what the Secretary has been working on.

PETITIONS AVAILABLE FOR CORN CHECKOFF BOARD POSITIONS

|  May, 05, 2017

Farmers who would like to run for a three-year term on the Illinois Corn Marketing Board can now start circulating nominating petitions. Petitions are available at the ICMB office in Bloomington and at the Illinois Department of Agriculture in Springfield. To have their name placed on the ballot, candidates must submit a completed petition to the Director of Agriculture by the filing deadline...

U.S. BEEF GAINING MARKET ACCESS IN THAILAND

|  May, 08, 2017

IL Corn is joining other organizations in bringing attention to the value of our export markets this month, as May is designated World Trade Month. In Illinois, 38% of our corn leaves the state bound for markets elsewhere, including our world trading partners. We know that a large amount of corn equivalent also leaves Illinois bound for export markets, as ethanol, DDGS, or finished meat...

CLEARING UP MYTHS ABOUT GMOS JUST TAKES A CONVERSATION

|  May, 09, 2017

Oh, what a difference a conversation can make. A few weeks ago, Illinois Farm Families took about two dozen consumers, professionals, and government officials to St. Louis to tour the Monsanto Research Center. Prior to the experience, just 22% of the participants reported being not very or not at all concerned about GMOs. After just a few hours there talking with scientists and farmers, that...

USDA SECRETARY PERDUE ANNOUNCES AGENCY REORG AND NEW EMPHASIS ON TRADE

|  May, 11, 2017

On the banks of the Ohio River today in Cincinnati, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that he will reorganize his Department, adding a new Undersecretary of Trade position as was directed in the 2014 Farm Bill, a change which IL Corn supported. The timing was perfect as we are celebration May as World Trade Month. Remember that 38% of your corn production is...

CRAPPIE MASTERS SPOKESMAN IN SPRINGFIELD TOUTING ETHANOL

|  May, 12, 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...

MANAGE NITROGEN APPLICATION TO MANAGE WATER QUALITY AND COSTS

|  May, 03, 2017

The growing season has started and most corn farmers have already applied nitrogen. It is a very expensive plant food and, as is explained in this audio report, getting the rate right may mean using a little less.

IL CORN JOINS 138 AG GROUPS IN SUPPORT OF USTR ROBERT LIGHTHIZER

|  May, 17, 2017

L Corn joins 138 food and agriculture trade associations and companies in congratulating Robert Lighthizer on his Senate confirmation as the U.S. trade representative (USTR). The coalition of groups, which includes the National Corn Growers Association, has worked collectively for some time to encourage this confirmation. The full Senate’s vote comes following a 26-0 vote on April 25 by the...