U.S. SENATE PASSES FOOD SAFETY BILL GIVING FDA BIG MUSCLES

November 30th, 2010  |  Today's News

Proving Congress can indeed get something done during a lame duck session, today the U.S. Senate passed SB 910, commonly known as the Food Safety Bill, by a comfortable margin of 73-25. The bill...

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FIVE HONORED BY ICGA

November 29th, 2010  |  Today's News |  ICGA

The Illinois Corn Growers Association honored five people during their Annual Meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel last week.    David Flakne, Senior State Government Relations Manager for Syngenta...

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ICGA ELECTS 2010-2011 LEADERSHIP

November 24th, 2010  |  Today's News |  ICGA

Yesterday was the Illinois Commodity Conference in Bloomington. Illinois Corn Growers Association was pleased to facilitate a visit by Senator Dick Durbin. Cromwell Ag Radio Network broadcaster...

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ILLINOIS CORN FARMERS SET GRASSROOTS POLICY

November 22nd, 2010  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

Today at the Bloomington office of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, members undertook a grassroots policy development session. Policy development ideas have been solicited from members at...

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EPA DELAYS E15 DECISION FOR MODEL YEARS 2001-2006

November 19th, 2010  |  Today's News |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation

EPA has announced their intent to delay their decision on E 15 for model year vehicles 2001 to 2006.  The Agency is expected to issue a formal announcement stating that the decision will be...

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ARE YOU ATTENDING THE ILLINOIS COMMODITY CONFERENCE?

November 18th, 2010  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

The Illinois Commodity Conference is next Tuesday, November 23, 9 am to 3 pm.  You’ve probably received a brochure in the mail by now, but you can also review the agenda here. The conference...

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FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BLENDER PUMPS NOT YET

November 17th, 2010  |  Today's News |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation

**EDITOR’S NOTE** This article was first published on The Corn Corps blog. If you enjoy reading the daily corn scoops, you might also enjoy the blog. It is updated every week day. If you would...

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1 MILLION U.S. CHILDREN WENT TO BED WITHOUT DINNER IN 2009

November 16th, 2010  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Additional Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report this week that illustrates the staggering level of food insecurity in this country. In fact, the report indicates that in 2009, as many as 15%...

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KOREA FTA, A SETBACK NOT A LOSS

November 15th, 2010  |  Today's News |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation

Although failed negotiations on the Korea Free Trade Agreement are a major setback, the battle is not lost.   President Obama returned to the White House yesterday without a signed Korean...

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POP CULTURE MYTHS ABOUT FARM POLICY ENDURE DESPITE EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY

November 12th, 2010  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

It’s so frustrating. That is, that common sense and scientific analysis have no place in dissuading the public from their mistaken beliefs on so many things. There is a culture of disbelief…don’t...

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GROWMARK ANNOUNCES 2011 ESSAY CONTEST THEME

November 11th, 2010  |  Today's News

The theme for the 2011 GROWMARK Essay Contest is: “The Importance of Agriculture in Everyday Life.” The contest is open to all high school FFA members in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin.   This is...

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LATEST USDA REPORT REDUCES CORN YIELDS

November 9th, 2010  |  Today's News |  Additional Research

Reduced ending stocks partnered with a smaller corn harvest means a strong corn market, at least until demand is rationed. Regardless of the decrease, this still is the third largest U.S. corn...

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FARM BILL LISTENING SESSIONS MOVE TO NORTHERN ILLINOIS

November 8th, 2010  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Farm Policy

The Illinois Corn Growers Association Farm Bill listening sessions have been successful so far. ICGA President Tim Lenz hopes to see farmers attending the upcoming meetings this week in Northern...

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ENHANCE YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS TODAY TO IMPACT POLICY TOMORROW

November 5th, 2010  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

This week’s elections have meant a lot of things to a lot of people. The ramifications of policy and regulations on farming and farmers are yet to be seen. But no doubt, there will be discussions...

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ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP LEADERS RETHINKING THEIR EXTREME POSITIONS

November 4th, 2010  |  Today's News |  Additional Research

Recognizing that their prior, extreme environmental positions may have been “throwing the baby out with the bathwater,” or “letting the perfect be the enemy of the good,” it appears that...

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ELECTION WRAP-UP: COMMENTS FROM POLITICAL WATCHERS

November 3rd, 2010  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation

As Election Day has come and gone, so has Democratic control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Similar changes happened in state legislatures around the country. With many races decided early...

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HAVE YOU REGISTERED FOR THE ILLINOIS COMMODITY CONFERENCE YET?

November 2nd, 2010  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

The Illinois Commodity Conference is three weeks from today, November 23, 9 am to 3 pm.  You’ve probably received a brochure in the mail by now, but you can review the agenda here. The conference...

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DON'T FORGET TO VOTE TOMORROW

November 1st, 2010  |  Today's News |  ICGA

Don’t forget to go to the polls tomorrow to vote in your local, state and national elections. One U.S. Senate seat is up for election in Illinois, along with all 19 Congressional seats. The...

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