You make your living from the land.  

 

You have been raised in the country, you’ve worked with Mother Nature all your life, and you understand that if you want the same sort of life for your children, you must preserve and conserve what is in your care.

 

Best management practices are the techniques and methods farmers use to take the best care of the soil, water, air, plants, and animals around them. IL Corn wants to partner with you to help you understand the best science, the best techniques, the best opportunities to care for your natural resources. 

We have programming that will help you test your water for nutrient levels, try out cover crops for the first time, and apply nitrogen in the most responsible way.  Our programming in this area continues to grow!  Please stay plugged in with us to keep learning and growing as a conservationist.

 

Making Nitrogen Decisions

In Illinois, researchers have been testing different amounts of nitrogen in corn fields for years. They collected the data from these tests and created an online tool. This tool considers the current prices of corn and nitrogen fertilizer to figure out the best amount of nitrogen to use for maximum profit per acre. It's called the "Maximum Return to Nitrogen" rate (MRTN). Farmers can use this tool to make sure they're getting the most economic benefit from their nitrogen program and feel sure about their decisions.

nitrogen calculator

Gain Access to Illinois' Premier Conservation Program

 

In 2016, IL Corn launched a farmer service program, Precision Conservation Management (PCM), in response to the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. Today PCM is funded still by IL Corn and other organizations.
 

PCM works with farmers to help them understand the costs & benefits of adopting new conservation practices. They provide one-on-one support to qualifying farmers to help them understand the costs & benefits of adopting new conservation practices.

They provide FREE access to the Farmer Portal to any farmer who wants to contribute their farm data, and access recommendations based on other farmer participant’s aggregated, anonymized data.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT PCM PROGRAM

From Fields to Flight: IL Corn Plays Role in SAF Conference

Haley B

March 28th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Ethanol |  Additional Research

Seeds are being sown to position Illinois as a hub for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).  On March 21-22, IL Corn and the Illinois Manufacturing Association hosted the inaugural Sustainable...

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IL Corn Growers Association Responds to EPA Final Tailpipe Emissions Rule

March 28th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized their Tailpipe Emissions Rule last week, making the rule even a bit more stringent than originally proposed. IL Corn joined several groups in...

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Inaugural Sustainable Aviation Fuel Conference Highlights Opportunity for Renewable Fuel to Lower Emissions and Transform Industries

March 21st, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Ethanol |  Additional Research

Inaugural conference will discuss latest in scientific research, production, and logistics   The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA), in partnership with Intersect Illinois and the IL...

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New EPA Rule Ignores Ethanol as a Solution and Threatens Rural Economies

March 20th, 2024  |  Ethanol

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced their final climate rule on vehicle emissions standards for sedans and light- and medium-duty trucks. While this rule is supposed to...

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Coalition of Business, Labor, Agriculture Groups Unveil Landmark Legislation to Advance Carbon Capture and Storage in Illinois

March 14th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

IL Corn represents farmer members in discussions to promote ethanol market development and protect landowner rights   A coalition of business, labor and agriculture groups have united behind...

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Policymakers Must Take a Broader Approach to Reducing Tailpipe Emissions

February 23rd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Additional Research

America is in pursuit of a clean energy future, but to get there, our leaders must prioritize a solution that already exists at gas stations across the country.   Ethanol, made from corn...

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White House to Greenlight Year-Round E15 Availability by 2025: Midwest Governors' Request Answered, Promising Environmental and Economic Benefits

Lindsay Mitchell

February 22nd, 2024  |  ICGA |  Ethanol

The White House announced today that it will answer the April 2022 request of Governor Pritzker and seven other Midwest governors to make E15 available year round starting in 2025. E15 is a 15...

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Put the BRAKES on HB1634

February 22nd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

This week, Illinois state lawmakers tried hitting the gas to incorporate California’s extreme vehicle emissions standards into the Midwest. HB1634 allows California to govern Illinois Vehicle...

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IL Corn Thanks Lawmakers for Support of GREET

February 15th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

Seven members of Illinois’s congressional delegation joined a group of 43 lawmakers in a letter to the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Lifecycle Analysis Interagency Working Group voicing their support...

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Bipartisan Victory: Next Generation Fuels Act Gains Traction as a Solution Lowering Carbon Emissions Nationwide

Haley Bickelhaupt

January 17th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

The IL Corn Growers Association and the ethanol industry have their foot on the petal in full support of the Next Generation Fuels Act in 2024.   The bill, which sets a new clean fuel standard,...

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ICGA Pleased with Acceptance of GREET; Looks to Monitor Changes

December 15th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

The U.S. Department of Treasury announced today that it will allow a modified version of the GREET model as a measurement for determining reductions in greenhouse gas emissions as the agency...

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Q&A: Farmers thoughts on CCS

November 29th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

This fall, IL Corn teamed up with Illinois ethanol plants to host informational sessions highlighting the connection between carbon and corn production.    Lauren Lurkins, an environmental law...

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Illinois Corn Farmers Recognize Illinois Senator Joyce

Lindsay Mitchell

November 21st, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

Illinois State Senator Patrick Joyce received the ethanol award from the IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) at the group’s annual meeting on November 21, 2023, in Bloomington.   Senator Joyce...

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Airlines Show Support for Ethanol Industry

November 9th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation

Airlines Show Support for Ethanol Industry The IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) commends the airline industry for their support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne GREET model...

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ICGA offers NHTSA “Fuel for Thought”

Haley Bickelhaupt

October 24th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation

The IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) helped magnify the voice of rural Americans, sharing over 900 comments opposing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s electric vehicle...

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NCERC Hosts Group of Indian Leaders on Trade Mission

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October 19th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Ethanol |  Exports

National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) hosted a team of 10 executives from India’s automotive, biofuels and automotive sectors. The team, brought here through a U.S. Grains Council Trade...

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Governor J.B Pritzker Talks with Commodity Groups at Farm Progress Show

Haley Bickelhaupt

September 14th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Public Outreach

Cameras, carts and security details created quite a buzz at the commodity tent   IL Corn Growers Association members spoke with Governor Pritzker at Farm Progress Show about policy impacting...

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NHTSA on a "one-way" route towards EV Future

September 7th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation

The IL Corn Growers Association is calling on the agricultural industry to submit comments to the docket regarding a proposal released by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration...

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Corn Grower Leaders Call on Biden Administration to Tie U.S. Tax Decisions on Aviation Biofuels to Government’s Emissions Model

September 7th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

Asserting that U.S. tax policy should be tied to the best standards the government has to offer, 16 of the nation’s top corn grower leaders sent a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen...

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Ethanol and Biofuels Drive Conversation at Farm Progress Show

Haley Bickelhaupt

September 7th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

During the Farm Progress Show, Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski (D-13) stood alongside farmers and biofuels experts to confirm ethanol’s role in lowering carbon and supporting rural economies....

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