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

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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Key Illinois Summary Points of 2022 Census

NASS USDA

February 15th, 2024  |  Today's News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced the results of the 2022 Census of Agriculture, spanning more than 6 million data points about...

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The Game in Washington that Rivals the Super Bowl

Brooke S. Appleton

February 15th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

This is the best February since last February. That’s because, like this time last year, my beloved Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl. Like millions of Americans, I was glued to the...

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Illinois Ag Groups Support Expanded Fall Covers for Spring Savings Program

American Farmland Trust

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

(Springfield, IL) The IL Corn Growers Association, Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Farm Bureau and American Farmland Trust are seeking expanded state investment into a popular program...

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Corn Farmers Key Stakeholders in First SAF Conference

Haley Bickelhaupt

February 14th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – IL Corn is pleased to announce the inaugural Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) conference uniting the state’s stakeholders in the airline, manufacturing, government and...

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Valentine's Day Can be Corny

Tara Desmond

February 14th, 2024  |  Today's News

It’s a day some of us may dread or love but IL Corn took this as a chance to partner with another ag company to spread the love.   “Prairie State Tractor caught my attention with their...

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GM Corn Ban Updates

February 9th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Biotechnology |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation

A timeline has formulated as efforts continue to resolve Mexico’s proposed ban on genetically modified (GM) corn for human consumption.    In December 2020, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López...

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Community College Programming Invests in the Future Ag Workforce in Illinois

Lindsay Mitchell

February 8th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

According to a July FarmDoc article, Agricultural Consumer Economics Professor Mark White shares that connecting young people to a beneficial work opportunity is a critical step in building and...

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ILLINOIS FARM FAMILIES TO BE FEATURED IN SUPER BOWL LVIII COMMERCIAL

February 7th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

Illinois fans tuning into this weekend’s big game may see some familiar faces in a new commercial featuring five Illinois farm families. The commercial, titled “Career Path,” will air during Super...

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Payments Available for 2023 Cover Crops Through Farmers for Soil Health

February 2nd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

Bloomington, Illinois – Farmers in Illinois can receive incentive payments for cover crops planted in 2023 by enrolling in Farmers for Soil Health by February 28. Farmers for Soil Health is a...

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IL Corn Celebrates Farm Advocate Megan Dwyer's National Recognition in Young Leaders Competition

Tara Desmond

January 29th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach |  Conservation

Megan Dwyer, a valuable member of the IL Corn team, has clinched 4th place nationally in the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture competition. Megan's...

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Experts Remain Optimistic Despite Hurdles Overseas

Haley Bickelhaupt

January 25th, 2024  |  Today's News |  Exports |  Public Outreach

National Corn Growers Association Lead Economist Krista Swanson remains optimistic despite overseas obstacles for United States corn exports. Drought in Central America and turmoil in the Middle...

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Corn to Capitol: Bunting Serves Second Year as State Rep.

Haley Bickelhaupt

January 23rd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

An unconventional pathway to Springfield did not falter Jason Bunting’s steadfast support for agriculture as a freshman member of Illinois’s General Assembly. Former IL Corn Grower...

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IL Corn Growers Association Monitoring Fertilizer Tariffs and 2024 Crop Budgets

Lindsay Mitchell

January 19th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation

Bloomington – Last week, the US Department of Commerce set a tax of 7.41% on imports of phosphate fertilizer from Morocco and Russia, which is a decrease from the previous rate of 19.97%.  The...

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Illinois FFA Chapters Water Testing Challenge Winners Announced

Tara Desmond

January 18th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Conservation

For the 2nd year IL Corn partnered with Illinois Soybean Association to offer the Water Testing Challenge to all Illinois FFA chapters.  This hands on educational program challenged students to...

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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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Unified Front: Illinois Agricultural Leaders Pursue Common Policy Goals in 2024

Haley Bickelhaupt

January 12th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

The IL Corn Growers Association met today with leaders from agricultural organizations throughout the state to discuss policy goals for 2024.     The Illinois Agricultural Legislative Roundtable...

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Like the Year Before It, 2024 Will Be Filled with Challenges and Opportunities as We Advocate for Corn Grower Priorities

Brooke S. Appleton - National Corn Growers Association

January 11th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

The new year offers many opportunities on the policy front, and my staff and I will spend the year building on the successes of corn grower advocates from 2023.   Last year, we successfully...

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Capturing Generations of Farm Life - Winners Revealed in the 2nd Annual End of the Year Photo Contest

Tara Desmond

January 11th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

The winners of the 2nd annual end-of-the-year photo contest have been unveiled, showcasing the stories behind the camera. From the fields of Red Bud, IL, to the livestock farms of Morrisonville...

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Illinois Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Nominees

Sand County Foundation

January 10th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

Nominations and applications are now being accepted for the 2024 Illinois Leopold Conservation Award®.   The award honors farmers and forestland owners who go above and beyond in their...

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