Exports are a growing opportunity. 

 

Making export growth a priority extends to the locks and dams priority (we need adequate infrastructure to move grain) and the ethanol priority (ethanol exports is a growing market). "Exports" is the place where many of our programs overlap.

 

IL Corn works with several important partners to accomplish our international export goals, including:

The Illinois corn checkoff increased their investment in the U.S. Meat Export Federation in 2021. That investment is starting to pay off.

Beef and pork export volumes and values are increasing, allowing livestock farmers in the U.S. to grow more livestock and feed more corn. In 2020, beef and pork exports used 530.5 million bushels of corn. At an average annual price of $3.52/bushel, beef and pork exports accounted for $1.87 billion in market value to the corn industry.

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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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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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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ICMB Efforts in Mexico Magnified by Rail Issues

Haley Bickelhaupt

December 28th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Livestock |  Exports |  Public Outreach |  Additional Research

Eighty-degree December weather is not ideal for grain storage on Steve Fourez’s farm in Fairmont, Illinois. Although hot weather and humidity poses challenges for grain sitting in bins, the IL...

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IL Corn Top 10 Videos

Tara Desmond

December 28th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB

IL Corn utilizes videos to captivate and connect with our audience communicating projects that enhance and position farmers to grow. The power of a narrative arc, inherent in storytelling, is...

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Top 20 Most Read IL Corn Stories 2023

Tara Desmond

December 27th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB

From the latest trends in clean energy initiatives to the challenges posed by ambitious fuel efficiency standards, check out our compilation of the top 20 most-read stories in IL Corn News in...

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We Are the 96% Campaign Finishes Strong in 2024

Lindsay Mitchell

December 14th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

  The We Are the 96% campaign brought to you by Illinois Farm Families will resume paid advertising opportunities in January and February 2024, concluding with a SuperBowl commercial for...

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FEDERAL, STATE WATER QUALITY REPORTS HIGHLIGHT AGRICULTURE’S PROGRESS IN REDUCING NUTRIENT LOSS

December 8th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation

Two new reports by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Hypoxia Task Force (HTF) and the Illinois’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) underscored Illinois farmers’ efforts to reduce...

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50,000 Pounds of Pork Donated to Regional Foodbanks

Illinois Pork Producers

December 7th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Livestock

As part of "Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois" campaign, one of the final ground pork donations of 2023 was made to the Midwest Food Bank.   Yesterday, Illinois Pork Producers...

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10 Gift Ideas to Support Farmers & Corn

Tara Desmond

December 5th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

Looking for some gift ideas this year that are corny? Check out these 10 and don't forget about the gift ideas from 2022 and 2021.     Shoes Powered By...

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IDOA “FALL COVERS FOR SPRING SAVINGS” CROP INCENTIVE PROGRAM RETURNS

Illinois Department of Ag

November 30th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation

Applications Accepted Starting December 15 with New Opportunity for Pre-Enrollment   Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is implementing its fifth year of the Fall Covers for Spring...

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IL Corn Celebrates Dr. Gary Schnitkey’s One Thousand Published FarmDoc Articles

Lindsay Mitchell

November 21st, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

Dr. Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois Professor in Agricultural and Consumer Economics, authored his one-thousandth article on FarmDoc Daily last month, a website created by the University of...

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Stewart Receives Randy Stauffer Stewardship Award from PCM

Rosalie Trump

November 21st, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

Jean Stewart received the Randy Stauffer Stewardship Award from the IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) at their annual meeting on November 21, recognizing his farm conservation work through the...

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50,000 Pounds of Pork Donated to 9 Regional Foodbanks

Illinois Pork Producers Association

November 16th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Livestock

As part of “Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois” campaign, the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) has donated 50,000 pounds of ground pork to 9 regional food banks in...

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Illinois Livestock Development Group Hires New Business Developer

Sierra Henry - Illinois Farm Bureau

November 16th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Livestock

Illinois Livestock Development Group (ILDG) has hired Justin Lewis as the organization’s business developer. In his new role, Lewis will identify and develop opportunities for the retention,...

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Meet IL Corn Marketing Board Chair Jon Rosenstiel

Tara Desmond

October 25th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICMB

IL Corn is made up of two farmer-led organizations that serve corn farmers in Illinois: IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and IL Corn Marketing Board (ICMB).   As the newly appointed board...

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