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.

*Data from 09/2020 - 09/2021

Why I Chose Ag

Breanne Gullidge

June 28th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

This is a question I have received countless times while embarking on my college journey. Agriculture is one of the largest, most diverse industries in the United States and what makes me think...


As July Ushers Heat and Controversial Issues into the Nation’s Capital, I am looking forward to a Cool Corn Congress

Brooke Appleton

June 28th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

As news events such as Roe v. Wade and gun legislation have been dominating much of the debate in Washington this summer, we at the National Corn Growers Association have been working to attract...


10 Facts You May Not Know About the Dairy Industry

Shae Ruppert

June 23rd, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Livestock |  Public Outreach

Dairy farmers are some of the hardest working people in our country. Tirelessly dedicating each long day to their cattle and to producing milk for consumers. Now is an even more important time...


Primaries Are Next Week; ICGA Is Getting To Know Your Candidates

Lindsay Mitchell

June 23rd, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

Primary elections are next week and if the campaign postcards and flyers in our mailbox are any indication, we’re in for an exciting evening on Tuesday night!   Your IL Corn Growers Association...


ICGA Looks Forward to Celebrating 50 Years of Service to Farmers in August

Lindsay Mitchell

June 16th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

Save the date: the IL Corn Growers Association will celebrate 50 years of service to farmers on August 8, 2022 in Bloomington at the DoubleTree Hotel.   The IL Corn Growers Association was...


Precision Conservation Management Releases 2022 Conservation and Financial Data

Lindsay Mitchell

June 8th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

Precision Conservation Management (PCM), a program of IL Corn and the Illinois Soybean Association, released their annual “Business Case for Conservation” this month in the Prairie Farmer...


Using Corn Starch on the Farm (or anywhere!)

Breanne Gullidge

June 6th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

When walking out of the house it is hard to grab everything we may need throughout the day. It would be much simpler if there was a product that simple did it all. Corn starch can be the answer to...


Welcome New Summer Interns

Tara Desmond

June 2nd, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

Great news at IL Corn, we have two new interns that have swung into action. This duo has already started pitching in to some priorities at IL Corn.  Here's a little bit about Breanne Gullidge and...


Illinois Farm Families Invites Families to Connect at Chicago’s Taste of Randolph

June 2nd, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

Illinois Farm Families® (IFF), a group of farmer volunteers committed to providing accurate information about what happens on today’s farms, are inviting Chicago families to stop by and visit with...


Even with Unprecedented Events in Washington, Good News Abounds for Farmers, Though Challenges Also Lay Ahead

Brooke Appleton

May 27th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

I have spent close to 20 years living and working in our nation’s Capital, and I have never seen the number of unprecedented events here that we’ve seen over the last year. From the war in...


Illinois Farm Families® farmer trust-building program wins national award


May 25th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

The Illinois Farm Families (IFF) Coalition’s consumer engagement campaign to build trust in Illinois farmers and their farming practices was the recipient of the Public Relations Society of...


Corn Growers Weigh-In on Redefining WOTUS

Bryan Goodman

May 25th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation

EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are holding ten regional roundtables to gauge the implications of recently proposed changes to the definition of Waters of the U.S.   Megan Dwyer, Director of...


Farmers Help Lower Gas Prices


May 23rd, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation

As Illinoisans begin their summer vacation travel, one thing is on everyone’s mind: gas prices. A recent decision by the Biden administration allowing for the continued use of higher blends of...


Biden Visits Illinois Farm

Tara Desmond

May 11th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

Today, President Biden visited Kankakee, IL to address Russia’s war on Ukraine and the resulting price hike on food and the administration’s actions for additional tools and resources to support...


Farmers are the Foot Soldiers in the War Against Hunger

Motlatsi Musi: Pimville, South Africa

May 5th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Exports

Farmers are the foot soldiers in the war on hunger, and that never has been more apparent than it is in today in Ukraine.   As fighter jets soar overhead, bombs drop on cities, and tanks battle...


Illinois Senators Champion Cost-Share Change Enabling Lock Modernization

Lindsay Mitchell

May 5th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Locks and Dams |  Legislation & Regulation

Yesterday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously passed its Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022. The bill includes a cost-share shift offered by Senators Tammy...


Inland Waterways, Critical to Illinois and the Nation, Get Their Due

Rodney Weinzierl

May 3rd, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Locks and Dams |  Exports

If you drive over LaSalle’s Abraham Lincoln Memorial Bridge that spans the Illinois Waterway, you may look down to see barges being pushed by towboats, but probably don’t know exactly what is...


Conservation Corner - Myth Busters

Megan Dwyer

April 28th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

Myth: “Planting into cover crops just doesn’t work; it’s too cold for my herbicides to work so I can’t manage cover crops in the spring; if you don’t kill them early, they get out of control; all...


As Biden Steps Up for Farmers, Corn Growers Work to Advance Legislation on Ethanol

Brooke S. Appleton

April 22nd, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

It was like a scene out of a Hollywood movie. Just as it looked as though the oil industry had succeeded in ending consumer access to higher levels of ethanol – a biofuel that is environmentally...


Illinois Corn Farmers Approve Increased Checkoff Investment

Tara Desmond

April 21st, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB

  Illinois corn farmers voted in favor of increasing the corn checkoff rate established in the Illinois Corn Marketing Act in a vote held March 29, 2022, according to Illinois Department of...