Farm policy impacts our members, their farms, and their families
Our overarching goal is to promote policy that drives corn demand, as demand will ultimately help family farmer profitability.
Our specific priorities are:
Ethanol policies like clearing up the Renewable Volume Obligation issue and maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard will ensure the health of the ethanol market.
Trade policies like new free trade agreements and new investment in international markets will provide new avenues to sell Illinois corn.
Secure funding for the Navigational Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP) which will enable new and upgraded locks and dams along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. This relates to our second priority, as adequate infrastructure is needed to ship more corn overseas.
Preserve a robust and sustainable crop insurance for U.S. farmers to help them manage weather risk. Our members tell us that crop insurance is working to keep them in business.
IL Corn Top Priority Discussed in D.C.
Representative Jonathan Jackson (D-1) questioned witnesses about funding the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program during a House Agriculture Subcommittee...More
Corn Growers Are Heard Through Congressional Hearings
Spring is proving to be a busy time between corn planting and grower leaders taking full advantage of every opportunity to talk about our priorities for the farm bill. The farm bill, which...More
IL Corn Advocates Ethanol Incentive Before State Senate Revenue Committee
IL Corn Director of Public Policy Brad Stotler testified last week in Springfield before the Senate Revenue Committee on SB 1869, legislation sponsored by Sen. Pat Joyce to incentivize fuels with...More
Rep. Mary Miller Cosponsors Bill Supporting Trade Funding in Upcoming Farm Bill
Representative Mary Miller cosponsored the “Agriculture Export Promotion Act of 2023” (H.R.648) this week, a bill that is a top priority for the IL Corn Growers Association. The bill supports...More
IL Corn Supports Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act was introduced today, cosponsored by Illinois Congressman Mike Bost, to protect Americans’ freedom of choice when purchasing...More
Legislative Team Strengthens Voice for Farmers
With fewer lawmakers representing rural America in Congress and in the state legislature, it is more important than ever for farmers to be well represented in Washington D.C. and at our state...More
New Year Brings Continued Negotiations with Mexico Over Biotech Corn Imports
As we enter 2023, we are reminded that we are now one-year out from the effective date of the decree banning most corn imports from the U.S. into Mexico. The National Corn Growers Association,...More
IL Corn Joins Farmer Leaders from Across the Country in Calling on Biden to Set Quick, Firm Timeline While Pressing Case on Biotech Corn with Mexico
Bloomington, IL – The presidents of 23 state corn grower groups, joined by the president of the National Corn Growers Association, sent a letter to President Biden today calling for him to take...More
The 2022 Mid-Term Elections Promises More of the Same in Washington – and That’s Not All Bad.
This year’s election results are still trickling in as of this writing, but there is one thing that is certain: while there will be some changes in Washington, for the most part, we’re going to...More
ICGA Submits Public Comments Supporting Continued Access to Atrazine
IL Corn is focused on helping farmers use conservation practices to improve soil health, reduce erosion, sequester carbon, and build a sustainable future for generations of future farmers. "Each...More
IL CORN: VALUED PARTNER IN TWO USDA FUNDED CLIMATE-SMART PROPOSALS
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Today, IL Corn celebrates being named as a valued partner in multiple projects funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Partnerships for Climate-Smart...More
To Successfully Shape 2023 Farm Bill, Corn Growers Encouraged to Build Bridges with Groups Outside of the Ag Community
After Abraham Lincoln became president in 1861, he appointed to his cabinet the very opponents he had vanquished in the bitter and hard-fought battle for the Republican nomination the year before....More
Senate Introduces Transformational Bill to Improve the Environment while Reducing Fuel Costs: Next Generation Fuels Act (NGFA)
In a step forward for energy security, the environment and the nation’s consumers, Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), with the support of Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and...More
Statement: International Trade Commission Will Not Impose Nitrogen Fertilizer Tariffs
Upon hearing news at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled today against imposing tariffs on nitrogen fertilizers imported from Russia and Trinidad and Tobago, IL Corn Growers...More
Duckworth Speaks with Illinois Corn Growers and Illinois Soybean Association
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) this week met with Illinois Corn Growers and Illinois Soybean Association members to discuss how she can continue to support our nation’s...More
EPA RESURRECTS RADICAL ATRAZINE PROPOSAL, THREATENS KEY SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS
In an unprecedented move, EPA today announced it is reopening the finalized reregistration of atrazine, putting this key crop protection tool and today’s carbon-smart farming practices at risk....More
Illinois Legislation Allows More Aggressive Development of IL Industrial Biotech Industry
Last week, the Illinois General Assembly sent a signal that Illinois is ready to designate itself as the premiere location for industrial biotechnology companies and innovation. SB 1693, the...More
USDA Announces PACE program for Illinois Farmers
WHAT Post Application Coverage Endorsement – An insurance product to cover the risk of not getting farmers in-season nitrogen applied. WHY Our internal data indicates the number...More
RSVP for next week listening sessions
The Illinois Corn Growers Association will hold in-person listening sessions throughout the state to help prepare for the 2023 Farm Bill. As a grassroots organization, we value farmer input...More
ICGA Evaluates Fertilizer Challenge on Behalf of Illinois Farmers
Last week, the IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) contacted Illinois representatives on the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Agriculture Committee to alert them of the concern we have...More