The development of farm policy that impacts our farmer members, their farms, and their families, is a priority for Illinois Corn Growers Association.

Our overarching goal is to promote policy that drives corn demand, as demand will ultimately help family farmer profitability.

For 2017, the specific priorities that we believe will help are:

  1. Ethanol policies like clearing up the Renewable Volume Obligation issue and maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard will ensure the health of the ethanol market.

  2. Trade policies like new free trade agreements and new investment in international markets will provide new avenues to sell Illinois corn.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 ENCOURAGES FARMERS TO COMPLETE AG CENSUS

December 15th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy |  Additional Research

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UNDERSTANDING FOOD INSECURITY AND THE FARM BILL

December 1st, 2017  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy

Did you know that poverty rates are higher in rural areas than in urban areas? Did you know the rate of rural Americans relying on SNAP (food stamps) is higher than urban American rates? The...

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IL CORN CONGRATULATES DOUG WILSON AS NEW IL RURAL DEVELOPMENT HEAD

November 30th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

The Trump Administration recently appointed Douglas Wilson as the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in Illinois. Mr. Wilson began his new role on Monday, Nov. 13. Earlier this year,...

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PLAN TO ATTEND FARM ASSETS CONFERENCE, ICGA ANNUAL MTG

November 8th, 2017  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Farm Policy

Mark your calendar to spend the day in Bloomington-Normal on Tuesday, November 21. First thing that morning, the Illinois Corn Growers Association will hold its annual meeting. Following that at...

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GOVERNOR RAUNER SIGNS IL CORN SUPPORTED HARVEST EMERGENCY DECLARATION

November 6th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

In an on-farm ceremony yesterday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced the signing of the so-called Harvest Emergency Declaration, which effectively allows farmers to load 10% extra weight...

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IL CORN URGES RAUNER TO CONSIDER HARVEST EMERGENCY

October 31st, 2017  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy

Last week, the Illinois Corn Growers Association and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board joined several other Illinois commodity groups in urging Governor Bruce Rauner to declare a Harvest Season...

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION USDA NOMINEES START AT USDA

October 19th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

After what has seemed like an unusually lengthy process, some key positions are beginning to be filled at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Just last week, Secretary Perdue administered the...

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JOIN FARM BILL EXPERTS THIS WEDNESDAY FOR #askACES

September 25th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Farm Policy

IL Corn understands the importance of Farm Bill legislation to your bottom line as a farmer. That's why we hosted listening sessions throughout the state last year to illuminate your concerns and...

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FIGURING OUT THE FARM BILL WITH #askACES

September 19th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Farm Policy

IL Corn understands the importance of Farm Bill legislation to your bottom line as a farmer. That's why we hosted listening sessions throughout the state last year to illuminate your concerns and...

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SEPTEMBER 30 DEADLINE LOOMING FOR MARGIN PROTECTION INSURANCE SIGN UP

September 15th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy

Farmers have just over two weeks left to sign up for a new crop insurance product called Margin Protection (MP). The new product pays when a harvest revenue-cost margin is below a guaranteed...

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NET FARM INCOMES EVEN LOWER IN 2017

August 16th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy |  Additional Research

According to University of Illinois economist Gary Schnitkey, net farm incomes in 2017 will be down from 2016 incomes unless grain prices respond to lower yields. Of course, there will be...

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IL CORN LEADERS SPEAK WITH USDA SECRETARY PERDUE

August 7th, 2017  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Four Illinois Corn Growers Association leaders met with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today as he made visits as part of his RV Tour of the Midwest. The five-state RV tour...

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SENATE APPROPS PROVIDES FULL FUNDING TO FMD PROGRAM

July 26th, 2017  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its FY ’18 agriculture appropriations bill, which provides full funding of $34.5 million for the Foreign Market Development Program...

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REVIEW OF PRESIDENT’S BUDGET AND CROP INSURANCE

June 2nd, 2017  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

As you know, the Trump Administration released its Fiscal Year 2018 Budget last week. It calls for major reductions in federal spending to help secure the goal of substantial debt...

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CROP INSURANCE ISN’T JUST FOR CORN AND BEANS

April 3rd, 2017  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy

The negotiations regarding the next farm bill are right around the corner. Talk about policy for the 2018 Farm Bill is already underway on the Hill, with special interest groups chiming in from...

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IOWA FARMERS GET GOOD NEWS IN WATER LAWSUIT

January 30th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy

The Iowa Supreme Court sent down answers to the certified questions it was asked regarding Drainage District law in Iowa last Friday, a move that is widely considered as favorable for the...

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FARMERS: VOICE YOUR FARM BILL CONCERNS WITH ONLINE SURVEY

January 18th, 2017  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Farm Policy

Farmers, IL Corn needs you. We want to hear your thoughts concerning the next farm bill. We held in-person sessions across the state, but there’s still a chance for you to contribute. Take this...

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