Farm policy that 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:

  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.

CONGRESSWOMAN BUSTOS STANDS FIRM IN SUPPORT OF IL CORN FARM BILL PRIORITIES

April 20th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, made statements during the committee’s farm bill hearing this week that confirm her understanding of and support for IL...

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IL CORN SALUTES DAVIS, BOST FOR AMENDMENTS IN THE HOUSE AG COMMITTEE FARM BILL MARKUP

April 19th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Traditionally heralded as bipartisan legislation, the next farm bill will likely face some partisan politics that former farm bills didn’t experience to the same degree. That said, work on the...

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DRAFT FARM BILL RELEASED

April 16th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

The House Agriculture Committee released their first draft of the next Farm Bill last week and, most importantly, they did what you asked: the crop insurance title appears intact.   According to...

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PRESIDENT TRUMP PROMISES FARMER-PATRIOT SUPPORT IN TRADE DISPUTES

April 9th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

In a press gaggle held in conjunction with his cabinet meeting today, President Trump indicated that he understands farmers have a lot to lose when it comes to exports. The president specifically...

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DON’T JUST WATCH THE NEXT FARM BILL DEBATE

March 30th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Here in rural America, farmers have been talking, thinking, planning, and prioritizing for the next Farm Bill.  Though for a second, we wondered if it might have come in 2018, most experts now...

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BREAKING NEWS: WHITE HOUSE MEETING ON RFS POSTPONED

March 12th, 2018  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Over the weekend, IL Corn joined with the Illinois Soybean Association, asking you to call the president.  You called, and your voices were heard!    Still, the threat is not over.  The...

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FOREIGN COMPETITORS OUTSPEND U.S. 4 TO 1 ON AG EXPORT PROMOTIONS

March 6th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

U.S. agriculture is getting over-powered in marketing overseas by about 4 to 1, according to a new analysis of 2016 spending. And, it appears that foreign ag competitors are not backing off,...

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IL CORN JOINS IN UNANIMOUS SUPPORT OF RINS RESOLUTION

March 5th, 2018  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

IL Corn delegates joined the 124 corn-farmer delegates to the National Corn Growers Association in unanimous support of a sense of the body resolution regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard...

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ICGA MEMBER UPDATE TO THE MARCH 1 RINS CALL TO ACTION

March 2nd, 2018  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Your Illinois Corn Growers Association board and staff are diligently working with the National Corn Growers Association, other state corn organizations and industry leaders to address this...

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IL CORN PLEASED TO SEE SENATE CONFIRM NORTHEY TO USDA POST

February 27th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Earlier today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm President Trump’s nomination of Bill Northey, presently serving as Iowa Agriculture Secretary, to be U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under...

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IL CORN FARMERS TAKE GRASSROOTS POLICY TO CORN CONGRESS

February 26th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy

Grassroots policy efforts brought forth by members of the Illinois Corn Growers Association at their annual policy meeting last November will be considered by the National Corn Growers Association...

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NCGA HOSTS TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT OVERVIEW

February 23rd, 2018  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

On Wednesday, February 21, the National Corn Growers Association hosted an overview of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted in late 2017 via a webinar. The professional staff of KCOE-ISOM, a national...

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PERDUE: RURAL AMERICA WILL SEE MAJOR BENEFITS FROM INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN

February 20th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Locks and Dams |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

An op-ed by US Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue concerning the recently proposed infrastructure plan by the Trump Administration. Originally published by Des Moines Register...

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PRESERVING AND UPDATING NAFTA IS CRUCIAL FOR AMERICA'S FARMERS

February 12th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Originally published by AgWeek: From new seeds to improved equipment, farming practices have been vastly upgraded over the past two decades. However, while these modern tools have undoubtedly...

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AMERICANS FOR FARMERS & FAMILIES TALK NAFTA IMPACT WITH IOWA SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY

February 7th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Trade continues to be a major factor in a farmer's bottom line. With the uncertainty that reigns during NAFTA and other trade agreement negotiations, Americans for Farmers & Families (AFF) sought...

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IL CORN CONGRATULATES IL FSA COMMITTEE APPOINTEES

January 5th, 2018  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a slate of Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Committee Appointees. According to the USDA press release, “State committees are selected...

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#NEXTFARMBILL PRIORITIES FROM HOUSE AG COMMITTEE

December 20th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Following a series of listening sessions held all over the nation – one of which was held in Illinois at the Farm Progress Show in August – the House Ag Committee is now working to bring awareness...

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PLANNING TO USE NEW-FORMULATION DICAMBA NEXT YEAR? TRAINING IS NOW REQUIRED

December 19th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices |  Farm Policy

Illinois Corn Growers Association knows that many of you are thinking about applying one of the three commercially available new-formulation dicamba mixes in 2018. But did you know that to legally...

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IL CORN ENCOURAGES FARMERS TO COMPLETE AG CENSUS

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

It only happens every five years, and much can change during that time. The data is used in many ways, including in shaping policies that impact rural America and your local community. We’re...

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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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