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.
Sign up for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) began on September 3, but if you haven’t made it to your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office yet to sign on the dotted line, rest assured that...More
President Trump announced earlier this week that he had reached agreement with Mexico on updates to the NAFTA agreement, although he then hinted that he might kill the NAFTA deal after all, if...More
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue spoke to corn and ethanol industry constituents this week at a rally to support the Renewable Fuel Standard, held at Progress City in...More
Breaking news today, all of which will impact Illinois and American corn farmers, is that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the details of the $12 billion trade aid package and...More
The confidential crop survey from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be arriving in the mailboxes of Southern farmers soon, and it is very important that recipients take the...More
U.S. Department of Agricultural officials held a press call on Tuesday to provide comment on President Trump’s recently announced $12 billion trade aid package, as it’s come to be known. In his...More
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Corn Growers Association President Aron Carlson, a farmer from Winnebago, Ill., released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s announcement of...More
Jonathan Coppess and Scott Irwin from the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics said it best in the title of their July 12, 2018, farmdoc daily article, so we...More
In a recent interview on CNBC’s SquawkBox, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue indicated that his Agency is studying the complex situation regarding how the Trump...More
Yesterday, the Senate passed a farm bill with a significantly smaller ordeal than the previous debate in the House. The bill passed as a bipartisan bill, and our number one priority – crop...More
If you’re a farmer who is interested in farm policy and the changes to the farm bill represented in the version passed out of the Senate Ag Committee last week, here’s an article that you won’t...More
The House Rules Committee met yesterday and approved the first 20 amendments that can be offered during the Farm Bill debate. These 20 were not controversial. The Committee is meeting again...More
Although the House Agriculture Committee prides itself on bipartisanship, lines were clearly drawn in the farm bill vote out of committee in April. The vote was 26-20, along party...More