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:

  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.

THINKING ABOUT SIGNING UP FOR THE MARKET FACILITATION PROGRAM?

October 5th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

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...

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CONCERNS GROW THAT FARM BILL WILL EXPIRE

September 24th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy

If you checked in with us last week, you might have heard the IL Corn Executive Director tell us that there’s a risk farmers might lose trade program funding if the Farm Bill expires on September...

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FARMERS WORRY ABOUT TRADE FUNDING GAP

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

We are officially ten days away from the Farm Bill 2014 expiration date.  On September 30, farmers are operating under no farm policy, unless Congress either finalizes a new bill or extends the...

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THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF THE PROPOSED TRADE UPDATE WITH MEXICO

August 31st, 2018  |  Today's News |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

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...

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PERDUE ON TRUMP: HE WANTS SOMETHING TO GIVE TO THE REFINERIES

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

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...

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TRADE NEWS TODAY: USDA RELEASES TRADE AID PROGRAM DETAILS, DEAL BROKERED WITH MEXICO

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

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...

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ANSWER UPCOMING NASS SURVEYS; IT IMPACTS YOUR BOTTOM LINE

August 17th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Farm Policy |  Additional Research

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...

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EXPORT MARKET DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AT RISK

July 31st, 2018  |  Today's News |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Trade is becoming increasingly important to corn farmers, since nationally, we export upwards of 20% of our crop if you consider corn in all forms (corn, feed, DDGS, ethanol and livestock) and...

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SONNY PERDUE TO CHINA: YOU CANNOT BULLY OUR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS

July 25th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

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...

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ICGA STATEMENT ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TRADE AID PLAN

July 24th, 2018  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Farm Policy

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...

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EPA PROPOSED RULE HIDES AN INEVITABLE DROP IN ETHANOL INCLUSION RATES

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

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...

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PERDUE SAYS FARMERS ARE PATRIOTS BUT PATRIOTISM DOESN’T PAY BILLS

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

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...

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FARM BILL PASSES SENATE – AND YOUR INPUT REQUESTED!

June 29th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

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...

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HOUSE PASSES 2018 FARM BILL

June 22nd, 2018  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

We may just get a farm bill in 2018.   Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a very partisan farm bill that makes minor updates to farm programs, creates a vaccine bank for...

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WHAT EXACTLY DOES THE SENATE’S FARM BILL DRAFT SAY?

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

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...

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THE FUTURE OF THE FARM BILL DEBATE

May 22nd, 2018  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

After the failure of the Farm Bill (H.R. 2) on a 198 to 213 vote this past Friday, a motion to reconsider was filed.  The House has several days to act on that motion to reconsider, but it’s...

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URGENT FARM BILL UPDATE

May 17th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

The House Rules Committee last night decided on the list of amendments that would be allowed for floor debate on the next farm bill. You can find the current farm bill legislation, H.R. 2 –...

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ICGA OPPOSES FARM BILL AMENDMENTS THAT HARM CROP INSURANCE

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

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...

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FARM BILL VOTE EXPECTED THIS WEEK.

May 14th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway plans to bring the farm bill to the floor this week, despite a whip count that indicates he doesn’t have enough members to vote for the bill.   This farm...

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HELP US DEFEND HARVEST PRICE OPTION IN CROP INSURANCE

May 1st, 2018  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

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...

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