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.

SENATE AG COMMITTEE UNVEILS ARC PROGRAM IMPROVEMENTS

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

Senator John Thune of South Dakota and Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio released a bipartisan piece of legislation today that would improve the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program in the next...

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UNDERSTANDING DRAFT MAP FMD PROGRAMS

April 24th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

One of agriculture’s priorities, as we help to craft and debate the next farm bill, is to increase the amount of funding for Market Access Programs and Foreign Market Development.  These programs...

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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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