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.

Time to Drain the Swamp as Elections Near? Not So Fast.

Brooke Appleton

October 4th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

There is just something about Washington that comes across swampy. During particularly brutal heatwaves, Washingtonians like to remind themselves that of course it’s hot; after all, the capital...

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IL Corn Partners with the Community High School Offering Agricultural Career Development Experience

Peter Metivier

September 28th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

Peter Metivier, a senior at Normal Community High School, has joined the IL Corn team as a marketing intern during the fall semester. This is a unique opportunity for IL Corn to offer real world...

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20 Quotes From IL Farmers

Tara Desmond & Shae Ruppert

September 19th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

We know how many hats farmers wear but do you? Agronomist, mechanic, economist, teacher, communicator, advocator, supervisor, environmentalist, veterinarian, entrepreneur are just some (and that...

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IL CORN: VALUED PARTNER IN TWO USDA FUNDED CLIMATE-SMART PROPOSALS

Lindsay Mitchell

September 14th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Today, IL Corn celebrates being named as a valued partner in multiple projects funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Partnerships for Climate-Smart...

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Raben Elected As MAIZALL Director Representing U.S. Grains Council

Maizall / U.S. Grains Council

September 8th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB

On Sept. 1, Jim Raben, a past U.S. Grains Council (USGC) chairman and grain farmer from Illinois, was elected by the Council’s board of directors as director for MAIZALL – the international maize...

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3 Tips to Stay Sane During Harvest

Megan Dwyer, Farmer, Henry County

September 7th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

3 Tips from Seys Farms Like any farm household, spring and fall are not only times to relish in the changing of the seasons but hopefully reaping the bounty of your hard work and blessings of the...

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IL Corn and IL Soybean Association are working on bringing the Aldo Leopold Conservation Award to Illinois

Tara Desmond

September 7th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Precision Conservation Management

The Leopold Conservation Award recognizes farmers, ranchers and forestland owners in 24 states for their efforts to improve soil health, water quality and wildlife habitat on their working land....

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Illinois Corn Marketing Board Elects Officers

Tara Desmond

September 1st, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB

Jim Reed, a farmer from De Land, Illinois, was elected by his peers to serve as Chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) for the 2022-23 term.   Reed, a Piatt County farmer, has...

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News Release - Gov. Pritzker Announces Proactive Steps Taken to Increase Gas Supply After BP Oil Refinery Fire

Office of Governor JB Pritzker

August 30th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA

Illinois and neighboring states granted emergency federal fuel waiver from EPA; Illinois corn farmers will provide the needed fuel through ethanol production   SPRINGFIELD — Governor Pritzker...

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Vilsack and Duckworth Discuss a Clean-Energy Future with Corn-Based Ethanol

Lindsay Mitchell

August 23rd, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth met in central Illinois today to discuss corn-based ethanol and its ability to contribute...

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Dan Meyer Elected to District 12

Tara Desmond

August 19th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

Three of our Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) members ended their term on July 31st.  We said thank you and not goodbye to them and are now starting to welcome three new board...

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Steve Fourez Elected to District 6

Tara Desmond

August 11th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB

Three of our Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) members ended their term on July 31st.  We said thank you and not goodbye to them and are now starting to welcome three new board...

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A Modern Farmer

Shae Ruppert

August 4th, 2022  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Conservation

Farming is a constantly evolving practice, and technology within the industry has always been an integral part of a farmer’s success. The technology available to farmers today has allowed us to...

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Reaching & Teaching Consumers in IL

Tara Desmond

August 2nd, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Ethanol |  Public Outreach

What is Unleaded 88? 87? What's all this about E15?  Many people are still confused about what's in their gas and myths still run wild throughout the world on ethanol.  IL Corn works hard to...

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To Successfully Shape 2023 Farm Bill, Corn Growers Encouraged to Build Bridges with Groups Outside of the Ag Community

Brooke Appleton

July 27th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

After Abraham Lincoln became president in 1861, he appointed to his cabinet the very opponents he had vanquished in the bitter and hard-fought battle for the Republican nomination the year before....

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Not Goodbye but Thank you to some Illinois Corn Marketing Board Members

Tara Desmond

July 27th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

July 31st is bittersweet for the Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) as we transition some amazing ag leaders off the board.  The board terms for ICMB are 9 years but most board members give more...

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Senate Introduces Transformational Bill to Improve the Environment while Reducing Fuel Costs: Next Generation Fuels Act (NGFA)

Tara Desmond

July 26th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

In a step forward for energy security, the environment and the nation’s consumers, Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), with the support of Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and...

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HOUSE PASSES FISCAL YEAR 2023 MINIBUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL ENERGY & WATER DEVELOPMENT BILL INCLUDED

Waterways Council, Inc.

July 21st, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Locks and Dams

Today, the House passed a Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 minibus appropriations package by a vote of 220 yeas to 207 nays. The package included six appropriations bills: Agriculture,...

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Opportunities and Challenges in Washington, DC

Lindsay Mitchell

July 21st, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

Your IL Corn Growers Association farmer leaders hit Capitol Hill last week during a fly-in to Washington, DC, our first since March 2020. A significant number of things had changed in the capitol...

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Statement: International Trade Commission Will Not Impose Nitrogen Fertilizer Tariffs

Lindsay Mitchell

July 18th, 2022  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Upon hearing news at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled today against imposing tariffs on nitrogen fertilizers imported from Russia and Trinidad and Tobago, IL Corn Growers...

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