Over 50% of IL corn is exported out of state.

Improving the Illinois, Mississippi, and Ohio River system has been an Illinois Corn Growers Association priority for almost 30 years. Waterways infrastructure gives Illinois farmers and other Illinois industries a competitive advantage over other states in transportation of grain and other agricultural products. However, in the last 50 years, these locks and dams have become dilapidated and outdated. The crumbling lock and dam system costs Illinois corn farmers every day in lost efficiency getting their product to global marketplaces. 

 

Improving our lock and dam system NOW is critical not only for Illinois farmers but also for all Illinois citizens, for our country, and for our world.

 

House Farm Bill Needs More Compromise as Conversations Continue

Lindsay Croke

May 24th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Farm Policy

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Today, upon hearing that the House Agriculture Committee passed a farm bill late yesterday, IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) President Dave Rylander, a farmer from Victoria,...

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USDA Awards Additional Millions to Build Agriculture Exports

Lindsay Croke

May 23rd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation

This week, the U.S. Grains Council received notice of additional funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture under its Regional Agriculture Promotion Program (RAPP). The award will disperse...

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Illinois Agriculture Collaborates to Make an Impact

May 23rd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Livestock |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Illinois agriculture worked together this week magnifying farmer voices on a collection of topics. Supporting the Livestock Industry Farmer led organizations signed a letter supporting...

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Payments without Production: Why Farmers Need a Mandatory Base Acre Update

Haley Bickelhaupt

May 22nd, 2024  |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Farm bill proposals in the United States House and Senate could build policies on a flawed foundation.   Since the 1980s, few things remain the same- including crops planted on American farm...

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Meet Grace May: Legislative Intern 2024

Grace May

May 16th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Grace is from Princeton, IL and is a rising senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently studying Agriculture and Consumer Economics with a concentration in Public...

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Corn Growers Focus on Opening Markets, Enforcing Trade Agreements

Brooke S. Appleton

May 9th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA

It’s an evening we all remember in the Washington office of the National Corn Growers Association and is now a familiar war story that is brought up often at our gatherings.   On a cold February...

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IL Corn Announces Scholarship Recipients

Tara Desmond

May 2nd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Public Outreach

  IL Corn proudly announces the recipients of its 2024 scholarships, marking another successful year in supporting the next generation of agricultural leaders.     "Entering our second year, we...

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New GREET Model Will Limit Availability of Cleaner Jet Fuel in the Short Term

May 1st, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

Illinois corn farmers are very concerned by the announcement from the U.S. Department of Treasury (USDOT) limiting corn-based ethanol's contribution to the decarbonization of the aviation...

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Conservation Practice Adoption a Focus During Rep Budzinski Visit to Illinois Farm

Lindsay Croke

April 25th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski visited the Bob and Mark Bunselmeyer Farm in Maroa, IL this week to learn more from Illinois farmers about conservation practice adoption. The visit featured an...

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Illinois Uniquely Positioned for SAF Production

Haley Bickelhaupt

April 24th, 2024  |  ICGA |  Ethanol

Illinois is uniquely positioned to lead the world in decarbonizing the aviation sector.   The Land of Lincoln is home to the feedstock, geology, production capability, airlines, and tax credits...

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Access to Higher Blends of Ethanol During Summer Months a Win for Illinoisans

April 19th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

Upon hearing the U.S. EPA announcement that it will issue a temporary waiver allowing access to lower-cost, lower-emission E15, the IL Corn Growers Association President Dave Rylander from...

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A Washington Filled with High Drama and Palace Intrigue

Brooke S. Appleton

April 18th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

Plots have thickened. Majorities have shrunk. The knives are out. It’s April in Washington but you would be forgiven for thinking it’s the Ides of March. Much like Julius Caesar, Speaker Mike...

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Maize Matters: Solid Solutions Require Showing Up

PAC Committee Chairman, Jim Reed

April 8th, 2024  |  ICGA

Outcomes are decided by those that show up.The success of teams in the recent NCAA basketball tournament (Go Illini) are directly related to the time and commitment spent preparing for this...

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Maize Matters: PAC Commitments Time, Treasure, Talent

April 8th, 2024  |  ICGA

Leon (Len) Corzine has many years under his belt as a leader and member of the IL Corn Growers Association.    Corzine has been involved with ICGA for 30 years and contributed his time and...

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Maize Matters: Springfield sparks for Farm Succession

April 8th, 2024  |  ICGA

A farm’s legacy is one of its most important aspects. No matter if you are a seventh-generation farmer or beginning a career in production agriculture, passing on a farm to the next generation is...

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Maize Matters : Declining Farm Economy, GROWing Political Impact

April 8th, 2024  |  ICGA

The IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is growing its political footprint in Washington, D.C. amidst concerns for the future of the farm economy.    In early March, ICGA called on Congress to...

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Corn Growers Against 2, 4-D Herbicide Tariffs

April 4th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

In an International Trade Commission (ITC) hearing today, National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Harold Wolle discouraged the agency from placing tariffs on the imported herbicide 2,...

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From Fields to Flight: IL Corn Plays Role in SAF Conference

Haley B

March 28th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Ethanol |  Additional Research

Seeds are being sown to position Illinois as a hub for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).  On March 21-22, IL Corn and the Illinois Manufacturing Association hosted the inaugural Sustainable...

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IL Corn Growers Association Responds to EPA Final Tailpipe Emissions Rule

March 28th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized their Tailpipe Emissions Rule last week, making the rule even a bit more stringent than originally proposed. IL Corn joined several groups in...

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As Spring Arrives, Washington Policymakers and Corn Grower Leaders Prepare for the Year Ahead

Brooke S. Appleton

March 21st, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

March is an important month in Washington. It’s the month that cherry blossoms bloom to the delight of city residents and tourists alike, and many outdoor activities, such as marathons, take off,...

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