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 However, in the last 50 years, these locks and dams have become dilapidated and outdated.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.

 

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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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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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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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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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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Grassroots Advocacy in Action: IL Corn Farmer Leaders Influence Policy in DC

Lindsay Croke

March 19th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

Last week, eleven farmer leaders of IL Corn visited Washington, DC to build relationships with the Illinois congressional delegation, engage in conversations about issues impacting Illinois corn...

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Policymakers Must Take a Broader Approach to Reducing Tailpipe Emissions

February 23rd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Additional Research

America is in pursuit of a clean energy future, but to get there, our leaders must prioritize a solution that already exists at gas stations across the country.   Ethanol, made from corn...

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Put the BRAKES on HB1634

February 22nd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

This week, Illinois state lawmakers tried hitting the gas to incorporate California’s extreme vehicle emissions standards into the Midwest. HB1634 allows California to govern Illinois Vehicle...

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The Game in Washington that Rivals the Super Bowl

Brooke S. Appleton

February 15th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

This is the best February since last February. That’s because, like this time last year, my beloved Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl. Like millions of Americans, I was glued to the...

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GM Corn Ban Updates

February 9th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Biotechnology |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation

A timeline has formulated as efforts continue to resolve Mexico’s proposed ban on genetically modified (GM) corn for human consumption.    In December 2020, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López...

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Corn to Capitol: Bunting Serves Second Year as State Rep.

Haley Bickelhaupt

January 23rd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

An unconventional pathway to Springfield did not falter Jason Bunting’s steadfast support for agriculture as a freshman member of Illinois’s General Assembly. Former IL Corn Grower...

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IL Corn Growers Association Monitoring Fertilizer Tariffs and 2024 Crop Budgets

Lindsay Croke

January 19th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation

Bloomington – Last week, the US Department of Commerce set a tax of 7.41% on imports of phosphate fertilizer from Morocco and Russia, which is a decrease from the previous rate of 19.97%.  The...

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Unified Front: Illinois Agricultural Leaders Pursue Common Policy Goals in 2024

Haley Bickelhaupt

January 12th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

The IL Corn Growers Association met today with leaders from agricultural organizations throughout the state to discuss policy goals for 2024.     The Illinois Agricultural Legislative Roundtable...

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Like the Year Before It, 2024 Will Be Filled with Challenges and Opportunities as We Advocate for Corn Grower Priorities

Brooke S. Appleton - National Corn Growers Association

January 11th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

The new year offers many opportunities on the policy front, and my staff and I will spend the year building on the successes of corn grower advocates from 2023.   Last year, we successfully...

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ICGA 2024 State and Federal Priorities

December 28th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

The IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) prides itself in representing it's membership's priorites at the highest levels in Springfield and Washington, D.C. As a new year approaches, ICGA will focus...

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ICGA Pleased with Acceptance of GREET; Looks to Monitor Changes

December 15th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

The U.S. Department of Treasury announced today that it will allow a modified version of the GREET model as a measurement for determining reductions in greenhouse gas emissions as the agency...

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