Who are Illinois corn farmers?

One of our priorities is to help non-farmers understand who you are and what you do. We’ve focused quite a few our efforts in Chicago, knowing from research that consumers in Chicago are particularly disengaged from the agriculture going on downstate and that their votes impact your farms and families.

For a general overview of the outreach that we’re involved in, check out the following programs:

Illinois Farm FamiliesIL Corn provides this program in coalition with IL Beef, IL Milk, IL Pork, IL Soybean Associations, and the IL Farm Bureau to talk with Chicago moms and give them on-farm experiences.

Illinois Runs on HomeGrown Corn: This program gives non-farmers the opportunity to “visit” a farm using the newest technology!  We’re using virtual reality viewers and 360-degree filming technology to produce on-farm videos throughout the growing season.

CornBelters: IL Corn tests messages locally and attempts to change opinions in our own college town of Normal, IL by working with the Normal CornBelters.

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Association: Through the National Corn Growers Association, IL Corn participates in this national collaborative, bringing factual information about agriculture to anyone who wants to know more.  This partnership also brought you the documentary, Farmland.

INNOVATION GROWS HERE: GROWING BIOFUELS

November 5th, 2019  |  Today's News |  Ethanol |  Public Outreach

This exciting new video starts a conversation about biofuels: how they can save us from diminishing fossil fuels, how they clean our are, how they are locally grown and saving rural...

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ILLINOIS’ HOMEGROWN CORN PROVIDES SUSTAINABILITY FOR GENERATIONS

February 22nd, 2019  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Public Outreach

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Thanks to the diligence and hard work of Illinois corn farmers, Illinois corn remains the state’s leading agricultural product. The impacts of homegrown corn stretch far and...

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CHECK OUT IL CORN’S FFA JACKET FEATURE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

February 19th, 2019  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Public Outreach

If you’re a current FFA member, FFA alum, or just a supporter of what the FFA program in Illinois does for our youth, you’ll want to check out the FFA Jacket feature IL Corn is running on our...

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GRASSROOTS ACTION HELPS ICGA MAINTAIN VALUABLE RELATIONSHIPS WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS

February 15th, 2019  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Legislation & Regulation

Every year, members tell us that their number one reason for belonging to the Illinois Corn Growers Association is because “it’s the right thing to do.”  The number two reason – for representation...

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COME WORK WITH US: IL CORN SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

February 12th, 2019  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

The Illinois Corn Growers Association and Illinois Corn Marketing Board are excited to announce three summer internships for college students in a two- or four-year college or university.  Come...

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NEW FACT SHEET HIGHLIGHTS ORGANIC AND CONVENTIONAL PRODUCTION

February 7th, 2019  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

It will be spring, sooner or later, and with it will come the opportunity to have discussions for the choices you make on your corn farm. Consumers remain very interested in where their food comes...

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IL CORN FARMER DIRK RICE FEATURED AS SUSTAINABILITY LEADER

January 24th, 2019  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

Dirk Rice, a corn farmer from Philo, IL and an Illinois Corn Marketing Board Director, is currently featured on www.watchusgrow.org as a sustainability leader in the industry.   Watchusgrow.org...

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IL CORN BY THE NUMBERS FEATURE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

January 16th, 2019  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

Get to know more about your association with the January “IL Corn By the Numbers” feature on all IL Corn social media platforms!   Throughout this month, we’re helping you get a better picture...

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MIKE ADAMS: MEDIA AWARD RECIPIENT

December 28th, 2018  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Public Outreach

Bloomington, IL – The Illinois Corn Growers Association’s 2018 Excellence in Media Award was given to Mike Adams, a radio broadcaster of the syndicated program Adams on Agriculture, at the ICGA...

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STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT SOIL HEALTH THROUGH AITC

December 18th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Best Management Practices

Students in Monroe Center, IL, a village in Ogle County, learned about soil health, soil erosion, and nutrient runoff earlier this month through programming provided by Illinois Ag in the...

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CORN FARMERS FEEDING THE HUNGRY, DONATE PORK TO MIDWEST FOODBANK

December 6th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Livestock |  Public Outreach

Illinois corn farmers, together with farmer leaders from the Illinois Pork Producers Association and Illinois Soybean Association donated 10,000 pounds of pork to the Midwest Foodbank last...

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JOIN THE ICGA ADVOCACY TEAM

December 3rd, 2018  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Public Outreach

The Illinois Corn Growers Association is offering a new service to members and non-members that want to be a part of our advocacy team.   Anyone that wants to help can text ILCORN to 52886 and...

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FIELDS-OF-CORN SUBMISSIONS DUE TOMORROW!

November 29th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

Enter your favorite photo in the National Corn Growers Association’s Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest and win $500!   NCGA invites amateur and professional photographers alike to help tell the story...

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AGRICULTURE SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE FROM NCGA AND BASF, DEADLINE DECEMBER 1

November 26th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation will award five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in any field.   Scholarship recipients...

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ILLINOIS PORK, CORN, SOYBEAN GROUPS DONATE 6,400 POUNDS OF PORK TO CENTRAL ILLINOIS FOODBANK

November 19th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Livestock |  Public Outreach

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – As part of the 10th anniversary of Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois campaign, the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), Illinois Corn Marketing Board,...

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ENTER YOUR FAVORITE PHOTO BY NOVEMBER 30!

November 16th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

Enter your favorite photo in the National Corn Growers Association’s Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest and win $500!   NCGA invites amateur and professional photographers alike to help tell the story...

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AGRICULTURE SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE FROM NCGA AND BASF, DEADLINE DECEMBER 1

November 7th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation will award five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in any field.   Scholarship recipients...

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CURIOUS WHAT YOUR ASSOCIATION IS UP TO?

October 24th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

Harvest is done early this year, which means this is the year to find out more about your Illinois Corn Growers Association at our annual meeting on November 20, 2018, in Normal, IL at the...

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CRAPPIE MASTERS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS: 'NEVER HESITATE' WHEN FILLING UP WITH ETHANOL

October 2nd, 2018  |  Today's News |  Ethanol |  Public Outreach

ST. LOUIS - The 2018 Crappie Masters Tournament Trail concluded last week with the National Championship at Truman Lake in Clinton, Mo. Two, 21-year-old Missouri natives were the winners of the...

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CHECK OUT IL CORN’S FACEBOOK FOR NEW SERIES “CAB CONFESSIONALS”

September 21st, 2018  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

This weekend, you’ll want to take the time to hear the first live-from-the-combine-cab update from the IL Corn Executive Director Rodney Weinzierl on the IL Corn Facebook page at...

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