Who are Illinois corn farmers?

One of the priorities of IL Corn 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, we’re involved in, check out the following programs:

Illinois Farm Families: IL 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.

WIN FREE FUEL THROUGH LABOR DAY WEEKEND

June 13th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Ethanol |  Public Outreach

Each day from now through September 3, you could win $50 in free fuel simply for reporting the price you see for E85 and other ethanol blends in your local area.   The Renewable Fuels...

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CORNBELTERS SEASON OPENER THIS WEEK

May 10th, 2018  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

This week marks an important beginning of an educational effort in Central Illinois.    The Normal CornBelters will play their first game at home on May 11 and every visitor will be exposed to...

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SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR WOMEN

April 11th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

American Agri-Women Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarship was created to honor the memory of courageous and adventuresome pioneer women who...

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ICMB INTERNSHIP DEADLINE MAY 1

April 4th, 2018  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

The Illinois Corn Marketing Board is currently accepting applications for fall 2018 internships.  This is part of our effort to provide meaningful agricultural experiences to college students and...

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NCGA HOSTS TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT OVERVIEW

February 23rd, 2018  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

On Wednesday, February 21, the National Corn Growers Association hosted an overview of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted in late 2017 via a webinar. The professional staff of KCOE-ISOM, a national...

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NEW APP TO HELP FARMERS ENGAGE IN SOCIAL MEDIA NOW AVAILABLE

February 22nd, 2018  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (with support provided in part by the corn checkoff) is excited to announce the official launch of engAGe, a new mobile app. Through engAGe, users can stay...

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COMMODITY CLASSIC PARTNERS WITH FEEDING AMERICA FOR SECOND YEAR

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

ST. LOUIS (Feb. 21, 2018)— For the second year, Commodity Classic has selected Feeding America as its charity partner, providing farmers with an opportunity to help Set the Table™ for a...

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IL PORK SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION AVAILABLE FOR 2018-19

January 31st, 2018  |  Today's News |  Livestock |  Public Outreach

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Over $13,500 in scholarships are available through the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) this year. The application is now available on the IPPA website.    Each...

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BEEF INDUSTRY’S DIGITAL ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN BOOSTED BY ICMB/IBA INVESTMENT

January 29th, 2018  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Livestock |  Public Outreach

State beef councils continue to step up to extend digital advertising and promotion for beef across the country and this continues to be a priority area of investment for the Illinois Beef...

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RFA CO-TITLE SPONSORSHIP OF 2018 CRAPPIE MASTERS TOURNAMENT TRAIL BEGINS FRIDAY

January 24th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Ethanol |  Public Outreach

Originally released from Renewable Fuels Association: WASHINGTON - The 2018 season of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail kicks off later this week, with the Renewable Fuels Association signed...

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COMMONGROUND VOLUNTEER INTRODUCES CONSUMERS TO PLANT BREEDING INNOVATION

January 10th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

IL Corn is a new partner with the CommonGround initiative. Initially a cooperative program between the United Soybean Board and National Corn Growers Association, CommonGround is now supported at...

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KENT BLUNIER: MEDIA AWARD RECIPIENT

January 2nd, 2018  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Public Outreach

Bloomington, IL – The Illinois Corn Growers Association’s 2017 Excellence in Media Award was given to Kent Blunier, a farmer from Forrest, IL, at the ICGA Annual Meeting on November 21, 2017, at...

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FIND OUR COMMON GROUND: CONNECTING URBAN AND RURAL

December 29th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

Interested in some of the ways IL Corn and the National Corn Growers Association continue to reach out to non-farmers, telling the story of agriculture?   Look no further.  One important...

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GET READY FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER WITH AG MAGS!

December 28th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

Illinois Ag in the Classroom provides teachers important, interesting and even fun classroom curriculum on agriculture for free!  Make sure the teachers in your life have incorporated an Ag Mag...

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TEACHERS SHARING AG EDUCATION RECEIVE HONORS

December 18th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

IL Corn believes that agricultural education is an important component of every student’s experience. That’s why we invest your corn checkoff dollars with teachers around Illinois who are bringing...

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CORN PHOTO CONTEST DEADLINE APPROACHING

November 2nd, 2017  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

Enjoy photography? The National Corn Growers Association is hosting the fourth annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Using this contest, NCGA hopes to capture high-resolution photos of corn growth...

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GMOs PLAY A ROLE IN MY ROAD OUT OF POVERTY

October 17th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Biotechnology |  Public Outreach

IL Corn is a member of the Global Farmer Network: an advocacy group led by farmers from around the world who support free trade and farmers’ freedom to choose the tools, technologies, and...

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COMMONGROUND VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FARMER SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES

October 16th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

  CommonGround launched a new video highlighting how farmers care for the environment and why they take more and more steps to increase sustainability on their farms. The short piece and...

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1,500 PEOPLE VIRTUALLY TOUR A PIG FARM

October 6th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Livestock |  Public Outreach

At least 1,500 people participated in a virtual tour of a pig farm courtesy of the Illinois Pork Producers Association and Illinois Farm Families.  The video included a tour of multiple barns, a...

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IL TEACHERS LEARN BENEFITS OF ETHANOL

October 5th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom is helping teachers and students understand the benefits of domestically produced corn-based ethanol. One of their outreach opportunities is to create small...

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