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.

New Campaign Showcases Corn's Versatility

Dan Obert

September 15th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

New Campaign Showcases Corn’s Versatility A new marketing campaign highlighting corn’s versatility rolled out this past month. The ads help those living in cities better understand one of...

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IL Corn Partners with WIU in Soil Bucket Program for Third Year

Lindsay Mitchell

July 6th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Conservation

IL Corn Partners with WIU in Soil Bucket Program for Third Year For the third year in a row, the Western Illinois University School of Agriculture is partnering with the Illinois Corn Marketing...

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New IFF Video Featuring Farmers Investing in Pollinator Habitat

Lindsay Mitchell

July 1st, 2020  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Conservation

New IFF Video Featuring Farmers Investing in Pollinator Habitat   Today, Illinois Farm Families (IFF) released a third video in their “Innovation Grows Here” series, highlighting how Illinois...

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IL Corn Donates over $600 to FFA Thanks to Farmer Water Testing Engagement

Lindsay Mitchell

June 17th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Conservation

IL Corn donated $635 to Illinois FFA chapters, a result of Illinois farmers testing water supplies on their farms for nitrates.   The program focused on raising awareness on Illinois farms of...

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Illinois Farm Families Facilitates Farmer-Nonfarmer Conversations During COVID-19

Lindsay Mitchell

April 29th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

Farmers have an important role to play helping non-farmers understand food and food systems during the current global pandemic. Illinois Farm Families is helping.   Through Illinois Farm...

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Illinois corn farmers go on offense during the big game

January 29th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

BLOOMINGTON, ILL., January 28, 2020 – During the biggest game in football, IL Corn is going on offense to remind consumers around the state that Illinois runs on homegrown corn.   Viewers in...

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ILLINOIS FARM FAMILIES BIOPLASTIC VIDEO

January 7th, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

 Across the globe a million water bottles are bought every minute with 91% never being recycled. We have come to realize we use too much plastic. Now is the time to switch to renewable resources....

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INNOVATION GROWS HERE: GROWING BIOFUELS

Lindsay Mitchell

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

Tricia Braid

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

Lindsay Mitchell

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

Lindsay Mitchell

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

Lindsay Mitchell

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

Tricia Braid

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

Lindsay Mitchell

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

Lindsay Mitchell

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

Lindsay Mitchell

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

Lindsay Mitchell

December 18th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Conservation

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

Lindsay Mitchell

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

Lindsay Mitchell

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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