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 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.

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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WURMNEST NAMED FIELD TO MARKET SPOTLIGHT FARMER OF THE YEAR

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

Mike Wurmnest of Deer Creek, Illinois was named the Field to Market Spotlight Farmer of the Year for 2018.  Mike is joined by four other farmers from across the nation to join in this...

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OPEN HOUSE PLANNED FOR NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART HORACE FEED MILL

August 20th, 2018  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Livestock |  Public Outreach

The Equity is hosting an Open House for their new state-of-the-art Horace feed mill on Wednesday, August 22 from 12:00 – 3:00 PM. A free pork sandwich, chips, and drink will be served starting at...

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WATERWAYS BUILD AMERICA

August 14th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

  Want to get in on the fun helping to bring attention to how important our river systems are to you and your family?  Get out your camera and submit a photo for the Waterways Build America...

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CORNBELTERS CELEBRATE BEEF NIGHT!

July 18th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Livestock |  Public Outreach

Last night was Beef Night at the Corn Crib in Normal, IL!   Thanks to the partnership between IL Corn and the CornBelters baseball team in Normal, many of our Illinois commodities get to put...

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DON'T FORGET TO SNAP SUMMER CORN PHOTOS FOR CASH PRIZES

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

The Illinois Corn Growers Association and National Corn Growers Association invite photographers, both amateur and professional, to help share our story of farming field corn in America through...

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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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