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.
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Illinois fans tuning into this weekend’s big game may see some familiar faces in a new commercial featuring five Illinois farm families. The commercial, titled “Career Path,” will air during Super...More
Megan Dwyer, a valuable member of the IL Corn team, has clinched 4th place nationally in the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture competition. Megan's...More
National Corn Growers Association Lead Economist Krista Swanson remains optimistic despite overseas obstacles for United States corn exports. Drought in Central America and turmoil in the Middle...More
Capturing Generations of Farm Life - Winners Revealed in the 2nd Annual End of the Year Photo Contest
The winners of the 2nd annual end-of-the-year photo contest have been unveiled, showcasing the stories behind the camera. From the fields of Red Bud, IL, to the livestock farms of Morrisonville...More
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Discovering Illinois Family Farms: Chicago Social Media Creators Learn about Animal Welfare, Sustainability, and Innovation
This summer, a group of Chicago-based social media creators embarked on an eye-opening journey to three Illinois family farms in Kane County, gaining insights into the practices that make them...More
IL Corn and the Illinois Soybean Association are proud to showcase all the ways they are “Fueling Progress” during the Farm Progress Show, August 29-31 in Decatur, IL at Lot 605. The shared...More
IL Corn offers a summer intern program, Brianna Croft and Emily Bruch joined the small team by assisting the legislative, communications and marketing departments. Through real world...More
It seems like summer just gets started, then we hit the 4th of July and suddenly summer is on a rapid race to the finish line. While not having to make the 30 mile roundtrip for drop-off and...More
Field of Dreams (1989) - The entire film revolves around an Iowa cornfield, but some scenes were shot in Illinois corn fields as well in DuPage and Will County. Children of the Corn (1984) -...More
IL Corn is delighted to announce the successful culmination of its summer intern project with Illinois Ag in the Classroom, where interns passionately shared Corn 101 knowledge with teachers...More