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.

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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JOIN FARM BILL EXPERTS THIS WEDNESDAY FOR #askACES

September 25th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Farm Policy

IL Corn understands the importance of Farm Bill legislation to your bottom line as a farmer. That's why we hosted listening sessions throughout the state last year to illuminate your concerns and...

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FIGURING OUT THE FARM BILL WITH #askACES

September 19th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Farm Policy

IL Corn understands the importance of Farm Bill legislation to your bottom line as a farmer. That's why we hosted listening sessions throughout the state last year to illuminate your concerns and...

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COMMUNICATING TO CONSUMERS

September 11th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

Millions of marketing dollars are spent yearly on trying to convince consumers that the agriculture industry is not the monster that media makes it out to be. How, with all this money being spent,...

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FARM PROGRESS SHOW 2017 A HUGE SUCCESS

August 31st, 2017  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

IL Corn is finishing out the week at Farm Progress Show and is very happy with the conversations with members and corn farmers we’ve seen.  New this year was a collaborative booth where IL Corn...

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FREE, CONFIDENTIAL WATER TESTING AVAILABLE AT FARM PROGRESS SHOW

August 30th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Best Management Practices

Illinois Corn Growers Association is offering farmers free water testing at the Farm Progress Show. The testing identifies a nitrate level in the water sample provided. The process is free of...

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LET’S TALK ABOUT CONSUMER CONVERSATIONS

August 21st, 2017  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

Stop for a moment and think about the number of acronyms or technical jargon you used all before your midday coffee. Now imagine that you grew up amidst skyscrapers and sidewalks and think about...

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TALK TO YOUR CONGRESSMAN

August 18th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Legislation & Regulation

Have you made an appointment with your Congressman yet? It’s the middle of the August in-district work session for all elected officials.  This is the time when they come back to their district,...

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#SEEDTOSPIRIT EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM REACHES 1.6 MILLION ON TWITTER

August 17th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

What do you get when you mix foodies, corn, Illinois Farm Families, and whiskey? You get millions of impressions on social media, that’s what. And those impressions were all positive for the...

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CONGRESS COMES HOME FOR AUGUST RECESS

July 31st, 2017  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Legislation & Regulation

Being a congressman is not an easy job.  After spending almost the entire summer in D.C. so far, our Illinois Congressmen are probably ready to be home.  Instead of being in D.C., on their...

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FIELDS-OF-CORN CONTEST ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

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

The National Corn Growers Association reminds photographers that they can help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the fourth annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this...

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SUMMER BREAK? NOT FOR ALL TEACHERS!

July 13th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

Summer vacation for teachers is supposed to be all about taking a break from the classroom, but not all Illinois teachers are doing just that this summer. Many teachers are using that precious...

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YEARS OF FLOOD AND YEARS OF DROUGHT

June 26th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach

One of the priorities Illinois corn farmers have asked us to focus on is to help bridge the gap between farmers and non-farmers.  When non-farmers feel connected to farmers, believe that they have...

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GREAT CRAFT WHISKEY STARTS WITH GREAT IL CORN

June 6th, 2017  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

  Photo Caption: Competition was stiff at the Heartland Whiskey Competition where more than 75 craft spirits, all made from corn, were evaluated by judges from the American Craft Spirits...

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OPEN HOUSE PLANNED FOR NEW MASON COUNTY HOG BARN

June 5th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Livestock |  Public Outreach

The IL Livestock Development Group (ILDG) and the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) are coordinating an Open House for a new 2,400 head wean-to-market hog barn for Andy Gathman east of...

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IL CORN SUPPORTS PORK POWER AND SO CAN YOU

June 1st, 2017  |  Today's News |  Livestock |  Public Outreach

Illinois Corn Marketing Board has been a long-time supporter of an Illinois Pork Producers Association program called Pork Power. In 2016, the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), along...

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IL CORN, IL PORK GIVE CHICAGO FOURTH GRADERS A FARM EXPERIENCE

May 23rd, 2017  |  Today's News |  Livestock |  Public Outreach

Your corn checkoff dollars are helping fourth graders in the Chicagoland area learn more about corn and livestock farming.  Here’s how! The Illinois Pork Producers Association, with funding from...

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