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.

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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