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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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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