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.

IL Corn Sponsors 2023 Competition for Illinois’ Best Whiskey

Lindsay Mitchell

April 27th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

Craft distilleries in Illinois will once again compete for top honors at a national whiskey tasting competition sponsored by IL Corn Marketing Board. The 2023 Heartland Whiskey Competition is the...


IL Corn Announces Scholarship Recipients

Tara Desmond

April 20th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Public Outreach

Five scholarships will be awarded from IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) this year.  Included with the scholarship, recipients will also get a free one-year ICGA membership.   “We are thrilled...


We are 96% Campaign Launches Phase Two

Lindsay Mitchell

April 7th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Public Outreach

The statewide “We are the 96%” campaign launched phase two this past week, with TV ads, radio ads, and digital ads hitting screens all over Illinois. The paid portion of the campaign runs April 1...