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.

Old Data Could Limit Illinois’s Economy and Export Potential 

Haley Bickelhaupt

May 14th, 2024  |  Ethanol

Accurate scientific modeling could play an important role in Illinois’s economic impact.      Agriculture is poised to contribute larger financial gains for the state based on its capacity to...

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GREET Model is Key for Science-Based Climate Policy

Lindsay Croke

May 7th, 2024  |  Ethanol

If America’s goal is truly to decarbonize the transportation sector, the rules by which we determine which practices and products will accomplish the goal must be based on sound science.   On...

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A Farmers Guide to the GREET Model

May 2nd, 2024  |  Today's News |  Ethanol

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory’s GREET model is catching the eyes of not only airlines and policy gurus, but also midwestern corn farmers. The model is critical to...

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New GREET Model Will Limit Availability of Cleaner Jet Fuel in the Short Term

May 1st, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

Illinois corn farmers are very concerned by the announcement from the U.S. Department of Treasury (USDOT) limiting corn-based ethanol's contribution to the decarbonization of the aviation...

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Japanese Media Team Learn About Illinois Agriculture

April 25th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Ethanol

In a partnership between IL Corn and the U.S. Grains Council, 12 members of a Japanese media team toured Illinois this week, beginning in Chicago and traveling through McLean and Piatt County,...

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Illinois Uniquely Positioned for SAF Production

Haley Bickelhaupt

April 24th, 2024  |  ICGA |  Ethanol

Illinois is uniquely positioned to lead the world in decarbonizing the aviation sector.   The Land of Lincoln is home to the feedstock, geology, production capability, airlines, and tax credits...

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Access to Higher Blends of Ethanol During Summer Months a Win for Illinoisans

April 19th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

Upon hearing the U.S. EPA announcement that it will issue a temporary waiver allowing access to lower-cost, lower-emission E15, the IL Corn Growers Association President Dave Rylander from...

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From Fields to Flight: IL Corn Plays Role in SAF Conference

Haley B

March 28th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Ethanol |  Additional Research

Seeds are being sown to position Illinois as a hub for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).  On March 21-22, IL Corn and the Illinois Manufacturing Association hosted the inaugural Sustainable...

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IL Corn Growers Association Responds to EPA Final Tailpipe Emissions Rule

March 28th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized their Tailpipe Emissions Rule last week, making the rule even a bit more stringent than originally proposed. IL Corn joined several groups in...

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Inaugural Sustainable Aviation Fuel Conference Highlights Opportunity for Renewable Fuel to Lower Emissions and Transform Industries

March 21st, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICMB |  Ethanol |  Additional Research

Inaugural conference will discuss latest in scientific research, production, and logistics   The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA), in partnership with Intersect Illinois and the IL...

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New EPA Rule Ignores Ethanol as a Solution and Threatens Rural Economies

March 20th, 2024  |  Ethanol

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced their final climate rule on vehicle emissions standards for sedans and light- and medium-duty trucks. While this rule is supposed to...

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Coalition of Business, Labor, Agriculture Groups Unveil Landmark Legislation to Advance Carbon Capture and Storage in Illinois

March 14th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

IL Corn represents farmer members in discussions to promote ethanol market development and protect landowner rights   A coalition of business, labor and agriculture groups have united behind...

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Policymakers Must Take a Broader Approach to Reducing Tailpipe Emissions

February 23rd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Additional Research

America is in pursuit of a clean energy future, but to get there, our leaders must prioritize a solution that already exists at gas stations across the country.   Ethanol, made from corn...

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White House to Greenlight Year-Round E15 Availability by 2025: Midwest Governors' Request Answered, Promising Environmental and Economic Benefits

Lindsay Croke

February 22nd, 2024  |  ICGA |  Ethanol

The White House announced today that it will answer the April 2022 request of Governor Pritzker and seven other Midwest governors to make E15 available year round starting in 2025. E15 is a 15...

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Put the BRAKES on HB1634

February 22nd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

This week, Illinois state lawmakers tried hitting the gas to incorporate California’s extreme vehicle emissions standards into the Midwest. HB1634 allows California to govern Illinois Vehicle...

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IL Corn Thanks Lawmakers for Support of GREET

February 15th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

Seven members of Illinois’s congressional delegation joined a group of 43 lawmakers in a letter to the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Lifecycle Analysis Interagency Working Group voicing their support...

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Bipartisan Victory: Next Generation Fuels Act Gains Traction as a Solution Lowering Carbon Emissions Nationwide

Haley Bickelhaupt

January 17th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

The IL Corn Growers Association and the ethanol industry have their foot on the petal in full support of the Next Generation Fuels Act in 2024.   The bill, which sets a new clean fuel standard,...

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ICGA Pleased with Acceptance of GREET; Looks to Monitor Changes

December 15th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

The U.S. Department of Treasury announced today that it will allow a modified version of the GREET model as a measurement for determining reductions in greenhouse gas emissions as the agency...

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Q&A: Farmers thoughts on CCS

November 29th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

This fall, IL Corn teamed up with Illinois ethanol plants to host informational sessions highlighting the connection between carbon and corn production.    Lauren Lurkins, an environmental law...

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Illinois Corn Farmers Recognize Illinois Senator Joyce

Lindsay Mitchell

November 21st, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

Illinois State Senator Patrick Joyce received the ethanol award from the IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) at the group’s annual meeting on November 21, 2023, in Bloomington.   Senator Joyce...

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