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 joins over 530 organizations in push for farm bill

July 23rd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

This week, the IL Corn Growers Association joined over 530 organizations in  a letter  to House and Senate leadership calling upon Congress to pass a bipartisan farm bill.   The letter was...

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Amid Legislative Doubts, ICGA Advocates for Strong Farm Bill

Haley Bickelhaupt

July 3rd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Locks and Dams |  Ethanol |  Exports |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

The IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) will push to ensure the farm bill does not fall off the political radar during ICGA's annual July fly-in to Washington D.C.   On Monday, Punchbowl...

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Americans Are No Longer Plugged in to EVs

Haley Bickelhaupt

July 2nd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Polls show Americans are losing interest in electric vehicles despite aggressive pushes by the Biden administration to electrify transportation.   A Pew Research Center study released last...

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The Next Generation Fuels Act Can Save our Communities and Economy

Garrett Hawkins

June 20th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

From the outside, IL Corn may sound like an echo chamber when it comes to the Next Generation Fuels Act. From countless interviews, Congressional visits, presentations at the Farm Progress show...

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What is the Farm Bill?

Grace May

June 13th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Exports |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Breaking Down the Titles of the Farm Bill In a simple explanation, the farm bill is a package of legislation that governs an assemblage of agriculture and food programs. However, there is nothing...

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Reflecting on Forward Farm Bill Movement

Brooke S. Appleton

June 6th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

It’s summertime in the nation’s capital, and members of Congress appear to be solar-powered. After a long impasse, there has finally been some movement to reauthorize the farm bill. The House...

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Statehouse Update: Carbon Capture Law Delivers Opportunity for Ethanol & Protects Landowners 

Brad Stotler and Rachel Dame

May 30th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

As the legislative session adjourned this week, lawmakers in Springfield passed legislation that creates strong regulations for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects in Illinois. IL Corn...

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Carbon Capture Law Delivers Opportunity for Ethanol & Protects Landowners

May 28th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

                                                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                              ...

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House Farm Bill Needs More Compromise as Conversations Continue

Lindsay Croke

May 24th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Farm Policy

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Today, upon hearing that the House Agriculture Committee passed a farm bill late yesterday, IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) President Dave Rylander, a farmer from Victoria,...

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Illinois Agriculture Collaborates to Make an Impact

May 23rd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Livestock |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Illinois agriculture worked together this week magnifying farmer voices on a collection of topics. Supporting the Livestock Industry Farmer led organizations signed a letter supporting...

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Payments without Production: Why Farmers Need a Mandatory Base Acre Update

Haley Bickelhaupt

May 22nd, 2024  |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Farm bill proposals in the United States House and Senate could build policies on a flawed foundation.   Since the 1980s, few things remain the same- including crops planted on American farm...

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Meet Grace May: Legislative Intern 2024

Grace May

May 16th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Grace is from Princeton, IL and is a rising senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently studying Agriculture and Consumer Economics with a concentration in Public...

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Conservation Practice Adoption a Focus During Rep Budzinski Visit to Illinois Farm

Lindsay Croke

April 25th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski visited the Bob and Mark Bunselmeyer Farm in Maroa, IL this week to learn more from Illinois farmers about conservation practice adoption. The visit featured an...

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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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Corn to Capitol: Bunting Serves Second Year as State Rep.

Haley Bickelhaupt

January 23rd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

An unconventional pathway to Springfield did not falter Jason Bunting’s steadfast support for agriculture as a freshman member of Illinois’s General Assembly. Former IL Corn Grower...

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Unified Front: Illinois Agricultural Leaders Pursue Common Policy Goals in 2024

Haley Bickelhaupt

January 12th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

The IL Corn Growers Association met today with leaders from agricultural organizations throughout the state to discuss policy goals for 2024.     The Illinois Agricultural Legislative Roundtable...

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Like the Year Before It, 2024 Will Be Filled with Challenges and Opportunities as We Advocate for Corn Grower Priorities

Brooke S. Appleton - National Corn Growers Association

January 11th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

The new year offers many opportunities on the policy front, and my staff and I will spend the year building on the successes of corn grower advocates from 2023.   Last year, we successfully...

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ICGA 2024 State and Federal Priorities

December 28th, 2023  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

The IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) prides itself in representing it's membership's priorites at the highest levels in Springfield and Washington, D.C. As a new year approaches, ICGA will focus...

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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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